A leak has indicated that there is a successor to the mid-range OnePlus Nord, called the OnePlus Nord 2. The new device will be launched without a Snapdragon chipset, opting instead for silicon from MediaTek. Point to be noted that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipsets have powered most leading Android phones over the years, especially those sold in the US and Europe, and in every OnePlus phone reaching all the way back to 2014 OnePlus One and its Snapdragon 801. Android Central also reported that the OnePlus Nord 2 will feature the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 chipset. The Tech news outlet also claimed the new phone will be launched in the 2nd quarter of 2021, or at the beginning of next month. The OnePlus Nord used a mid-to-upper tier 7nm Snapdragon 765G chipset.
But, the Nord 2’s 6nm Dimensity 1200 is purported to be an improvement. Both are octa-core silicon, but the latter is capable of higher sheer speeds because the Snapdragon 765G has a prime core at 2.3Ghz and a performance core at 2.2Ghz (both Cortex-A76) with 6 efficiency cores at 1.8Ghz (Cortex-A55). However, the Dimensity 1200’s prime core gets up to 3.0Ghz (Cortex A78). It has 3 other A78 cores going up to 2.6Ghz and four efficiency cores (Cortex A55) up to 2.0Ghz. It is noteworthy that better performance in every situation is up to speculation given other factors like RAM and OS integration. But, it’s a major step for MediaTek to take in expanding into a previously Qualcomm Snapdragon-only brand.
It also raised questions about the affordability of the Nord 2 and whether the more powerful chipset will increase the price of the new phone. The actual question might be what place the Nord 2 holds in the lineup of OnePlus phones. We have seen the 2020 launch of the OnePlus Nord N10 5G and the lower-spec Nord N100. Both of which were lower-powered than the original OnePlus Nord. However, we expected an OnePlus Nord SE to bridge the gap in offering more power compared to the N10 5G but at a better value than the Nord. We are still unable to find more details about its release plans. But, we expect the Nord 2 will be the true mid-range inheritor and the more affordable alternative to the upcoming OnePlus 9, which is expected to launch in the coming months.