The OnePlus Nord 2 launched earlier today offering better value than ever before thanks to the bump 65W charging speed, the addition of the extremely capable 50MP Sony IMX766 sensor previously seen on the OnePlus 9 series, and a switch in chipset suppliers from Qualcomm to MediaTek. The latter is a most interesting development as we’ve seen MediaTek recover from the mistakes it made when 4G was a fledgling product, with its new Dimensity range of processors putting 5G front and center at cost-effective prices.
So you might be wondering how the Dimensity 1200-powered Nord 2 performs compared to the original Nord that is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G. Luckily we have both handsets to hand in their 12/256GB guises so join us after the break for some non-scientific benchmarking results and anecdotal experiences.
Just to be clear, we aren’t AnandTech so we aren’t going to be going into vast detail about how the chip wafer formed or which dip Ian Cutress accompanied it with when he ate it. Instead, we’ve run the OnePlus Nord and Nord 2 through three of the most popular benchmarking apps around which will give a rough idea of what to expect from the new handset and how it improves upon its predecessor in terms of general performance.
First up is 3D Mark, and here we can clearly see a vast improvement in the overall score with a gap of 2529 from the Nord 2 to the original Nord. This is further shown by the Nord 2 managing an average frame rate (FPS) of 25.20 in comparison to the Nord’s 10.10.
The Geekbench 5 scores show a more considered uptick in performance with the Dimensity 1200 managing a couple of hundred extra points in single-core usage. Multi-core is the more telling score with the Snapdragon 765G trailing behind by 825 points.
Finally, we have the results from GFXBench that reveals once again that the Dimensity 1200’s GPU is far more capable than the Nord’s Snapdragon 765G when it comes to cranking out frames. It means that the Nord 2 should be much more capable when it comes to mobile gaming, offering a more enjoyable experience.
In the short time I’ve had the review unit, I can say that it feels slightly nippier than the original Nord, but that could be because the Nord 2 is a fresh new phone with little in the way of baggage so far. While the benchmarks shouldn’t be what you base your buying decision on, they do serve as a snapshot of what MediaTek’s Dimensity 1200 chipset is capable of.
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