It has been long since many high-end smartphones have come with an IP rating. As a flagship smartphone with a mid-range price, OnePlus Nord 2 5G is really mesmerizing for its large, bright screen, great camera, decent performance, robust battery life, and the excellent Oxygen OS software. Does it also come with an IP rating?
Still, there’s no official water resistance rating, but similar to its predecessors, it should be fine in light rain and water splashes. Besides, if you put it in a case and screen protector, your precious phone will get better protected. If you are not sure to what extent your OnePlus Nord 2 5G can withstand water and dust, check this video: OnePlus Nord water test. The phone gets tested and everything is fine in the following week, however, the tester says it went downgrade afterwards, like the fingerprint scan stops working, vapour found in cameras, and SIM slot stops working. So, there’s reason to believe that the second version of OnePlus Nord will probably behave similarly under water and dust.
Water resistance has been the hot topic ever since OnePlus’ first phone. Though OnePlus 8, OnePlus 9 (from T-Mobile), and OnePlus 9 Pro are all certified IP68, all other OnePlus phones have been waterproof in a way but without official certification. It is claimed by OnePlus that ommision of IP rating is a cost-saving exercise to keep its price down. That is to say, the fee used on water resistance certification will eventually be added to concumers.
If water resistance is your top priority, you may go elsewhere, looking for some OnePlus Nord 2 5G alternatives, like Samsung Galaxy A52 (IP67), iPhone SE 2020 (IP67), and Google Pixel 4a (IP52). However, except for certain missing features( no IP rating, no wireless charging), OnePlus Nord 2 5G is still one of the best premium phone you can buy with a sensible price.
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