After a stream of leaks, OnePlus has confirmed it will release its new mid-range OnePlus Nord 2T 5G to European markets soon.
Although some details are under wraps, OnePlus has spilled a few secrets about the new device. Here’s all we know so far about the OnePlus Nord 2T.
When is the OnePlus Nord 2T release date?
There is sort of word from OnePlus about a launch date for the new Nord 2T. The company said the Nord 2T will launch in Europe alongside the OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite and OnePlus Nord Buds, and there's an event being streamed online on 19 May.
This 'Speed Games' event is billed as "A new launch from OnePlus Nord", so it looks as though the phone will be announced in full then. OnePlus is drip-feeding information about it in the days leading up to the event, as it has done with launches for several years.
In early May, the 2T was spotted on a Thai certification listing, not long before a full hands-on video of the phone appeared a few days later on 10 May from UAE-based Indian technology content creator Sahil Karoul, both further suggesting that a launch is imminent.
The original OnePlus Nord 2 5G made its debut at the end of July 2021, so the May slot means we are seeing a sequel after 10 months.
How much will the OnePlus Nord 2T cost?
The current rumours suggest that OnePlus will price the Nord 2T between ₹30,000 and ₹40,000 in India. This translates to around £300-£400, €350-€480 and US$400-$530. We're assuming that there will be a few variants - the OnePlus Nord 2 5G came in these configurations:
- 6GB RAM + 128GB storage: ₹27,999
- 8GB RAM + 128GB storage: £399/€399/₹29,999/$529
- 12GB RAM + 256GB storage: £469/€499/₹34,999/$629
We’d expect a similar price range for the Nord 2T, as it needs to fit into the overall structure of OnePlus phones that also include the new OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G and any potential successor to the OnePlus Nord N10 5G.
What new features will we see in the OnePlus Nord 2T?
OnePlus teased the Nord 2T in a blog post and confirmed it will have 80W SuperVOOC wired charging, the same speed found in the high-end OnePlus 10 Pro. Not too shabby.
The company has also confirmed the 2T runs the MediaTek Dimensity 1300 chipset. A OnePlus spokesperson told us, "The MediaTek Dimensity 1300 chipset will give OnePlus Nord 2T 5G improved, flagship-level performance - while still being more power efficient than the previous generation chipset. It also features improved connectivity features and better thermal performance."
It's an upgrade on the Dimensity 1200 in the original Nord 2, which was no slouch. Promising signs.
Before OnePlus confirmed the Nord 2T's existence, Karoul's mid-May upload leaves little to imagination; covering everything from hardware to benchmarking and camera testing.
The video also corroborates much of what had already leaked, including the unusual camera design, the use of MediaTek's Dimensity 1300 chipset and the inclusion of the impressive 80W fast charging.
Leaker Yogesh Brar previously partnered with OnSiteGo to release renders of what the phone would look like.
Although the render shows the phone in grey, as partially confirmed by Karoul's video, the phone is actually set to launch in two finishes: black (seen in the video) and blue. The traditional OnePlus alert slider is also included as part of the 2T's design, it seems.
As rumoured, the 2T does indeed appear to run on the new Dimensity 1300; a step up from the Dimensity 1200 inside the OnePlus Nord 2 5G, as MediaTek has tweaked the previous design for more power.
Benchmarking results seen in the video cite an AnTuTu score of 622964, along with a single-core score of 719 and a multi-core score of 2760 in Geekbench 5. For reference, in our review of the OnePlus Nord 2, the Dimensity 1200-AI chipset achieved a multi-core score of 2694, so while CPU performance may be improved, it's unlikely to feel earth-shatteringly different for those Nord 2 owners curious about the upgrade.
The unit in the video sports 12GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage, while Karoul makes mention of the fact that there's also the option of 8GB RAM (LPDDR4x) and 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage. On the software side, OxygenOS 12 appears to be the order of the day, based on Android 12.
The Nord 2T is also listed as featuring a 6.43in Full HD+ AMOLED panel with a resolution of 2400x1080, just as with the model it succeeds. A 90Hz refresh rate will keep things moving along nicely, although it might disappoint potential gamers that it won't have the 120Hz capabilities of some rival phones.
The above video also shows that users can choose between 90Hz and 60Hz, manually.
Triple optics are pretty much the standard fare on the rear of most mid-range Android phones these days.
As such, it’s no great surprise that the Nord 2T sports a trio of sensors on its rear: a 50Mp main shooter, an 8Mp ultrawide and a 2Mp monochrome (presumably for depth) to offer extra photographic options. The inclusion of dual LED flash elements that are separated from one another is unusual, though.
The front camera uses a punch-hole in the display through which a 32Mp sensor can capture images and video tops out at 4K at 60fps on the rear and Full HD on the front
Despite the unusual design, this is the same layout as on the OnePlus Nord 2 5G, so expect similar performance and capabilities in the camera department as with the previous model.
Battery & charging
A 4500mAh battery and support for impressive 80W fast-charging - the same speed as on the OnePlus 10 Pro - also feature (complete with a compatible charger in-box). However, not being a flagship, it won't get the 150W SuperVOOC charging found on the recent OnePlus 10R.