OnePlus Nord 2 5G: Blending powerful hardware with AI-infused software, from camera to performance

  1. Oliver Z.
    Head of Product Staff Member Jul 15, 2021

    Oliver Z. , Jul 15, 2021 :
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    We’ve equipped OnePlus Nord 2 5G with some truly flagship-like features. Just by looking at the spec sheet, you’ll know this is a powerful device. However, what makes this phone extra special is the combined effort of those features and AI-based software. Together, they provide that extra speed, smoothness, and quality to everything you do.

    The team has spent countless hours understanding what areas would benefit most from AI assistance, and how it could elevate your experience as a user. And the more insights we gained, the more changes we made to the chipset’s AI platform. Eventually we decided, together with our friends over at MediaTek, to slap an exclusive name on top of it — MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI. For us here at OnePlus, this proves that AI has become an essential tool for us to get our signature Fast and Smooth experience into the hands of more people.

    Now, let’s talk cameras. Over the years, OnePlus has worked hard on our camera experience, which is a core pillar of our philosophy for our flagship products, as well as the OnePlus Nord product line. A great camera system is one that empowers the user to capture and create with ease. Two fundamentals that underline our camera approach is the choice to use the Sony IMX766 sensor and the decision to include optical image stabilization (OIS) on the Nord 2. We believe current mid-range phones still leave notable room for improvement when it comes to photography. That’s why we decided to do things a little differently and give an affordable device a flagship sensor with OIS.


    Many aspects of a camera contribute towards taking an incredible photo. But the industry tends to overemphasize the importance of hardware, particularly megapixel count, as it tends to be the easiest to market and communicate. Megapixels are great, but our focus is always on the end experience, which is why we also spent a lot of time on software enhancements, such as AI optimizations powered by Nord 2’s MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI SoC. At OnePlus, we believe software and hardware are equally important for delivering an incredible smartphone experience, camera being no exception, and that’s why we’re bringing you comprehensive upgrades on both fronts.

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    You’ll see significant improvements to low-light photography with the OnePlus Nord 2 5G. The Nord 2 features OIS as well as a Sony IMX766 (you’ll remember this from the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro), which is a larger sensor than the Sony IMX586 on the first Nord. As we’ve mentioned before, our improvements don’t just stop with hardware, the Nord 2 also features an enhanced Nightscape mode that we call Nightscape Ultra, which helps you shoot better and brighter photos in dimly lit places with only 1 lux of illuminance — that’s equivalent to the amount of light emitted from a single candle. In addition, we also tweaked and adjusted our algorithm for a quicker response time and a feature called AI Photo Enhancement, which recognizes up to 22 different photo scenes and automatically adjusts camera settings to make the final image as crisp and colorful as reality.


    So, how good is Nord 2’s camera? Well, we’ve pitted its 50 MP AI Triple Camera against the iPhone 12 and Galaxy S21’s camera systems to find out. Better yet, you get to choose which is best. Oh, and don’t ask us which phone’s camera took which photos – we don’t snitch.

    Nord 2’s 90 Hz Fluid AMOLED display has also received its fair share of smarts. It’s got AI Color Boost to improve the color and gradience of images. On top of that, there’s AI Resolution Boost, which upscales content from apps like YouTube into HD resolution. And should you step outside, we’ve got a little something called Smart Ambient Display that kicks in automatically to improve readability. All this without you having to lift a finger – oh, the AI life!

    We’ve also worked a lot on Nord 2’s gaming performance. Our customized chipset is constantly adjusting itself to use network capacity more efficiently and provide you with lower latency when playing online. What’s more — you can now game for longer thanks to a revamped GPU scheduling algorithm that cuts energy demand by as much as 10%. This could be the difference between turning your daily commute into a thrilling gaming session, or commuting like everyone else – and who wants that?

    You can probably tell just how excited we are about combining powerful hardware and AI-based software. It’s simply a new way of building better phones and more intuitive experiences. With another launch around the corner, we can’t wait to have you try Nord 2 and explore its constellation of features. And as always, we love to hear your feedback and thoughts here on the forum. That’s the stuff that makes us better.

    Never Settle,

    The OnePlus Nord team.

  2. DarshanMeniya
    Jelly Bean Jul 15, 2021

  3. garygates_21
    Gingerbread Jul 15, 2021

  4. gautamthapar
    The Lab Reviewer - OnePlus TV U1S Jul 15, 2021

  5. Tobikage
    Nougat Jul 15, 2021


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  7. Navdeep_Malik
    The Lab Reviewer - OnePlus TV U1S Jul 15, 2021

    Navdeep_Malik , Jul 15, 2021 :
    Promising camera sensor and OIS with Mediatek chipset... hopefully very good battery life! Sounds good

  8. Overzee
    The Showcase Reviewer Jul 15, 2021

    Overzee , Jul 15, 2021 :
    Thanks for this Deep Dive! Yesterday, I had the pleasure to see (and feel) the OnePlus Nord 2 5G in real life. OnePlus Netherlands/Belgium organized the 'OnePlus Nord 2 5G On Tour'. Yesterday, Antwerp and Rotterdam were the very first cities to see this Tour on wheels.
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  9. seansandhu
    Froyo Jul 15, 2021

  10. OPMehul
    Honeycomb Jul 15, 2021

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  12. SRD.
    Lollipop Jul 15, 2021

    SRD. , Jul 15, 2021 :
    Nord 2 seems like a complete package in midrange segment.
    Mediatek Processor with GPU performance is really a test for the device.

    Pricing of Nord 2 vs OnePlus 9R has no big difference. So, people'll try to find reasons why they won't go for 9R ...

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  13. Tobikage
    Nougat Jul 15, 2021

    Tobikage , Jul 15, 2021 :
    I'm sure OnePlus marketing is up for the task !

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  14. Aaron2017
    Lollipop Jul 15, 2021

    Aaron2017 , Jul 15, 2021 :
    Looks very promising. One thing i wonder though, why does the Nord 2 (a midranger) get's OIS at an affordable price, when the regular OP9 (a flagship) didn't get OIS at a not so affordable price?

  15. McJader
    Marshmallow Jul 15, 2021

    McJader , Jul 15, 2021 :
    They wanted to make the 9Pro look more appealing, of course 😉
    And they were successful in that regard.
    Now they want to sell the Nord 2, not the 9.

  16. F1574793363309
    Cupcake Jul 15, 2021

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  17. Aaron2017
    Lollipop Jul 15, 2021

    Aaron2017 , Jul 15, 2021 :
    Exactly my thoughts as well. Either that or they got too much criticism for not adding OIS to a flagship and they're pulling their tails in after this answer


  18. HarshKK14
    Honeycomb Jul 15, 2021

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  19. ashish960
    Honeycomb Jul 15, 2021

  20. pkg3107
    Ice Cream Sandwich Jul 15, 2021

    pkg3107 , Jul 15, 2021 :
    Well things look nice, except ofcourse the tie-up with Mediatek. Let's see what the "specially designed" chip works out for the Nord.
    Hardware seems great 👍

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