OnePlus Nord 2T smartphone review: Budget high-end phone with little innovation

A new design – but what else? The OnePlus Nord 2T takes its cues from classic OnePlus phones with its roughened surface. Apart from that, little has changed compared to the predecessor at first glance. In our review, we’ll see if we can identify any refinements that could justify an update.

OnePlus Nord 2T

The OnePlus Nord series sells well, so it’s not surprising that the OnePlus Nord 2 has been updated after just 9 months: The OnePlus Nord 2T hits the market with an updated design at the same price as its predecessor.

We want to discover the modifications in our review, even though they don’t seem to be much at first glance. Although there’s a new SoC on paper, it turns out to be an almost exact clone of the SoC in the OnePlus Nord 2 upon closer inspection. So, is the Nord 2T purely a design update?

Display

6.43 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 409 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, AMOLED, Gorilla Glass 5, 180 Hz sampling rate, glossy: yes, HDR, 90 Hz

Storage

256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 256 GB 

, 240 GB free

Connections

1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: audio via USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass

Networking

802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n=Wi-Fi 4/ac=Wi-Fi 5/ax=Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B4/​B5/​B8/​B19), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B12/​B17/​B18/​B19/​B20/​B26/​B28/​B32/​B34/​B38/​B39/​B40/​B41/​B66), 5G (n1/​n3/​n7/​n8/​n20/​n28/​n38/​n41/​n78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS

Size

height x width x depth (in mm): 8.2 x 159.1 x 73.2 (=0.32 x 6.26 x 2.88 in)

Battery

4500 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 80-watt SuperVOOC charging

Charging

fast charging / Quickcharge

Operating System

Android 12

Camera

Primary Camera: 50 MPix f/​1.8, phase-comparison AF, contrast AF, OIS, dual-LED flash, videos @2160p/​30fps, videos @720p/​960fps (camera 1); 8.0 MP, f/​2.2, wide-angle lens (camera 2); 2.0 MP, f/​2.2, monochrome (camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 32 MPix f/​2.4, videos @1080p/​30fps

Additional features

Speakers: stereo speakers (hybrid), Keyboard: virtual keyboard, charger, USB cable, SIM tool, silicon case, 24 Months Warranty, LTE Cat 18/​13 (1200Mbps/​150Mbps), fanless

Weight

190 g (= 6.7 oz / 0.42 pounds) (= 0 oz / 0 pounds)

Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

Possible contenders in comparison

Rating

Date

Model

Weight

Drive

Size

Resolution

Best Price

85.1 %

06/2022

OnePlus Nord 2T
Dimensity 1300, Mali-G77 MP9
190 g 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash 6.43″ 2400×1080
84.9 %

08/2021

OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9
189 g 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash 6.43″ 2400×1080
85.3 %

02/2022

Motorola Moto G200 5G
SD 888+ 5G, Adreno 660
202 g 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash 6.80″ 2460×1080
86.4 %

10/2021

Xiaomi 11T
Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9
203 g 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash 6.67″ 2400×1080
83.2 %

06/2022

Samsung Galaxy A53
Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4
189 g 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash 6.50″ 2400×1080

Case – Reminiscent of the OnePlus One

The rough back of the OnePlus Nord 2T in the gray color variant is reminiscent of early OnePlus phones, but it’s not quite as grippy as in those early models. Obviously, OnePlus wants to do a bit of fan service with it. Unlike the smooth glass surface on the OnePlus Nord 2, there’s also the advantage that fingerprints aren’t visible, as we could determine with our test device.

The second color variant is called “Jade Fog”, and it comes with a glossy surface, so it should be a bit more susceptible to fingerprints.

The OnePlus Nord 2T is a slightly more manageable phone, and it’s also a bit lighter than, for example, the massive Moto G200. The chassis can be twisted to a minor extent, which is probably also due to the plastic frame that continues to be present. However, the build quality and stability are at a high level overall.

full resolution]” data-fancybox=”8672385″ data-title-id=”lightbox_title_8672385_1″ href=”http://www.notebookcheck.net/fileadmin/_processed_/1/b/csm_IMG20220510094332_96927a87ea.jpg” title=”OnePlus Nord 2T 5G”>OnePlus Nord 2T 5G

Size comparison

168.1 mm / 6.62 inch75.5 mm / 2.97 inch8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch202 g0.4453 lbs164.1 mm / 6.46 inch76.9 mm / 3.03 inch8.8 mm / 0.3465 inch203 g0.4475 lbs159.6 mm / 6.28 inch74.8 mm / 2.94 inch8.1 mm / 0.3189 inch189 g0.4167 lbs159.1 mm / 6.26 inch73.3 mm / 2.89 inch8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch189 g0.4167 lbs159.1 mm / 6.26 inch73.2 mm / 2.88 inch8.2 mm / 0.3228 inch190 g0.4189 lbs

Connectivity – Same price level

The OnePlus phone is available in two storage configurations:

  • 8 GB RAM / 128 GB storage: 399 Euros (~$420)
  • 12 GB RAM / 256 GB storage: 499 Euros (~$525)

Storage configurations and prices have remained exactly the same compared to the predecessor.

High-end features like wireless charging or an IP certification aren’t available, and there’s no 3.5 mm jack for connecting headphones, or a microSD reader.

A USB-C port is located at the bottom edge, which internally only supports USB 2.0 speeds and can therefore only transfer a maximum of 480 Mb/s. Just like with the predecessor, NFC and Bluetooth 5.2 are available as wireless interfaces.

A risky situation: The microphone is located directly next to the SIM tray at the bottom. You have to be careful to choose the correct hole for the SIM tool here, otherwise you could accidentally pierce the membrane.

Software – Relatively short update policy

OxygenOS 12.1, which is based on Android 12, is preinstalled. This is the first major version of OxygenOS that’s no longer completely independent; instead, it was developed based on its partner company Oppo’s ColorOS.

Once again, the manufacturer has promised two new Android versions and three years of security updates. Since the security patches are already two months old at the time of testing, the update frequency is probably expected to be quarterly.

Communication and GNSS – OnePlus with Wi-Fi problem

The OnePlus smartphone can connect to mobile networks using all current standards, and it also supports 5G SA. There are also enough 4G frequencies to be able to access the mobile Internet while traveling.

During our review, we constantly checked the smartphone’s mobile network reception quality. The result: The OnePlus Nord 2T is on par with many high-end smartphones here, and it shows very good signal quality.

Wi-Fi 6 is also available, and the smartphone is on par with its comparison devices when it comes to sending data, but it’s much slower when it comes to receiving data. This could simply be a software problem that can be solved via an update. The data rates are very stable during the test.

Networking
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Average of class Smartphone
  (72.5 – 1736, n=49, last 2 years)





636 MBit/s ∼100% +41%

OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash





451 (397min – 461max) MBit/s ∼71%

Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash





345 (328min – 351max) MBit/s ∼54% -24%

iperf3 transmit AXE11000
OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash





884 (867min – 902max) MBit/s ∼100%

Average of class Smartphone
  (78.3 – 1710, n=49, last 2 years)





657 MBit/s ∼74% -26%

Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash





269 (255min – 281max) MBit/s ∼30% -70%

iperf3 transmit AX12
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash





888 (842min – 904max) MBit/s ∼100%

Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash





884 (817min – 939max) MBit/s ∼100%

Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash





864 (759min – 906max) MBit/s ∼97%

Average of class Smartphone
  (5.59 – 1395, n=210, last 2 years)





485 MBit/s ∼55%

iperf3 receive AX12
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash





877 (657min – 928max) MBit/s ∼100%

Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash





836 (737min – 887max) MBit/s ∼95%

Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash





836 (809min – 863max) MBit/s ∼95%

Average of class Smartphone
  (15.5 – 1348, n=210, last 2 years)





472 MBit/s ∼54%

050100150200250300350400450500550600650700750800850900Tooltip

; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø451 (397-461)

; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø884 (867-902)

Outdoors, our location is pinpointed with an accuracy of one meter after a minimal delay, which is a very good result. Numerous satellites are also available for positioning, and the SBAS system for higher accuracy is also on board.

So as to be able to make an even more in-depth assessment of the positioning accuracy in everyday use, we got on our bike and took the OnePlus Nord 2T as well as the Garmin Venu 2 smartwatch along for a comparison.

We can conclude that the Nord phone occasionally shows small inaccuracies, especially in narrow old-town alleys, but the comparison device doesn’t navigate very well here, either. However, the positioning accuracy is very good in areas where houses aren’t that close to each other; therefore, we can recommend the OnePlus Nord 2T as a navigation device.

Telephone and call quality – Moderate call quality

OnePlus uses Google’s standard phone app. It has all the necessary functions. Of course, you can also use other apps from the Play Store if you want, but you should look for a reliable software developer in that case.

The internal earpiece tends to drone at maximum volume, and it generally reproduces voices in a slightly muffled way. The microphone doesn’t pick up our voice that clearly, either, as the person on the other end of the line confirms. They sound a bit better over the speaker, but we have to be careful not to speak too quietly, or the hands-free microphone doesn’t pick up our voice anymore. 

Cameras – Better in the dark

Front-facing camera sample
Front-facing camera sample

Compared to the predecessor, little has changed as far as the camera is concerned: There’s still no macro lens, and the main camera with optical image stabilization still has a resolution of 50 megapixels. However, the aperture and therefore the light sensitivity are slightly higher.

Consequently, the main camera also does a good job brightening our comparison pictures, but it also creates a very bright sky in HDR mode; in addition, sharpness is rather mediocre upon closer inspection. In low light, however, the brightening is actually better than in the predecessor, and the level of detail is better here as well. That said, the camera doesn’t perform at a high-end level.

Once again, the wide-angle lens takes decent snapshots, but by now, there are mobile phone cameras that provide a much better reproduction of image details.

Video recording remains available at 4K and 30 fps. You have to decide before recording if you want to use the wide-angle lens or the main camera; it’s not possible to switch while recording. Although the autofocus occasionally responds with minimal delays, it works well overall, as does the brightness correction; this results in decent pictures.

The 32-megapixel front-facing camera does its job quite well, and it also provides decent detail reproduction in the hair area. This allows you to magnify selfies a bit if you want to.

ColorChecker

13.2 ∆E

9.6 ∆E

11.5 ∆E

16.6 ∆E

13.7 ∆E

8.6 ∆E

10.6 ∆E

9.1 ∆E

10.4 ∆E

4.3 ∆E

8.2 ∆E

8.4 ∆E

5 ∆E

7.7 ∆E

8.9 ∆E

3.2 ∆E

6.8 ∆E

10.8 ∆E

5.5 ∆E

4.1 ∆E

7.3 ∆E

6.9 ∆E

6.4 ∆E

3.5 ∆E

ColorChecker OnePlus Nord 2T: 8.34 ∆E min: 3.15 – max: 16.63 ∆E
ColorChecker

21.6 ∆E

38.5 ∆E

28.8 ∆E

30.2 ∆E

32.2 ∆E

41.4 ∆E

36 ∆E

24.6 ∆E

24.5 ∆E

24.4 ∆E

43.7 ∆E

46.4 ∆E

19.5 ∆E

35 ∆E

16.9 ∆E

43.9 ∆E

27.8 ∆E

32.7 ∆E

40 ∆E

40.5 ∆E

39.4 ∆E

30.3 ∆E

22.2 ∆E

12.9 ∆E

ColorChecker OnePlus Nord 2T: 31.39 ∆E min: 12.89 – max: 46.41 ∆E

Accessories and warranty – Charger included

In contrast to the current trend, a charger is still included in the box of the OnePlus Nord 2T. In addition, you also get a case, a USB-C cable, and a SIM tool.

Once again, OnePlus’ store offers a special Sandstone case and a screen protector for the Nord phone, both of which cost 23 Euros (~$24). There’s also a special accessories package that includes TWS headphones and costs just under 67 Euros (~$71). A compatible replacement charger is currently unavailable from OnePlus.

The manufacturer offers a 24-month warranty for its smartphones.

Input devices and handling – 90 Hz touchscreen

The touchscreen can be used smoothly and without any issues. The display, which can be set to a refresh rate of 60 or 90 Hz, also contributes to this. It feels like you can navigate menu screens even more intuitively at 90 Hz.

The fingerprint sensor is hidden underneath the screen, and it’s located quite far down. When you hold the phone in your hand, you often have to reposition it to reach the sensor. The recognition accuracy is good, and the smartphone is unlocked with a very short delay. It’s annoying, however, that the fingerprint sensor isn’t active all the time, and it doesn’t respond when the display is completely turned off, for example.

Face recognition is also integrated, and it works well, but it’s not quite as secure due to the 2D implementation that lacks hardware support.

Display – No DC dimming

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

When it comes to the display panel, nothing seems to have changed. The size, resolution, brightness, and measurements: The same or very similar values can be seen everywhere in the OnePlus Nord 2 and 2T. Once again, this is an AMOLED display with an expanded 1080p resolution.

The average display brightness is around 573 cd/m². We also observe PWM flickering in this device, something that is typical for OLED displays. Unlike older OnePlus phones, there’s no DC dimming option here.

586
cd/m²
570
cd/m²
562
cd/m²
576
cd/m²
561
cd/m²
566
cd/m²
587
cd/m²
577
cd/m²
573
cd/m²

Distribution of brightness

X-Rite i1Pro 2

Maximum: 587 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 573.1 cd/m² Minimum: 1.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 96 %
Center on Battery: 561 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.67 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.4
ΔE Greyscale 4.1 | 0.64-98 Ø5.6
98.3% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.245

OnePlus Nord 2T
AMOLED, 2400×1080, 6.43
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
AMOLED, 2400×1080, 6.43
Motorola Moto G200 5G
IPS LCD, 2460×1080, 6.80
Xiaomi 11T
AMOLED, 2400×1080, 6.67
Samsung Galaxy A53
AMOLED, 2400×1080, 6.50
Screen

2%

-8%

33%

29%

Brightness middle

561

594

6%

512

-9%

781

39%

718

28%

Brightness

573

594

4%

488

-15%

782

36%

730

27%

Brightness Distribution

96

99

3%

87

-9%

94

-2%

92

-4%

Black Level *

0.36

Colorchecker dE 2000 *

2.67

2.74

-3%

3.42

-28%

2

25%

1.62

39%

Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *

6.15

6

2%

5.9

4%

2.9

53%

4.21

32%

Greyscale dE 2000 *

4.1

4.2

-2%

3.7

10%

2.3

44%

2

51%

Gamma

2.245 98%

2.278 97%

7154 0%

2.28 96%

2.156 102%

CCT

7104 91%

7322 89%

1.944 334362%

6852 95%

6545 99%

Contrast

1422

… smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession – a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.

Screen flickering / PWM detected 193.1 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 193.1 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 193.1 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21860 (minimum: 5 – maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Series of measurements with fixed zoom level and different brightness settings

We take a closer look at the color reproduction’s accuracy in our tests with the spectrophotometer and the CalMAN software.

We notice a very slight blue tint in the grayscale, but this is also the only relevant deviation. Although there are generally more accurate displays on the mobile phone market, the color nuances are sufficiently accurate for the human eye on this panel.

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.

The smartphone can also be used outdoors on bright days. Nevertheless, you will notice the difference to Samsung’s or Xiaomi’s OLED panels, for example, which can generate much more brightness with their Boost mode, making them even more flexible during use. With the OnePlus Nord 2T, you have to move into the shade more often.

The viewing angles are almost perfect. When nothing is being reflected on the display, it’s possible to see the screen content very well even from very flat angles.

Performance – SoC with strange results

At first glance, you could think that the OnePlus Nord 2T comes with a completely new SoC: However, the MediaTek Dimensity 1300 matches the Dimensity 1200 exactly in almost all areas, with the latter having been installed in the OnePlus Nord 2. Therefore, you shouldn’t expect a performance leap, and those looking for the fastest smartphone processor in this price range will still be better served with the Motorola Moto G200.

The Dimensity 1300 delivers solid performance for everyday use, even when multitasking. Some benchmarks show lower results than expected, though. It’s currently hard to tell whether this is due to OnePlus’ software, the benchmarks, or the SoC, since the OnePlus Nord 2T is the first device that we review with this SoC.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192


1076 Points ∼100% +159%

Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192


857 Points ∼80% +107%

OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288


809 Points ∼75% +95%

Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144


740 Points ∼69% +78%

Average of class Smartphone
  (58 – 1755, n=251, last 2 years)





668 Points ∼62% +61%

OnePlus Nord 2T
MediaTek Dimensity 1300, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288


415 Points ∼39%

Average MediaTek Dimensity 1300
 





415 Points ∼39% 0%

64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192


3286 Points ∼100% +22%

Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192


2916 Points ∼89% +8%

OnePlus Nord 2T
MediaTek Dimensity 1300, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288


2700 Points ∼82%

Average MediaTek Dimensity 1300
 





2700 Points ∼82% 0%

OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288


2463 Points ∼75% -9%

Average of class Smartphone
  (248 – 4914, n=251, last 2 years)





2187 Points ∼67% -19%

Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144


1878 Points ∼57% -30%

Antutu v9 – Total Score
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192


794271 Points ∼100% +32%

OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288


604538 Points ∼76% +1%

OnePlus Nord 2T
MediaTek Dimensity 1300, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288


600384 Points ∼76%

Average MediaTek Dimensity 1300
 





600384 Points ∼76% 0%

Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192


570375 Points ∼72% -5%

Average of class Smartphone
  (111952 – 1041980, n=107, last 2 years)





551274 Points ∼69% -8%

Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144


409976 Points ∼52% -32%

PCMark for Android – Work 3.0
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192


18567 Points ∼100% +74%

Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192


12120 Points ∼65% +14%

Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144


11470 Points ∼62% +7%

OnePlus Nord 2T
MediaTek Dimensity 1300, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288


10678 Points ∼58%

Average MediaTek Dimensity 1300
 





10678 Points ∼58% 0%

Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 – 18567, n=143, last 2 years)





10123 Points ∼55% -5%

OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288


8486 Points ∼46% -21%

BaseMark OS II
Overall
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192


5711 Points ∼100% +18%

Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192


5319 Points ∼93% +10%

OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288


5130 Points ∼90% +6%

OnePlus Nord 2T
MediaTek Dimensity 1300, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288


4856 Points ∼85%

Average MediaTek Dimensity 1300
 





4856 Points ∼85% 0%

Average of class Smartphone
  (895 – 8124, n=168, last 2 years)





4221 Points ∼74% -13%

Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144


3626 Points ∼63% -25%

System
OnePlus Nord 2T
MediaTek Dimensity 1300, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288


9996 Points ∼100%

Average MediaTek Dimensity 1300
 





9996 Points ∼100% 0%

OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288


9622 Points ∼96% -4%

Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192


9292 Points ∼93% -7%

Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192


8546 Points ∼85% -15%

Average of class Smartphone
  (1542 – 19657, n=168, last 2 years)





7468 Points ∼75% -25%

Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144


7157 Points ∼72% -28%

Memory
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288


7277 Points ∼100% +55%

Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192


7144 Points ∼98% +52%

Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192


5648 Points ∼78% +20%

Average of class Smartphone
  (1012 – 9044, n=168, last 2 years)





4841 Points ∼67% +3%

OnePlus Nord 2T
MediaTek Dimensity 1300, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288


4699 Points ∼65%

Average MediaTek Dimensity 1300
 





4699 Points ∼65% 0%

Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144


3855 Points ∼53% -18%

Graphics
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192


13865 Points ∼100% +60%

OnePlus Nord 2T
MediaTek Dimensity 1300, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288


8672 Points ∼63%

Average MediaTek Dimensity 1300
 





8672 Points ∼63% 0%

OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288


7754 Points ∼56% -11%

Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192


7516 Points ∼54% -13%

Average of class Smartphone
  (478 – 25642, n=168, last 2 years)





7332 Points ∼53% -15%

Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144


5178 Points ∼37% -40%

Web
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192


1665 Points ∼100% +22%

Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192


1604 Points ∼96% +18%

Average of class Smartphone
  (718 – 2392, n=168, last 2 years)





1384 Points ∼83% +1%

OnePlus Nord 2T
MediaTek Dimensity 1300, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288


1365 Points ∼82%

Average MediaTek Dimensity 1300
 





1365 Points ∼82% 0%

OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288


1276 Points ∼77% -7%

Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144


1210 Points ∼73% -11%

AImark – Score v2.x
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192


286905 Points ∼100% +393%

Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192


71546 Points ∼25% +23%

OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288


71083 Points ∼25% +22%

Average of class Smartphone
  (4293 – 286905, n=126, last 2 years)





61947 Points ∼22% +6%

OnePlus Nord 2T
MediaTek Dimensity 1300, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288


58244 Points ∼20%

Average MediaTek Dimensity 1300
 





58244 Points ∼20% 0%

Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144


4714 Points ∼2% -92%

In terms of graphics performance, the Nord 2T performs much better with its Mali-G77 MP9, and it even frequently reaches first place in the offscreen tests in particular.

3DMark
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


1453 Points ∼100% +12%

OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


1295 Points ∼89%

OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


1256 Points ∼86% -3%

Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


1205 Points ∼83% -7%

Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash


621 Points ∼43% -52%

Wild Life Extreme
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


1564 Points ∼100% +18%

OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


1324 Points ∼85%

Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


1291 Points ∼83% -2%

OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


1283 Points ∼82% -3%

Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash


636 Points ∼41% -52%

Wild Life Unlimited Score
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


5711 Points ∼100% +26%

OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


4548 Points ∼80%

OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


4214 Points ∼74% -7%

Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


4194 Points ∼73% -8%

Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash


2275 Points ∼40% -50%

Wild Life Score
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


5765 Points ∼100% +25%

OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


4623 Points ∼80%

OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


4208 Points ∼73% -9%

Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


4179 Points ∼72% -10%

Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash


2293 Points ∼40% -50%

GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex Onscreen
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


121 fps ∼100% +102%

Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


116 fps ∼96% +93%

Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash


81 fps ∼67% +35%

OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


60 fps ∼50%

OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


59 fps ∼49% -2%

1920×1080 T-Rex Offscreen
OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


200 fps ∼100%

Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


185 fps ∼93% -7%

OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


178 fps ∼89% -11%

Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


161 fps ∼81% -19%

Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash


92 fps ∼46% -54%

GFXBench 3.0
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


106 fps ∼100% +86%

Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


81 fps ∼76% +42%

OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


60 fps ∼57% +5%

OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


57 fps ∼54%

Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash


56 fps ∼53% -2%

1920×1080 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


129 fps ∼100%

OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


124 fps ∼96% -4%

Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


122 fps ∼95% -5%

Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


92 fps ∼71% -29%

Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash


61 fps ∼47% -53%

GFXBench 3.1
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


75 fps ∼100% +39%

OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


58 fps ∼77% +7%

Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


54 fps ∼72% 0%

OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


54 fps ∼72%

Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash


35 fps ∼47% -35%

1920×1080 Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


79 fps ∼100% 0%

OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


79 fps ∼100%

OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


77 fps ∼97% -3%

Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


62 fps ∼78% -22%

Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash


38 fps ∼48% -52%

GFXBench
on screen Car Chase Onscreen
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


44 fps ∼100% +7%

OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


41 fps ∼93% 0%

OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


41 fps ∼93%

Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


35 fps ∼80% -15%

Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash


20 fps ∼45% -51%

1920×1080 Car Chase Offscreen
OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


50 fps ∼100%

OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


47 fps ∼94% -6%

Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


46 fps ∼92% -8%

Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


42 fps ∼84% -16%

Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash


23 fps ∼46% -54%

on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


33 fps ∼100% +6%

Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


33 fps ∼100% +6%

OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


31 fps ∼94% 0%

OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


31 fps ∼94%

Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash


15 fps ∼45% -52%

2560×1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


21 fps ∼100% +116%

Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


21 fps ∼100% +116%

Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


19 fps ∼90% +96%

Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash


10 fps ∼48% +3%

OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


9.7 fps ∼46%

on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


49 fps ∼100% +4%

OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


48 fps ∼98% +2%

OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


47 fps ∼96%

Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


42 fps ∼86% -11%

Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash


23 fps ∼47% -51%

1920×1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


56 fps ∼100%

OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


54 fps ∼96% -4%

Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


53 fps ∼95% -5%

Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


39 fps ∼70% -30%

Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash


26 fps ∼46% -54%

Our review unit is also very fast when browsing the Internet. In practice, this means that websites load quickly and that images are often already available while scrolling.

The UFS 3.1 storage is very fast, as it was in the predecessor. This also gives the OnePlus phone a significant speed advantage over some competitors. Loading times are short, and data transfers aren’t slowed down, at least not by the storage solution. This makes it all the more unfortunate that the OnePlus Nord 2T only offers a USB 2.0 port, which becomes a bottleneck when exchanging data with other devices.

OnePlus Nord 2T OnePlus Nord 2 5G Motorola Moto G200 5G Xiaomi 11T Samsung Galaxy A53 Average 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash Average of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5

-5%

-14%

-31%

-40%

-4%

-46%

Sequential Read 256KB

1891.3

1827

-3%

1898

0%

1790

-5%

510.1

-73%

1781 ?(1330 – 2037, n=46)

-6%

923 ?(45.6 – 2037, n=246, last 2 years)

-51%

Sequential Write 256KB

1300.6

1256

-3%

712

-45%

942

-28%

486.7

-63%

943 ?(452 – 1559, n=46)

-27%

465 ?(11.9 – 1485, n=246, last 2 years)

-64%

Random Read 4KB

235.8

223.7

-5%

155.9

-34%

139.3

-41%

229.9

-3%

263 ?(181 – 345, n=46)

12%

165 ?(13.5 – 345, n=246, last 2 years)

-30%

Random Write 4KB

262.2

239

-9%

322.5

23%

133.3

-49%

210.8

-20%

273 ?(218 – 458, n=47)

4%

158.3 ?(56.5 – 458, n=247, last 2 years)

-40%

Games – Gaming at a maximum of 60 fps

The OnePlus Nord 2T isn’t explicitly advertised as a gaming phone, but its 90 Hz screen could at least enable HFR gaming to some degree. This didn’t work in the games that we tested, though. We achieved a maximum of around 60 fps in Armajet as well as in the more demanding 3D shooter PUBG Mobile. We determined the fps rates with GameBench’s tools.

If you have higher demands and set the graphics settings in PUBG Mobile to HD, you can only achieve around 40 fps. This is still acceptable, and most mobile games can be played on the smartphone without any issues. However, the impression remains that better results could have been achieved here.

051015202530354045505560Tooltip

; Armajet: Ø59.3 (57-60)

; PUBG Mobile; Smooth: Ø58.9 (55-60)

; PUBG Mobile; HD: Ø39.9 (39-41)

Temperature

The OnePlus smartphone can get pretty warm under prolonged load, which also has an impact on performance: It fluctuates heavily after several runs of a benchmark; it can return to the maximum values from time to time, but it then drops significantly again.

  44.6 °C
112 F
44 °C
111 F
36.3 °C
97 F
 
  45.7 °C
114 F
44.2 °C
112 F
36.7 °C
98 F
 
  43.8 °C
111 F
42.7 °C
109 F
36.5 °C
98 F
 
Maximum: 45.7 °C=114 F
Average: 41.6 °C=107 F
34.6 °C
94 F
40.6 °C
105 F
40.2 °C
104 F
36.7 °C
98 F
40.9 °C
106 F
42.1 °C
108 F
37 °C
99 F
41.7 °C
107 F
44.3 °C
112 F
Maximum: 44.3 °C=112 F
Average: 39.8 °C=104 F

Power Supply (max.)  39.9 °C=104 F | Room Temperature 21.5 °C=71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260

(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 41.6 °C / 107 F, compared to the average of 32.8 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 45.7 °C / 114 F, compared to the average of 35.1 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 44.3 °C / 112 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25 °C / 77 F, compared to the device average of 32.8 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash


99.6 % ∼100% +69%

Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


95.2 % ∼96% +61%

Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


80.4 % ∼81% +36%

OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


61.4 % ∼62% +4%

OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


59.1 % ∼59%

Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash


97.8 % ∼100% +48%

Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


91 % ∼93% +38%

Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


79 % ∼81% +20%

OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


66.6 % ∼68% +1%

OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash


65.9 % ∼67%

051015202530Tooltip

OnePlus Nord 2T Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.9.1: Ø7.7 (5.25-7.97)

Motorola Moto G200 5G Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.7.2: Ø7.57 (7.1-8.98)

Xiaomi 11T Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.5.1: Ø7.08 (6.98-7.67)

Samsung Galaxy A53 Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.9.1: Ø3.81 (3.75-3.84)

OnePlus Nord 2T Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø24.1 (16.4-27.7)

Motorola Moto G200 5G Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø28.8 (27.4-34.2)

Xiaomi 11T Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø24.6 (23.7-24.8)

Samsung Galaxy A53 Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø13.7 (13.7-13.7)

Speakers

The sound of the OnePlus Nord 2T is at an average level: The speakers can get quite loud if desired, but it would be nice if they offered a bit more low mids. As a result, the sound isn’t distorted, but it’s a bit high-pitched, which makes it seem thinner than with higher-quality speakers. The earpiece is used as a second speaker to create a stereo effect.

Speakers or headphones can be connected either via the USB-C port or Bluetooth 5.2. This works smoothly in both cases, and headphones with a 3.5 mm plug can also be used with an adapter. All of the currently important Bluetooth audio codecs, such as aptX Adaptive and LHDC, are supported (apart from Samsung’s proprietary codec).

dB(A)0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2039.244.22533.9353127304032.430.3503632.26330.927.58019.419.310019.923.612515.518.716015.932.320012.341.525012.951.331512.955.44009.959.550010.265.763013.467.28001771.5100014.275.7125012.875.8160011.778.7200010.277.9250011.676.531501375.740001577.950001675630014.673.6800015.265.61000015.964.41250016.363.31600016.659SPL26.287.4N0.767.3median 14.2median 65.7Delta1.9135338.644.538.433.728.833.434.535.837.630.128.621.323.52121.516.327.714.738.212.94514.351.21353.110.857.112.362.713.566.519.571.61578.514.177.914.97611.976.612.87615.472.616.573.216.767.517.272.31865.117.963.817.658.518.351.82886.10.962.1median 15median 65.12.111.3hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseOnePlus Nord 2TSamsung Galaxy A53

Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)

OnePlus Nord 2T audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (87.4 dB)
Bass 100 – 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass – on average 28.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 – 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids – on average 7.4% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 – 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs – on average 7.4% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 – 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 61% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 29% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 76% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 18% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Samsung Galaxy A53 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86.1 dB)
Bass 100 – 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass – on average 25.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 – 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids – on average 8.4% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 – 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs – on average 5.3% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 – 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 56% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 32% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 73% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 20% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life – Charges a bit faster

Energy consumption

In terms of energy consumption, the OnePlus Nord 2T is roughly on par with the comparison devices, and it even requires slightly less energy under full load.

A new feature for the Nord 2T is the charging technology: SuperVOOC from the sister company Oppo is used, and it can charge the battery at a maximum of 80 watts. This is 15 watts more than in the predecessor, but in practice, it doesn’t make that much of a difference in charging times: The smartphone takes just under 35 minutes to be fully charged again, and you can get enough battery life for a few hours of use in just a few minutes.

OnePlus Nord 2T
4500 mAh
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
4500 mAh
Motorola Moto G200 5G
5000 mAh
Xiaomi 11T
5000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A53
5000 mAh
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1300
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption

-16%

-5%

-14%

-9%

0%

-12%

Idle Minimum *

0.9

0.8

11%

0.6

33%

0.78

13%

0.9

-0%

0.9

-0%

0.913 ?(0.12 – 2.5, n=194, last 2 years)

-1%

Idle Average *

1.3

1.2

8%

0.9

31%

1.86

-43%

1.3

-0%

1.3

-0%

1.67 ?(0.65 – 3.6, n=194, last 2 years)

-28%

Idle Maximum *

1.7

1.6

6%

1.5

12%

1.88

-11%

1.6

6%

1.7

-0%

1.897 ?(0.69 – 3.7, n=194, last 2 years)

-12%

Load Average *

4

5.7

-43%

7

-75%

3.98

-0%

5.7

-43%

4

-0%

4.49 ?(2.1 – 7.74, n=194, last 2 years)

-12%

Load Maximum *

6.8

10.9

-60%

8.4

-24%

8.78

-29%

7.3

-7%

6.8

-0%

7.33 ?(3.56 – 11.9, n=194, last 2 years)

-8%

… smaller is better

Energy consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

Energy consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

0123456Tooltip

; 1920×1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø6.2 (5.87-6.81)

; Idle 1min: Ø1.386 (1.137-2.14)

Battery life

Although the battery of 4,500 mAh is just as large as in the Nord 2, you have to manage with less capacity compared to other smartphones on the market.

This isn’t evident in the Wi-Fi test: The phone achieves a very good runtime of 15: 49 hours here, which is on par with the predecessor and even slightly above the comparison devices. In the idle scenarios and while watching movies, though, it becomes noticeable that other smartphones have even more resources in this regard.

Nevertheless, the OnePlus Nord 2T can easily survive two workdays with normal use without charging.

Battery Runtime

Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
32h 16min
WiFi Websurfing
15h 49min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
19h 18min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 39min

Pros

+ fast storage

+ stylish case

+ good low-light camera

+ reasonable battery life

+ fast charging

+ good reception quality

Cons

relatively short update policy

SoC performance fluctuations

slow Wi-Fi at times

partly muffled speech

strong heat development under load

no wireless charging

no DC dimming

Verdict – Barely any real updates

In review: OnePlus Nord 2T. Test device provided by OnePlus Germany.
In review: OnePlus Nord 2T. Test device provided by OnePlus Germany.

The OnePlus Nord 2T provides some updates compared to its predecessor, but they are rather marginal upon closer inspection: The main camera takes better photos in low light, OnePlus decided on a new design, and the new SoC brings some detail improvements, but it’s very similar to the OnePlus Nord 2’s centerpiece.

This results in a smartphone that hardly offers any incentive for owners of the predecessor to update. At the same time, it’s still a budget phone with good performance, fast storage, long battery life, and a slightly more manageable format.

The strong heat development is also a problem with this phone, as well as the strange performance drops that we observe in benchmarks. However, the smartphone runs smoothly in everyday use, and OnePlus might still be able to correct this with an update. The slightly slower Wi-Fi in some scenarios, and the short update policy in relation to the rest of the market are also annoying.

The OnePlus Nord 2T is only a minor update compared with the predecessor. The SoC still seems to have slight issues with Wi-Fi and performance stability.

So the less expensive predecessor, the OnePlus Nord 2 with its established SoC, might even be the better choice at the moment. The Samsung Galaxy A53 is also a bit more compact, but you’ll have to put up with significant performance losses for a similar price.

Price and availability

The OnePlus Nord 2T isn’t officially available in the United States, but you can find it on Amazon or Newegg, for example, with prices starting at around $540.

OnePlus Nord 2T

06/20/2022 v7

Florian Schmitt

Connectivity

51 / 70 → 73%

Games Performance

53 / 64 → 83%

Application Performance

77 / 86 → 89%

Smartphone – Weighted Average

Please share our article, every link counts!

Florian Schmitt, 2022-06-22 (Update: 2022-06-22)

Read More

Recent Articles

spot_img

Related Stories

Leave A Reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Stay on op - Ge the daily news in your inbox