The OnePlus Nord 2T isn’t the most interesting phone of 2022, but that’s difficult for a mid-range device to be. Instead, this is a smartphone with several adjustments and upgrades over its predecessor, making it one of the finest alternatives if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a phone. The Nord 2T can compete with the Google Pixel 5a, and it’ll be interesting to see if it can do the same with the anticipated Pixel 6a in the following months.
It will also cost INR 28,999 (US$372) for an 8GB RAM/128GB basic model, or INR 31,999 ($411) for its only other 12/256GB version. However, there may be an additional INR 4,000 ($50) introductory discount or rebate incentive on top of that.
|MediaTek Dimensity 1300 MT6893
|No of cores
|8 (octa core)
|Glacier Green, Graphite black
|1080 x 2400 pixels
|AMOLED, HDR 10+
|16 M Colors
|Yes, Capacitive, Multi-Touch
|Rear camera setup
|50MP(Primary), 8MP(Secondary), 2MP(Tertiary)
|32 MP Resolution
|Dual LED Rear Flash
|1920×1080 @ 30 fps, 60fps
|Auto FlashAuto FocusFace detectionTouch to focus
|Battery Type and capacity
|Li-Polymer, 4500 mAh
|Yes, Super VOOC, 80W
|Internal memory type
|128 GB, UFS 3.1
|Yes with A-GPS, Glonass
|Light SensorProximity SensorAccelerometerCompassGyroscope
The screen is the same as on the OnePlus Nord 2 5G, which isn’t necessarily a negative thing. It has a 6.43-inch AMOLED display with a 1080 x 2400 resolution. That translates to 409 pixels per inch, which is adequate for watching most films, playing games, or displaying anything else on your phone’s screen.
The brightness levels are adequate, but I frequently had to fiddle with the settings to get them just right. The automatic brightness isn’t great either. The screen has a smooth 90Hz refresh rate, which may be unsettling after using a phone with a 120Hz display, but it’s adequate if you’re moving from a phone with a 60Hz refresh rate, which is still prevalent among cheap handsets.
The OnePlus Nord 2T changes from its predecessor in only a few ways, but the design is one of them. It has a similar overall feel to the OnePlus Nord 2 5G, but there are several noticeable differences, notably a substantially bigger camera module on the back of the phone. This has been the most mentioned feature by everyone I’ve shown the Nord 2T to, and it has proven to be a contentious aesthetic.
From a distance, it seems to be two large cameras, yet these two large black circles contain three parts. The primary camera is located on top, while the ultrawide and depth cameras are located on the bottom. This style is comparable to the Honor 50 series, which appears to be a popular choice for phone cameras. Before purchasing this phone, you should consider whether you like the design, although I personally appreciate the emphasis on the camera.
Otherwise, the phone’s design feels appropriate for a mid-range phone with a glass rear, which means Gorilla Glass protection on both sides. The phone’s plastic frame is the cheapest-feeling component, but I didn’t find it detracted much from the overall feel. The design is a little slick, which may make it difficult to grip in various situations. If you purchase this gadget, you should consider purchasing a case to protect it from damage caused by drops.
Software and Performance
The Nord 2T runs Android 12, although it’s masked by the company’s OxygenOS 12.1 layer. This is contentious software, however I don’t mind the current version of Oxygen OS. The design is extensively altered, thus it does not resemble the software on Pixel phones. However, it is not for everyone. However, the original appearance and feel of the programme has been shaved away in recent years, and this is a crucial option you must make.
Expect no more support for the OnePlus Nord 2T, since the manufacturer has said that it will receive two Android platform upgrades (so Android 13 and Android 14) as well as three years of security patches.
Logically, your final significant software upgrade will come in late 2023 with the release of Android 14, which will be a huge letdown. For example, the Pixel 6a will receive three upgrades to Android 15, whereas the Samsung Galaxy A53 will receive four years of updates to Android 16.
The OnePlus Nord 2T’s battery life isn’t very impressive, but it will last you a full day on a single charge. That’s about what you’d expect from a mid-range phone of this kind, and I found that it always had 20 percent or so left in the tank when I went to bed. On extremely busy days, the phone did drain faster, but I was never concerned that it would die before the end of the day.
If you are concerned about this, the fast-charging capabilities on offer here are among the greatest, matching the highest levels of the company’s flagship OnePlus 10 Pro. It has an 80W fast-charging capability, which means it can charge the 4,500mAh battery in less than 30 minutes. If you need a rapid boost, you may obtain a whopping 50% in just 15 minutes.
The cameras on the Nord 2T are virtually identical to those on the Nord 2. The hardware is still adequate, but it isn’t as powerful as the Pixel 5a, which leads me to assume it will struggle against the impending Pixel 6a.
There’s a 50MP f/1.9 main camera, an 8MP f/2.2 ultrawide with a 120-degree field of view, and a 2MP f/2.2 depth sensor. The fact is that you’ll largely be utilising its primary camera, which is adequate for most situations but won’t blow you away.
In favourable lighting, I found the overall image quality to be adequate for a mid-range phone. There is optical image stabilisation here, but the camera suffers from movement, so you may discover that the focusing isn’t strong enough to capture fast-moving things.
|1 Year Manufacturer Warranty
|2 years Extended Warranty from the GoWarranty for the Oneplus Nord 2T phones