The Nord series has certainly helped OnePlus expand its user base in India. While the original OnePlus’ promise was to offer ‘flagship killers’, it was left with no choice but to deviate somewhat from that path. The Nord series is affordable, packs a reliable set of features and doesn’t really burn a hole in the pocket. The latest addition to the series is OnePlus Nord 2T . On paper, the Nord 2T review is a quintessential OnePlus phone — impressive specs, nice-looking and long-lasting battery. However , gone are those days when such specs could really help a brand stand out as almost everyone is out there to offer that something extra. Not to forget that the competition the Nord 2T faces is immense as the likes of Xiaomi, Samsung, Realme, and Oppo — all have competent offerings. We used the OnePlus Nord 2T for a while and here’s our review of the smartphone:

OnePlus Nord 2T review : Design and display
The evolution of camera bumps in the last few years tells a story in itself. From occupying minimal real estate in order to being prominently displayed, camera bumps add to the design aesthetics of the smartphone. On the OnePlus Nord 2T, the digital camera bump is rather big and we aren’t sure if it will appeal to everyone. Perhaps to give it a different look, the two camera circles have different colours. Further, the back might confuse you as it has two camera circles but it packs three sensors.

From the front, the OnePlus Nord 2T looks quite similar to its predecessor. At 190 grams, this is a comfortable phone to hold with the right amount of curves. It comes in two colour options — Grey Shadow plus Jade Fog. Our review unit was the former and it is kind of a hat tip to the OnePlus 1 in the texture of the back. The front and back is made of glass and the phone also gets Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The side rails are made of plastic with a coat associated with metal, which gives it a nice look. The button placement is quite familiar — with the power button on the right and volume rockers on the left. The popular OnePlus slider is also present on the correct side of the phone. At the bottom, there’s a SIM tray, USB-C port and bottom-firing speakers.

OnePlus Nord 2T has a 6. 43-inch full HD+ AMOLED display. It gets support for HDR 10+ and 90Hz refresh rate. The screen is very responsive and fluid. The brightness levels are optimum and colour reproduction is really accurate. You will find a lot of customisation options but that’s a standard affair with most phones these days. Watching content on the OnePlus Nord 2T is quite a good experience. It’s not as good as the premium phones but most people will genuinely like the display.

There’s an in-display fingerprint scanner that unlocks the device. It works really efficiently but the placement of the scanner could have been better. Having said that, there’s also facial recognition feature that you can use to unlock the phone.

OnePlus Nord 2T review: Camera

OnePlus cameras have become quite similar to the Nord collection. It’s a bit of a surprise to see OnePlus not changing the camera system from its predecessor. So what you get is a 50MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 2MP monochrome lens. The front camera has a 32MP sensor, which is found in the OnePlus 10 Pro as well.

How good is the camera? In broad daylight, it works really well. The shutter speed is really good and it focuses quite well. Most of the photos we clicked in daylight looked really sharp and bright. There are enough details in the photos and colour reproduction is fairly accurate. We clicked a host of pictures from the primary sensor and must say that for a phone in this price range, OnePlus Nord 2T delivers good performance. And that we are talking about a basic point-and-shoot camera — no editing at all — the images looked actually fine. If you share them on social media, most people will nod in appreciation.

The 2MP monochrome lens continues to mystify us. We have seen it within earlier OnePlus phones as well and not sure how many people will actually end up using the lens. The photos look alright but a telephoto lens instead of a monochrome perhaps would have been a better choice. But that’s just for us as maybe there’s an audience for a monochrome lens that will OnePlus is catering to.

The zoom on the OnePlus Nord 2T camera is just about average. It offers up to 10x digital zoom but the images didn’t really catch our fancy. Low-light photography is much better around the OnePlus Nord 2T compared to the previous generation Nord. There’s a Night mode but what we found was that even without using it, the images had a lot of detail and clarity with the primary digital camera. The same cannot be said about the ultra-wide camera during low-light conditions.

The front camera is amazing as images had a lot of details and accurate colours. The OnePlus Nord 2T video capabilities are on point as well. You can shoot videos in 4K at 30fps and there’s also a super slow motion mood. Videos look sharp and aren’t too shaky.

OnePlus Nord 2T review: Performance, battery life

The smartphone runs Android 12 and has OxygenOS as the custom user interface. If you’ve used an OnePlus then you know that the company does a really good job with OxygenOS. As they say to each his own but OxygenOS is one of our favourite custom UI as it’s neat, clean and intuitive enough to not get into settings and tamper too much. Further, it doesn’t have needless apps that a lot of other brands put in. So you don’t have to worry about unnecessarily deleting apps that you will never use. OnePlus Nord 2T will get two years of Android upgrades — not the best and an arean OnePlus can certainly improve.

Powering the smartphone is a Mediatek Dimensity 1300 processor. We found the OnePlus Nord 2T deliver really good performance in almost every day-to-day task. There are no lags or stutters and even multitasking is handled impeccably. You get an 8GB RAM variant or a 12GB RAM one. The virtual RAM function finds its way in the particular OnePlus Nord 2T too. But if you have a 12GB RAM variant then it is very unlikely that you will need to dip into the extra RAM.

The Mediatek Dimensity 1300 is certainly an impressive processor as the phone feels really snappy. Gaming is also quite a good experience on the OnePlus Nord 2T. We tried our own hands at the usual suspects of gaming — Asphalt, CoD: Mobile and a few others — and found that the phone doesn’t heat too much and performs rather adequately.

OnePlus Nord 2T brings a big improvement over its forerunner in the form of battery performance. OnePlus Nord 2T comes with 80W Super VOOC charging, which means that it takes barely 30 minutes to get 100% charge. OnePlus phones’ battery game has always been strong and the Nord 2T is not any different. We found that this phone can easily last for any day on medium in order to heavy usage. In case, the battery does run out then fast charging is always around to give you sufficient juice to get more out of the phone.

OnePlus Nord 2T review: Verdict
The OnePlus Nord 2T is an impressive phone on almost every count. The camera performance is good but not great and that’s why possibly it doesn’t become an instant go-to choice for us. Yet on other counts, you can very much well trust the particular OnePlus Nord 2T to be the phone that can be your faithful companion. The battery is great, the performance is amazing and the design will also please most people out there. Starting at Rs 28, 999 for the 8GB and 128 GIGABYTE variants, the OnePlus Nord 2T is a refreshing upgrade on the Nord 2T. All of us call it the quintessential OnePlus phone — there’s something for everyone.