OnePlus has announced a special Pac-Man edition of the North 2. It’s a new version of the company’s latest mid-range smartphone with design tweaks inspired by the classic 80’s arcade game. But under the new theme, this is basically the same hardware as the excellent OnePlus Nord 2, which was released in July this year.
The Pac-Man enhancements to the phone are mostly cosmetic. Its back has a small Pac-Man logo on it and glows in the dark to reveal a Pac-Man maze, and there is also a semi-translucent theme box with the titular character along with ghostly antagonists Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde . Launch the phone and you will be presented with a dynamic Pac-Man themed wallpaper, one of eight in total. There’s a Pac-Man-themed charging animation, and other 8-bit style details include redesigned icons for OnePlus’ storage apps and sounds for retro notifications.
If you order the phone directly from OnePlus, you also get a Pac-Man-themed stand, which you build yourself from building blocks in lego style. Oh, and there’s also a Pac-Man game coming pre-installed on the phone: 2015’s free-to-play Pac-Man 256.
Otherwise, in terms of hardware, the Pac-Man Edition is the same as the original Nord 2. This means that it has a 6.43-inch 1080p 90Hz OLED screen, is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI processor and has a 4,500 mAh battery that can be quickly charged at 65W. There are three cameras on the back: a 50-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultrawide camera and a 2-megapixel monochrome camera.
Of course, OnePlus is no stranger to co-branding its devices, having previously worked with brands including McLaren with the OnePlus 6T and 7T Pro, and with Harry Potter for a recent exclusive watch in India.
The Pac-Man version of the phone is available with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage and will cost £ 499 (€ 529 / ₹ 37,999) in the UK, Europe and India when it goes on sale on 16 November. It’s a small premium compared to the £ 469 / € 499 / ₹ 34,999 OnePlus prices for non-Pac-Man Nord 2 with the same specifications.