I would say that the Nord 2 looks similar to its predecessor but with a mix of OnePlus 9 series design elements for novelty. Therefore, the smartphone will look familiar and yet intriguing if you are upgrading from the Nord. Others are likely to appreciate the Nord 2 simply because the smartphone does not cut any corners with respect to design, build quality, and in-hand feel.
The Nord 2 comes in blue, grey and India-exclusive green colour variants. Like the OnePlus 9 series, OnePlus has treated each colour differently in terms of construction material and texture. The blue colour variant has glass cover with glossy finish on the back, while the grey variant has matte finish, and the green model has a textured PU leather coating. That said, the Nord 2 comes in limited colours but gives consumers a choice in the texture and material of the back cover.
In terms of build quality, the mediatek powered OnePlus Nord 2 uses a Gorilla Glass protection on the front and back which makes it sturdy for everyday abuses. Its plastic frame with a glossy metallic finish, however, seems to be weak when compared to peers with metallic chassis. As for ergonomics, the OnePlus Nord 2 is neither thick nor bulky. It has a lightweight build (189g) for a comfortable in-hand feel.
The Nord 2 has the same 6.43-inch fullHD+ AMOLED screen of 90Hz refresh rate that we all saw in the other two Nord series smartphones. But here it is topped with a couple of artificial intelligence (AI) enhancements (Color Boost and Resolution Boost), courtesy the integration of OnePlus’ OxygenOS (v11.3) and OPPO’s ColorOS (v11.3).
Both these features use the on-chip artificial intelligence capability to deliver enhanced multimedia experience — boost colours and upscale content into HD resolution. Overall, the Nord 2 has a good display for its price, supported by the smooth animations and transitions of the graphic user interface and a powerful Dimensity 1200 AI chipset.