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Monday, December 05, 2022

OnePlus Nord 2T 5G review: Key essentials, but prowess wanted



Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus recently launched Nord 2T 5G in India. The successor to the Nord 2 5G, the T-Version is a seasonal refresh with better design, better performance and faster charging capability. Starting with the design, the OnePlus Nord 2T 5G gets new color themes on the back cover – Jade Fog and Gray Shadow. The Gray Shadow color variant (review unit) is reminiscent of the sandstone back cover of the early OnePlus model. The texture of the sandstone is smooth and not grainy and rough as was the case with the original sandstone back cover. However, it is equally efficient at removing fingerprints and smudges.

As for performance, the Nord 2T 5G settles for a modest price-performance ratio. Modest because the MediaTek Dimensity 1300 system-on-chip powering the smartphone isn’t entirely different or better than the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC of its predecessor. Nevertheless, there is a clear difference in the performance of both. The smartphone works well for daily tasks and manages to handle electrical tasks without breaking a sweat. Unlike the predecessor, the smartphone does not heat up. It does get hot sometimes, especially when used extensively for graphics-and-power-intensive tasks, but not to the point where it’s uncomfortable to use and operate. Also read: OnePlus Nord 2 5G Review

The increase in battery charging speed is another upgrade that the OnePlus Nord 2T 5G gets over its predecessor. The phone comes with an 80W SuperWook fast-wired charger, which can fully charge its completely drained 4,500 mAh capacity battery in around 40 minutes. It’s not an industry-leading fast-charging solution, but one of the best you can find in a midrange segment. As for the on-battery time, the smartphone lasts for around a day on a single charge.

Apart from the above upgrades, the OnePlus Nord 2T 5G is identical to the predecessor. It sports an HDR10+ certified 6.43-inch FullHD+ AMOLED screen with 90Hz refresh rate.

The screen is bright, vivid and responsive. Though it is not feature-rich, it is good for everyday use. Complementing the modest screen is Dirac-tuned audio delivered by stereo speakers. The speakers are loud and clear, but not balanced.

Imaging is covered by a triple-camera array at the back, consisting of a 50-megapixel primary sensor with optical image stabilization, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle sensor, and a 2MP mono lens. On the front side, the phone houses a 32MP sensor. It is the camera configuration that is picked up from the earlier one, and hence offers a familiar experience. The primary camera sensor is the star here. It performs well in all lighting conditions. The ultra-wide-angle sensor is good but not the best. Frames clicked through the primary sensor and the ultra-wide-angle sensor lack color symmetry. Unlike the primary sensor, the ultra-wide-angle sensor struggles in low light conditions. Talking about the front camera, it works well for both regular shots and portraits.

The Nord 2T 5G can record 4K resolution video at 30 fps from the primary sensor, 1080p at 30fps from ultra-wide-angle, and up to 1080p at 30fps from the front camera. Videos recorded with the primary sensor look good but the ultra-wide-sensor disappoints, especially in low-light conditions.

Decision

The Nord 2 5G was a decent smartphone in its own right, but now it deserves a successor, perhaps with a bigger screen with a higher refresh rate, better imaging system, bigger-capacity battery and a powerful processor. Unfortunately, the Nord 2T doesn’t have any of these. The smartphone brings incremental upgrades in terms of design, performance and charging speed, but has been left unchanged from the predecessor and this makes it a seasonal refresh. That said, the Nord 2T (priced at Rs 28,999) may be the best smartphone in the OnePlus midrange line, but not in this segment just because it feels low compared to other midrange smartphones launched this year.

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