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This phone was recently announced and I had been using it for the past 2 weeks or so – and I was hit by a wave of nostalgia but with a sense of newness and rediscovery. Back in the year 2014, I was using the OnePlus One. It was the prime time for custom ROMs and I tinkered around so much with that phone. It served me well, but I eventually sold it off for something else that I ultimately regretted. Since then, I never touched any other OnePlus devices at all.

Fast forward to today, many things have changed. OnePlus established another sub-brand called the OnePlus Nord – and what we have here is the latest OnePlus Nord 2T 5G. The phone, in itself, reminded me a lot about the OnePlus One that I used so many years ago but modernized. I don’t really know if I’ll make sense but in today’s video, we’re reviewing this phone while also going through my nostalgia.

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Design

Kicking things off, the design. I’m personally not a fan of the glossy glass back but I absolutely love the shape and size of the OnePlus Nord 2T 5G. Its shape is excellent to be held with one hand and the back curves into the phone’s frame – making it just very comfortable to hold.

OnePlus Nord 2T 5G

Combined with this Jade Fog color, I think it just looks so unique. I may be a little biased since I like this color a lot.

OnePlus Nord 2T 5G

Display

What I also like is the flat screen. This is a 6.43-inch AMOLED screen that goes up to 90Hz refresh rate and has a resolution of 2400×1080 pixels.

OnePlus Nord 2T 5G

This screen has excellent color reproduction as it covers nearly 100% of sRGB and about 96% of DCI-P3, while also maintaining a very low Delta-E number.

OnePlus Nord 2T 5G

It does go up to 450 nits of brightness – but unfortunately, that’s not bright
enough to be used under direct sunlight on a sunny day.

OnePlus Nord 2T 5G

Some of you may have realized that this phone has a larger chin bezel compared to the other sides – gasp! But seriously, having a bigger chin bezel is fine since it is more ergonomic to use. Then again, the under-display fingerprint scanner on this phone is way too low.

OnePlus Nord 2T 5G

OnePlus Nord 2T 5G

Some specs police may complain that the refresh rate isn’t high enough but come on – the Android games that most of you play do not scale above 60fps anyway.

OnePlus Nord 2T 5G

Performance

Speaking of that – the performance. This phone comes with the MediaTek Dimensity 1300 chipset. In our gaming test, I was surprised by the performance coming out of this phone. I was able to get about 40fps average throughout the entire gameplay and the temperature of the phone was very low too. I mean, after playing the game for about 30 minutes, the phone only felt slightly warm to the touch.

So good job in terms of performance.

Battery life

The battery life is also something that I’m most impressed by its 4,500mAh battery. Tested at 100 nits of brightness using PC Mark’s battery life test, it reported about 12 hours – which is fantastic and will definitely last throughout a full day’s usage without much of an issue.

OnePlus Nord 2T 5G

Charging test

As for the charging test, this phone uses the SuperVOOC 80W charger – which is exactly the same charger as the OPPO counterpart. It charges the phone from 15% to 100% battery in about 40 minutes.

Cameras

The cameras on this phone are fairly decent. We have a total of 3 cameras here but I don’t consider the depth sensor to be usable so, in truth, we only have two usable cameras.

To have a look at all the pictures taken with the OnePlus Nord 2T 5G, watch our video at the top of this review.

OnePlus Nord 2T 5G

Software

Then comes the software. I should highlight that when I used the OnePlus One all those years ago, that phone was pretty much stock Android but with a few customizations on top. And recently, the software on OnePlus phones, in general, is controversial.

OnePlus Nord 2T 5G

First, OnePlus announced that its much beloved OxygenOS is going to merge with OPPO’s ColorOS – a piece of news that enraged fans worldwide. Then, there were many reports regarding software bugs that were unresolved. After that, they backtracked and said they are not going to merge with OPPO’s ColorOS.

And this is not the end. There are rumors saying that the design of OnePlus’s OxygenOS and OPPO’s ColorOS are going to be merged. It’s a confusing mess but nonetheless, I do think that whatever software that the OnePlus Nord 2T is using, it is very similar to what I experienced on the OPPO Reno8 Pro – but without any bloatware. It’s surprisingly clean here.

OnePlus Nord 2T 5G

They both look and feel the same, but OnePlus did some extra customizations on top.

OnePlus Nord 2T 5G

We can download third-party icon packs from the Google Play Store and apply them using the built-in theme engine. We can even change the system’s font between stock Android’s Roboto and the OnePlus Sans – which I prefer since it looks sleeker.

OnePlus Nord 2T 5G

Then, we also have the OnePlus Shelf. By swiping down from the top right, we have a dashboard of information and shortcuts and we can customize what to show and in what order we prefer. I find this to be extremely handy since this OnePlus Shelf has native Spotify integration.

OnePlus Nord 2T 5G

And after spending so much time with this phone, I have not encountered any bugs that negatively affected my experience. So far, so good.

Conclusion

Then comes the price. The OnePlus Nord 2T 5G starts at RM1,899 and to me, that is a very reasonable price for what this phone has to offer. However, the closest competitor to this phone is going to be the Samsung Galaxy A73.

Samsung Galaxy A73 5G

Between these two phones, Samsung promises that the Galaxy A73 will get 4 generations of Android OS upgrades and 5 years of security patches – and this kind of software support commitment is something that OnePlus never mentioned. That is what I am worried about.

OnePlus Nord 2T 5G

Other than that, this is a very good phone. OnePlus has changed a lot over the years and I do believe they still do make good phones – and this Nord 2T 5G proves it. Just that the software part is still… confusing.

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