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OnePlus Nord 2: A great 5G phone for an affordable £399 starting price – CNET

The OnePlus Nord 2, also called the “flagship killer,” has some impressive specs and performs well all round.  Andrew Hoyle/CNET OnePlus calls its brand-new Nord 2 the “flagship killer,” and I get why. This phone has impressive specs, performs well and when paired with a reasonable starting price (only £399 here in the UK), it’s…

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The OnePlus Nord 2, also called the “flagship killer,” has some impressive specs and performs well all round. 
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OnePlus calls its brand-new Nord 2 the “flagship killer,” and I get why. This phone has impressive specs, performs well and when paired with a reasonable starting price (only £399 here in the UK), it’s designed to offer everything you’d need from a phone without emptying your bank account. A powerful processor, a solid dual rear camera setup, 5G connectivity, super fast charging — and it’s not bad to look at either. The phone became available for purchase yesterday for those living in continental Europe, the UK and India.Read more: OnePlus Nord 2 vs. Nord vs. Nord CE vs. OnePlus 9: Comparing OnePlus’ latest phonesLike the previous Nord — and the cheaper Nord CE, launched just a few weeks back — the Nord 2 will not be on sale in the US. It’s destined for the UK and wider Europe, where it’ll cost £399 for the version with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage or £469 with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. For reference, £399 converts to about $540 or AU$740. But no, it doesn’t really “kill” any flagships. It’s not as powerful as a “true” flagship like the iPhone 12 Pro Max or S21 Ultra, nor will its camera skills attract the world’s most demanding photographers. The flagship that I feel is most at risk is OnePlus’s own 9 series, which shares many features with the Nord 2, yet has a much higher starting price of £629 ($729). 

I’ve spent a short amount of time with the Nord 2 ahead of its unveiling, and here are the five things I like most about it. A powerful MediaTek processor  OnePlus has typically used Qualcomm’s Snapdragon line of processors for its phones but it went with MediaTek’s Dimensity 1200-AI chip for the Nord 2. You’ll notice absolutely no difference in use — it’s the same as any other Android phone — but you will notice that it’s surprisingly powerful for the price.  While it’s not up there with the iPhone 12 Pro Max in terms of benchmarks, it did beat the Pixel 5 and wasn’t far below the more expensive OnePlus 9. It’s certainly powerful enough for gaming, photo editing and video streaming and navigating around the Android 11 interface is smooth and stutter free. The OnePlus Nord 2 houses a powerful processor, a dual rear camera setup, 5G connectivity and super fast charging. 
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Android 11 software The Nord 2 runs Android 11 at its core, over which OnePlus has slapped its usual Oxygen software. I really like OnePlus’s software as it’s neat, easy to use and doesn’t try and load the phone up with too many bundled services and bloatware. As a result, the phone remains nippy and trouble-free for longer. It’s particularly important on lower and midrange phones that might not cope as well with being bogged down by services. The result here is a phone with smooth performance that I expect to remain for some time to come.  OnePlus says it’s guaranteed to get at least two years of Android upgrades — so an update to Android 12 this fall and Android 13 next year is a given — with an additional year of security updates after that.  The OnePlus Nord 2 runs Android 11 software. 
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Incredible fast charging The Nord 2 has the same 65-watt fast charging seen on the OnePlus 9 series and it’s amazing. It’ll take the phone from empty to full in only about 30 minutes, which makes it amazing for giving it a quick boost before you head out from home. The 4,500-mAh battery should still give you a day of use from a charge, but when you can recharge so quickly, battery life becomes somewhat less of an issue. Even better is that a 65-watt fast charger comes in the box, so you don’t need to scour Amazon for one. What the phone doesn’t have is wireless charging, but I don’t see that as a particular problem.  The OnePlus Nord 2 has speedy charging with 65-watt support.
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Vibrant, sharp display The Nord 2’s display measures 6.43 inches and boasts a resolution of 2,400×1,080 pixels, which is sufficient to make tiny text look nice and sharp. It’s an AMOLED panel, making it extremely vibrant too: great for videos, photos or playing whatever colorful game is currently making the rounds on the Google Play Store. It has a 90Hz refresh rate which is a touch lower than the 120Hz of the OnePlus 9 series, but I doubt you’d be able to tell any real difference in day-to-day use. It’s silky smooth when scrolling around the interface, but you can also turn it down to a more regular 60Hz, which will apparently help save battery life.  The main cameras on the OnePlus Nord 2 are a 50-megapixel lens combined with a 8-megapixel super-wide lens.
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Decent rear cameras We haven’t done our full suite of camera tests yet, but what we’ve seen from the cameras so far looks good. The main sensor is a 50-megapixel affair — the same one seen in the OnePlus 9’s ultrawide camera. Outdoor images look well-exposed, with plenty of detail and natural-looking colors.  OnePlus Nord 2 outdoor camera test, standard lens.
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OnePlus Nord 2 outdoor camera test, standard lens.
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OnePlus Nord 2 outdoor camera test, super-wide lens.
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OnePlus Nord 2 outdoor camera test, standard lens with 2x digital zoom.
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The 8-megapixel super-wide lens is noticeably less detailed, but it too seems capable of capturing good-looking outdoor images. There’s an on-screen option for 2x zoom but there isn’t a zoom lens, so that 2x is based on digitally cropping the shot. Results still look good, but it’s worth keeping in mind that you won’t get maximum quality doing this.  There’s also technically a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor, which is totally pointless in my opinion as a photographer. If you want good-looking black and white images, use the regular camera and apps like Adobe Lightroom or Snapseed to have full control over converting to mono. Frankly, I feel OnePlus could have pulled this out and lopped another 20 quid or so off the price.  OnePlus Nord 2 specs

Display size, resolution, refresh rate

6.43-inch AMOLED, FHD+ (2,400×1,080 pixels), 90Hz

Pixel density

410ppi

Dimensions (Inches)

6.25×2.88×0.32 in.

Dimensions (Millimeters)

158.9×73.2×8.25 mm

Weight (Grams)

6.66 oz; 189g

Software

Android 11

Camera

50MP (main), 8MP (wide-angle), 2MP (mono)

Front camera

32-megapixel

Video

4K

Processor

MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI processor

Storage

128/256GB

RAM

8/12GB RAM

Fingerprint reader

No

Battery

4,500 mAh

Price

In-display

Connector

USB-C

Headphone Jack

No

Special features

5G-enabled, 65W fast charging, 90Hz, dual stereo speaker, face unlock

Price (USD)

Approximately $540 (converted from UK price)

Price (GBP)

£399

Price (AUD)

Approximately AU$740

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Don’t carry your COVID vaccine card. Here are ways to store it on your phone – CNET

You’ll need your vaccination card to enter restaurants, gyms and other venues across the country.  US Department of Defense For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO and CDC websites. Given the White House’s new vaccine mandates that include government workers, school districts and larger employers, it’s more important than…

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You’ll need your vaccination card to enter restaurants, gyms and other venues across the country. 
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For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO and CDC websites.

Given the White House’s new vaccine mandates that include government workers, school districts and larger employers, it’s more important than ever to keep your COVID-19 vaccine card handy. Cities and counties across the country are also requiring proof of vaccination to attend live indoor events and enter gyms, restaurants and bars. That goes for kids, too, who may soon be eligible for the vaccine.The vaccines have proven time and again to be highly effective in preventing severe illness. Over the summer, as the delta variant spread across the US, the number of COVID-19 cases climbed. The bulk were among the unvaccinated, who accounted for over 97% of all hospitalizations and deaths as of July. With the federal vaccination mandates, the White House aims to stem the surge and also to put pressure on those who haven’t yet gotten vaccinated.That rectangular paper card you received when you were vaccinated is your ticket to proving that you’re vaccinated. (And if there’s still room on the card, it can show you got a booster shot from Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson when those are available.)But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doesn’t have a record of your vaccination status. So, what if you lose it, or it gets damaged? We have a couple tips if that happens. But rather than carrying around the card, take a few minutes to add a digital copy of your vaccination card to your phone. By the way, you probably shouldn’t laminate it, since it prevents your health care provider from updating it with future booster shots. Here are a few options I’ve found while researching how to safely store my vaccination card. 

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To add your card to Samsung Pay, you’ll need to download the CommonHealth app (Samsung’s partner) from the Google Play Store. Follow the prompts in the app to verify your vaccination status. Once the app confirms you’ve indeed gotten the shots, you’ll be prompted to download a Smart Health Card to Samsung Pay.  That card is what you’ll then show to anyone requesting you show proof of vaccination.  Use your phone to take a clear photo of your cardIs that too much fuss? The simplest way to have a digital record of your vaccine status is to snap a picture of your vaccination card and keep it on your phone. The CDC even recommends keeping a picture of your card as a backup copy.  Taking a photo of your card — front and back — is the quickest and easiest way to store it on your phone. 
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Simply use the camera app on your phone to snap the photo. You can favorite the photo to quickly locate it or store it in a notes app, a folder or somewhere that’s easy to remember so you don’t have to endlessly scroll your camera roll to find it. Make sure you’re in a well-lit area and get close enough to the card that its dates and details are legible. I also suggest putting the card on a dark surface, while remaining conscious of shadows of your arms or the phone on the card itself.  Here’s an example of one way to save your vaccination card as a new photo album. On an iPhone, open the Photos app, select the Albums tab and then tap the + sign in the top left corner followed by New Album. Give the album a name and then tap Save. Next, select the photos of your card to add it to the album.  On an Android phone, it depends on which app you’re using, but the process should generally be the same. If you’re using the Google Photos app, open the app and then select the picture of your vaccination card. Tap the three-dot menu button in the top-right corner, followed by the Add to Album button. Select +New album and give it a name such as “Vaccination Card” and tap the checkmark button when you’re done. Look for apps based on your location, like ExcelsiorSome states — including California, Colorado, Hawaii, New York and Oregon — offer some form of digital vaccination card. The myColorado app requires you to create an account, verify your identity and then add your digital driver’s license to your phone. After you’ve done that, you can then add your myVaccine record to the app. 
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Louisiana’s LA Wallet app takes a similar approach to Colorado’s, allowing you to add your driver’s license and proof of vaccination to your phone.  California’s implementation requires you to fill out a form to verify your identity, after which you’ll receive a text message or email with a link to a QR code you can save to your phone. When scanned, the code will offer proof of vaccination. The link will also include a digital copy of your vaccination record.  MyIR Mobile is another app used by several state health departments to provide a digital copy of your vaccination card. Currently, if you live in Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Dakota, Washington, West Virginia or Washington, DC, this is the app you’ll use.  The Notes app on the iPhone has a built-in scanner that makes it really easy to quickly scan your vaccination card and store a copy. 
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More options to digitally store your vaccination cardI’ve had a large number of readers reach out to me about this article, each one offering advice and guidance about storing a proof of vaccination card. Some suggestions include well-known airport security service Clear. In fact, some concert and exhibition halls are requiring attendees use Clear to verify their vaccination status to attend a show. You can go to clearme.com/healthpass to download the app and get your card added. VaxYes is another service that verifies your vaccination status and then adds your vaccination card to Apple Wallet. I’ve read that you can add your card to the Google Pay app, but after signing up and going through the process myself, I don’t see the option on a Pixel 5 running Android 12. If your local municipality or employer used the CDC’s Vaccine Administration Management System, then you can use the VAMS website to access your vaccination records. I had more than one reader reach out to me about using this system to show proof of vaccination, but without an account myself, I’m unable to go through the process of accessing a vaccination record. Another suggestion I received from multiple readers is to use a scanner app on your phone and store a scanned copy of your vaccination card in something like your OneDrive personal vault or a password manager (almost all of them offer some sort of secure file storage) instead of storing the photo in Google Photos or Apple’s iCloud photos. On an iPhone, you can use the scanner that’s built into the Notes app. On Android, Google’s Stack PDF scanner will be enough to get the job done.This story updates as the national vaccine conversation continues. For more information about the forthcoming booster shots, make sure to read this. We have up-to-date details about the delta variant, as well as delta plus and the lambda variant.

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