A future OnePlus Nord device is coming to the U.S. this year
OnePlus recently took the veils off the OnePlus Nord (our review), a device that broke new ground for OnePlus. Previously, the company had only been releasing phones with mostly flagship specifications, with the exception of a one-off mid-range phone in the form of the OnePlus X in 2015. OnePlus’ gradual price hike reached its highest point this year, with the OnePlus 8 Pro reaching a $999 price point, which forced loyal OnePlus users who followed the brand for their price-to-performance ratio to look elsewhere. The OnePlus Nord is the company’s first mid-range device since then, but potential U.S. buyers were bummed to know the device was not slated for a release in the States. For now, at least.
Wired’s review of the OnePlus Nord seems to hint that the phone might be coming to the United States. Or at least a Nord-branded device, that is, as Mr. Pei reportedly told Wired that a Nord-branded phone (not necessarily the one that launched as the OnePlus Nord) would be coming to the US later this year. So customers looking to buy a mid-range phone from OnePlus in the US might be satisfied by this decision. This also might mean that OnePlus is planning to make the Nord an ongoing smartphone series instead of just a one-hit-wonder like the OnePlus X, which is definitely appreciated as flagship OnePlus phones have been getting increasingly more expensive.
So what phone could we see launch in the US? It could very well be the same OnePlus Nord that is making the rounds globally, or it might be a slightly tweaked model exclusive for the US market. The timing is later this year, so we might see this device launch together with the OnePlus 8T and the OnePlus 8T Pro soon. Right now, you can get the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro, the company’s current flagships.