OnePlus Nord 2T design, camera and performance review

Introduction of OnePlus Nord 2T

Oneplus Nord 2T premiered in May, and it coming to replace the Nord 2 on the store shelves. This is the first time to see the ‘T’ model in the Nord series, these refreshes the models previously reserved for the flagship series of OnePlus.

The formula is retained though and this T iteration also focuses on the speed improvements, performance and charging. The Nord 2T comes with a new dimensitiy 1300 chipset and 80W fast charging. These together with a slightly altered design, are the only difference to the original Nord 2. Certainly not a model to make Nord 2 owners jealous, the Nord 2T is meant to keep the line relevant as competition improves.

And on paper the OnePlus Nord 2T is certainly very tempting smartphone. It offers a solid dual Gorilla Glass 5 build with a beautifull forested back or Glossy mint back cover. And there is a 90Hz Fluid AMOLED on top of capable Dimensitiy 1300 5G chipset.

Introduction of OnePlus Nord 2T
Introduction of OnePlus Nord 2T Image credit: Gsmarena.com

The triple-camera setup on the back has been carried over from the Nord 2 and is line with the most of the Nord 2Ts competitor – a 50MP primary camera with OIS for most of your shooting, an 8MP Ultra-wide camera for the rare more dramatic perspective, and a 2MP of a depth sensor that’s mostly there for marketing purposes. And the 32MP of selfie camera comes with puch hole same as the Nord 2.

Front side of the Nord 2 T
Front side of the Nord 2T. Image credit: Gsmarena.com

The OnePlus Nord 2T features a 4500mAh battery was split into two seperate cells, which can allows the 80W fast charging. The 80W adapter ships with phone naturally.

Finally,the new OnePlus Nord 2T runs on the Android 12 with OxygenOS 12.1 launcher. OxygenOS 13 lunched already, so we guess it will make it to this Nord 2T later this year too.

The OnePlus Nord 2T, just like Nord 2, is not IP rated and officially it features ingress protection whatsoever. Unfortunately,we have noticed rubber insulation where on certain openings, so it is not totally unprotected. Still, if the makers are not making any promises about the phone survival.

Unboxing of Nord 2T

The OnePlus Nord 2T ships with black thin box. It contains 80W fast charger, a 10A-rated USB-A-C cable, and a smooth and cool protective case with two different textures.

Unboxing of the OnePlus Nord 2T
Unboxing of OnePlus Nord 2T Image credit: Gsmarena.com

The phone arrive with a thin protective flim was applied on the screen. While its not of any quality, but not bad enough to peel of either

Design

The OnePlus Nord 2T is a good – looking smartphone no matter whether you get the glossy (jade fog) or the frosted (Gray shadow) model. While it uses mostly the same components as the Nord 2, the back and the camera island were redesigned, and they are the easiest wat to tell which phone this is.

Camera island of Nord 2, and Nord 2T Image credit: Gsmarena.com

The new Nord 2T has a larger camera island with bigger black Circle. And of course, the paintjobs of the rear panels are different.

Black varient of OnePlus Nord 2T
Black varient of OnePlus Nord 2T Image credit: Gsmarena.com

Both the Glossy and the frosted version are beautiful in their own way, and we like them both. The grip is hardly perfect on either though,with the glossy Nord 2T having a slight edge. Both versions were designed to be smudge resistant – meaning fingerprints do eventually stick, but it takes longer, and they are easier to clean.

Dual Gorilla glass  front and back protection.
Dual Gorilla glass front and back protection. Image credit: Gsmarena.com

Beyond the finish the OnePlus Nord 2T was built following a well proven formula – two Gorilla Glass 5 panels and glossy plastic frame in between. The front Glass is flat, while the rear glass and the frame are slightly curved towards the edges.

 SIM card slot and dedicated Micro SD card slot
SIM card slot and dedicated Micro SD card slot Image credit: Gsmarena.com

Again, there is offical ingress protection rating for the OnePlus Nord 2T, but we saw the rubber insulation on the SIM slot, so it’s fully exposed.

The OnePlus Nord 2T has the same 6.43-inch Fluid AMOLED as the Nord 2 and it is a gorgeous. It offers 90Hz refresh rate, support HDR10+, and it’s bezels are quite reasonable.

Perfect bezels Image credit: Gsmarena.com

The panel has a perforation at the left for the 32MP of selfie camera. Above the screen you can notice a thin grille, which hides the earpiece that also double as a second speaker in the stero setup.

32MP of Selfie camera
32MP of Selfie camera Image credit: Gsmarena.com

There is also an optical fingerprint sensor beneath the screen, and it turned out to be quite fast and reliable.

It has optical fingerprint sensor on the display.
It has optical fingerprint sensor on the display. Image credit: Gsmarena.com

The back is rather clean aside from the large camera island. It has two noticeable black circles – the top one houses the primary 50MP camera, while the bottom one has the 8MP Ultra-wide camera and the 2MP depth sensor. Outside, you can see the dual-LED flash and a transparent sensor cover.

Camera island triple-camera setup.
Camera island triple-camera setup. Image credit: Gsmarena.com

The camera island is jutting out of the back, so naturally the phone wobbles when left lying on a desk.

The Glossy frame provides almost no grip whatsoever. It is thinner across the sides and thicker on the top and bottom.

volume rockers on the life side
volume rockers on the life side Image credit: Gsmarena.com

The volume buttons on the left side.

Power button and lock key on the right side Image credit: Gsmarena.com

The right side houses the three-step silencer and the power/lock key.

top of the has only microphone
top of the has only microphone. Image credit: Gsmarena.com

A lonely microphone is noticeable at the top of the Nord 2T.

The bottom is overcrowded – Here you can see the dual-SIM tray, the primary microphone, the USB-C port, and the second stero speaker’s outlet.

Stero speaker's, type c charging port and dual SIM tray
Stero speaker’s, type c charging port and dual SIM tray Image credit: Gsmarena.com

The OnePlus Nord 2T measures 159.1 x 73.2 x 8.2mm and weight 190 grams – about the same as the previous Nord 2 and in line with phones that feature 6.4-inch or so screen panels.

The Nord 2T is surely not a compact phone, but it does make enough of a difference compared to the popular 6.67-inchers to make it more attractive for those tired of huge phones. It is also quite beautiful and unique, and you can choose between two different finishes for the back cover.

The grip of the Nord 2T is hardly ideal, though the provided case helps a lot. If you plan on using this phone without case, we’d suggest getting the Glossy jade Fog model as it’s overall handling experience is slightly better.

grip of the OnePlus Nord 2T.
grip of the OnePlus Nord 2T. Image credit: Gsmarena.com

We liked the OnePlus Nord 2T just as we liked the original one. We have no complaints about its build quality, even if we wish for better grip and an official IP rating.

Display

The OnePlus Nord 2T features a 6.43-inch Fluid AMOLED screen, which on paper looks identical to the one on the Nord 2. It’s a panel with an extended 1080p resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, and HDR10+ support. There is a flat Gorilla Glass 5 on top of the screen.

Display of OnePlus Nord 2T. Image credit: Gsmarena.com

The screen has a standard resolution of 2,400×1080 pixels, which makes for 409ppi density and 20:9 aspect ratio.

Our display measurements confirm the Nord 2T indeed packs the same OLED panel as the Nord 2. The screen has a maximum manual brightness of 449 nits. When using the Auto Brightness and the faced the screen a bright light – we captured a maximum brightness of 636 nits.

Color accuracy

The screen settings offer two color modes – Vivid mode (corresponding to DCI-P3 color space) and Natural (sRGB color space). The accuracy is very good for both – the profiles are not too saturated, but the white and gray hues are a bit blush. You can get a superb accuracy for both modes by using the Warmest setting of the color temperature bar.

Refresh rate

You can choose between standard (60Hz) and High (90Hz) refresh rate options. There is a Auto mode, but the high settings acts like Auto anyway – it runs all compatible apps in 90Hz and reverts back to 60Hz for static images and videos playback/streaming.

Refresh rate of the Nord 2T display Image credit: Gsmarena.com

We saw games using 90Hz refresh rate, but we are not sure if they are indeed drawn at 90fps or not. HFR gaming has been a forbidden fruit for BBK phones for years unless a deal has been struck with a specific game developer. Nothing has been announced for the OnePlus Nord 2T so far, though.

HDR And Streaming

Yhe OnePlus Nord 2T display has been officially certified for HDR10 and HDR10+ compliance. The phone also comes with Widevine L1 DRM support, so it’s should be able to stream 1080p HDR10 content. It can do it on YouTube, but Netflix and prime video are yet to enable the HDR10 streaming.

Display Enhancement

Oneplus offers one video Enhancement on the Nord 2T – Video color boost – it does exactly what the name suggests – it’s tries to boost the color of the your video’s in select video apps.

Battery life

The OnePlus Nord 2T battery capacity is the same as on the Nord 2-4500 mAh. It has the same display and the almost identical chipset, it just runs on a newer Android version, so we expected similar battery performance.

The OnePlus Nord 2T scored a 100h of endurance rating (vs. 102h for the Nord 2) with strong performance across all three main test – calling, Web browser,and looped video playback.

OnePlus Nord 2T endurance rating Image credit: Gsmarena.com

Charging speed

One of the most notable point in Nord 2T brings is the faster 80W SuperVOOC charging, up from 65W on the Nord 2. There are numerous sensors monitoring the temperature, so don’t worry about the overheating.

80W SuperVOOC adapter Image credit: Gsmarena.com

The Nord 2T ships with the 80W SuperVOOC adapter and a 10A-rated charging cable, so you don’t need to buy anything extra to achieve the top charging speed.

It will takes 15 minutes to refilled the battery from 0% to 60%. Then 30 minutes gave us 100% charge with 80W SuperVOOC adapter.

Note that after reaching 100%, it usually takes between 3 minutes and 6 minutes for the Nord 2T to show charged on the screen, which marks the actual full charge of the battery.

So even with a fast charger, the Nord 2T appears to have no advantage in actual top-up times over the Nord 2. The Nord 2T gets an advantage within the first 10-15 minutes – the Nord 2T will get an extra 8-10%, but then it will sloe down considerably more to keep temperatures in the check and match the Nord 2 charging speed over the entire. So,unless you charge your phone for 10 minutes or less each day, you won’t notice any difference.

Speaker’s

The OnePlus Nord 2T features two speaker’s in a hybrid setup – the earpiece acting as one, while the other one is next to the charging port at the bottom of the phone.

Speaker. Image credit: Gsmarena.com

Naturally with this hybrid setup, the bottom speaker’s is slightly louder and has more bass. But when playing music or video, we experienced good sound balance.

The OnePlus Nord 2T speaker’s scored a very Good mark in our loudness test and we can confirm music sound pretty loud on the phone. The bass is barely there , the mids ate so – so, but the speaker’s are excellent in the high frequencies. Overall we are happy about the sound quality of the Nord 2T.

Software

The OnePlus Nord 2T comes with latest OxygenOS 12.1running on the top of Android 12. The software is identical to that on the Nord 25G, which is also recently recieved Android update.

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The Nord 2T supports a fingerprint unlock, with a optical sensor work very well and its always on – it’s quite fast with amazing accuracy. You can also add face for evena speedier unlock.

There is a Quick lunch feature (in special Features it fingerprint settings) that lets you open an app or execute a task if you keep you finger on the scanner for a second or two seconds. There’s plenty of slots to accupy, and you can cycle them by holding your thumb and swiping left or right.

Always-on Display is available, and it can be truly always-on, scheduled, or power-saving on for just a bit.

You can choose from many unique theme’s for the AOD screen. It’s worth nothing the Nord 2T offers Horizon light, also known as Edge light on other phones. It’s independent of the AOD and lighter on the battery and it is a good alternative to a notification LED.

OxygenOS 12.1 is, for all intents and purposes, ColorOS 12 with a different theme and should be familiar to anyone who’s coming from an Oppo or Realme device. On the other hand, it’s going to seem quite different to those switching from an older OnePlus device, such as the original OnePlus Nord.

Performance and benchmarks

The OnePlus Nord 2T 5G runs on the new Media Tek Dimensitiy 1300 chipset. Our review unit had 8GB Ram with LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of UFS 3.1 Storage.

Before we started our testing, we had a hard time figuring out what the difference between the older Dimensitiy 1200 found on Nord 2 and the new Dimensitiy 1300. It has two SoC have identical configurations for their CPU and GPU, down to the clock speed.

In fact, the only difference between the two chipsets was a the presence of a suite of features Media Tek has dubbed HyperEngine 5.0, which includes things like AI-Based variable rate shading for 3D rendering, smart resource optimization of CPU and GPU to improve the efficiency, frame rate smoother, Hybrid AI-GPU super resolution for images upscaling raytracing SDK, and networking improvements. All of these are aimed primarily at improving gaming performance but in a way that we cannot easily measures.

As a result of this, the Nord 2T 5G performs identical to the Nord 2 5G, as the CPU, GPU, memory, and storage elements are identical on both device. We had to rerun the benchmarks on the Nord 2 5G to confirm our finding two phones scored within each tests margin of error.

about section of OnePlus Nord 2T. Image credit: Gsmarena.com

The Dimensitiy 1300 CPU scores are on par with the Dimensitiy 1200 (Nord 2) and close to what the snapdragon 778G CPU offers.

We also noticed anomaly with our finding where the Nord 2T posting lower single-core Geekbench 5 Score than what the Nord 2 5G back. Rerunning the test on Nord 2 5G with a latest OxygenOS 12.1 update produced the same lower score on older device, meaning it has been downgraded since it’s intial.

The GPU performance was excellent on Nord 2 it is only bested by GPU Inside the snapdragon 870 (Neo 3T) and Dimensitiy 8100 (poco X4 GT) and the margin is not to large .

Unfortunately, none of the GPU test we are able to go beyond 60fps despite the 90Hz Display.

The Nord 2 did outstandingly on the compund Antutu test. It scored 604467 and it was overpowered by the poco X4 GT and the Realme GT Neo 3T, both are feature flagship grade chipset.

In terms of gaming performance, the Nord 2T is able to do quite well. Testing the gaming in the phone such as Apex legends, the phone was able to power through the 60fps for most of the parts, even at higher visual settings. The phone get a bit warm in the hotter climates but you will never get uncomfortable to hold Nord 2T. As we said earlier the most of the games are limited to running at 60fps, as only a handful of titles are whitelisted for running at 90fps.

The OnePlus Nord 2T offers excellent performance for a €400 smartphone and our team is happy what we got even it hasn’t changed last year Nord 2. The new HyperEngine 5.0 should improve on gaming performance in the long run, so it’s not without improvement even if not visible at first. We only wish for OnePlus to allow to go beyond 60fps as the chipset can handle it.

Stability and sustained performance are quite important nowadays. The phone has a multilayered passive. Cooling solution, but most of the heat is still dissipated from a spot on the rear glass near the camera. While at 100% the phone gets quite warm, that part we mentioned is tolerable on touch. Even better ,it is from your finger, so you’ll rarely touch it.

The Nord 2T scored 59% stability on the 3D Mark stress test, which is not ideal, but in line with what more powerful GPUs usually scores.

The CPU test showed the Nord 2T is only able to keep 60% of maximum CPU performance when stressed for more than 5 minutes. A pretty oor score overall, but not unheated for a non-gaming smartphone.

Camera

The OnePlus Nord 2T packs a triple-camera setup on its back – the same setup as the original Nord 2. There is a 50MP OIS camera, an 8MP Ultra-wide shooter, and a 2MP depth sensor. There is also a dual-LED flash around.

The 32MP front camera is also carried over from Nord.

Back camera setup
Back camera setup Image credit: Gsmarena.com

So, the Nord 2T offers a 50MP primary camera witha Sony IMX766 1/1.56 Quad-Bayer sensor with 23mm f/1.88 optically stabilized lens, 1.0μm pixels, and PDAF. This camera shoots in 12.5MP resolution by default and offers Night Mode and 2X digital zoom.

The Ultra-wide camera relies on an 8MP Sony IMX 355 sensor behind f/2.25 lens. There is no autofocus, but it too has Night Mode.

The monochrome depth camera uses a 2MP GalaxyCore GC02M1 sensor with f/2.2 aperture.

Selfie camera Image credit: Gsmarena.com

Finally, the selfie camera has a 32MP Sony IMX615 sensor with a Quad-Bayer filter, 0.8μm pixels and 26mm f/2.45 lens. The focus is fixed.

The oxygen camera app is virtually identical to the Oppo/Realme one. Shocking isn’t it? It offers AI Scene Enhancement – it’s like an advanced HDR mode, which may stack several images to offers even further improvements in the dynamic range, but the most prominent “improvements” is the higher color saturation.

Camera app
Camera app Image credit: Gsmarena.com

The pro mode works only on the main camera, and you get to tweak exposure (ISO in the 100-6400 range and shutter speed in the 1/8000s – 32s range), White balance (by light temperature, but no presets), manual focus (in arbitrary 0 to 1 units with 0 being close focus and 1 being infinity) and exposure compensation (-2EV to +2EV in 1/6EV increments).

There is an automatic ultra night mode, which triggers in extreme low-light conditions, say 1 Lux luminance. There is also a switch for tripod Night Mode, which uses up to 30s (simulated) shutter speed to amke a sharper, more detailed and noise-free photo.

Photo Quality

The main camera saves 12.5MP photos by default and thoes are excellent. There is plenty of resolved detail, the noise is low, the dynamic range is solid and the contrast is great.

The colir rendition is realistic, with a dash of extra punch l, making it easy likable. If you are fan of punchier photos, you may want to try the AI mode – it will introduce a more pronounced saturation boost.

We shot all photos with Auto HDR as intended by OnePlus. The overall processing was balanced, and we liked the foliage and the random detail across the buildings. Sometimes the images may a look a bit overprocessed because of the HDR, but if disable manually, some of the non-HDR photos often turn to be softer and with smeared foliage.

Despite the lack of the telephoto camera the Nord 2T has a 2x zoom toggle on the viewfinder and we are happy to report it produces better digital zoom than the Nord 2. We found the zoomed samples to be excellent with acceptable detail and the same overall processing as the regular ones.

No surprise on the latter as it’s the same camera in play, but the detail levels are slightly surprising and we suspect some super Res-like computational photography is at play here.

And here are a few 50MP images, as the Nord 2T supports shooting in the sensors full resolution. We don’t see anyone using this 50MP mode as it doesn’t yield more detail when downsized to 12.5MP and all you get is larger files and slower processing.

The 8MP Ultra-wide camera saves good photos, too. The resolved detail is okay, the contrast is great, and the dynamic range is adequate. The noise is once again kept low.

The colors are slightly desaturated and not quite as likeable as the main camera .

The photos are overprocessed look too, because the Auto HDR has to work harder here, but this is still better than noisy and smeared non-HDR images, so we’d advise once again for leaving the HDR to auto.

Portraits are shot with the help of a 2MP depth sensor. The subject are well exposed and nicely detailed, the colors are excellent and Auto HDR does well for brining back blown background. The simulated blur looks good too.

The subject separation isn’t great though, with busier backgrounds.

Low light photos

The ones we took with the main camera are great they are detailed, with good color saturation, and excellent contrast. The noise is kept impressively low, and blow highlights around light sources a rare occasion. The image stacking and OIS seem to have worked great together for high-quality low-light photos.

Night mode is available of course,and it improves on the skies and fixes blown highlights. The photos are likeable, though a bit unrealistic. So depending on how much you like bright and colourful photos from the Night scenes you may love the night mode output or chose to stick to the default mode in the dark.

The zoomed 2x photos at night are bit soft, but still usable with hood color saturation, and contrast. They are noisy, but not to a ruinous extent.

You should probably the refrain from using Night mode at 2x zoomed, as the results are awfully artificial and overprocessed for just about any taste.

The 8MP low-light photos from the Ultra-wide camera are for emergency use only. The solved detail is limited, and the noise is not overpowering. But the photos are underexposed and with desaturated colors.

Night mode seems like a must for the Ultra-wide camera and it really helps achieve the correct exposure, improves on the dynamic range, and bring the noise down somewhat. The color saturation gets a much-needed boost

There is also a tripod night mode available (there is a tripod trigger on the viewfinder). It uses longer exposure times but seems to be doing little to no multi-frame stacking unlike the Night mode.

The results are solid – the tripod Night’mode photos from either camera look quite natural and they are more detailed and pretty noise-free. The Colors are excellent,too.

In extreme low-light conditions (red – pitch dark), an automatic ultra night mode is triggered when using the night mode is triggered when using the night mode option. It literally makes the night as bright as a day.

Selfie camera

The OnePlus Nord 2T comes wit 32MP selfie camera saves 32MP photos even it it’s supposed to spit 8MP snaps because of the Quad-Bayer filter. They have plenty of resolved detail, good exposure, and realistic look with adequate contrast and dynamic range. The colors were always ture to life.

You will notice a significant drop in sharpness in scenes where HDR decided to get involved, or the light wasn’t ideal though.

The portrait selfie offer the same quality as the regular selfie – subjects are sharp, well-exposed and colorful when conditions are perfect, and not as sharp otherwise. The background are blurred proficiently.

Video quality

The OnePlus Nord 2T capture videos with its main, Ultra-wide and selfie cameras. The main camera records video up to 4K at 30Fps and 60fps l. The Ultra-wide and selfie shooter are limited to [email protected] video capturing.

You get the option to choose between the h.264 and h.265 codecs.

Electronic stabilization is available – it is always on and applied across all camera, on all resolution and frame rates. The main camera also befits from OIS

The OnePlus Nord 2T, just like the Nord 2, is generous with the bitrates – the 4K footage gets 50Mbps, while 1080p/30fps is allocated an above-average 20Mbpsvwhen using the h.264 codec. The stero audio bitrate is about 160kbps for the 4K clips and 256kbps for 1080p.

Our verdict

The OnePlus Nord 2T is an excellent smartphone with all-rounder and balanced specs, one that delivers on every promise that was made on its offical website. The Nord 2T has a beautiful design, solid 90Hz OLED screen and great performance courtesy of the Dimensitiy 1300 chipset.

We also enjoyed it excellent main camera and the loud stereo speakers. The long battery life and the fast charging are also worthy of mentioning even if the 80W speed aren’t actually faster than 65W.

Finally, the Nord 2T costs about €380, but in India it’s 28,999 INR for basic variant, which is an attractive price tag, and one we’d say makes it a great deal.

Bit it’s lack of offical water protection is an important downside to mention as week as the fact that you can get 120Hz panel is this price range.

Pros

  • Attractive dual-glass design- frosted or Glossy back pannel
  • Bright enough OLED, 90Hz refresh rate.
  • Loud speakers.
  • 80W Fast charging.
  • Great CPU and GPU spped.
  • Excellent photos and Video Quality.

Cons

  • Minor update over the Nord 2.
  • The speaker’s audio output could have been better tuned.
  • Average sustained performance, limited HFR Gaming.
  • No offical IP rating.

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