OnePlus Nord 2 will change both inside and out, design and specifications revealed

OnePlus Nord 2 will change both inside and out, design and specifications revealed

OnePlus Nord 2 will change both inside and out

After the launch of Nord CE 5G, the missing piece of the "original" Nord range if we can define it that way, OnePlus is preparing to bring a new device to the market, the one that should be the true successor of the brand's first mid-range announced for many years after the failure of OnePlus X.

Thanks to the most recent leaks we finally know both the external appearance and the technical specifications of OnePlus Nord 2.

According to the rumors that have circulated in network recently, OnePlus Nord 2 should be the first smartphone of the company led by Pete Lau to mount a MediaTek chip under the body. Specifically, we are talking about a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 chip, which will be accompanied by 8GB or 12GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of internal memory.

On the front there would be an AMOLED FullHD + display with maximum refresh rate 90Hz, while the battery should be around 4,500mAh with the ability to be quickly recharged via the USB Type-C port. It is still unclear whether the type of Dash Charge that the manufacturer will use will reach 65W or stop at 30W.

Until now, not much was known about the aesthetic appearance of the OnePlus Nord 2, however now things have changed thanks to high quality renders published by 91Mobiles colleagues in collaboration with the always reliable OnLeaks.

As you can see from the images, OnePlus Nord 2 will follow the same design lines as the latest top of the range of the brand , OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro. The smartphone should measure 160 x 73.8 x 8.1 mm and, looking at the renderings from every angle, we can see the welcome return of the Alert Slider, a feature that had been removed in Nord CE, as well as the lack of a jack for the 3.5mm headphones.

The power button would be positioned on the right side under the slider for the ringtone modes while on the opposite side the volume rocker would find space.

The design of the rear photographic compartment follows that of the brothers larger, with the inclusion of what leaks claim to be 50MP, 8MP, and 2MP sensors. The front camera, inserted in a hole in the display, should be 32MP.

Since the smartphone should be announced long before the official arrival of Android 12, the OxygenOS 11 based on Android 11.

OnePlus has not yet released any official information regarding the device or its expected launch date. Rumors suggest the company will unveil Nord 2 next month, but the rumor hasn't been confirmed in any way yet.

For those looking for a smooth smartphone and not a fan of curved edges, it can find the excellent OnePlus Nord 5G on Amazon!

OnePlus Nord 2 arrives in Q2 2021 with flagship MediaTek chip at its heart: Report

OnePlus is gearing up to launch the flagship OnePlus 9 series later this month, and unsurprisingly, a ton of leaks have already made their way online. While the upcoming high-end devices will certainly hog the limelight, it appears that the budget-centric Nord phones will also make some splash this year. As per a report from Android Central that cites insider sources, the OnePlus Nord 2 will reportedly make its debut in Q2 2021.

Goodbye mid-range Qualcomm SoC. Welcome, flagship MediaTek silicon!


More importantly, the OnePlus Nord 2 is said to employ the flagship MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC. Now, this is a major strategy shift for both OnePlus, and the Nord family as a whole. From a brand perspective, this would mark the first time that OnePlus is looking elsewhere other than Qualcomm, and also the first time that it is sourcing MediaTek chips for a smartphone.

The other, and arguably the more important change that will likely alter the whole perception of the series is because of the processor that OnePlus Nord 2 is going to use – the Dimensity 1200 SoC. The Nord smartphones have so far used a low-end  Qualcomm processor, and the furthest it has gone was the mid-tier Snapdragon 765G SoC inside the vanilla OnePlus Nord. As for the Dimensity 1200, it is currently the top-of-the-line processor in MediaTek’s 5G portfolio. 

Dimensity 1200 brings OnePlus Nord 2 closer to flagships, but the price might surge too


While this is a welcome change, as it means offering more raw power in the hands of budget smartphone buyers, it would also mean that the price of OnePlus Nord 2 might be significantly higher compared to the OnePlus Nord. And mind you,  an aggressive asking price is what made the OnePlus Nord such a big hit in the first place. MediaTek, on the other hand, will score a lot of reputation points after pocketing an esteemed client like OnePlus.

As for the MediaTek silicon rumored to power the OnePlus Nord 2, the Dimensity 1200 is based on the 6nm process and has an octa-core architecture with 1+3+4 core design.  It offers an Arm Cortex-A78 prime core clocked up to 3GHz for demanding tasks, sitting alongside three Cortex-A78 cores, and four ARM Cortex-A55 cores. It also offers a host of other high-end bells and whistles such as support for up to 168Hz refresh rate panels, 200MP still photography, 4K HDR video capture, and even ray-tracing support in mobile games. 

Nadeem SarwarI’ve been writing about consumer technology for over three years now, having worked with names such as NDTV and Beebom in the past. Aside from covering the latest news, I’ve reviewed my fair share of devices ranging from smartphones and laptops to smart home devices. I also have interviewed tech execs and appeared as a host in YouTube videos talking about the latest and greatest gadgets out there.