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OnePlus Nord 2 5G smartphone review: High-quality phone for little money

The return of the killer. The OnePlus Nord 2 5G also aims to embody the manufacturer's original aspirations: A budget smartphone that can keep up with much more expensive premium devices. This worked out quite well for the predecessor, but will the second attempt be convincing as well?
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OnePlus Nord 2 5G

High-end smartphones are getting increasingly expensive, but you can also find fast, high-quality smartphones that meet higher requirements in the range of 400 to 500 Euros (~$472 to ~$590) now. One of the pioneers of this evolution is OnePlus. Several years ago, the Chinese company surprised the world with the OnePlus One, a low-priced device that was dubbed the "flagship killer".

The subsequent generations made the manufacturer popular in the West as well, resulting in smartphones from OnePlus now being found in many trouser pockets, backpacks, or handbags. However, the company quickly found itself forced to sell the devices at increasingly higher prices, which caused OnePlus to move further and further away from its original claim. It wasn't until last year with the OnePlus Nord that a genuinely inexpensive smartphone that was fast and also very well equipped with 5G and a 90 Hz display was available again.

At first glance, the OnePlus Nord 2 5G already offers some improvements this year: Stereo speakers, a larger battery, faster charging, and faster Wi-Fi. That does sound promising. Needless to say, however, we won't trust the manufacturer's advertising blindly, but we'll take a very close look at the OnePlus Nord 2 5G ourselves instead.

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OnePlus Nord 2 5G (Nord Series)
Processor
MediaTek Dimensity 1200 8 x 2 - 3 GHz, Cortex-A78 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
12288 MB 
Display
6.43 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 409 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, AMOLED, 180 Hz sampling rate, glossy: yes, HDR, 90 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 256 GB 
, 242 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, 3G, 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B12/​B17/​B18/​B19/​B20/​B26/​B28/​B32/​B34/​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): 8.3 x 159.1 x 73.3 ( = 0.33 x 6.26 x 2.89 in)
Battery
4500 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 11
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix 50.0 MP f/​1.88, phase-comparison AF, contrast AF, OIS, dual LED flash, videos @2160p/​30fps (camera 1); 8.0 MP, f/​2.25, wide-angle lens (camera 2); 2.0 MP, f/​2.4, monochrome (camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 32 MPix f/​1.88, videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers (hybrid), Keyboard: virtual keyboard, charger, USB-C cable, case, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, LTE Cat 18/​13 (1,200 Mb/s / ​150 Mb/s), fanless
Weight
189 g ( = 6.67 oz / 0.42 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
499 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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Possible contenders in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
84.9 %
08/2021
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9
189 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.43"2400x1080
83.4 %
07/2020
OnePlus Nord
SD 765G, Adreno 620
184 g256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.44"2440x1080
85.4 %
05/2021
Motorola Moto G100
SD 870, Adreno 650
207 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.70"2520x1080
85.7 %
05/2021
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
SD 780G 5G, Adreno 642
159 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.55"2400x1080
82.7 %
04/2021
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
SD 750G 5G, Adreno 619
189 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.50"2400x1080

Case – Plastic and Gorilla Glass

The OnePlus Nord 2 5G is available in three colors worldwide: Gray Sierra, Blue Haze, and Green Woods, although the latter isn't available in Central Europe. All colors come with slightly different finishes, but they always feature a smooth glass surface. Gorilla Glass 5 is used on the back as well as on the front.

In terms of design, the OnePlus Nord 2 5G is inspired by the more expensive OnePlus models, namely the OnePlus 9. The sides of the screen are flat, and the material transitions are quite smooth. Minor tradeoffs have to be put up with when it comes to the material of the frame: Only plastic is used here. As a medium-sized smartphone, the device could also be an option for users with somewhat smaller hands.

There's no IP certification. Regarding water and dust protection, OnePlus says that all their devices undergo the same tests and that they shouldn't be affected by fresh water in principle. Nevertheless, just like with the vast majority of smartphones with IP certifications, there's no guarantee against water damage. Therefore, users are responsible for any damage. The OnePlus Nord 2 5G was at least able to survive a soak under the faucet without any problems in our test.

Size comparison

168.4 mm / 6.63 inch 74 mm / 2.91 inch 9.7 mm / 0.3819 inch 207 g0.4564 lbs159.9 mm / 6.3 inch 75.1 mm / 2.96 inch 8.4 mm / 0.3307 inch 189 g0.4167 lbs159.1 mm / 6.26 inch 73.3 mm / 2.89 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 189 g0.4167 lbs160.53 mm / 6.32 inch 75.72 mm / 2.98 inch 6.81 mm / 0.2681 inch 159 g0.3505 lbs158.3 mm / 6.23 inch 73.3 mm / 2.89 inch 8.2 mm / 0.3228 inch 184 g0.4057 lbs
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Connectivity – OnePlus with a lot of storage

The OnePlus Nord 2 5G has borrowed both the storage variants as well as the prices from its predecessor: 

  • 8 GB RAM / 128 GB storage: 399 Euros (~$471)
  • 12 GB RAM / 256 GB storage: 499 Euros (~$589)

However, the storage has become even faster since it's of the UFS 3.1 type now, something that's still rarely found in this price range. A microSD can't be used in the OnePlus Nord 2; this is only available in the very low-priced OnePlus Nord N10 5G and Nord N100 models.

A USB-C port is found at the bottom of the smartphone, which offers USB 2.0 speed and is also in charge of audio output. NFC and Bluetooth 5.2 are on board.

Bottom: Speaker, USB-C, microphone, SIM slot
Bottom: Speaker, USB-C, microphone, SIM slot
Top: Microphone
Top: Microphone
Right: Notification slider, standby button
Right: Notification slider, standby button
Left: Volume rocker
Left: Volume rocker

Software – OxygenOS with three years of updates

The manufacturer has named its custom interface OxygenOS 11.3; it's based on Android 11, but it still offers an independent design and some additional features. For example, the look of the icons can be changed. The fact that the interface's controls are mainly located in the lower half of the display so that they can be reached more easily has been borrowed from Samsung's OneUI. However, it still makes sense, especially for users with smaller hands.

OnePlus installs its own apps like its gallery, for example, but there's hardly any third-party software apart from Netflix. Many apps can also be simply uninstalled when they're not used. A DRM-L1 certification is available, allowing users to enjoy streaming content in HD quality as well.

At the time of testing, the security patches are from June 2021; therefore, they should be brought up to date again soon. The manufacturer promises two years of new operating system versions and three years of security updates.

OnePlus Nord 2 5G software
OnePlus Nord 2 5G software
OnePlus Nord 2 5G software

Communication and GNSS – Wi-Fi 6 in the Nord phone

Wi-Fi 5 is usually the best you can get in the price range of the OnePlus smartphone, but the Nord 2 even comes with Wi-Fi 6, i.e. WLAN according to the 802.11ax standard. Consequently, it also proves to be very fast in our tests with the Netgear Nighhawk AX12 reference router, but there are similarly expensive smartphones like the Motorola Moto G100 or the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G that are able to keep up.

It's nice that the OnePlus phone supports multiple 4G frequencies, because this means that you have very little restrictions when you're traveling. Of course, 5G is also available, and the range of frequencies has also been expanded compared with the predecessor. The 4G network reception is quite decent during our test, even indoors, and we usually get 4/5 bars. There are many smartphones that manage less than that.

Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Adreno 642, SD 780G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
891 (847min - 921max) MBit/s ∼100% 0%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
888 (842min - 904max) MBit/s ∼100%
Motorola Moto G100
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
692 (643min - 704max) MBit/s ∼78% -22%
OnePlus Nord
Adreno 620, SD 765G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
563 (275min - 666max) MBit/s ∼63% -37%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.59 - 1599, n=278, last 2 years)
479 MBit/s ∼54% -46%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
282 (275min - 287max) MBit/s ∼32% -68%
iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
877 (657min - 928max) MBit/s ∼100%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Adreno 642, SD 780G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
874 (833min - 900max) MBit/s ∼100% 0%
Motorola Moto G100
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
788 (733min - 833max) MBit/s ∼90% -10%
OnePlus Nord
Adreno 620, SD 765G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
650 (563min - 668max) MBit/s ∼74% -26%
Average of class Smartphone
  (15.5 - 1414, n=278, last 2 years)
471 MBit/s ∼54% -46%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
331 (322min - 337max) MBit/s ∼38% -62%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø877 (657-928)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø887 (842-904)
GPS Test outdoors
GPS Test outdoors
Available satellite networks
Available satellite networks

There's a slight delay before our location is determined outdoors with an accuracy of a good three meters. The SBAS support network for even more accurate tracking is available on the smartphone, as well as all major satellite networks for positioning.

In our real-world test, a bike ride where we also take the Garmin Edge 520 along as a comparison device, the OnePlus Nord 2 5G proves to be quite accurate, as long as you're riding in comparatively open areas. On the other hand, the positioning becomes less accurate in narrow old town streets. Overall, the smartphone is suitable for navigation but not 100% accurate.

Garmin Edge 520 positioning – Overview
Garmin Edge 520 positioning – Overview
Garmin Edge 520 positioning – Turning point
Garmin Edge 520 positioning – Turning point
Garmin Edge 520 positioning – Bridge
Garmin Edge 520 positioning – Bridge
OnePlus Nord 2 positioning – Overview
OnePlus Nord 2 positioning – Overview
OnePlus Nord 2 positioning – Turning point
OnePlus Nord 2 positioning – Turning point
OnePlus Nord 2 positioning – Bridge
OnePlus Nord 2 positioning – Bridge

Telephone and call quality – Internally good, but mediocre for hands-free calls

OnePlus uses Google's standard app for phone calls. VoLTE and VoWiFi are supported.

The voice of the person on the other end of the line can get quite loud if desired, and it sounds clear for the most part. Our voice is also transmitted quite well. However, the speaker that is used for the hands-free mode sounds rather mediocre in terms of volume, and it also shows pronounced high tones. In addition, we have to speak fairly loudly for our voice to be picked up.

Cameras – One lens less

Front-facing camera sample
Front-facing camera sample

Compared with its predecessor, the OnePlus Nord 2 5G comes with one camera lens less, which is naturally surprising at first. As a result, you'll have to skip extreme close-ups because the macro camera is absent. The depth-of-field camera also offers fewer megapixels, but that's hardly noticeable in everyday use.

With 50 megapixels, the main camera offers a slightly higher resolution than in the predecessor. It's great that the camera has an optical image stabilizer, which isn't always a given in this price range. Pictures look quite detailed, but the camera is only average when it comes to image sharpness. The reproduction is good in low light and high contrasts, but dynamics could be even better.

The wide-angle camera takes solid photos, but you shouldn't enlarge the pictures too much because details are hardly reproduced. There's no hybrid zoom between the lenses, which means that you can only switch directly between them.

Both the wide-angle and the main camera can be used to record videos. The maximum resolution is 4K at 30 fps. 60 fps is also possible in 1080p mode. Moreover, the lens can't be changed while recording. The photo and video app from OnePlus comes with a few filters that can be used to customize the video. The autofocus responds very quickly and subtly, and exposure is also adjusted almost seamlessly and quickly as well.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Main camera - FlowerMain camera - SurroundingsMain camera - Low lightWide-angle lens

The OnePlus smartphone's main camera has to prove itself in the lab as well. It exhibits decent contrasts in good light, and a crisp image that becomes slightly blurrier towards the edges, though. Even at an illumination of only 1 lux, some image content is still recognizable, but colors are clearly distorted here.

ColorChecker
25.7 ∆E
13.6 ∆E
21.6 ∆E
26.7 ∆E
18.4 ∆E
11.9 ∆E
16.3 ∆E
24.6 ∆E
17.5 ∆E
22.2 ∆E
12.7 ∆E
12.7 ∆E
18.3 ∆E
20.3 ∆E
20.7 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
18.2 ∆E
20.7 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
10.9 ∆E
17.5 ∆E
21.7 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
ColorChecker OnePlus Nord 2 5G: 16.42 ∆E min: 4.57 - max: 26.69 ∆E
ColorChecker
21.6 ∆E
37 ∆E
29.7 ∆E
30.7 ∆E
32.4 ∆E
40.3 ∆E
34.7 ∆E
25.5 ∆E
24 ∆E
26.2 ∆E
41.4 ∆E
45.3 ∆E
20.8 ∆E
34.2 ∆E
17 ∆E
41.3 ∆E
28.2 ∆E
32.6 ∆E
38.5 ∆E
38.8 ∆E
38.5 ∆E
31.4 ∆E
22.7 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
ColorChecker OnePlus Nord 2 5G: 31.05 ∆E min: 12.77 - max: 45.29 ∆E

Accessories and warranty – Online accessories store

A 65-watt charger, a USB-C cable, a SIM tool, and a bumper case for the smartphone are included with the OnePlus Nord 2 5G. A new charger can be purchased from the manufacturer for just under 40 Euros (~$47), and the iconic red and white USB cable is available for just under 20 Euros (~$24). Special cases for the OnePlus Nord 2 5G with custom designs or with the the sandstone look of the original OnePlus One are available from 22 Euros (~$26) and up.

The manufacturer offers a 24-month warranty. If the device needs to be repaired outside of this period, the website offers prices for replacement parts so you can assess if fixing the device is worth it.

Input devices and handling – Fast touchscreen

Thanks to the 90 Hz display and its 180 Hz touch sampling rate, the OnePlus Nord 2 5G can be operated very smoothly. OnePlus also pays a lot of attention to making the software feel sleek and, for example, keeps transition animations as short as possible.

The fingerprint reader is located underneath the display, and it's placed quite far down on the screen. It works quickly and reliably, even from within the always-on display, but not when the display is completely turned off. In combination with face recognition, unlocking the device is even faster.

Keyboard in landscape mode
Keyboard in landscape mode
Keyboard in portrait mode
Keyboard in portrait mode

Display – No HDR in the OnePlus Nord 2 5G

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

The second edition of the OnePlus Nord comes with an AMOLED display with 2400x1080 pixels.

The display is about the same size as the predecessor's, but it has a much higher maximum brightness. Although it can't keep up with the Boost modes of Xiaomi's or Samsung's displays, 594 cd/m² on average is a decent brightness value that makes the smartphone suitable for outdoor use. Furthermore, the brightness is distributed very uniformly.

As is typical for OLEDs, the display flickers at full brightness, so sensitive users should take a look at the display before buying the device.

594
cd/m²
600
cd/m²
593
cd/m²
592
cd/m²
594
cd/m²
591
cd/m²
592
cd/m²
594
cd/m²
592
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 600 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 593.6 cd/m² Minimum: 2.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 99 %
Center on Battery: 594 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.74 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.5
ΔE Greyscale 4.2 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
128.2% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.278
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.43
OnePlus Nord
AMOLED, 2440x1080, 6.44
Motorola Moto G100
IPS/LTPS, 2520x1080, 6.70
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.55
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Super AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.50
Screen
11%
-31%
15%
17%
Brightness middle
594
529
-11%
562
-5%
863
45%
744
25%
Brightness
594
531
-11%
535
-10%
860
45%
749
26%
Brightness Distribution
99
94
-5%
90
-9%
93
-6%
98
-1%
Black Level *
0.57
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
2.74
2.53
8%
3.99
-46%
3.2
-17%
2.2
20%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
6
4.52
25%
9.74
-62%
5.2
13%
7
-17%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
4.2
1.7
60%
6.5
-55%
3.9
7%
2.1
50%
Gamma
2.278 97%
2.249 98%
2.174 101%
2.33 94%
2.06 107%
CCT
7322 89%
6462 101%
6882 94%
7299 89%
6516 100%
Contrast
986

* ... 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 119.6 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 119.6 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 119.6 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 20889 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Theoretically, an AMOLED display offers complete blacks, which also means an infinite contrast. This makes colors look more vibrant. You can choose between two modes of color reproduction on the OnePlus Nord 2 5G: The "Vivid" mode makes colors more vibrant, but at the same time, they're displayed a bit less accurately. The "Mild" mode does a better job here, but an overall truly accurate color reproduction isn't achieved due to a misrepresentation of white and light gray tones.

CalMAN Grayscales – "Mild" setting
CalMAN Grayscales – "Mild" setting
CalMAN Grayscales – "Vivid" setting
CalMAN Grayscales – "Vivid" setting
CalMAN color accuracy – "Mild" setting
CalMAN color accuracy – "Mild" setting
CalMAN color accuracy – "Vivid" setting
CalMAN color accuracy – "Vivid" setting
CalMAN sRGB color space
CalMAN sRGB color space
CalMAN AdobeRGB color space
CalMAN AdobeRGB color space
CalMAN DCI-P3 color space
CalMAN DCI-P3 color space
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation

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.
       Response Time Black to White
8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 3 ms rise
↘ 5 ms fall
The screen shows fast response rates in our tests and should be suited for gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 10 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (23.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5 ms rise
↘ 3 ms fall
The screen shows fast response rates in our tests and should be suited for gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 9 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (37.5 ms).

Outdoors, it's better to stay in the shade when there's direct sunlight, since this makes the display much easier to read.

As is typical for OLEDs, viewing angles are perfect.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Outdoor use
Outdoor use

Performance – MediaTek SoC is very powerful

The MediaTek Dimensity 1200 aims to compete with the high-end SoCs of other manufacturers, even though MediaTek's SoCs had been rather positioned in the mid-range so far.

In fact, the Nord 2 5G is a good deal faster than the predecessor, and it even beats some devices with Snapdragon SoCs from the 700 series, such as the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G. The Motorola Moto G100 is even faster, but it also has a higher entry price.

The phone's AI unit, which OnePlus claims to have further optimized together with MediaTek, is particularly impressive. However, the Mali-G77 MP9 deserves respect in terms of graphics performance as well; the fps is more than doubled compared with the OnePlus Nord in some benchmarks.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
809 Points ∼83%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
611 Points ∼63% -24%
Motorola Moto G100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
972 Points ∼100% +20%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
809 Points ∼83% 0%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
636 Points ∼65% -21%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  (809 - 857, n=2)
833 Points ∼86% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1755, n=265, last 2 years)
611 Points ∼63% -24%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
2463 Points ∼82%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
1966 Points ∼66% -20%
Motorola Moto G100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
2870 Points ∼96% +17%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
2998 Points ∼100% +22%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1878 Points ∼63% -24%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  (2463 - 2916, n=2)
2690 Points ∼90% +9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4914, n=265, last 2 years)
2072 Points ∼69% -16%
Vulkan Score 5.3 (sort by value)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
4501 Points ∼94%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
1169 Points ∼24% -74%
Motorola Moto G100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
3369 Points ∼70% -25%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
2805 Points ∼59% -38%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1272 Points ∼27% -72%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  (4501 - 5078, n=2)
4790 Points ∼100% +6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (72 - 7701, n=172, last 2 years)
2220 Points ∼46% -51%
OpenCL Score 5.3 (sort by value)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
4726 Points ∼97%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
1242 Points ∼25% -74%
Motorola Moto G100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
3555 Points ∼73% -25%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
2809 Points ∼58% -41%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1304 Points ∼27% -72%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  (4726 - 5037, n=2)
4882 Points ∼100% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (255 - 7514, n=172, last 2 years)
2265 Points ∼46% -52%
PCMark for Android
Work 3.0 (sort by value)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
8486 Points ∼76%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
11218 Points ∼100% +32%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  (8486 - 12120, n=2)
10303 Points ∼92% +21%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 17085, n=92, last 2 years)
9941 Points ∼89% +17%
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
9973 Points ∼89%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
9427 Points ∼84% -5%
Motorola Moto G100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
11166 Points ∼100% +12%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
10689 Points ∼96% +7%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
9573 Points ∼86% -4%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  (8845 - 9973, n=2)
9409 Points ∼84% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (82 - 15299, n=213, last 2 years)
8275 Points ∼74% -17%
3DMark
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
4208 Points ∼100%
Motorola Moto G100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
4166 Points ∼99% -1%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
3196 Points ∼76% -24%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1103 Points ∼26% -74%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  (4179 - 4208, n=2)
4194 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (153 - 9680, n=136, last 2 years)
2922 Points ∼69% -31%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
4214 Points ∼100%
Motorola Moto G100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
4152 Points ∼99% -1%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
3212 Points ∼76% -24%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1097 Points ∼26% -74%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  (4194 - 4214, n=2)
4204 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (174 - 11700, n=133, last 2 years)
3023 Points ∼72% -28%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
1283 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
865 Points ∼67% -33%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  (1283 - 1291, n=2)
1287 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (102 - 3080, n=84, last 2 years)
900 Points ∼70% -30%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (sort by value)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
1256 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
786 Points ∼63% -37%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  (1205 - 1256, n=2)
1231 Points ∼98% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 4236, n=83, last 2 years)
918 Points ∼73% -27%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex Onscreen (sort by value)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
59 fps ∼66%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
60 fps ∼67% +2%
Motorola Moto G100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
90 fps ∼100% +53%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
90 fps ∼100% +53%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
53 fps ∼59% -10%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  (59 - 116, n=2)
87.5 fps ∼97% +48%
Average of class Smartphone
  (8.2 - 143, n=208, last 2 years)
64.5 fps ∼72% +9%
1920x1080 T-Rex Offscreen (sort by value)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
178 fps ∼79%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
97 fps ∼43% -46%
Motorola Moto G100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
224 fps ∼100% +26%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
153 fps ∼68% -14%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
56 fps ∼25% -69%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  (178 - 185, n=2)
182 fps ∼81% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4.3 - 425, n=208, last 2 years)
122 fps ∼54% -31%
GFXBench 3.0
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
60 fps ∼67%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
50 fps ∼56% -17%
Motorola Moto G100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
89 fps ∼100% +48%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
79 fps ∼89% +32%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
33 fps ∼37% -45%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  (60 - 106, n=2)
83 fps ∼93% +38%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4.5 - 121, n=207, last 2 years)
51.8 fps ∼58% -14%
1920x1080 1080p Manhattan Offscreen (sort by value)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
124 fps ∼95%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
55 fps ∼42% -56%
Motorola Moto G100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
131 fps ∼100% +6%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
90 fps ∼69% -27%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
33 fps ∼25% -73%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  (122 - 124, n=2)
123 fps ∼94% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 251, n=208, last 2 years)
71.1 fps ∼54% -43%
GFXBench 3.1
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
58 fps ∼73%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
34 fps ∼43% -41%
Motorola Moto G100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
79 fps ∼100% +36%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
57 fps ∼72% -2%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
25 fps ∼32% -57%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  (58 - 75, n=2)
66.5 fps ∼84% +15%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.1 - 106, n=206, last 2 years)
40.3 fps ∼51% -31%
1920x1080 Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
77 fps ∼84%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
38 fps ∼41% -51%
Motorola Moto G100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
92 fps ∼100% +19%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
65 fps ∼71% -16%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
26 fps ∼28% -66%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  (77 - 79, n=2)
78 fps ∼85% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.4 - 169, n=206, last 2 years)
48.9 fps ∼53% -36%
GFXBench
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
41 fps ∼87%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
19 fps ∼40% -54%
Motorola Moto G100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
47 fps ∼100% +15%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
35 fps ∼74% -15%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
16 fps ∼34% -61%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  (41 - 44, n=2)
42.5 fps ∼90% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.3 - 61, n=205, last 2 years)
25.1 fps ∼53% -39%
1920x1080 Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
47 fps ∼82%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
21 fps ∼37% -55%
Motorola Moto G100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
57 fps ∼100% +21%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
40 fps ∼70% -15%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
16 fps ∼28% -66%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  (46 - 47, n=2)
46.5 fps ∼82% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.8 - 96.6, n=205, last 2 years)
29.3 fps ∼51% -38%
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
48 fps ∼98%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
21 fps ∼43% -56%
Motorola Moto G100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
49 fps ∼100% +2%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
42 fps ∼86% -12%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
18 fps ∼37% -62%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  (48 - 49, n=2)
48.5 fps ∼99% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 73, n=266, last 2 years)
25.8 fps ∼53% -46%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
54 fps ∼95%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
24 fps ∼42% -56%
Motorola Moto G100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
57 fps ∼100% +6%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
50 fps ∼88% -7%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
20 fps ∼35% -63%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  (53 - 54, n=2)
53.5 fps ∼94% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.9 - 257, n=266, last 2 years)
30.4 fps ∼53% -44%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
31 fps ∼97%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
13 fps ∼41% -58%
Motorola Moto G100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
31 fps ∼97% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
26 fps ∼81% -16%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
11 fps ∼34% -65%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  (31 - 33, n=2)
32 fps ∼100% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.1 - 60, n=267, last 2 years)
17.3 fps ∼54% -44%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
21 fps ∼95%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
8.5 fps ∼39% -60%
Motorola Moto G100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
22 fps ∼100% +5%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
18 fps ∼82% -14%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
7.6 fps ∼35% -64%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  (21 - 21, n=2)
21 fps ∼95% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.7 - 101, n=267, last 2 years)
11.7 fps ∼53% -44%
Antutu v9 - Total Score (sort by value)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
604538 Points ∼89%
Motorola Moto G100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
678958 Points ∼100% +12%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
521880 Points ∼77% -14%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
393060 Points ∼58% -35%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  (570375 - 604538, n=2)
587457 Points ∼87% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (117053 - 815441, n=71, last 2 years)
499971 Points ∼74% -17%
AnTuTu v8 - Total Score (sort by value)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
534286 Points ∼91%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
332074 Points ∼56% -38%
Motorola Moto G100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
588115 Points ∼100% +10%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
468196 Points ∼80% -12%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
334292 Points ∼57% -37%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  (534286 - 540464, n=2)
537375 Points ∼91% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53335 - 727247, n=178, last 2 years)
356772 Points ∼61% -33%
AImark - Score v2.x (sort by value)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
71083 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
6472 Points ∼9% -91%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
42629 Points ∼60% -40%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  (71083 - 71546, n=2)
71315 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4293 - 264766, n=94, last 2 years)
66124 Points ∼93% -7%
BaseMark OS II
Overall (sort by value)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
5130 Points ∼87%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
4054 Points ∼69% -21%
Motorola Moto G100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
5916 Points ∼100% +15%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
5068 Points ∼86% -1%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3459 Points ∼58% -33%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  (5130 - 5319, n=2)
5225 Points ∼88% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (615 - 8124, n=192, last 2 years)
3926 Points ∼66% -23%
System (sort by value)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
9622 Points ∼100%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
6801 Points ∼71% -29%
Motorola Moto G100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
8852 Points ∼92% -8%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
9557 Points ∼99% -1%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
6242 Points ∼65% -35%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  (9292 - 9622, n=2)
9457 Points ∼98% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1160 - 19657, n=192, last 2 years)
7118 Points ∼74% -26%
Memory (sort by value)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
7277 Points ∼100%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
5296 Points ∼73% -27%
Motorola Moto G100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
6757 Points ∼93% -7%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
6172 Points ∼85% -15%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
4211 Points ∼58% -42%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  (7144 - 7277, n=2)
7211 Points ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (522 - 9044, n=192, last 2 years)
4618 Points ∼63% -37%
Graphics (sort by value)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
7754 Points ∼68%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
5203 Points ∼46% -33%
Motorola Moto G100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
11431 Points ∼100% +47%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
7202 Points ∼63% -7%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3989 Points ∼35% -49%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  (7516 - 7754, n=2)
7635 Points ∼67% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (349 - 25642, n=192, last 2 years)
6233 Points ∼55% -20%
Web (sort by value)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
1276 Points ∼71%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
1441 Points ∼80% +13%
Motorola Moto G100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
1791 Points ∼100% +40%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
1563 Points ∼87% +22%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1365 Points ∼76% +7%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  (1276 - 1604, n=2)
1440 Points ∼80% +13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (10 - 2392, n=192, last 2 years)
1331 Points ∼74% +4%

The Nord phone performs rather moderately in the browser benchmarks, but you only have to wait a bit for images to load when scrolling in everyday use, and websites are loaded fairly quickly.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Motorola Moto G100 (Chrome 90)
91.208 Points ∼100% +79%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G (Chrome90)
75.831 Points ∼83% +48%
OnePlus Nord (Chrome 84)
58.665 Points ∼64% +15%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G (Chrome 89)
56.483 Points ∼62% +11%
Average of class Smartphone (12.4 - 182, n=185, last 2 years)
55 Points ∼60% +8%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200 (51.1 - 51.8, n=2)
51.4 Points ∼56% +1%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G (Chrome 92)
51.066 Points ∼56%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Motorola Moto G100 (Chrome 90)
160.92 Points ∼100% +48%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G (Chrome90)
135.67 Points ∼84% +25%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200 (109 - 118, n=2)
113 Points ∼70% +4%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G (Chrome 92)
108.77 Points ∼68%
Average of class Smartphone (10.8 - 414, n=193, last 2 years)
100 Points ∼62% -8%
OnePlus Nord (Chrome 84)
94.481 Points ∼59% -13%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G (Chrome 89)
92.34 Points ∼57% -15%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Motorola Moto G100 (Chome 90)
73.6 runs/min ∼100% +47%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G (Chrome90)
70.8 runs/min ∼96% +41%
Average of class Smartphone (9 - 244, n=170, last 2 years)
54 runs/min ∼73% +8%
OnePlus Nord (Chome 84)
53.6 runs/min ∼73% +7%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200 (50.2 - 54.1, n=2)
52.2 runs/min ∼71% +4%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G (Chome 92)
50.2 runs/min ∼68%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G (Chrome 89)
45.44 runs/min ∼62% -9%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Motorola Moto G100 (Chrome 90)
147 Points ∼100% +113%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G (Chrome90)
106 Points ∼72% +54%
OnePlus Nord (Chrome 84)
101 Points ∼69% +46%
Average of class Smartphone (20 - 252, n=198, last 2 years)
83.3 Points ∼57% +21%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G (Chrome 89)
82 Points ∼56% +19%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200 (69 - 70, n=2)
69.5 Points ∼47% +1%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G (Chrome 92)
69 Points ∼47%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Motorola Moto G100 (Chrome 90)
34161 Points ∼100% +30%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200 (26207 - 29912, n=2)
28060 Points ∼82% +7%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G (Chrome90)
26943 Points ∼79% +3%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G (Chrome 92)
26207 Points ∼77%
Average of class Smartphone (1986 - 64222, n=204, last 2 years)
19755 Points ∼58% -25%
OnePlus Nord (Chrome 84)
19143 Points ∼56% -27%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G (Chrome 89)
17730 Points ∼52% -32%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (414 - 29635, n=206, last 2 years)
3599 ms * ∼100% -99%
OnePlus Nord (Chrome 84)
2834.8 ms * ∼79% -57%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G (Chrome 89)
2393.3 ms * ∼66% -32%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G (Chrome 92)
1808.9 ms * ∼50%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G (Chrome90)
1802.32 ms * ∼50% -0%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200 (1444 - 1809, n=2)
1627 ms * ∼45% +10%
Motorola Moto G100 (Chrome 90)
1589.3 ms * ∼44% +12%

* ... smaller is better

"UFS 3.1 storage for 400 Euros (~$472)? Sure, why not!", was probably what OnePlus thought and simply installed the fastest storage type currently used in smartphones.

As a result, the OnePlus Nord 2 5G achieves top rates. Apart from the slightly more expensive Moto G100 from Motorola, no comparison device manages to keep up.

OnePlus Nord 2 5GOnePlus NordMotorola Moto G100Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5GSamsung Galaxy A52 5GAverage 256 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-52%
-7%
-28%
-39%
-4%
-50%
Sequential Read 256KB
1827
955.5
-48%
1729.8
-5%
949.43
-48%
926.67
-49%
1769 ?(1330 - 2037, n=26)
-3%
843 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=269, last 2 years)
-54%
Sequential Write 256KB
1256.4
473.1
-62%
716.8
-43%
710.31
-43%
484.62
-61%
823 ?(552 - 1559, n=26)
-34%
386 ?(11.9 - 1321, n=269, last 2 years)
-69%
Random Read 4KB
223.7
126.7
-43%
253.6
13%
207.95
-7%
176.05
-21%
253 ?(181 - 325, n=26)
13%
148 ?(13.5 - 325, n=269, last 2 years)
-34%
Random Write 4KB
239
104.5
-56%
252.9
6%
206.89
-13%
179.23
-25%
256 ?(180 - 370, n=26)
7%
139 ?(5.5 - 330, n=269, last 2 years)
-42%

Games – 60 fps is possible

Despite the 90 Hz display, 90 fps gaming isn't possible in most games. OnePlus and game developers need to do further optimization here. Armajet, which is actually a fast game, only offers a maximum of 30 fps, but PUBG Mobile at least manages just under 60 fps at low quality levels. We perform our measurements with GameBench.

At least that's a significant improvement compared with the predecessor, where only 30 fps was possible most of the time. Other smartphones, such as the Motorola Moto G100 or the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, achieve at least 60 fps in various settings.

There's nothing to complain about in terms of controls: The touchscreen and the position sensor respond quickly and allow users to control the game character reliably.

PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
Armajet
Armajet
051015202530354045505560Tooltip
; Armajet; 1.60.13: Ø29.5 (23-30)
; Asphalt 9: Legends; Standard / low; 3.0.2a: Ø49.3 (43-51)
; Asphalt 9: Legends; High Quality; 3.0.2a: Ø49.2 (41-51)
; PUBG Mobile; Smooth; 1.5.0: Ø59.1 (57-61)
; PUBG Mobile; HD; 1.5.0: Ø40 (38-49)

Emissions – Heavy load, high temperatures

Temperature

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test
3DMark Wild Life Stress Test
3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test

This brings us to a disadvantage that the OnePlus Nord 2 5G has compared to its predecessor: The OnePlus Nord already warmed up a lot, but the Nord 2 gets even hotter with 48.7 °C (~120 °F) in our load test.

And it also throttles its performance significantly so as not to overheat even further, something that is revealed by the 3DMark stress tests. A third or even almost 40% of the performance is lost when the smartphone is under load for a prolonged period of time.

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
61.4 (2587min - 4215max) % ∼100%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
66.6 (858min - 1289max) % ∼100%
Max. Load
 47.6 °C
118 F
44 °C
111 F
40.3 °C
105 F
 
 48.7 °C
120 F
44.4 °C
112 F
40.4 °C
105 F
 
 47.5 °C
118 F
44.2 °C
112 F
40.3 °C
105 F
 
Maximum: 48.7 °C = 120 F
Average: 44.2 °C = 112 F
39.1 °C
102 F
41.9 °C
107 F
43.4 °C
110 F
39.9 °C
104 F
42.5 °C
109 F
45.5 °C
114 F
39.4 °C
103 F
42.6 °C
109 F
45.5 °C
114 F
Maximum: 45.5 °C = 114 F
Average: 42.2 °C = 108 F
Power Supply (max.)  41.6 °C = 107 F | Room Temperature 21.8 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 44.2 °C / 112 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 48.7 °C / 120 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 45.5 °C / 114 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.5 °C / 76 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.

Speakers

In contrast to the OnePlus Nord, the successor now features stereo speakers. This is a hybrid system, which means that the top speaker also serves as earpiece when making calls.

Sound can get reasonably loud if desired, but it's also a bit high-pitched. In general, the resulting sound pattern is average and can't compete with hi-fi systems or even with the best smartphone speakers, but it's definitely sufficient for everyday use.

You can also forward audio signals to external devices via Bluetooth or using the USB-C port. This works smoothly, and the aptX HD codecs are also available in wireless mode.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2045.642.62540.237.13133.4324031.229.5503537.76327.526.98020.122.910019.619.712517.22516015.935.320012.442.22501249.331510.253.440010.156.15008.759.463015.264.680016.366.1100015.670.4125013.170.9160011.171.6200011.569.3250011.768.8315014.171.2400014.473.5500017.768.4630016.567.2800016.765.71000018.169.31250017.563.21600018.853.7SPL27.181.6N0.850.3median 15.2median 65.7Delta2.69.847.242.43942.134.336.539.339.942.144.431.734.426.32626.427.125.631.622.143.919.353.218.958.716.562.71668.614.372.915.773.915.273.713.777.111.776.51274.512.470.311.171.911.269.711.86712.963.513.771.814.173.41475.81366.211.452.26863.425.984.922.415.80.864.6median 14median 69.72.69.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseOnePlus Nord 2 5GOnePlus Nord
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 28.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.6% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 29% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 59% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 55% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 37% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

OnePlus Nord audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 23.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 4% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 91% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 27% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 65% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life – Super fast charging

Energy consumption

Overall, the OnePlus phone is frugal in terms of energy consumption, as long as you don't stress it too much. Consumption can increase up to 10.9 watts under load, which is the highest rate in our comparison field.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.8 / 1.2 / 1.6 Watt
Load midlight 5.7 / 10.9 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
4500 mAh
OnePlus Nord
4115 mAh
Motorola Moto G100
5000 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
4250 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
4500 mAh
Average MediaTek Dimensity 1200
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-30%
-13%
-7%
0%
-2%
-7%
Idle Minimum *
0.8
1.8
-125%
0.9
-13%
0.83
-4%
0.92
-15%
0.79 ?(0.78 - 0.8, n=2)
1%
0.934 ?(0.12 - 2.5, n=215, last 2 years)
-17%
Idle Average *
1.2
2.1
-75%
1.5
-25%
1.92
-60%
1.78
-48%
1.53 ?(1.2 - 1.86, n=2)
-28%
1.772 ?(0.65 - 3.94, n=215, last 2 years)
-48%
Idle Maximum *
1.6
2.3
-44%
2.1
-31%
1.97
-23%
1.81
-13%
1.74 ?(1.6 - 1.88, n=2)
-9%
2 ?(0.69 - 4.01, n=215, last 2 years)
-25%
Load Average *
5.7
3.4
40%
6.7
-18%
3.84
33%
3.86
32%
4.84 ?(3.98 - 5.7, n=2)
15%
4.45 ?(2.1 - 8.4, n=215, last 2 years)
22%
Load Maximum *
10.9
5.2
52%
8.5
22%
8.6
21%
6.14
44%
9.84 ?(8.78 - 10.9, n=2)
10%
7.36 ?(3.56 - 12.3, n=215, last 2 years)
32%

* ... smaller is better

Energy consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

012345Tooltip
: Ø4.3 (2.58-5.81)

Energy consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

012345678910Tooltip
; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø9.4 (8.61-10.1)
; Idle 1min: Ø1.216 (1.054-2.4)

Battery life

A 4,500 mAh battery is a bit smaller than the 5,000 mAh battery that has now become common in budget phones or even in the Motorola Moto G100, but it's still sufficient for good runtimes in the case of the OnePlus Nord 2 5G, and it also has a significantly higher capacity compared with the OnePlus Nord.

The phone manages 15:58 hours in Wi-Fi mode, which is a 9% improvement over the predecessor as well as the second place among the comparison devices. Although the phone only achieves moderate results when watching movies, in idle usage, and under heavy load, it should still easily be enough for several days of average use without charging.

The OnePlus Nord 2 5G features the same wired charging technology as considerably more expensive smartphones from OnePlus, namely WarpCharge 65, which is capable of charging at 65 watts.

Although it's not the latest WarpCharge 65T version, which is still a bit faster, the second generation of the Nord phone still charges super fast: It takes just under 40 minutes to recharge the 4,500 mAh battery when it's completely empty, and you'll have enough power for several hours of use after just a few minutes of charging.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
32h 06min
WiFi Websurfing
15h 58min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
18h 46min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 32min
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
4500 mAh
OnePlus Nord
4115 mAh
Motorola Moto G100
5000 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
4250 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
4500 mAh
Battery Runtime
-4%
21%
-13%
-4%
Reader / Idle
1926
2003
4%
2846
48%
1509
-22%
1917
0%
H.264
1126
1064
-6%
1285
14%
1248
11%
1052
-7%
WiFi v1.3
958
869
-9%
1049
9%
734
-23%
710
-26%
Load
272
261
-4%
302
11%
223
-18%
324
19%

Pros

+ very fast storage
+ a lot of performance
+ fast Wi-Fi 6
+ very fast charging
+ long battery life

Cons

- no IP certification
- no wireless charging
- slightly inaccurate display colors in some cases
- no gaming at 90 fps
- strong throttling and thermal build-up
- display without HDR support

Verdict – A worthy contender

In review: OnePlus Nord 2 5G. Test device provided by OnePlus Germany.
In review: OnePlus Nord 2 5G. Test device provided by OnePlus Germany.

We had already liked last year's OnePlus Nord, and it achieved a score of 83%.

OnePlus has made numerous improvements in the successor, and it even challenges its own, significantly more expensive phones in some areas: The OnePlus Nord 2 5G charges very quickly, provides fast Internet, modern communication standards like 5G, good performance scores, and a decent camera system.

Sure, when it comes to an IP certification, case materials, color accuracy of the display, and audio quality or wireless charging, you have to make some sacrifices compared to true high-end phones. But for many users, these are probably minor details, making the OnePlus Nord 2 5G look very good compared to much more expensive phones.

The OnePlus Nord 2 5G is once again a real flagship killer. It might not be able to keep up with the priciest smartphones in every single aspect, but it offers very good features for little money.

Therefore, if you don't need the best of the best but can make a few compromises in some areas instead, you will get a really good smartphone for just under 400 Euros (~$472).

In general, the quality of the competition is also very high: The Motorola Moto G100, for example, includes a desktop dock, while the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G also offers a lot of performance and a bright display.

Price and availability

Although the OnePlus Nord 2 5G isn't slated for a US release at the time of writing, you can currently find the configuration with 128 GB of storage and 8 GB of RAM in Walmart's online store for $435. Alternatively, there are a couple of listings on newegg, albeit at slightly higher prices (256/12GB version for $775, for example). Finally, Amazon is always a good place to keep tabs on.

OnePlus Nord 2 5G - 08/14/2021 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
83%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
51 / 70 → 73%
Weight
89%
Battery
91%
Display
88%
Games Performance
53 / 64 → 83%
Application Performance
78 / 86 → 90%
Temperature
80%
Noise
100%
Audio
74 / 90 → 82%
Camera
70%
Average
78%
85%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Editor of the original article: Florian Schmitt - Managing Editor Mobile - 901 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
I initially wrote about gaming laptops when I joined Notebookcheck in 2009. I was then involved with the setup of the comparison portal Notebookinfo and worked with social media concepts for large companies like BMW and Adidas, while also returning to work for Notebookcheck in 2012. Nowadays, I focus on smartphones, tablets, and future technologies. Since 2018 I have been Managing Editor for mobile device reviews, working alongside my colleague Daniel Schmidt.
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