Good price, good battery and fast charging, quality main camera although some buts…
For a few years (perhaps coinciding with the departure of Carl Pei), One Plus has begun to set aside its commitment to the highest range to focus on a very decent mid-range (we are talking about prices below 500 euros). and to assert a quality/price ratio valued by consumers. Proof of this is the Nord family and precisely the OnePlus Nord 2T, one of the latest models from the house , is on that path. If it reaches its destination, it is a good question.
The design is clearly not groundbreaking, few phones manage to innovate in this area. And in the Nord 2T what first stands out is its obvious camera module at the rear. There the glass takes center stage, with its good side and its not so kind reflection . Although it provides an element of quality, the reality is that it is also a magnet for fingerprints, although it is not excessively slippery. Even so, a cover is more than recommended, especially considering the curved edges make it difficult to grip.
On the positive side and continuing with the sides, we find there not only the usual controls (volume and power) but also one that has disappeared in many brands and models: the one that allows you to cancel the sound by simply sliding it. It should be included by European regulations in all devices .Below we have the USB-C port for charging and connection with headphones. On the front, an AMOLED screen with FullHD + resolution, usual size (6.43 inches) and a refresh rate that is fair but in line with the price: 90 Hz. An interesting detail is that the screen is activated with just two touches or just by picking up the phone (both options must be configured in the menu).
Fingerprint sensor and facial recognition, efficient. Sound, very good for its price sector. 4,500 mAh battery with 80W fast charge (in half an hour it goes from 0 to 100) also very profitable. In fact OnePlus has one of the best fast charging algorithms on the market along with Realme.
Where does it fail? OnePlus’ choice for the Mediatek Dimensity 1300 processor may take its toll on you. It works very well as long as we do not demand much of it, but if we are going to play video games or demand more than watch content on the networks, the temperature begins to rise quickly and this affects the battery. The model with 8 GB of RAM (€359), for this reason, is also a little fair and if we can aspire to the 12 GB (€409), it is better and the difference is noticeable. As for storage, it reaches up to 256 GB (the model with 12 GB of RAM).
In photography, the Nord 2T is committed to a 50 MP lens with the Sony IMX766 sensor as the main camera. Accompanied by a wide angle of 8 MP and a smaller one (for black and white) of 2 MP. The main one behaves very well and if it had good company in the other two, it would be one of the best options, if not the best, in its price range. But the 50 MP Sony has to carry all the weight and that weighs down when it comes to night or landscape images. Its menu is highly valued: you don’t have to mess around a lot to find the highest quality (HDR) or the RAW option to work on the image later.
The front is a 32 MP beast that we would trade for the 8 MP wide angle to balance. But, again, we are dealing with a mobile (available in gray and jade) for less than €360 euros. Their habitat is very specific and it is easy, by design and materials, along with some specifications, to expect more. The good thing is that it does not deceive, what it promises, it fulfills.