Don't buy cheap and powerful smartphone OnePlus Nord 2 5G. Because, China
The OnePlus Nord 2 5G is available in two core models. There’s an entry-level version with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. It costs £399. OnePlus’s step-up Nord 2 5G has 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, and costs £469. A glass back means it feels and looks more expensive, and the camera array is in another league. The OnePlus Nord 2 5G uses Gorilla Glass on front and back, and the rear panel is curved at the sides to make the phone feel thinner.
The OnePlus Nord 2 5G’s sides are plastic, a “fiberglass infused polymer”, not aluminium. Hardened plastic like this is going to pick up dents and scuffs less easily. The OnePlus Nord 2 5G comes with a factory-applied screen protector. There’s no official water resistance rating here, but if you put the thing in its case from day one it should be pretty easy to keep pristine. Parts that deserve more attention include the OnePlus Nord 2 5G’s loud and fairly beefy-sounding stereo speakers and what OnePlus calls Haptics 2.0.
Its vibration effects are more refined and sophisticated than you usually get in the best mid-range phones. On unlocking with a finger scan you can get a little haptic ”tap”, switching to Silent mode with the hardware slider results in two lighter taps. he OnePlus Nord 2 5G has an in-screen fingerprint reader. And unlike some of the cheaper phones that use this style, there are no issues with its speed or reliability. It seems just as fast as that of some flagship phones.
The OnePlus Nord 2 5G has a 6.43-inch Full HD OLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate. It’s a great screen. Sharp, bold and fairly bright, in most situations, it is often hard to distinguish the OnePlus Nord 2 5G screen from that of a phone twice the price. So, all said and done, the final verdict would be: Don't buy it. OnePlus is the Chinese company which means all your beautiful high res photos, along with other data and possible fingerprints, are available to the Chinese government. The smaller price comes with a price, to say it that way. ■