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OnePlus Nord price, release date, specs and preorders

OnePlus Nord
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The OnePlus Nord figures to return OnePlus to its budget phone roots when it debuts this month with a sub-$500 price. But there's more to the Nord than just a midrange price.

OnePlus Nord: Leaked specs

Release date: July 21
Price: Under $500
Display: 6.4-inch AMOLED (2400x1080; 90Hz)
CPU: Snapdragon 765G
RAM: 8GB, 12GB
Storage: 128GB, 256GB
Rear camera: 48MP wide (ƒ/1.75); 8MP ultrawide; 5MP depth (ƒ/2.4); 2MP macro (ƒ/2.4)
Front camera: 32MP (ƒ/2.45) and 8MP ultrawide (ƒ/2.45)
Battery: 4,115 mAh with 30W charging
Security: In-display fingerprint, 2D face unlock
Colors: Blue Marble, Gray Onyx, Gray Ash

While we're still waiting to find out official details about OnePlus' next phone, we know that the OnePlus Nord will feature 5G connectivity, thanks to its Snapdragon 765G chipset. The phone is also expected to include multiple cameras — including two selfie cams — along with an OLED screen that could have a fast refresh rate. In other words, don't let the OnePlus Nord's lower price fool you into thinking that OnePlus is cutting too many corners.

The OnePlus Nord is part of a larger effort on the phone maker's part to produce more affordable devices that still pack in some premium features — and it won't just be limited to phones, OnePlus says. But the OnePlus Nord will be the first such product out of the gate, with OnePlus planning a virtual launch for later this month.

Here's everything you need to know about the OnePlus Nord, including its expected release date, price and specs.

OnePlus Nord latest news (Updated July 10)

OnePlus Nord release date and pre-orders

OnePlus keeps teasing out the release date of the OnePlus Nord, but finally there's a date in site. OnePlus says it's planning a launch event on July 21, at which time we'll finally get a look at the OnePlus Nord. 

This is just any launch event. OnePlus is planning something involving augmented reality and has released an app that lets you watch the July 21 OnePlus Nord launch in AR. The app is already available from Google Play and an iOS app will follow.

The OnePlus Nord launch gets underway at 3 p.m. BST / 10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m. PDT on July 21.

Even though the Nord isn't shipping yet, OnePlus has started taking pre-orders. The first one happened July 1, was limited to 100 units and immediately sold out. The second is due for July 8, with only 900 units available. A third pre-order window is scheduled for July 15.

OnePlus Nord price

According to OnePlus' own OnePlus Nord reveal on its 'onepluszlitething' Instagram account, the OnePlus Nord will have a price that's under $500 (£410, AU$730). The company has also confirmed a sub-$500 price in an interview with TechRadar.

OnePlus Z

Rumored OnePlus 8 Lite/OnePlus Z specs (Image credit: GizTop)

Earlier this year, a OnePlus 8 Lite leak from an online retailer called GizTop showed off specs and prices for OnePlus' upcoming phones. (Back then, that was the rumored name for OnePlus' budget phone; OnePlus has since settled on the OnePlus Nord name.)The OnePlus 8 Lite was listed at $499, which would certainly fit into the price range OnePlus has talked about. If true, that would place the OnePlus Nord at $200 less than the OnePlus 8.

For what it's worth, a Romanian website is listing the OnePlus Nord with a price of RON 2,300, reports. That works out to around €475, though phone makers often adjust prices for specific markets.

OnePlus Nord: Is it coming to the US?

After hinting of a new phone earlier in June, OnePlus and CEO Pete Lau has had a lot more to say about the OnePlus Nord. Lau posted a message to OnePlus' own forums, explaining how the company arrived at the idea of returning to its roots and building a new affordable handset.

"I’m very excited to announce that we are bringing the premium, flagship experience that you’ve come to expect from OnePlus to a new, more affordable smartphone product line," Lau's post reads.

Lau went onto say that it will start "relatively small" with this new device, by launching it in Europe and India first. However, Lau also said that eventually, affordable OnePlus handsets will make their way to North America as well. We don't know whether that means the OnePlus Nord will be the phone to launch in the US after its debut in Europe and India or if OnePlus has a different low-cost phone in mind for this country.

However, OnePlus did say that when the Nord phone does arrive in the US, it will be only available through a "highly limited" beta program made available after its launch. As such, you might find it very difficult to get a Nord phone in North America. 

OnePlus Nord design and display

OnePlus Nord renders

(Image credit: Evan Blass)

The front and back of the OnePlus Nord have fully leaked, courtesy of Evan Blass, and we're liking the the look of OnePlus' upcoming mid-range offering.

The design is a bit boxier than the OnePlus 8 line, incorporating a flat display and less rounded corners and edges. On the back, the oblong pill-shaped camera module now sits in the top-left corner of the device and houses four lenses. There's also not one, but two front-facing shooters packaged in a hole-punch space within the display as well.

The left side of the device is where you'll find the volume rocker, while the power key and OnePlus' signature alert slider sit on the right.

OnePlus Nord back

(Image credit: OnePlus)

Blass' render lines up perfectly with brief glimpses of the OnePlus Nord that could be caught during a teaser video the company published on Instagram. Note the similarity of the rear camera array, as well as the gray color. The OnePlus logos on the back are in the same positions as well.

Initial rumors, back when this device was known as the OnePlus 8 Lite, suggested it would sport a 6.4-inch display. Given everything we've heard to date about the Nord, we don't anticipate that's changed. For reference, the OnePlus 8 packs a 6.55-inch panel. Like the screens in all of OnePlus' other handsets, the Nord's will incorporate OLED technology, and rumor has it it'll share the same 90Hz refresh rate as the company's next most-expensive smartphone.

OnePlus Nord specs

An early artist's render of the OnePlus Nord, back when it was rumored to be named the OnePlus 8 Lite.

An early artist's render of the OnePlus Nord, back when it was rumored to be named the OnePlus 8 Lite. (Image credit: 91Mobiles and @OnLeaks)

The OnePlus Nord will have Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765G system-on-a-chip. That's a mid-range chip sitting below the Snapdragon 865, but it still promises solid performance for most smartphone tasks, as well as 5G connectivity. 

Opting fo this chip would allow the OnePlus Nord to join the ranks of 5G phones that cost less than $600, which is expected to grow as 2020 goes on.

If you want more evidence as to what processor the OnePlus Nord will use, leaked benchmarks show the phone powered by the Snapdragon 765G and 12GB of RAM. As you'd expect, the multicore result of 1,995 for the rumored OnePlus Nord can't keep up with Snapdragon 865-powered phones, but it outpaces other midrange Android devices.

oneplus nord benchmarks

(Image credit: Primate Labs)

Another list of specs, supplied by a survey on Indian shopping forum DesiDime, lends further credibility to the claim that the OnePlus Z will feature a Snapdragon 765 chipset.

A leaked list of specs, published by Evan Blass, spills the details on the rest of the OnePlus Nord. It appears the device will come with either 8GB or 12GB of RAM, and either 128GB or 256GB of storage. The display, a 6.4-inch AMOLED panel, will reportedly tout a 90Hz refresh rate. And the battery is said to weigh in at 4,115 mAh, with OnePlus' WarpCharge 30T system onboard.

OnePlus Nord cameras

Lingering OnePlus 8 Lite rumors have hinted at the presence of multiple rear cameras from the very beginning. Initially, rumor mongers suggested the OnePlus Nord might have a similar camera setup to the OnePlus 8, which blends a 48MP main camera with a 16MP ultra wide-angle shooter and 2MP macro lens.

We now have confirmation, thanks to Android Central, that the Nord will combine a 48MP main shooter with an 8MP ultrawide one, 5MP sensor to assist with portraits and a 2MP macro lens.

That quartet of rear lenses will reportedly be supplemented with two more at the front: a 32MP main lens and an 8MP secondary one for ultrawide-angle group selfies. OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has stated that the Nord will carry a "flagship-level" camera, and so the primary 32- and 48-megapixel lenses on the front and back could go a long way toward helping OnePlus' midrange offering achieve that lofty goal.

OnePlus Nord battery and charging

OnePlus has been increasing the size of the batteries powering its smartphones as of late, in part because of the extra power 5G connectivity requires. The OnePlus Nord could see a 4,000 mAh battery, which wouldn't be as big as the 4,300 mAh power pack in the OnePlus 8, while still giving you enough charge to theoretically get through the day.

OnePlus Nord

The OnePlus 8 supports fast charging, a feature we'd expect in the OnePlus Nord. (Image credit: Tom's Guide)

We would expect OnePlus' budget phone to still include the company's Warp Charge 30T technology for faster charging. However, we would not expect wireless charging, which for now is limited to the premium OnePlus 8 Pro.

OnePlus Nord outlook

We now know quite a bit about the OnePlus Nord, from its front cameras to the processor that's likely to power the device. Still, there are some details that need to be filled in. And we're eager to find out if the US is part of OnePlus' long-term plans for the Nord.

Still, it sounds like the focus this time will be on price — and that's a good thing. We know that OnePlus can pack a lot of features into a phone. When it debuts July 21, the OnePlus Nord should remind us of the company's ability to do that without driving up the phone's cost.