Introduction of OnePlus Nord 2T
The Oneplus Nord 2T made its debut in May and will soon take the place of the Nord 2 on retail shelves. The ‘T’ model, which was previously exclusive to OnePlus’ flagship series, is now available in the Nord series for the first time.
The formula is still used, but this iteration T additionally emphasises performance, charging, and speed enhancements. A new Dimensity 1300 processor and 80W rapid charging are included in the Nord 2T. These are the only variations from the original Nord 2, along with a slightly modified design. The Nord 2T is not intended to make owners of Nord 2 models envious; rather, it is designed to keep the line competitive as it gets better.
Additionally, the OnePlus Nord 2T appears to be a highly alluring smartphone on paper. With a gorgeous wooded back or a glossy mint back cover, it boasts a sturdy dual Gorilla Glass 5 structure. Additionally, there features a powerful Dimensity 1300 5G chipset atop a 90Hz Fluid AMOLED.
The triple-camera setup on the back is a carryover from the Nord 2 and is comparable to most of the Nord 2T’s rivals. It consists of a 50MP primary camera with OIS for most of your shooting, an 8MP ultra-wide camera for the infrequently dramatic perspective, and a 2MP depth sensor that is primarily present for marketing purposes. And like the Nord 2, the 32MP selfie camera has a pouch hole.
The 4500mAh battery in the OnePlus Nord 2T is divided into two separate cells, enabling 80W rapid charging. Naturally, the 80W adaptor comes with the phone.
Finally, the new OnePlus Nord 2T uses the OxygenOS 12.1 launcher and runs Android 12. OxygenOS 13 has already launched, so we anticipate that it will also reach this Nord 2T later this year.
Like the Nord 2, the OnePlus Nord 2T is not IP certified and does not, in fact, have any ingress protection. It is not entirely uncovered, but we have spotted rubber insulation on several apertures. However, the manufacturers are not promising that the phone will last.
Unboxing of Nord 2T
The OnePlus Nord 2T comes packaged in a sleek black packaging. A 10A USB-A-C cable, an 80W rapid charger, and a cool, smooth protective cover with two different textures are all included.
The phone’s screen has a tiny layer of protective film on it when it is delivered. Although it is of low quality, it is also not too bad to peel off.
Whether you choose the glossy (Jade fog) or frosted (Gray shadow) model, the OnePlus Nord 2T is a handsome smartphone. The camera island and the back, which were redesigned, are the easiest ways to distinguish this phone from the Nord 2, despite the fact that it uses largely the same components.
The larger camera island and larger black Circle are features of the new Nord 2T. Of course, the rear panels have different paint jobs.
We think that both the glossy and the frosted versions are lovely in their own unique ways. Although neither has a flawless grip, the glossy Nord 2T has a little advantage. Both variants are smudge-resistant, so while fingerprints do eventually stay, it takes a lot longer and is less difficult to remove them.
Beyond the outside, the OnePlus Nord 2T was constructed using a tried-and-true formula: two Gorilla Glass 5 panels separated by a glossy plastic frame. The rear glass and frame are gently curved toward the edges, although the front glass is level.
OnePlus Nord 2T has an official ingress protection rating, but since we spotted the rubber insulation on the SIM slot, it is completely exposed.
The 6.43-inch Fluid AMOLED display on the OnePlus Nord 2T is just as stunning as the one on the Nord 2. It has a 90Hz refresh rate, supports HDR10+, and has bezels that aren’t too thick.
The left side of the panel contains a perforation for the 32MP selfie camera. The earpiece, which serves as both a second speaker and a grille above the screen in the stereoscopic setup, is concealed by this thin grille.
Under the screen, there is also an optical fingerprint sensor that has shown to be incredibly quick and accurate.
Aside from the substantial camera island, the back is relatively clean. The top one features the main 50MP camera, while the bottom one has the 8MP ultra-wide camera and the 2MP depth sensor. It has two observable black circles. The dual-LED flash and a transparent sensor cover are visible outside.
The camera island protrudes from the back of the phone, therefore it is only normal that the phone wobbles when placed on a desk.
The glossy frame offers virtually no grip. The top and bottom are thicker while the sides are thinner.
the left side’s volume controls.
The three-step silencer and the power/lock key are located on the right side.
At the top of the Nord 2T, one microphone stands out.
The bottom is crammed full of features, including the dual-SIM tray, the main microphone, the USB-C port, and the outlet for the second stereo speaker.
The OnePlus Nord 2T has similar dimensions to the Nord 2 and a weight of 190 grammes, which is in line with devices with screen sizes of around 6.4 inches.
The Nord 2T is undoubtedly not a little phone, but it differs enough from the common 6.67-inchers to appeal to those who are sick of clunky devices. Additionally, it is pretty lovely and distinctive, and the back cover comes in two different finishes.
Although the included case greatly aids, the Nord 2T’s grip is far from ideal. We advise choosing the Glossy jade Fog model if you intend to use this phone without a case because it has a little better overall handling experience.
Like the original, we also enjoyed the OnePlus Nord 2T. Even though we would want a stronger grip and an official IP certification, we have no concerns regarding the build quality.
On paper, the 6.43-inch Fluid AMOLED display on the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion in comparison to the OnePlus Nord 2T appears to be the same. It is a panel with a 90Hz refresh rate, enhanced 1080p resolution, and support for HDR10+. The screen is covered by a flat piece of Gorilla Glass 5.
With a normal resolution of 2,400×1080 pixels and a 20:9 aspect ratio, the screen has a 409ppi density.
Our display measurements show that the OLED panel in the Nord 2T is identical to that in the Nord 2. The maximum manual brightness for the screen is 449 nits. We recorded a maximum brightness of 636 nits when using Auto Brightness and facing the screen in bright light.
There are two colour modes available in the screen settings: Natural and Vivid, which correspond to the DCI-P3 colour space (sRGB colour space). Both are extremely accurate; the profiles aren’t overly saturated, but the shades of white and grey are a little blushed. Using the Warmest setting of the colour temperature bar will give you excellent accuracy in both modes.
Standard (60Hz) and High (90Hz) refresh rates are both available. There is an Auto mode, but the high settings behave like Auto in any case: they run all supported apps at 90 hertz and fall back to 60 hertz for playback and streaming of still images and videos.
Although we have seen games with a 90Hz refresh rate, we are unsure if they are actually drawn at 90 frames per second. For years, HFR gaming has been off-limits to BBK phones unless an agreement has been reached with a particular game developer. The OnePlus Nord 2T hasn’t yet received any announcements, though.
HDR And Streaming
The OnePlus Nord 2T display has received official certification for conformity with HDR10 and HDR10+. The phone also has Widevine L1 DRM support, so streaming 1080p HDR10 video should be possible. Although it is possible on YouTube, HDR10 streaming is not yet available on Netflix and Prime Video.
On the Nord 2T, Oneplus includes a video enhancement called “Video colour boost” that aims to improve the colour of your videos in a few different video apps.
The Nord 2-4500 mAh battery on the OnePlus Nord 2T has the same capacity. Since it runs on a newer version of Android and has a nearly same display and hardware, we anticipated similar battery performance.
In comparison to the Nord 2, the OnePlus Nord 2T performed well in all three of the major tests: calling, web browsing, and looped video playback, earning a rating of 100 hours of endurance.
In comparison to the Nord 2, the OnePlus Nord 2T performed well in all three of the major tests: calling, web browsing, and looped movie playback, earning a rating of 100 hours of endurance.
You don’t need to purchase any additional items to get the fastest charging speed because the Nord 2T comes with an 80W SuperVOOC adapter and a 10A-rated charging cable.
The battery needs to be recharged from 0% to 60% in 15 minutes. With an 80W SuperVOOC adapter, we received a 100% charge after 30 minutes.
The Nord 2T often takes between 3 and 6 minutes to display charged on the screen after reaching 100%, which signifies the battery’s actual full charge.
Therefore, it looks that the Nord 2T has no benefit over the Nord 2 in terms of actual top-up times, even with a fast charger. The Nord 2T has an edge for the first 15 to 20 minutes, receiving an extra 8 to 10%, but after that it slows down significantly to maintain cool temperatures and match the Nord 2 charging pace overall. You won’t see a difference, then, unless you charge your phone for 10 minutes or less every day.
The OnePlus Nord 2T has a hybrid design with two speakers, one of which is the earpiece and the other of which is located near to the charging connector at the bottom of the device.
The bottom speaker in this hybrid setup is obviously slightly louder and has more bass. But when playing music or videos, the sound balance was good.
In our volume test, the OnePlus Nord 2T speaker received a very Good rating, and we can attest that music plays loudly on the phone. The speaker’s performance in the high frequencies is superb, but the bass and mids are scarcely audible. Overall, we are pleased with the Nord 2T’s audio output.
The OnePlus Nord 2T has the most recent version of OxygenOS 12.1, which runs on top of Android 12. The Nord 25G, which also recently received an Android update, uses the same firmware.
The Nord 2T supports fingerprint unlocking, and the optical sensor that powers it performs admirably and is constantly on. It is also remarkably quick and accurate. For even faster unlock, you may even add a face.
If you keep your finger on the scanner for one or two seconds, there is a Quick Lunch function (under Special Features, it is the fingerprint settings) that enables you to start an app or carry out an operation. There are many slots available, and you can cycle among them by holding down your thumb while moving it left or right.
The option of an always-on display is available, and it can be set to be on all the time, on a schedule, or briefly powered down.
For the AOD screen, you can select from a variety of distinctive themes. The Nord 2T delivers Horizon light, often referred to as Edge light on other phones, for gratis. It is a good substitute for a notification LED because it is independent of the AOD and less draining on the battery.
For all intents and purposes, OxygenOS 12.1 is ColorOS 12 with a different theme, so anyone coming from an Oppo or Realme device should feel at home. On the other hand, those switching from an older OnePlus device, such as the original OnePlus Nord, will find it to be quite different.
Performance and benchmarks
The brand-new Media Tek Dimension 1300 processor powers the OnePlus Nord 2T 5G smartphone. Our evaluation unit included 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage and 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM.
Before we began our testing, we struggled to understand how the new Dimensitiy 1300 differed from the older Dimensitiy 1200 found on Nord 2. It has two SoCs that, right down to the clock speed, have identical CPU and GPU configurations.
The presence of a set of features Media Tek has dubbed Hyper-Engine 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, was actually the only difference between the two chipsets. All of these are largely intended to enhance gaming performance, but in a way that is difficult to quantify.
As a result, the Nord 2T 5G and Nord 2 5G both have identical CPU, GPU, memory, and storage components and perform identically. To verify our discovery that two phones scored within each test’s margin of error, we had to run the benchmarks again on the Nord 2 5G.
The results of the Dimensity 1300 CPU are comparable to those of the Dimensity 1200 (Nord 2) and not far off from those of the snapdragon 778G CPU.
Additionally, we discovered a discrepancy in our results, with the Nord 2T reporting a lower single-core Geekbench 5 Score than the Nord 2 5G did. The test result on the earlier Nord 2 5G device was the same when it was rerun with the most recent OxygenOS 12.1 upgrade, indicating that the device has been degraded since it was first used.
The only GPUs within the Snapdragon 870 (Neo 3T) and Dimensitiy 8100 (poco X4 GT) that perform better than Nord 2’s GPU are by a relatively small margin.
Unfortunately, despite the 90Hz display, none of the GPU tests can exceed 60 frames per second.
On the comprehensive Antutu test, the Nord 2 performed admirably. It received a score of 604467, but the Realme GT Neo 3T and the Poco X4 GT, which both have flagship-class chipsets, outperformed it.
The Nord 2T may perform fairly well in terms of gaming performance. Even at higher visual settings, the phone was able to run Apex Legends at 60 frames per second for the majority of the game. In hotter climates, the phone becomes a little warm, but Nord 2T is never difficult to hold. Only a small number of games are approved to run at 90 frames per second, as we mentioned earlier. The majority of games can only run at 60 frames per second.
The OnePlus Nord 2T provides good performance for a €400 smartphone, and our team is pleased with what we received even if it is the same as the Nord 2 from a year ago. The new HyperEngine 5.0 should enhance gaming performance over time, so even though the changes are not immediately apparent, they have been made. Since the chipset can support it, we simply ask that OnePlus allow for more frame rates than 60.
These days, stability and long-term effectiveness are highly crucial. The passive on the phone is tiered. cooling system, although the majority of the heat still escapes from a region of the back glass close to the camera. While the phone does get rather warm when operating at 100%, that area is bearable when touched. Better yet, since it sprang from your finger, you won’t often touch it.
On the 3D Mark stress test, the Nord 2T achieved a stability score of 59%, which is below ideal but in line with the results of GPUs with greater power.
The CPU test revealed that while under stress for longer than 5 minutes, the Nord 2T can only maintain 60% of its maximum CPU performance. Overall, not great, but not terrible for a smartphone that doesn’t play games.
The triple-camera setup found on the back of the OnePlus Nord 2T is the same as that found on the Nord 2. A 50MP OIS camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, and a 2MP depth sensor are all present. A dual-LED flash is also present.
The 32MP front camera from Nord is also retained.
Thus, the Sony IMX766 1/1.56 Quad-Bayer sensor in the Nord 2T’s 50MP primary camera features a 23mm f/1.88 optically stabilised lens, 1.0m pixels, and PDAF. This camera has a 2X digital zoom, Night Mode, and a 12.5MP resolution by default.
An f/2.25 lens and an 8MP Sony IMX 355 sensor are used by the ultra-wide camera. It also includes Night Mode but no autofocus.
The 2MP GalaxyCore GC02M1 sensor with an aperture of f/2.2 is used by the monochrome depth camera.
The selfie camera’s 32MP Sony IMX615 sensor contains 0.8-m pixels, a Quad-Bayer filter, and a 26mm f/2.45 lens. The focal point is set.
The Oppo/Realme app and the oxygen camera app are very same. I find that shocking. It includes AI Scene Enhancement, which is similar to an advanced HDR mode. It may stack many photographs to offer even greater gains in the dynamic range, although the enhanced colour saturation is the most noticeable “improvement.”
Pro mode allows you to adjust 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). Pro mode only works on the main camera.
There is an automatic ultra-night mode that activates at 1 Lux brightness or other extremely low light levels. There is also a switch for tripod Night Mode, which produces images that are crisper, more detailed, and noise-free by simulating a shutter speed of up to 30 seconds.
The 12.5MP photographs that are automatically saved from the main camera are really good. There is a lot of resolved detail, little noise, a strong dynamic range, and excellent contrast.
The portrayal in Color is accurate with a little of added punch, making it simple to like. Try the AI mode if you prefer photos with more punch because it will significantly increase saturation.
As advised by OnePlus, we used Auto HDR for all of our photo shoots. We enjoyed the vegetation and the sporadic detailing on the buildings, and the overall processing was well-balanced. The HDR may make some images appear a little overexposed at times, but if it is manually disabled, some non-HDR photos frequently become softer and have smeared foliage.
The Nord 2T features a 2x zoom toggle on the viewfinder despite not having a telephoto camera, and we are delighted to report that it generates greater digital zoom than the Nord 2. The zoomed samples met all of our standards for quality, acceptable detail, and overall processing.
The former is expected because it was shot with the same camera, but the detail levels are a little unexpected, and we believe computational photography that resembles super Res may have been used.
As the Nord 2T permits shooting at the full resolution of the sensor, here are a couple 50MP photos. We don’t see anyone using this 50MP mode because it only produces larger files and slower processing when shrunk to 12.5MP.
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 captured with the primary camera are fantastic; they have high contrast, strong colour saturation, and great detail. Impressively low levels of noise are maintained, and blow highlights around light sources happen infrequently. For high-quality low-light photos, the image stacking and OIS appear to have worked fantastically together.
Of course, there is a night mode, which enhances the skies and repairs blown highlights. Although somewhat fanciful, the photographs are endearing. Accordingly, you may love the night mode output or decide to continue with the normal mode in the dark depending on how much you enjoy bright and colourful images taken of nighttime scenes.
The 2x zoomed nighttime images are a little soft, but with increased colour saturation and contrast, they can still be useful. Although they produce some noise, it’s not enough to cause a problem.
It is usually advisable to avoid the outcomes of utilising Night mode at a 2x zoom because they are simply too fake and overly processed for the majority of tastes.
Only use the 8MP low-light images from the ultra-wide camera in an emergency. The noise is manageable, and the solved detail is constrained. However, the pictures have drab, underexposed colours.
The Ultra-wide camera should definitely be used in night mode as it greatly aids in obtaining the proper exposure, enhances the dynamic range, and considerably reduces noise. Boosting the colour saturation is necessary.
Additionally, a tripod night mode is offered (there is a tripod trigger on the viewfinder). Unlike the Night mode, it uses longer exposure durations but appears to be doing little to no multi-frame stacking.
The outcomes are good: either camera’s tripod Night’mode photographs look quite natural and are more detailed and largely noise-free. Excellent colours are also used.
When activating the night mode option, an automatic ultra-night mode is activated in extremely low-light settings (red, absolute darkness). It essentially turns the night into a day.
Due to the Quad-Bayer filter, the 32MP selfie camera on the OnePlus Nord 2T captures 32MP images despite though it is only designed to produce 8MP images. They look lifelike, have strong contrast and dynamic range, and have a lot of resolved detail. The colours were consistently vivid.
In scenarios where HDR decides to intervene or the lighting wasn’t right, you will notice a noticeable loss in clarity.
When lighting conditions are ideal, subjects are sharp, well-exposed, and colourful in a portrait selfie; but, when lighting conditions are less than ideal, figures are less sharp. Effective blurring of the background.
The selfie, ultra-wide, and primary cameras on the OnePlus Nord 2T can all record videos. The primary camera can capture video in up to 4K at 30 and 60 frames per second. The Ultra-wide and selfie cameras can only record videos in [email protected] frames per second.
Both the h.264 and h.265 codecs are available to you.
There is electronic stabilisation available; it is constantly active and used with all cameras, regardless of quality or frame rate. The main camera benefits from OIS as well.
Like the Nord 2, the OnePlus Nord 2T is generous with bitrates; 1080p/30fps video is given an above-average 20Mbps when utilising the h.264 codec, while 4K video is given 50Mbps. For 4K clips, the stereo audio bitrate is roughly 160 kbps, whereas for 1080p, it is 256 kbps.
Similar to the Nord 2, the OnePlus Nord 2T is generous with its bitrates, allocating 50Mbps for 4K video and an above-average 20Mbps for 1080p/30fps when utilising the h.264 codec. The 4K clips’ stereo audio bitrate is approximately 160 kbps, whereas 1080p clips’ is 256 kbps.
The outstanding main camera and the powerful stereo speakers were also appreciated by us. Even though charging at 80W isn’t actually any faster than charging at 65W, the long battery life and quick charging are still noteworthy.
Last but not least, the Nord 2T is priced at 28,999 INR for the basic variant in India, which is an acceptable pricing and, in our opinion, makes it a wonderful offer.
However, it’s lack of official water protection is a significant drawback to note, along with the fact that 120Hz panels are available in this price range.
- Beautiful dual-glass design with a glossy or frosted back panel.
- OLED with a 90Hz refresh rate is bright enough.
- booming speakers
- Fast charging at 80W.
- Excellent GPU and CPU speeds.
- fantastic video and photo quality.
- Almost no change from the Nord 2.
- The audio output of the speaker could have been calibrated more precisely.
- Low HFR Gaming, average sustained performance.
- No official rating for IP.