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OnePlus Nord 2 - Smartphone Battery Performance

Updated: Nov 10, 2023


Impressive Fast Charging - Introducing the OnePlus Nord 2



SMARTPHONE TIER: MID TIER

Battery Capacity mAh: 4500


OnePlus Nord 2 Smartphone
OnePlus Nord 2 Smartphone


Smartphone Battery Performance Overall Score: 39/100



Ranking #7


 

We have listed what you need to know about the OnePlus Nord 2


Overview


The OnePlus Nord 2 was first reviewed in our testing labs in October 2021, so we welcomed the opportunity to test the battery performance of this smartphone once again.


We found that the OnePlus Nord 2 performed well, and with a battery performance score of 48 out of 100, a slight improvement was seen from 46, the previous score.

This may result from the MediaTek chipset being used by OnePlus for the first time.

There are no ground-breaking features, but the OnePlus delivers a reasonable user experience, offers some high specifications, and is value for money, especially compared to other smartphones in the ViserMark High Tier and Flagship Tiers.


Here’s a quick summary of the OnePlus Nord 2 for you:


Product - Good Points

· Good camera features - Nightscape Ultra mode

· 65W super fast charging

· Charger included

· Stylish design with Gorilla Glass protection

· 1080 x 2400 display

Product - Be Aware of Points

· Limited range of colours available - Gray Sierra, Blue Haze and Green Wood

· 90Hz screen only

· Not IP-rated

· Limited availability - purchases mainly in Europe and India

· No wireless charging

 
 

Smartphone Battery Performance Score

and Battery Results


We have designed and developed the ViserMark Battery Performance Labels

to help Smartphone users.


Our battery test results for the OnePlus Nord 2 have been translated

into the ViserMark Labels displayed below.

ViserMark Labels for the OnePlus Nord 2 Smartphone
ViserMark Labels for OnePlus Nord 2 Smartphone
 

Let’s look at the ViserMark review based on the testing results.

You can find the full results of our battery performance testing below:


Smartphone Battery Performance Overall Score:


ViserMark Label - Smartphone Battery Performance Score  showing 39/100
ViserMark Label - Smartphone Battery Performance Score


The Battery Performance Label shows a score between 0 and 100. It reflects the performance based on independent, repeatable, and rigorous testing.



Using various testing criteria, measured using real-life scenarios and live networks, results are collated with calculations from Battery Life, Power Efficiency and Charging results that amount to the total score.


The Mid Tier is a competitive marketplace, with many smartphones competing to stand out. Both the Realme GT2 and the Oppo A54 5G match the battery performance score of 48 out of 100, so the OnePlus Nord 2 is an exciting contender, achieving the same score with a 50MP main camera and fast-charging features.


We found that in our testing, the overall battery score was 39 out of 100, which is lower than the Xiaomi Poco F3's 49 out of 100, which still delivers better performance. It is still debatable if the MediaTek chipset will be better. However, OnePlus has said it has opened up the 5G AI platform (5G Open Resource Architecture/DORA). They have worked on the DORA platform to improve the camera and display performance and add more features to the phone.


Compared to other smartphones within the Mid Tier, Samsung devices dominate the top half of this Tier, achieving 62 out of 100 scores for the Samsung A52 5G and Samsung M51. Notably, both smartphones have a battery capacity of 700mAh and offer a first-class user experience. The Xiaomi Poco F3 remains marginally ahead of the OnePlus Nord 2 with a battery performance score of 49, a higher-quality screen, and a more attractive lower price. The Xiaomi Poco F3 even has decent stereo speakers; this is not the case for the OnePlus Nord 2; quality is lacking in this area.


A chart showing Smartphone Battery Performance Scores ranging from 39 to 48 out of 100
A chart showing Smartphone Battery Performance Scores
 

Battery Life


ViserMark Label - Smartphone Battery Life Rating of 1.5 out of 5 Days
ViserMark Label - Smartphone Battery Life Rating

Battery Life - How long will this Smartphone battery last?


This is expressed in “Days-of-Use” and reflects the number of days that a smartphone can be used from a full charge.


The battery capacity of the OnePlus Nord is 4500mAh, and this provides enough charge for 1.5 days of use. It matches its nearest rivals, Xiaomi and Oppo, on battery performance and gains a slight advantage over the Realme GT2, as the chart demonstrates below.

A chart showing Smartphone battery Life Ratings in the Mid Tier of 1.5 Days of Use
A chart showing Smartphone Battery Life Ratings in the Mid Tier


 

Charging Times


ViserMark Label - Smartphone Charging Time showing 28 minutes
ViserMark Label - Smartphone Charging Time

Battery Charging Time - How long will this Smartphone take to charge?


Time varies when charging different types and sizes of smartphone batteries. This is expressed in Hours and Minutes.


We test the charging times of every device as part of our testing protocol. The performance of the OnePlus Nord 2 is exceptional - fully charged in only 28 minutes! The OnePlus Nord 2 emerges as a true winner. It beats the Xiaomi Poco F3 with a 1 hour and 3 minutes charging time. See the charging times presented here.

A chart showing the Smartphone Charging Times in the Mid Tier from 2 hours and 49 minutes to 28 minutes
A chart showing the Smartphone Charging Times in the Mid Tier

One important feature that OnePlus has introduced is fast charging. From 30W on the OnePlus Nord to 65W on the OnePlus 2. A charger is packed in the box, so you can use it immediately if required. Unfortunately, there is no wireless charging available on the OnePlus Nord 2.


The OnePlus Nord 2 is capable of fast charging times, and in our testing, we compared these charging time results to the rest of the Mid Tier smartphones. The chart below shows our findings, and you will see that the OnePlus Nord 2 is faster than the OnePlus Nord CE by over 20 minutes.


Coming to our labs soon is the OnePlus Nord CE, and it will be interesting to see if our testing shows any significant improvements in charging times and overall battery performance.


A chart showing the Smartphone Charging Times in the Mid Tier
A chart showing the Smartphone Charging Times in the Mid Tier
 

Power Efficiency


ViserMark Label showing Battery Efficiency of 1 out of 5 leaves
ViserMark Label showing Battery Efficiency

Power Efficiency - How power-efficient is this Smartphone?

Maximising the smartphone performance while reducing the energy it consumes, with minimal impact on battery life.



It is calculated using Battery Life and Battery Capacity. This is expressed in “Leaves" and reflects a rating between 1 being the least and 5 being the most power-efficient.


It is calculated using Battery Life and Battery Capacity. This is expressed in “Leaves" and reflects a rating between 1 being the least and 5 being the most power-efficient.


Our recent Power Efficiency testing results showed a 1 out of 5 rating for the OnePlus Nord 2. This rating matches that of the Realme GT2. However, the Xiaomi Poco F3 and Oppo A54 5G achieve a higher rating of 1.5 out of 5.


It is worth mentioning that the OnePlus Nord 2 design does offer extra protection against drops with its Gorilla Glass 5, even though it has no IP rating.

 
 

Should I buy it?


The OnePlus Nord 2 offers many features, like the new Nightscape Ultra camera mode and fast charging. But it lacks a better display, wireless charging, and no microSD slot. It can compete competitively with its closest rivals, the Realme GT2, Oppo A54 5G and the Xiaomi Poco F3.


The OnePlus Nord 2 will cope with daily activities well and comes to 5 G-ready. It is also unlikely to run as fast as other better-performing smartphones. So, if you are happy to wait for a few extra seconds, choosing the 256GB version is sensible.

 

Extra Insights

Q: Does the OnePlus Nord 2 support 5G?

A: Yes, it does

Q: Does the OnePlus Nord 2 have a headphone jack?

Q: Does the OnePlus Nord 2 support wireless charging?

Q: Does the OnePlus Nord 2 have dual-SIM capabilities?

Q: Does the OnePlus Nord 2 have stereo speakers?

Q: Does the OnePlus Nord 2s have a microSD card slot?

Q: Is the OnePlus Nord 2 VoLTE enabled?

 

Product Features and Specification

Release Date Match 2022


Display

6.3 inch AMOLED 1080 x 2400

Processor

MediaTek Dimensity 1200 Android 11, OxygenOS 11.3

Memory & Storage

8GB 128GB and 256GB

Protection

Gorilla Glass 5

Main Camera

​50MP & 8MP &2MP

Front Camera

32MP

Battery

4500mAh

65W fast charging

Audio

Loud Speaker No headphone jack

Dimensions and Weight

159.1 x 73.3 x 8.3mm and 189g

Colours Available

Gray Sierra, Blue Haze, Green Wood

A button for the OnePlus Nord 2 smartphone specifications
 

ViserMark tests are performed with the strictest protocol in a controlled environment to ensure repetition and consistency. They are powered and automated by SmartViser’s test automation solution viSer. The automation test includes a variety of user actions from calls to social media and periods of standby times.

 

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Background


OnePlus Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., commonly called OnePlus, is a Chinese smartphone manufacturer headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong. Pete Lau and Carl Pei founded it in December 2013. The company officially serves 34 countries and regions worldwide as of July 2018.

 

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