The OnePlus Nord 2 Pac-Man edition is canned nostalgia

OnePlus Nord 2 Pac-Man edition is canned nostalgia
OnePlus has a great history in launching special edition phones. It can be traced all the way back to the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition launched in 2018. Since then OnePlus has produced some interesting limited and special edition phones, and the latest one is the Nord 2 x Pac-Man Edition.

This phone is pretty special and will make retro arcade fans happy. There’s a glow-in-the-dark Pac-Man maze on the back hidden under a plain blueish paint with a small Pac-Man logo. Another cool detail is the Pac-Man-themed case, featuring a moment of the classic game with Pac-Man himself being chased around by the ghosts (Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde).

The Oxygen OS has been customized too. There are eight Pac-Man wallpapers to choose from, along with a cute Pac-Man charging animation, completely redesigned icons with a retro flavor, Pac-Man notifications and sounds, and more. Even the case is covered in Pac-Man vibes.

"OnePlus deeply customized the hardware and software of the OnePlus Nord 2 x PAC-MAN Edition," says Oliver Zhang, who is in charge of the OnePlus product portfolio, "infusing it with endless fun and entertainment from the classic PAC-MAN arcade game."

If you order the phone directly from OnePlus, you get a Lego Pac-Man stand that you need to build yourself, and finally - there’s a pre-installed version of 2015 (free-to-play) game Pac-Man 256 on the phone.

The phone itself is the same OnePlus Nord 2 that conquered our rankings for budget phones. You all know the package - a 6.43-inch 1080 90Hz OLED display, MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI processor, and 4,500mAh, 65W fast-charging battery. The camera setup is also the same - a 50-megapixel main camera, coupled with an 8-megapixel ultrawide and 2-megapixel monochrome snappers.

How much will OnePlus Nord 2 Pac-Man cost?

The OnePlus Nord 2 x Pac-Man edition goes on sale tomorrow in India, the UK, and throughout Europe. Here’s the pricing:

  • In India, prices will start at ₹37,999, or the rough equivalent of $512 USD.
  • In the UK, the OnePlus Nord 2 Pac-Man will sell for £499, or ~$673 USD.
  • Throughout the rest of Europe, the special handset will sell for €529, or about $612 USD.

OnePlus special edition phones

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition

The first phone to commemorate the partnership between OnePlus and McLaren was the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition. It featured the traditional Papaya Orange color scheme, coupled with a carbon-fiber back and the McLaren logo.

There’s also McLaren memorabilia inside the retail box and the phone came with 10GB of RAM, which was pretty impressive at the time.

OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition

The second McLaren phone came at a time when OnePlus was offering normal and Pro variants of its models. The OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition continued the legacy of the 6T.

The design was a little more understated but the core ingredients were there - the carbon fiber case, the Papaya Orange color scheme, and the racing-inspired UI.

OnePlus Concept One

The Concept One was another collaboration between OnePlus and McLaren but you couldn’t get the phone. It was a proof of concept device. Nevertheless, it looked stunning and it was packed with some magic on the back.

The OnePlus Concept One featured a special electrochromic glass on top of the main camera on the back. This glass was able to switch between transparent and opaque in less than a second, virtually hiding the cameras when not in use.

OnePlus 8T CyberPunk 2077 Edition

OnePlus made a special phone to celebrate the launch of CyberPunk 2077. And even though the game was an utter disaster at launch, the phone was really, really cool. In practice, the phone was just an ordinary OnePlus 8T but with a flashy exterior and a custom-custom-made OS - Hydrogen OS (instead of the Oxygen OS).

The saddest thing about the OnePlus 8T was that it launched only in China. But with some determination, you could get this phone in your hands.

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