OnePlus is about to offer relief to fans who have been increasingly dismayed each time the company launches a phone at a higher price. CEO Pete Lau confirmed recently that the company would release a less expensive phone, and now we know a bit more about it. A new report claims the budget OnePlus will sport two selfie cameras, both occupying a cutout in the display.
The latest leaks seem to agree on the name of this phone: OnePlus Nord. It’s not official, so the company could end up giving it a different moniker before release — other supposed names include and OnePlus 8 Lite. Whatever they call it, it may bring a new feature to OnePlus phones with its dual selfie cameras.
The Nord will sport a 32MP paired with an 8MP module, according to Android Central. The higher-resolution camera should have a standard wide-angle lens, and the 8MP shooter will allegedly be ultra-wide. This is similar to the camera setup on the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL. Google included both standard and wide-angle selfie cameras on those phones, but they had just one camera on the back. With a pair of cameras, the Nord will be able to take selfie images of larger groups than most phones can.
The source for this information says the phone’s camera setup is now final, and that both selfie cameras will be inside the same cutout. So, it should look a bit like the Galaxy S10+, but with the cameras in the top left corner instead of the top right. It’s unclear if this will be a trend for OnePlus or other phones, but most manufacturers so far have decided the advantage of having multiple front-facing cameras isn’t worth taking a bigger bite out of the screen. Samsung moved from dual (and even triple, in the case of the S10 5G) selfie sensors to a single camera on all its 2020 devices.
OnePlus has an event scheduled for about two weeks from now in India, and that is almost certainly when we’ll see the OnePlus Nord in all its glory. The device will likely cost a bit over $300 (in local currency), a sharp decrease from the $800-900 starting price for OP’s latest flagship phones. OnePlus has stated that the phone will come to India and Europe first, and any launches after that are still under consideration.
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