Originally rumored to be called the OnePlus Z (the letter "X" was already used in 2015 for another low-cost OnePlus handset), the Nord name was discovered in a trademark application made by the company in March. Beyond that, however, the only firm detail we have is a comment from OnePlus CEO Pete Lau saying "Nord will be our first product below $500 in recent years". More than just a single smartphone OnePlus is referring to Nord as a new product line, so we could see a range of new trinkets with this new branding.
For the last couple of months, OnePlus has been teasing the Nord with cryptic posts on social media, but this week OnePlus made things official with the debut of its new documentary series titled New Beginnings, which discusses the inspiration and direction behind the Nord.
OnePlus is remaining quiet on pricing too. In India, the OnePlus Nord will compete with Xiaomi whose value for money handsets sell very well in the region. The company also has a pair of new TWS earbuds to announce. The invitation system, which was used by the company to prevent it from building too many units, was dropped starting with 2016's OnePlus 3. The goal is to offer a premium OnePlus experience that will be accessible to more users.
For an affordable phone, it makes loads of sense for OnePlus to target India with this phone. The OnePlus 8 Pro starts at $899.
The OnePlus Nord is rumored to be priced at around $299. The display will have support for 90Hz refresh rate and there will also be 3W charging onboard. We also expect it to come for the Chinese market, after all, it's one of the biggest markets for 5G smartphones. Despite previous renders pointing a triple-camera setup, the device will be carrying a Quad-Camera array with a 64MP primary shooter. The next OnePlus device is rumoured to be called either OnePlus Z or OnePlus Nord, and fans have been debating which one sounds nicer as well. The handset will be available in India, the United Kingdom and Europe.
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