[Update: Camera setup] Carl Pei reveals the OnePlus Nord in all its glory
It’s not a OnePlus phone without a slow, dragged out release of small details leading up to the official announcement. The company loves to drip out information to build hype, and that’s certainly happening again with the OnePlus Nord. The latest information comes directly from OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei in his interview with Marques Brownlee (MKBHD).
We’ve gotten glimpses of the OnePlus Nord design, but nothing fully revealing the entire phone yet in the flesh. Last week, leaked renders and marketing materials revealed the quad-camera stack on the back. We’ve also seen the front of the phone and its dual hole-punch cutout. Today, Carl Pei showed off the phone even more and shared some of the company’s prototype designs.
In the interview above, Pei shows off the teal OnePlus Nord (starting around the 14-minute mark). Pei also shares some prototypes with more unique camera placements. He talks about how the Nord was originally seen as being more of an experiment, so they tinkered with some different ideas. However, they realized the phone could be more than just an experiment and ended up going with a more traditional design late in the process, which ended up delaying the phone’s launch by about a month.
Design aside, we learn a few more details about the OnePlus Nord from the interview. It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G (same processor as the rumored Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G), has NFC, no official IP rating, Warp Charging, and a 90Hz AMOLED display. The battery capacity has also been confirmed to be 4115mAh thanks to an officially licensed dbrand skin.
Update: OnePlus Nord camera setup officially revealed
In a forum announcement, OnePlus has officially revealed the camera setup on the OnePlus Nord, putting an end to speculation.
For the primary sensor, the OnePlus Nord comes with the 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor with f/1.75 and OIS. This is the same sensor that OnePlus has used in other devices in the past. The primary sensor is accompanied by an 8MP ultra-wide-angle sensor, a 5MP depth sensor, and a macro sensor. For the front, the Nord has a 32MP selfie camera and an additional ultra-wide-angle camera with a 105° FoV. The phone will also have camera enhancements — it will be able to recognize the presence of multiple people in the shot and switch to the wide-angle selfie camera when needed. It will also make use of long exposures when needed in low light to brighten up selfies and reduce noise.
At this stage, it is difficult to ascertain what remains unknown for this phone. Thankfully, July 21 isn’t too far away now.