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5 reasons why the OnePlus Nord 2 5G is a flagship killer

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5 reasons why the OnePlus Nord 2 5G is a flagship killer
09 August 2021

The OnePlus Nord 2 5G is here, one of the most anticipated phones of the year. The reason: its predecessor was the ultimate flagship killer, offering a fantastic array of high-end specs for a price that wasn’t eye watering. It became one of the biggest-selling phones on Amazon during its stint, which has made the wait for its sequel all the more enticing.

Thankfully, the wait is over: the OnePlus Nord 2 5G is here, and you can rest easy. Everything that makes the Nord range special is here, and then some.

Here are 5 reasons why the OnePlus Nord 2 5G is a flagship killer…

5 reasons why the OnePlus Nord 2 5G is a flagship killer

1. The Nord 2 is packing processing power

There’s a brand-new processor in the OnePlus Nord 2 5G - and it’s a doozy. The Nord 2 is the first OnePlus phone to be powered by a MediaTek processor. Called the MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI, it’s a chip that packs a punch - offering the grunt needed for fast and smooth multitasking, but the cherry on top is its fantastic AI capabilities. With this chip inside, camera and video performance on the Nord 2 is improved immensely as well as other important things like gaming.

2. It has a flagship camera on board

Now, this is impressive. If you are already a fan of the OnePlus 9 range - and who isn’t? - you will be familiar with the 50MP camera on board, which comes with steady-as-she-goes OIS and the ability to shoot amazing images no matter what the lighting conditions are like. Well, this sensor is now on board the OnePlus Nord 2 5G, making this handset a real camera phone contender that can hold its own against any phone, even when the lights go out.

5 reasons why the OnePlus Nord 2 5G is a flagship killer

3. It has software that likes to improve things

On board the OnePlus Nord 2 5G is OxygenOS, an operating system we all know and love. It’s one of the slickest ways to experience Android and, this time around, it has been supercharged. Thanks to the phone’s AI capabilities, this phone isn’t happy until things look, well, better. For instance, when scrolling through sites such as Instagram, the colours on the images will automatically be improved by the Nord 2’s software. Clever!

4. The screen has to be seen

OnePlus has pushed what can be achieved when it comes to screen quality on a mid-range phone once more with the OnePlus Nord 2 5G. There’s a 90hz 6.43in AMOLED screen on board. Those specs mean EVERYTHING will look bright and beautiful on the handset. Couple this with a colour-boosting AI supercharging everything and the Nord 2 has a screen that needs to be seen.

5 reasons why the OnePlus Nord 2 5G is a flagship killer

5. The Nord 2 can be charged in just 30 minutes

That’s right, in the time it takes to stream an episode of your favourite show, the OnePlus Nord 2 5G will be charged. This is thanks to the impressive Warp Charge 65 charging tech on board. Couple this with a big 4500mAh battery and what you have is a phone that you can be in charge of, not the other way around.

There you have it, 5 great reasons the OnePlus Nord 2 5G is something of a flagship killer. Not bad considering we didn’t even mention the two years of major Android updates and three years of security updates you are guaranteed to get, the dual sim card slots, dual stereo speakers, the great gaming haptics on board...

The OnePlus Nord 2 5G is out now. Available in both Gray Sierra and Blue Haze, you can purchase from Amazon and OnePlus’ official site now from £399 for the 8GB/128GB version.