OnePlus confirms “Nord” name, shows prototype, and hints at price


OnePlus has released the first episode of the documentary it made for the OnePlus Nord. The almost 10-minute long video reveals quite some key details including a look at a prototype and the cost of the phone.

Developing a phone is not easy and this video gives you a look at what goes on behind the scenes before a phone is announced. Long story short, it can be messy.

As revealed in an official post on the OnePlus Forums, the creation of the OnePlus Nord, which will be the first of a new line of affordable smartphones is so as to provide a phone that works well and isn’t expensive.

….people are lusting for a more accessibly priced OnePlus product

– OnePlus

OnePlus Nord’s Design

The video gives us a look at a prototype or dummy unit of the OnePlus Nord. The phone does have a pill-shaped notch at the top left corner for two front-facing cameras. There is a speaker grille at the bottom – to the right of the USB port. The phone also appears to have its SIM card tray on the left side of the charging port. Sorry to disappoint you, but there is no audio jack on this budget OnePlus phone too.

A prototype of the OnePlus Nord
A prototype of the OnePlus Nord

We also get a glimpse at the rear of the phone. The image shows there are three rear large sensors arranged in the shape of an inverted L. However, the OnePlus Nord is said to have quad rear cameras. While this is just speculation, we think the rear of the final device may look like that of the Huawei Nova 6 SE.

A prototype of the OnePlus Nord (rear)
A prototype of the OnePlus Nord (rear)
OnePlus Nord’s Price

Coming to the price of the phone, Carl Pei revealed in the video that the OnePlus Nord will be its first product priced under $500 in recent years. Earlier reports have said the phone may start at $299 but there are others of the opinion that it will not be as cheap as the iPhone SE 2020 that starts at $399. We are keeping our fingers crossed on the price but we hope the most expensive configuration doesn’t cross $449.

The OnePlus Nord is expected to have an AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, a Snapdragon 765 5G processor, quad rear cameras, and support for 30W fast charging.

OnePlus Nord’s launch date

The next episode of the documentary will be released on July 7. Seeing as there will be four parts, we presume there will be a new episode each week up until July 21. This should put the launch of the phone in the fourth week of July – specifically on July 28 or July 29.

You can watch the first episode here.


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