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(Pocket-lint) - OnePlus announced the OnePlus Nord 2T during an event on 19 May 2022, succeeding the excellent mid-range OnePlus Nord 2.

The Nord 2T sits below the flagship OnePlus 10 Pro and at a much cheaper price point. How do the two devices compare though and what do you compromise by opting for the Nord 2T over the OnePlus 10 Pro?

Here is how the OnePlus Nord 2T stacks up against the OnePlus 10 Pro.

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Price

  • Nord 2T: Starts at £369/€399
  • 10 Pro: Starts at £799/€899

Let's first talk about the price of these two handsets. The OnePlus Nord 2T is pretty much half the price of the OnePlus 10 Pro so that really needs to be kept in mind when you read through their differences below.

The OnePlus Nord 2T starts at £369 in the UK and €399 in Europe. The OnePlus 10 Pro meanwhile, starts at £799 in the UK, $899 in the US and €899 in Europe.

Design

  • Nord 2T: 159.1 x 73.2 x 8.2mm, 190g
  • 10 Pro: 163 x 73.9 x 8.55mm, 200g

There are quite a few differences in design between the OnePlus Nord 2T and the OnePlus 10 Pro. The OnePlus 10 Pro is the more premium looking device, as you might expect. 

Both have glass rears but the OnePlus 10 Pro has a larger and more prominent camera housing with a square design that sees three large lenses inside, a fourth circle with the flash for symmetry and Hasselblad branding on the edge. 

The Nord 2T opts for a rectangular camera housing on the rear, similar to the OnePlus 9 Pro but with larger lenses. There is a main lens at the top and a second circle below that houses two smaller lenses. It's an interesting approach and one that not everyone - especially those that like symmetry in design - will be fond of. 

On the front, the OnePlus 10 Pro and the Nord 2T both have a punch hole camera in the top left corner. The Nord 2T has a flat display though, while the OnePlus 10 Pro is slightly curved. Both have an in-display fingerprint sensor.

The OnePlus 10 Pro also offers an IP68 water and dust resistance, while the OnePlus Nord 2T doesn't have an official IP rating so if you're prone to dropping your phone in the toilet, the OnePlus 10 Pro is the better option for you here.

The OnePlus 10 Pro is the slightly larger and heavier of the two devices though so if you're after more compact and lighter when in your pocket, the Nord 2T is the winner there. It's all about weighing up what's important to you.

Display

  • Nord 2T: 6.43-inch, Full HD+, 90Hz refresh rate. HDR10+ 
  • 10 Pro: 6.7-inch, Quad HD+, LTPO, 1-120Hz, Dual Colour Calibration

The OnePlus Nord 2T has a 6.43-inch AMOLED display that offers a Full HD+ resolution that delivers a pixel density of 409ppi. It has a 90Hz refresh rate and it offers support for HDR10+.

The Nord 2T is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 - front and back - and it has a couple of extra display features like AI Colour Enhancement, but it's a different offering to the OnePlus 10 Pro.

The flagship OnePlus 10 Pro has a 6.7-inch display, which is an AMOLED with LTPO panel. It offers a Quad HD+ resolution, which results in a pixel density of 525ppi. It means everything will be crisper and sharper on the 10 Pro.

The 10 Pro also has an adaptive refresh rate between 1Hz and 120Hz so it's likely to be smoother in operation, and because it's adaptive, it will change based on what you are doing on the screen.

There are some extra features on the 10 Pro too that enhance the display's experience. A Dual Colour Calibration feature is designed to deliver accurate and natural colours at two levels of brightness, while you'll also find a bright HDR video mode and features like video colour enhancer and image sharpener.

Hardware and specs

  • Nord 2T: Dimensity 1300, 8GB/12GB RAM, 128/256GB storage, 4500mAh
  • 10 Pro: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, 8/12GB RAM, 128/256GB storage, 5000mAh

The OnePlus Nord 2T runs on the MediaTek Dimensity 1300 chipset, supported by either 8GB or 12GB of RAM, depending on the model. The 8GB model has 128GB storage, while the 12GB model has 256GB storage. Neither has microSD support for storage expansion.

The OnePlus 10 Pro meanwhile, runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 platform, which is more advanced than the Nord 2T's offering. It too comes with 8GB or 12GB of RAM though, and 128GB or 256GB of storage, respectively. 

In terms of battery capacities, the OnePlus Nord 2T has a 4500mAh cell, while the OnePlus 10 Pro has a 5000mAh cell. It's worth remembering the OnePlus 10 Pro has a larger and higher resolution display to power though so it needs that extra juice. 

Both devices also offer 80W SuperVOOC fast charging too, but only the 10 Pro has 50W AirVOOC wireless charging, with the Nord 2T not supporting wireless charging at all.

Camera

  • Nord 2T: Triple rear (50MP + 8MP + 2MP), 32MP front
  • 10 Pro: Triple camera (48MP, 50MP, 8MP), 32MP front

The OnePlus Nord 2T has a triple rear camera made up of a 50-megapixel main sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilisation (OIS), an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a 120-degree field of view, and a 2-megapixel mono-lens sensor with f/2.2 aperture.

It has a dual-LED flash and it offers features like AI Scene Enhancement, AI Highlight Video, Slo-mo, Dual-View Video and Nightscape mode, but it's not as advanced a system as the 10 Pro so you're going to get better results with the more expensive device.

The OnePlus 10 Pro has a triple rear camera too but it's a different make up to the Nord 2T. You'll find a 48-megapixel primary camera with f/1.8 and optical image stabilisation (OIS), 50-megapixel ultra wide angle camera and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture.

All three cameras are capable of shooting 12-bit RAW and the 10 Pro offers features like Movie Mode for video capture that you can adjust various settings like ISO and shutter speed, as well as Hasselblad colour styles too. 

The 50-megapixel ultra wide angle lens also offers a 150-degree field of view with a Fisheye effect.

Both the OnePlus Nord 2T and the 10 Pro have a 32-megapixel front camera.

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Conclusion

The OnePlus 10 Pro is the clear winner when you compare its specs against the Nord 2T's specs, but that's not to say it will be the right choice for everyone. 

The OnePlus 10 Pro has a more advanced processor and camera system, a larger battery, a larger and better display, a more premium design and it has extra features like wireless charging. 

The Nord 2T is half the price of the 10 Pro though, whilst also offering some great specs and features like super fast wired charging. If you're looking to save money, the Nord 2T will do that whilst still offering the OnePlus experience. If you're looking for a flagship experience, the 10 Pro is the one you'll want.

More about this story

When we write versus features, we aren't just comparing the spec sheets. We take into account the overall market and our own experience with the devices in order to give you as much information as possible to make an informed choice. 

In this case, we have reviewed the OnePlus 10 Pro in full and we also have the OnePlus Nord 2T in hand too, with our initial impressions already published. We've used our knowledge on both devices, along with the information in the public domain to build this feature.

Writing by Britta O'Boyle.