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OnePlus Nord 2 arrives in Q2 2021 with flagship MediaTek chip at its heart: Report

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OnePlus is gearing up to launch the flagship OnePlus 9 series later this month, and unsurprisingly, a ton of leaks have already made their way online. While the upcoming high-end devices will certainly hog the limelight, it appears that the budget-centric Nord phones will also make some splash this year. As per a report from Android Central that cites insider sources, the OnePlus Nord 2 will reportedly make its debut in Q2 2021.

Goodbye mid-range Qualcomm SoC. Welcome, flagship MediaTek silicon!

More importantly, the OnePlus Nord 2 is said to employ the flagship MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC. Now, this is a major strategy shift for both OnePlus, and the Nord family as a whole. From a brand perspective, this would mark the first time that OnePlus is looking elsewhere other than Qualcomm, and also the first time that it is sourcing MediaTek chips for a smartphone.

The other, and arguably the more important change that will likely alter the whole perception of the series is because of the processor that OnePlus Nord 2 is going to use – the Dimensity 1200 SoC. The Nord smartphones have so far used a low-end Qualcomm processor, and the furthest it has gone was the mid-tier Snapdragon 765G SoC inside the vanilla OnePlus Nord. As for the Dimensity 1200, it is currently the top-of-the-line processor in MediaTek’s 5G portfolio.

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Dimensity 1200 brings OnePlus Nord 2 closer to flagships, but the price might surge too

While this is a welcome change, as it means offering more raw power in the hands of budget smartphone buyers, it would also mean that the price of OnePlus Nord 2 might be significantly higher compared to the OnePlus Nord. And mind you, an aggressive asking price is what made the OnePlus Nord such a big hit in the first place. MediaTek, on the other hand, will score a lot of reputation points after pocketing an esteemed client like OnePlus

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As for the MediaTek silicon rumored to power the OnePlus Nord 2, the Dimensity 1200 is based on the 6nm process and has an octa-core architecture with 1+3+4 core design. It offers an Arm Cortex-A78 prime core clocked up to 3GHz for demanding tasks, sitting alongside three Cortex-A78 cores, and four ARM Cortex-A55 cores. It also offers a host of other high-end bells and whistles such as support for up to 168Hz refresh rate panels, 200MP still photography, 4K HDR video capture, and even ray-tracing support in mobile games.

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