The OnePlus Nord 2 smartly copies the design playbook from this spring’s flagship OnePlus 9, so it looks and feels like a pricier phone. There’s glass backing but a plastic frame, but that’s the same mix we saw with the pricier OnePlus 9. The Nord 2 looks minimal and sleek and punches well above its weight.
On the other hand, the OnePlus Nord CE 5G cheaps out a bit, carrying over the slightly different allure of the original Nord while swapping the backing glass for plastic. It’s a matt finish, though, and feels better than some budget rivals. Still, we’d definitely take the Nord 2 if we’re comparing overall allure and finish.
Verdict: OnePlus Nord 2