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OnePlus Nord vs OnePlus Nord 2: How are they different?

Is the OnePlus Nord 2 worth buying versus the previous OnePlus Nord?

With the OnePlus Nord 2 already presented, the Chinese brand cements its commitment to a mid-range solid and defined, now made up of the first OnePlus Nord, the recent OnePlus Nord CE and the now new OnePlus Nord 2. A small family of devices that are around 400 euros that is located right between the OnePlus Nord N100 and N10 and the OnePlus 8, 8 Pro and 8T and the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro.

Today we are going to talk to you about how this new OnePlus Nord 2 compares with its predecessor, the OnePlus Nord. How far does the leap between the first and second generation go? To get out of doubt let's see its characteristics in detail and to point out the main points in common and differences.


How is the OnePlus Nord 2 different from the OnePlus Nord?

OnePlus Nord vs OnePlus Nord 2, feature comparison

Comparison OnePlus Nord vs OnePlus Nord 2
Specifications OnePlus Nord OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Dimensions 158.3 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm
184 grams
158.9 x 73.2 x 8.3 mm
189 grams
Screen 6.44-inch 20: 9 Fluid AMOLED
90 Hz
HDR10 +
Gorilla Glass 5
6.43-inch 20: 9 Fluid AMOLED
90 Hz
HDR10 +
Gorilla Glass 5
Resolution and density Full HD + (2400 x 1080 pixels), 408ppi Full HD + (2400 x 1080 pixels), 408ppi
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 5G MediaTek Dimensity 1200 5G
RAM 8/12 GB 8/12 GB
Operating system OxygenOS 10.5 based on Android 10
System updates secured for two years, and security updates for three
OxygenOS 11.3 based on Android 11
System updates secured for two years, and security updates for three
Storage 128/256 GB UFS 2.1 128/256 GB UFS 3.1
Cameras Rear: 48 MP f / 1.75 Sony IMX586 with OIS / EIS + Ultrawide 8 MP f / 2.25 + Macro 2 MP f / 2.4 + Depth Sensor 5 MP f / 2.4
Frontal:32 MP f / 2.45 + Ultrawide 8 MP f / 2.45 Sony IMX616 (105º FOV)
Rear: 50 MP f / 1.9 Sony IMX766 with OIS / EIS + Ultrawide 8 MP f / 2.3 + Monochrome 2 MP f / 2.4
Frontal:32 MP f / 2.45 Sony IMX615
Battery 4,115mAh with 30W Warp Charge fast charging 4,500mAh with fast charging Warp Charge at 65W
Others Alert Slider, on-screen optical fingerprint reader, face unlock, NFC, Bluetooth 5.1, USB 2.0 Type C, 5G Alert Slider, in-screen optical fingerprint reader, face unlock, NFC, Bluetooth 5.1, USB 2.0 Type C, stereo speakers, 5G
Launch price 399/499 euros 399/499 euros

As you can see in its specification tables, the changes between one mobile and another they are not too deep, highlighting above all processor and camera.

Design and display: subtle changes

OxygenOS on the OnePLus Nord

The design of the OnePlus Nord remains almost intact in the OnePlus Nord 2

Both the OnePlus Nord and its continuation maintain a very similar size and weight (not to say identical). The same happens with its screens, both being Fluid AMOLED and with a refresh rate of 90Hz, among other characteristics. We only appreciate a profound change in the shape and dimensions of your chambers. This is because the OnePlus Nord 2 eliminates both the fourth rear camera and the double front camera, thus having a somewhat smaller hole in the screen.

For the rest, buttons, construction, materials, use of the front … There are no notable differences between the two phones, not even in the available color palette, which maintains the gray and metallic blue as signs of identity.

The real leap is in the processor, camera and battery

OnePlus wanted to give it a power plus to the new Nord, replacing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G with the MediaTek Dimensity 1200, a 6 nanometer processor launched earlier this year. With this chip from MediaTek OnePlus promises a better camera performance and its AI as well as a CPU performance a 65% faster compared to the original Nord.

Even if storage and RAM configurations are maintained, as is obvious, the OnePlus Nord 2 comes with the most recent version of Android and OxygenOS, versions that will also reach the first Nord, although this would end its support and updates a year before than its continuation.

Too battery improves, going from 4,115mAh to 4,500mAh capacity, adding in the same way faster quick charge (forgive the redundancy). Thus, on paper, the new OnePlus Nord 2 is fully charged in just 35 minutes, all thanks to his 65W Warp Charge technology.

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It is in the photographic section where we find the main change. The OnePlus Nord 2 loses both the depth sensor and the double front camera, however, the quality of its sensors (also Sony) improves notably, being these capable of capture much more light than its predecessors.

In the case of the rear cameras, we find a Sony IMX766 main sensor 50 megapixel resolution, designed for catch more light and solve the usual problems of night photography. This is accompanied by an ultrawide sensor and a monochrome lens not included in the previous Nord.

Finally, about its front camera, OnePlus boasts that it is the selfie camera with the highest resolution of the entire OnePlus mobile catalog. Both the main and rear cameras have a indicted brand of the fall that improves brightness, color, contrast and many other details. A refinement through AI that ensures, in general, a better photographic result.

Which OnePlus is worth buying now: Nord or Nord 2?

OnePlus Nord 2

The main change between the OnePlus Nord and the Nord 2 is in the cameras

With a price difference of less than 100 euros today it does not make much sense to opt for the first Nord. Unless you find it at a price less than 300 euros, the camera, the performance and the battery are the best assets to bet on the OnePlus Nord 2.

And that's not to mention that, in the case of choosing the new OnePlus Nord 2, we would be buying a much more recent mobile, something that assures us, at least, one more year of support from OnePlus.


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