OnePlus will make its true Nord successor official on July 22, but for now we can only learn more about the Nord 2 thanks to the leaks. While we’ve already seen the first renders of the phone and got official confirmation regarding some key specs, we now have a much more complete picture thanks to a 91mobiles leak.
As we already suspected, the Nord 2 will look a lot like the OnePlus 9R, with a series of protruding cameras in the upper left on the back and a selfie camera in the upper left corner of the nearly bezel-less display. 91mobiles claims that this panel will measure 6.43 inches diagonally with an FHD + resolution and 90Hz refresh rate, just on par with its predecessor. The rear will be available in “Gray Sierra” and “Blue Haze”, just like the gray and blue variants we know from the original Nord. There should also be a special edition with a green leather back.
As previously mentioned, the Nord 2 will have a slightly different camera setup with a primary 50MP IMX766 sensor, which you can find on many other BBK Electronics midrangers. It should be accompanied by an 8MP ultrawide and a useless 2MP monochrome camera, a shame, because I personally liked the 2MP macro. On the front, there’s a unique 32MP selfie sensor, which creates a much prettier display cutout. As always, however, we will have to wait for reviews to be able to properly judge this hardware. The camera certainly wasn’t very impressive on the original Nord.
91mobile has a few other curiosities to share, such as a 4,500mAh battery with 65W WarpCharge support, UFS 3.1 memory, dual speakers, dual 5G, and a plastic frame sandwiched between two Gorilla Glass 5 layers front and back. These features are accompanied by the usual more or less meaningless buzzwords, such as Haptic 2.0, AI photography, AI display, and AI game modes. It looks like there will no longer be a headphone jack. We already know for sure that the centerpiece of the Nord 2 will be the Dimensity 1200-AI processor that Mediatek has developed in partnership with OnePlus specifically for this phone.
91mobiles also claims that the Nord 2 will cost ₹ 31,999 and ₹ 34,999, depending on whether you choose the 8GB + 128GB model or the 12GB + 256GB variant. This would result in $ 430 (€ 360 / £ 310) and $ 470 (€ 400 / £ 340) respectively, although as always we have to be wary of direct currency conversions. The Nord 2 is much more likely to fall within the same price range as the original Nord, which means € 400 / £ 380 and € 500 / £ 470.
The North 2 appears to be a solid iterative upgrade over the North, although we shouldn’t expect anything flashy. This leaves us hopeful that OnePlus is focusing on improving its recent software deficiencies, with system updates and security patches taking years to implement. The company has already promised support for Pixel-beating software by merging OxygenOS with ColorOS, so let’s see how things go.
Hero Image: Original OnePlus Nord.