OnePlus dominates the mid-range market, and I think their latest phone proves it
OnePlus has been on our radar for a while now, but over the past few years the quality of its devices has skyrocketed.
Arguably, their mid-range offerings made the biggest splash. They’ve proven once and for all that you don’t need to spend as much on your next smartphone as you do on a good quality laptop.
That’s not to say OnePlus doesn’t make fantastic flagships, because they do. the OnePlus 10 Pro is one of my favorite smartphones released so far this year, so much so that it took one of the top spots in T3’s guide to the best phones you can buy. Before that, the OnePlus 9 Pro also had a serious impact, in part thanks to its highly successful collaboration with camera manufacturer Hasselblad.
But the big problem for OnePlus’ high-end phones is that they face huge competition, a few of which are arguably the best in the business, like the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. The world of the flagship is not easy.
Targeting the mid-range market has worked very well for OnePlus. In fact, I would go so far as to say that OnePlus rules this world because their devices are a game changer. As smartphone technology advances it becomes cheaper, which means hardware may fall into the most affordable segment of the market, but OnePlus goes beyond that.
It all started with the OnePlus North, which we called the “ultimate mid-ranger” in our review. At the time, we were so impressed with it that we gave it a coveted 5-star rating, which set a precedent for what was to come.
The OnePlus Nord 2 was just as impressive, if not more so, with improvements in a few key areas including its chipset, battery and camera system. We’re now a year on from that and a new evolution of it has just landed – the OnePlus Nord 2T.
If I had to pick one standout feature, it would be its new ultra-fast charging. OnePlus has actually included the same 80W SUPERVOOC power adapter in the box as with the OnePlus 10 Pro.
When I tried it, it charged the OnePlus Nord 2T from flat to full in about 30 minutes. It is remarkable in every way. You’ll never have to worry about not having enough time to charge your phone, as you can get enough juice for the day in as little as 15 minutes.
This phone also has one of the most powerful mid-range chipsets in the world, the MediaTek Dimensity 1300, and alongside that you get fast 5G along with the latest Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. Won’t break any records, this phone seems much faster to use than most other similarly priced phones I’ve tried. If you need a new smartphone, your budget is limited, and you tend to use lots of different apps every day, this will probably be your best bet.
Almost everything about the OnePlus Nord 2T is excellent, including its screen. It has a 6.43-inch FHD AMOLED display with HDR10+ support, so it’s ideal for streaming video content and shopping for clothes online. Moreover, it is also easy to scroll, swipe and tap on. While it doesn’t hit a 120Hz refresh rate like some mid-range ones, it does have a respectable 90Hz, which is plenty.
Elsewhere, the camera system has just as much to brag about. It consists of a 50MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP monochrome lens, and a 32MP front camera. The result was clear, bright photos that looked good in a whole range of situations, whether I was taking photos in the park, buildings, or even a cheeky selfie or two.
So overall, the OnePlus Nord 2T offers one of the best Android phone packages out there, and while it may not match the best high-end flagships, you won’t have to sacrifice too much. in terms of functionality. and functionality. It is excellent value for money.
You can buy the OnePlus Nord 2T from £369 in the UK on May 24, 2022.