Daily Authority: 👏 OnePlus Nord 2 x Pac-Man is actually good

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OnePlus Nord 2 Pac Man edition top down view of custom icon

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We’re seeing more and more brand collaborations recently. From the reviled, like Balenciaga’s high-heeled Crocs, to the odd, when Tag Heuer teamed up with Super Mario for a fancy smartwatch. 

  • Everyone wants to create a meaningful limited edition.
  • It’s both for creative marketing to grab headlines, add a sweet margin to a short-run product, and give the brand a little shine, too.
  • Sometimes a collab goes bigger too: think YEEZY and Adidas shoes.

Anyway:

  • The smartphone world has seen a few collabs too. 
  • Samsung has found a friend in Thom Browne in recent years, while Apple and Hermès have been fairly consistent collaborators over the years, along with Huawei and Porsche Design.
  • OnePlus has had a bit more fun: it worked with McLaren on special editions with more RAM, along with Avengers-styled phones, and there was a Harry Potter edition of the OnePlus Watch for that completely forgettable wearable, and a Cyberpunk 2077 release before it as well.

Now, it’s Pac-Man!

  • My colleague Dhruv has been playing with the OnePlus Nord 2 Pac-Man edition, and has found it’s actually good and proves brand collaborations can be fun.
  • There’s glow-in-the-dark elements, there’s Pac-Man-themed wallpapers, ringtones, and custom animations for the fingerprint scanner.
  • Look, our man Dhruv really likes it.
  • It co-opts the fun, frenetic nature of the game and truly leans into the game’s aesthetic. As someone who juggles dozens of phones at a time, it is rare that a phone’s design sparks joy.
  • “Watching the Pac-Man characters racing across the fingerprint scanner brought a smile to my face every single time, and I often found myself holding the phone to a bright light just to admire the glow-in-the-dark back panel.”

Here’s that fingerprint animation, slowed down a little so you can catch it around the fingerprint:

pac man nord 2

Small price premium:

  • OnePlus has added a little premium to the price, but it’s not too wild.
  • The limited edtion Nord 2 will be £499/€529, up from the standard Nord 2 at £469/€499, which has the same specs.
  • And still no sign of a US launch…

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