[Update 2: Launching on July 21] It sure sounds like the OnePlus 8 Lite/OnePlus Z will be called the OnePlus Nord instead
OnePlus burst onto the smartphone scene by making affordable phones with impressive specifications. However, as time has gone on, OnePlus devices have begun to creep up in price. We’ve been hearing about the company’s return to affordable phones with the rumored OnePlus Z/OnePlus 8 Lite. Evidence is starting to pile up to suggest the phone will actually be called “Nord.”
The Nord name was teased earlier this month by leaker Max J on Twitter. That sounded a bit strange to us because “Nord” sounds more like a codename than a final product name. However, new evidence seems to back up the idea that Nord is the actual name.
Earlier this week, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau tweeted the OnePlus logo in a new cyan blue color with the hashtag #NewBeginnings. Then an image featuring the same cyan blue color and the phrase “New Beginnings” was shared by Nils Ahrensmeier on Twitter. And to pull the whole thing together, OnePlus inadvertently leaked (and later removed) the Nord logo in a photo of an invitation on Instagram.
As you can see, the back of the invitation features the same “NORD” logo and the cyan blue color from the previous images. The original Instagram post was from the company’s “onepluslitezthing” account and it included photos celebrating the development of the phone. We can’t read the other text on the invitation, but it seems to suggest something special for the “first 100” buyers.
“Nord” is certainly a strange name and it’s interesting that OnePlus isn’t using a more traditional “Lite” naming scheme. A recent survey suggested that the specs of the device could include a 6.55-inch AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 SoC, 5G support, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, and triple cameras. However, we’d suggest taking those specs with a grain of salt since we haven’t been able to independently confirm them.
There’s still a lot to learn about this “Nord” device. Will it be called the OnePlus Nord? Will it be called “Nord by OnePlus”? The device is expected to launch in India and Europe in July so we’ll soon find out.
Via: Android Authority
Update: OnePlus confirms the OnePlus Nord is the next mid-range device, to cost under $500
Through its Instagram page, OnePlus has confirmed that the next device from OnePlus is indeed the OnePlus Nord.
Further, the documentary posted on the Instagram page reveals a quick teaser image of the device, confirming its dual punch-hole selfie cameras.
From the above image, we can at least discern that the phone does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack at the bottom, though it could have one at the top.
Further, in a press release, OnePlus has confirmed that the device will be available in Europe and India. A select number of users in North America will also get a chance to experience the new device through a “highly limited beta program” after its launch.
The documentary ends with the text, “Our journey continues, July 7th”.
Update 2: OnePlus Nord launching on July 21
Leaker Ishan Agarwal, in a now deleted tweet, has revealed the OnePlus Nord will be launching on July 21.
This runs contrary to earlier reports which had indicated a launch on July 10.
Further, as expected, the launch will be held online. But in a twist, the launch will be held in augmented reality (AR). OnePlus has previously done a VR launch for the OnePlus 2, so this is not an entirely new concept for the company. The OnePlus Nord has been confirmed to come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G but not much else has been confirmed about its specs. We expect to learn more in the coming days.