Exclusive: OnePlus Nord 2 x PAC-MAN Edition arrives, and we have the price
OnePlus is known to have created some of the best limited edition phones in the industry; the Chinese manufacturer has partnered with Disney for the OnePlus 5T Star Wars and the OnePlus 6 Avengers Edition, then changed course to partner with McLaren in Formula 1 for the OnePlus 6T McLaren and the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren.
For 2021, the brand is building on another beloved franchise for a limited edition variant of the Nord 2. OnePlus is teaming up with Bandai Namco to present the OnePlus Nord 2 x PAC-MAN edition, which is one of its most ambitious efforts to date.
The Nord 2 x PAC-MAN Edition is slated to launch soon, and prior to its debut, I had an email interaction with Oliver Zhang – who oversees OnePlus’ product portfolio – to talk about what the company is doing. made to differentiate the limited edition model. Zhang noted that OnePlus special edition products must perform well in two areas: they must meet the âfast and smooth signature experienceâ for which the company is known, and the product must be ârefreshing, exciting and memorableâ. .
The Nord 2 PAC-MAN Edition is the first OnePlus phone with a “gamified” user interface.
With the Nord 2 x PAC-MAN Edition, OnePlus seeks to achieve both of these goals. While all of OnePlus’ limited edition products have a remarkable design and exclusive software features, it is clear that the PAC-MAN variant has received a lot of attention. On the one hand, Zhang says it’s the first OnePlus phone to feature a âgamifiedâ user interface.
OnePlus has deeply customized the hardware and software of the OnePlus Nord 2 x PAC-MAN Edition, infusing it with endless fun and entertainment from the classic PAC-MAN arcade game. The OnePlus Nord 2 x PAC Edition -MAN is the first OnePlus phone with a gamified user experience at its core. We hope users are as excited to immerse themselves in this phone as they were when they played PAC-MAN for the first time, âZhang said.
This software customization includes custom OxygenOS icons based on retro video games, unique static and dynamic wallpapers and animations, preinstalled PAC-MAN 256 game, unique camera filter and much more. The OnePlus Nord 2 x PAC-MAN Edition takes software customization to the next level with reimagined OxygenOS icons inspired by lo-fi video games, custom static and dynamic wallpapers, as well as custom animations and even a custom camera filter, âZhang notes.
In addition, the OnePlus Nord 2 x PAC-MAN Edition also comes with PAC-MAN 256 preinstalled and a host of challenges built into the system software which, when completed, unlocks a range of exclusive PAC-MAN content. OnePlus Nord 2 x PAC-MAN Edition comes with its own story illustrating PAC-MAN’s journey into the OnePlus universe. “
It’s not just the software where OnePlus differentiates the Nord 2 x PAC-MAN Edition. The phone sports a unique design with a “dual color, material and finish (CMF) film” that incorporates PAC-MAN elements into the body, leading to a phosphorescent back that describes the PAC-MAN maze in neon.
The phone has a glow-in-the-dark back that reveals the classic PAC-MAN maze.
âWe’ve combined OnePlus’ unique design style with the PAC-MAN elements of the arcade masterpiece to produce a back cover that’s both stylish and entertaining. Turn off the lights and the entire back of the device glows in the dark, revealing the classic, nostalgic PAC-MAN maze in neon with OnePlus North elements, âZhang said.
As is often the case with OnePlus limited edition products, you’ll find Easter eggs hidden throughout the interface, and Zhang said it was a collaborative effort between OnePlus software teams. from various countries to provide software customization. OnePlus global – including teams in China, India, and Europe – led the efforts on custom icons, backgrounds, and animations, and the Indian software unit provided the hidden challenges and Easter eggs.
As for the hardware itself, the Nord 2 x PAC-MAN Edition should have the same guts as the standard model, and that’s a good thing; you get a 90Hz AMOLED panel, MediaTek’s excellent Dimensity 1200 chipset, a 50 MP lens on the rear that takes good photos, and a day’s battery life with 65W fast charging.
Obviously, the phone has a lot to offer, and there’s some good news on the price front as well. The Nord 2 Ã PAC-MAN Edition will be sold in a single variant with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and it will debut at 37,999 ($ ââ512) in India, Â£ 499 in the UK ($ 673 ) and â¬ 529 ($ 612) in Europe. For context, the standard 12GB / 256GB Nord 2 costs Â£ 34,999 / Â£ 469 / â¬ 499, so you only pay a small premium to get your hands on the PAC-MAN version.
Previous OnePlus limited edition phones were also accessible, so it’s good to see that this particular feature hasn’t changed. As a PAC-MAN fan, I’m very interested to see how the final product holds up, and I’ll have more to share on that front in the coming days.