OnePlus Nord 2 is becoming a bit of a running joke; Every time we expect to see a successor to the OnePlus Nord in 2020, the company instead shows something else like the OnePlus 9, Nord N10 5G, Nord CE 5G or the OnePlus 9R.
The original Nord was OnePlus’ return to the ‘flagship-killer’ market segment that made the company popular in the first place, and we are hoping that the Nord 2 is a refinement of the original.
We later learned that the phone was the first of a new line from OnePlus, and the Nord N10 5G and Nord N100 followed later in 2020, with more members of the line confirmed for this year. The OnePlus Nord 2 hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, but a mention on the OnePlus Stadia page basically revealed its existence.
Rumors are also starting to pour in about the OnePlus Nord 2, which you’ll find below, and we’ll add it to this article as soon as we learn a bit more about the OnePlus Nord 2.
We’ve also come up with a wish-list of what we’d like to see from the phone – you’ll find that below.
A leak has revealed several possible specs of the OnePlus Nord 2, including a bigger battery and smaller cameras. From this leak, we have also got an idea of the price.
cut to the chase
- What is this? OnePlus’ next flagship Nord phone
- When is it out? Possibly mid 2021-20
- How much will it cost? approx £379 / €399 (approx $480, AU$680)
oneplus nord 2 release date and price
What do we know about the availability of the OnePlus Nord 2? not much. The only real rumor so far comes from Android Central, which claims that the phone will launch in Q2 (ie sometime between April and June).
Other than that all we have to do is set precedent, which is an untenable thing to decide on since having a new phone line.
OnePlus Nord was launched in August 2020, so an August 2021 launch for the Nord 2 is certainly possible, but the company may not wait that long. The phone costs £379 / €399 (about $480, AU$680), so we could possibly see a similar price for the successor.
That said, a leak suggests a price of CNY 2,000, which is around $310 / £220 / AU$400, so while those conversions won’t be accurate, the Nord 2 could be a bit cheaper than the original Nord.
news and leaks
According to a report, OnePlus Nord 2 will be powered by MediaTek Dimensity 1200 chipset. This is quite a change as the original Nord – and all other OnePlus phones – use the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset.
However, while the OnePlus Nord uses a mid-range Snapdragon 765G, the Dimensity 1200 is high-end, so the new phone could offer quite a performance boost. That doesn’t mean it will cost more, as we’d imagine MediaTek’s chipsets are cheaper than Qualcomm’s.
Now we hear that the chipset has been mentioned for the second time, but this time it was listed along with several other possible specs obtained by OnLeaks (a leaker with a good track record).
According to this leak, the OnePlus Nord 2 will feature a 6.43-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate, an in-screen fingerprint scanner, a 4,500mAh battery, and the option of either 128GB of storage or 8GB of RAM with 12GB of storage. RAM with 256GB storage.
They additionally claim that the Nord 2 will have a triple-lens camera, with a 50MP main snapper (using the same sensor as the OnePlus 9 Pro’s ultra-wide), along with an 8MP secondary camera and a 2MP tertiary camera . If we had to guess, we’d assume that 8MP is either ultra-wide or telephoto, and 2MP is a depth sensor or macro snapper.
It’s a diminutive camera compared to the original Nord, but the quality could be an improvement. It also looks like there could be a lower camera on the front, with only a 32MP one being mentioned in this leak. As for the rest of these specs, the battery will be bigger if it is correct, but the rest of the specs are the same as the original Nord.
what do we want to see
Here’s what we want to see in the OnePlus Nord 2, both in terms of new features and changes to the original.
1. Wide availability
The OnePlus Nord was somewhat a testament to OnePlus’ new phone range, and was only released in certain regions. Notably, America was absent.
Although later members of Nord Line have seen a US release, it is possible that Nord 2 will do the same. We hope, so that more and more people can get their hands on affordable phones.
2. An IP68 rating
The IP rating for phones tells you how well they are protected from dust and water, so you can know if your handset can survive an accidental submersion or a lot of stray particles.
The OnePlus Nord didn’t have such an IP rating – that doesn’t mean they’re not protected outside of certain elements, just that the phone isn’t officially certified. This means that you cannot be sure how hardy the handset is, and if you do not know how secure a valuable smartphone is, you may treat it as if it is not secure at all.
We want the OnePlus Nord to get an IP rating, and if possible IP68 – this means it is completely dust-protected, and can survive underwater for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 2 meters.
3. Better Battery Life
Our biggest problem with the OnePlus Nord was its battery life, as it typically lasted a day, but we didn’t get much beyond that. We realized that power users might not even get a full day’s usage.
We want to see a longevity boost for the OnePlus Nord 2, whether it’s from a bigger battery cell, or more software optimizations to prevent the phone’s battery from draining faster.
4. Small Front Cameras
The OnePlus Nord was one of the few affordable phones to arrive in 2020 with multiple front-facing cameras, and we found that the phone took decent selfies as a result.
However, the two lenses take up space, and these dual snappers result in a portion being taken out of the display for them. As a result, there was not much room for notification icons and the like.
If the OnePlus Nord 2 has dual-selfie snappers, we’d like to see them use a smaller lens, or be in a better position to take up less display space. OnePlus has messed with pop-up cameras before, and if there are two front-facing cameras, this seems like a good solution, though there are others.
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