OnePlus released a follow-up to its popular Nord phone on Thursday, calling it the. The Nord 2 starts at £399 (converts to roughly $540, AU$740), and is slated for a UK release ahead of a global rollout. The launch adds a new member to the company's already sizable stable of 2021 releases -- and it can be tricky to tell all those phones apart. But that's why we're here -- to help clear some of that confusion.
Let's start with OnePlus' latest release, the Nord 2. The updated Android device has a number of things in common with its predecessor: A crisp display, a modest price tag, 5G and a decent amount of speed and storage. The biggest difference is probably the processor. The Nord 2 does away with the Snapdragon 765G chipset in favour of a MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI chipset partly because it offers "65% faster CPU performance and 125% GPU performance when compared to the performance of the first Nord," according to the company.
OnePlus says the MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI processor is comparable to Snapdragon 870 in terms of performance. CNET will put that claim to the test in our review, so make sure to look out for it. In addition to the chipset, OnePlus made some upgrades to the camera, battery size, and charging speed. If you want to know specific numbers, scroll down to the specs chart.
The Nord 2 is a follow-up to the originalphone, which was launched in 2020 and became the Chinese phone-maker's best-selling OnePlus device in Europe, shattering first-day sales records. The OnePlus Nord CE meanwhile, is a stripped-down version of the Nord and Nord 2. CE stands for Core Edition, presumably because it's focused on the original Nord's "core" features (though it adds a few more). The Nord CE price comes in the lowest, but OnePlus still managed to stack the phone with high-end features including fast-charging, an AMOLED display and a fast refresh rate.
On the other end of the spectrum lies the, which is the fanciest phone of the lot -- also a member of the Chinese company's flagship line. It has a "flagship" processor and the fastest-refreshing display, but it shares some features with the cheaper Nord 2. Both phones have fast charging (65 watts) and an identical battery size (4,500mAh). The OnePlus 9, however, has a much higher starting price of £629.
For a side-by-side comparison of OnePlus phones, take a look at the specs chart below.
OnePlus phones compared
||OnePlus Nord 2||OnePlus Nord||OnePlus Nord CE||OnePlus 9|
|Display size, resolution, refresh rate||6.43-inch AMOLED, FHD Plus (2,400x1,080 pixels) 90Hz||6.44-inch AMOLED; 2,400x1,080-pixels, 90Hz||6.43-inch Fluid AMOLED; 2,400x1,080-pixels, 90Hz||6.55-inch AMOLED, 2,400x1,080 pixels. 120Hz|
|Dimensions (Inches)||6.25x2.88x0.32 in||6.23x2.88x0.32 in||6.26x2.89x0.31 in||6.2x2.9x0.34 in|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||158.9x73.2x8.25 mm||158.3x73.3x8.2 mm||159.2x73.5x7.9 mm||160x74.2x8.7 mm|
|Weight ( Grams)||6.66 oz; 189 g||6.49 oz; 184 g||5.99 oz; 170 g||6.77 oz; 192 g|
|Mobile Software (at launch)||Android 11||Android 10||Android 11||Android 11|
|Camera||50-megapixel (main) 8-megapixel (wide-angle) 2-megapixel (mono)||48-megapixel (standard), 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 2-megapixel (macro), 5-megapixel (depth-sensing)||64-megapixel (wide), 8-megapixel (ultra-wide), 2-megapixel (monochrome)||48-megapixel (main), 50-megapixel (ultra-wide), 2-megapixel (monochrome)|
|Front camera||32-megapixel||32-megapixel, 8-megapixel (wide-angle)||16-megapixel||16-megapixel|
|Processor||MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI processor.||Snapdragon 765G||Snapdragon 750G||Snapdragon 888|
|Storage||128,256GB||128GB, 256GB||128,256GB||128GB, 256GB|
|RAM||8,12GB RAM||8GB, 12GB||8/12GB||8GB, 12GB|
|Battery||4,500 mAh||4,115 mAh||4,500 mAh||4,500 mAh|
|Special features||5G-enabled, 65W fast charging, 90Hz, dual stereo speaker, face unlock||5G-enabled, 90Hz refresh rate, 30w fast-charging||5G-enabled, 30W fast charging, 90Hz display||5G-enabled, 65W fast charging, 120Hz display|
|Price (USD)||Approximately $550 (converted from UK price)||$520 (converted from UK price)||$410 (converted from UK price)||$860 (converted from UK price)|
|Price (AUD)||AU$740 (converted from UK price)||AU$705 (converted from UK price)||AU$560 (converted from UK price)||AU$1,170 (converted from UK price)|