OnePlus Nord 2 release date, price and specs rumours

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.

However, signs now suggest that this successor could be hitting the market as soon as late March, if the latest chipset rumours are to be believed.

What about the Nord SE?

Predictions are complicated by the fact that rumours are also circulating regarding a device named the Nord SE – now believed to be a special edition of the original Nord phone, rather than a true follow-up.

Phone Arena cites an anonymous source in claiming that the SE is in fact a partnership with designer Joshua Vides, and that it will “primarily focus on aesthetic changes such as custom wallpapers and a specially designed rear panel.”

Don’t expect significant spec changes in the SE, which the site says will likely launch alongside the OnePlus 9 flagship line, thought to be launching in March 2021.

Interestingly, the Nord SE will reportedly be coming to India and Europe but won’t reach the US, in a similar fashion to original Nord. It’s still unclear why OnePlus hasn’t yet brought its most powerful Nord handset to the US but it looks as though this strategy isn’t likely to change with the Nord SE, if sources are to be believed.

What are the specs for the OnePlus Nord 2?

The expected existence of both the Nord SE and Nord 2 muddies the waters somewhat when it comes to spec predictions, so it’s not clear which of the two phones the leaks relate to.

Along with word on the launch period, Android Central reported on some potential hardware highlights coming to the new Nord (codenamed ‘Ebba’) – one found on the original Nord and one trait currently unique to the company’s most recent flagship release – the OnePlus 8T.

The 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.

It’s the same chip that’s rumoured to feature in the briefly-teased Realme GT Neo and both devices are predicted to be arriving in late March or early April as dictated by MediaTek’s pipeline.

The 6nm chip supports 5G natively and features a 1 + 3 + 4 octa-core architecture that runs at a higher clock then 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).

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 that super high refresh rate continues 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 Quad HD 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 SE 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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