The Nord 2 is already available in some countries, including the Philippines, where the handset is priced as low as P21,990 (around $438 converted) for the base variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage and P25,990 ($518) for the 12GB/256GB model. In India, the 6GB/128GB, 8GB/128GB, and 12GB/256GB versions go on sale for ₹27,999 (P18,883 or $376), ₹29,999 (P20,232 or $403), and ₹34,999 (P23,604 or $470), respectively.
Earlier today, Xiaomi answered right back with the announcement of the POCO F3 GT, which, as expected, is a rebadged Redmi K40 Gaming Edition. Interestingly, the F3 GT pairs a Dimensity 1200 with an OLED display as well, although the latter is larger and faster than what the Nord 2 has, coming in at 6.67 inches across and operating at 120Hz. Here’s how much the POCO F3 GT costs in India:
- 6GB + 128GB: ₹26,999 (around P18,231 or $363)
- 8GB + 128GB: ₹28,999 (P19,560 or $390)
- 8GB + 256GB: ₹30,999 (P20,909 or $416)
Understandably, given POCO’s global reputation as a disruptive force in the smartphone space, those prices are a little more aggressive than what the competition is asking for. But both devices — at least on paper — do seem to make an argument for skipping high-priced flagships from traditional players like Apple and Samsung. And if you’re wondering how the POCO F3 GT and OnePlus Nord 2 stack up against each other, check out the specs chart below.
|OnePlus Nord 2||POCO F3 GT|
|6.43-inch Fluid AMOLED, FHD+, 90Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, Corning Gorilla Glass 5||6.67-inch OLED screen, FHD+, 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|6nm octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor with 5G||6nm octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor with 5G|
|6GB/8GB/12GB RAM||6GB/8GB RAM|
|128GB/256GB UFS 3.1 storage (non-expandable)||128GB/256GB UFS 3.1 storage (non-expandable)|
|Triple rear cameras: 50-megapixel main, 8-megapixel ultra-wide, and 2-megapixel macro||Triple rear cameras: 64-megapixel main, 8-megapixel ultra-wide/macro, and 2-megapixel macro|
|32-megapixel front camera||16-megapixel front camera|
|Under-display fingerprint sensor||Side-mounted fingerprint sensor|
|4,500mAh battery with 65-watt USB-C fast charging||5,065mAh battery with 67-watt USB-C fast charging|
|Based on Android 11||Based on Android 11|
OnePlus Nord 2 vs POCO F3 GT: A specs comparison
On paper, the F3 GT has the clear advantage in terms of features and price, especially when you consider some of its gaming-focused features, such as the pop-up shoulder buttons on the side and the higher refresh rate. The POCO also has more megapixels at the back, but the front-facing camera of the Nord 2 is sharper with twice the megapixels.
In terms of battery life, the 5,065mAh cell of the POCO F3 GT may seem like a winner, but take note that the OnePlus Nord 2’s smaller and slower panel should prove to be less taxing on its 4,500mAh battery. Both the F3 GT and Nord 2 support fast charging at up to 67 and 65 watts, respectively. Considering the OnePlus’ smaller battery, though, it will probably top up faster under the same conditions as the F3 GT.
So, which phone are you getting? Or are you saving up for some other “flagship killer”? Let us know in the comments.
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
POCO F3 GT
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