OnePlus Nord 2 Release Date, Price & Specs Rumours

OnePlus has already staked its claim in the mid-range phone market with the excellent Nord, which we reviewed and awarded top marks.

But it seems that the company is not sitting on its laurels. Given that its motto is “Never Settle”, this is no surprise. The Nord line is expanding rapidly, with the even-cheaper Nord N10 5G and Nord N100 already on sale – but when will a proper Nord 2 arrive? Here’s what we know so far.

When is the OnePlus Nord 2 release date?

The original Nord launched in July 2020, before going on sale in August. That’s right in the middle of the company’s usual spring/autumn flagship cycle, so it would make sense to see the Nord 2 arrive in July 2021.

What are the specs for the OnePlus Nord 2?

One report states that the next Nord will once again boast an AMOLED display – as opposed to LCD – as found on the newer, more affordable members of the Nord line, the N10 5G and the N100.

In addition, it’ll supposedly benefit from Warp Charge 65, which equates to rapid 65W fast charging, paired with a 4500mAh battery that’ll fully recharge in under 40 minutes.

Separately, sources have informed Android Central that the Nord 2 may be the first smartphone in the company’s history to deviate from a Qualcomm chipset and will instead opt for MediaTek’s newly-announced Dimensity 1200 SoC – the same chip that features in the Realme GT Neo.

The 6nm chip supports 5G natively and features a 1 + 3 + 4 octa-core architecture that runs at a higher clock than the Snapdragon 765G inside the original Nord, pointing to improved performance (so long as it’s paired with enough LPDDR4 RAM and an optimised OS).

Digital Chat Station Weibo post Dimensity 1200 Nord 2

Known tipster Digital Chat Station independently posted (above) about the possibility of a Dimensity 1200 (MT6893) making its way onto one of OnePlus’ forthcoming handsets too and while they didn’t mention the Nord 2 specifically, the crossover of leaks here leads us to believe the device in question is one and the same.

Beyond these initial insights, and by studying the original Nord’s specs, we can piece together other potential improvements that OnePlus is likely to make.

Original OnePlus Nord specs:

  • 6.44in Full HD+ 20:9 AMOLED 90Hz display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor
  • 6/8/12GB RAM
  • 64/128/256GB storage
  • Front hole-punch cameras:
    • Sony IMX616 32Mp wide sensor w/ f/2.5 aperture, 80.4° FoV
    • 8Mp ultra-wide sensor w/ f/2.2 aperture, 105° FoV
  • Main cameras:
    • Sony IMX586 48Mp wide sensor w/ f/1.75 aperture, OIS, EIS
    • 8Mp ultra-wide sensor w/ 119° FoV
    • 5Mp depth sensor w/ f/2.4 aperture
    • 2Mp macro sensor w/ f/2.4 aperture
    • Dual-LED flash 
  • 5G support
  • 4115mAh battery
  • ‘Warp Charge 30T’ 30W fast charging

It would be great to see the display jump from 90Hz to 120Hz, as higher refresh rates continue to filter down to cheaper phones – you can get 120Hz for as little as £199 in the Poco X3 for example – though admittedly that’s LCD, not OLED. A refresh rate jump seems more likely than a resolution boost, as OnePlus has so far limited WQHD+ to its Pro series phones.

If the Dimensity 1200 is the Nord 2’s chip of choice, it’s also rated to support displays at up to 168Hz.

How much will the OnePlus Nord 2 cost?

The OnePlus Nord costs £379 for 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage or £469 for the 12GB/256GB configuration, and we’d expect the Nord 2 to cost similar; keeping it comfortably below the £549 starting price of the company’s flagship phones and above the pricing of the even cheaper Nord N10 and Nord N100.

If you can’t wait for the next iteration of OnePlus devices, you can check out our round-up of the best mid-range phones to see what else is on offer.

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