OnePlus Nord 2T Review – Is OnePlus Back?
Featuring a MediaTek chipset and a great battery life, the OnePlus Nord 2T is a mid-range all-rounder smartphone released in 2022. Will it be a good buy? Let's find out!
+ Smooth 90Hz refresh rate
+ Thin and light
+ No bloatware
+ Clean haptics
+ 80W fast charging
+ Long battery life
- Fingerprint magnet
- No IP rating
- Only two Android and three security updates
Unboxing the OnePlus Nord 2T
The OnePlus Nord 2T comes in a black box detailed with the Nord logo on the front like all the previous Nord series.
Inside the box, you can find the following items:
- 80W SUPERVOOC power adapter
- Type-C cable (Support USB 2.0)
- Silicon phone case
- Screen protector (pre-applied)
- SIM tray ejector
- Welcome letter
- Quick start guide
- Safety information and warranty card
- The OnePlus Nord 2T
|CPU||MediaTek Dimensity 1300
1×3.0 GHz Cortex-A78 & 3×2.6 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55
|Storage||128GB UFS 3.1|
Up to Dynamic 90Hz Refresh Rate
85.7% screen-to-body ratio
|Rear Camera||50 MP, f/1.9, 24mm (wide), 1/1.56″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS
8 MP, f/2.2, 120˚ (ultrawide)
2 MP, f/2.2, (depth)
|Selfie camera||32 MP, f/2.4, (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
USB Type-C 2.0
GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, NavIC
|Battery||4500mAh, Dual-cell batteries
Fast Charging 80W SUPERVOOC
|Dimensions||159.1 x 73.2 x 8.2 mm|
|Colour||Gray Shadow, Jade Fog|
Firstly, the Antutu v9 shows that the OnePlus Nord 2T seems to be on par with some flagship phones and does better than other mid-range phones.
However, in Geekbench 5, the OnePlus Nord 2T loses out to other phones with slightly similar chipsets. The results may be due to thermal throttling.
Continuing on to 3DMark, the OnePlus Nord 2T delivered scores that were within our expectations. While there are slight variances with the OPPO Reno7 Pro running on the previous chipset, the phone does perform slightly better than the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE and the Samsung Galaxy A73.
In PCMark, the OnePlus Nord 2T lags behind the Samsung Galaxy A73 and Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE despite having an almost equivalent chipset. However, it can be seen that the current chipset has a significant difference from the previous Dimensity chipset.
The OnePlus Nord 2T’s battery life can last up to 723 minutes at 60Hz and 796 minutes at a dynamic 90Hz refresh rate, which is a fairly unexpected result. This is most likely because the 90Hz option is adaptive, whereas the 60Hz setting remained constant. When running on 90Hz, you won’t have to worry about your battery life since you’ll enjoy both battery life and smoothness.
For the charging speed of the OnePlus Nord 2T, the phone can support 80W fast charging which takes about 25 minutes to charge from 18% to 100%.
The native camera UI of the OnePlus Nord 2T is pretty standard features, coming with several options like Night mode, Pro mode, and several other choices to broaden your possibilities when capturing photos and videos. The phone also features a triple camera setup consisting of a 50MP main camera, an 8MP ultrawide camera, and a 2MP depth camera alongside a 32MP selfie camera.
The camera startup was fairly quick and I managed to boot it up instantly to get some nice shots during the moment. The camera managed to capture extremely detailed photographs and videos that can be enlarged without losing quality. If you don’t know how to utilize the camera settings, the AI scene enchantment can help you improve image vibrance, exposure, and contrast.
The Night mode does provide rather amazing pictures despite having only the IMX766 sensor. The colours of the photograph produced are rather accurate to what they look like in real life. The only complaint that I have is that it takes exactly 3 seconds to produce the picture which can sometimes cause the pictures to come out blurry if I am taking a moving object or if I get too impatient.
The ultrawide camera does fall off during indoor picture taking however, it still does look good when taking pictures outdoor when there is sufficient light. It goes the same with the selfie camera, which works really well in a brightly lit room or when the sun is out but the quality of the photo drops when there isn’t much light or if you do not have a steady hand.
The OnePlus Nord 2T has a 6.43″ AMOLED display with HDR10+ support which can create accurate colours that are pleasing to the eyes when playing games, watching films, or looking at images. Not only that, the smartphone has a dynamic 90Hz refresh rate that makes scrolling through social media and gaming fluid. With an 8.2mm thickness and weighing only 190g, the phone is suitable for those who have small hands or those who are looking for a lighter phone.
The phone comes with OxygenOS 12.1 which has minimal bloatware and is rather smooth and clean. OnePlus’s OxygenOS, which was once known to be close to stock Android, is now slightly mixed in together with OPPO’s ColorOS. However, it still retains its special features such as the Shelf feature and its wide array of Always On Display customization.
Furthermore, the haptic feedback on the OnePlus Nord 2T actually feels really clean and I fairly enjoy typing and using the gestures with the feedback on. Genshin Impact and Tower of Fantasy run rather smooth on the phone with only Medium settings, however, the phone did get slightly uncomfortable after gaming for a while.
Lastly, the OnePlus Nord 2T features 80W fast charging which is on par with many flagship phones nowadays and the phone can last the whole day with heavy usage such as gaming and watching videos.
The OnePlus Nord 2T variant that we reviewed is the Jade Fog variant made with a glossy finish that is somewhat of a fingerprint magnet. However, a second variant with a frosted finish called Gray Shadow can help avoid the issue from the previously stated variant. Alternatively, a phone case would do the trick as well.
Unfortunately, the phone does not come with an IP rating but it does look like it would be splash resistant for when you accidentally spill your drink onto it. The phone also comes with only two major Android updates and three years of security updates which is pretty standard for a lot of phones but I do wish they would provide support for the phone for a little longer.
OnePlus Nord 2T Verdict
The OnePlus Nord 2T has a starting price of RM1,899 which is standard for a midrange nowadays. If you’re looking for a compact phone with decent cameras, acceptable gaming performance, fast charging, and decent battery life, you can consider getting this smartphone.
At the end of our OnePlus Nord 2T review, I award this phone with a Silver Pokdeaward.
Big thanks to OnePlus for sending us this smartphone for the purpose of this review.