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OnePlus Nord release date, price, leaks and everything we know so far

OnePlus Nord
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The OnePlus Nord is the new affordable smartphone from the Chinese smartphone manufacturer, as it looks to reach more fans by offering a more price-conscious option alongside its flagship tier.

OnePlus Nord is both the name of the firm's new product line and the first device in the range - the OnePlus Nord smartphone.

Update: Every significant OnePlus Nord spec has now leaked. Plus, OnePlus itself is already revealing details, with the latest piece of information being a confirmation that there will be four cameras on the back and two on the front.

A number of details have been confirmed about the Nord handset recently, some of them exclusively by TechRadar, and we've put all the key information below.

The new OnePlus Nord phone has a lower price tag than the OnePlus 8, addressing the concern some fans had about the firm's big price hikes in recent years as it moved away from its mid-range pricing.

While there was much speculation over the name - with OnePlus Z, OnePlus 8 Lite and OnePlus Nord all being rumored, the latter has now been officially confirmed as the name for the affordable smartphone.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? An affordable (not cheap) OnePlus smartphone
  • When is it out? July, exact date unknown
  • How much will it cost? Under $500 (around £410, AU$730)

OnePlus Nord release date

  • OnePlus Nord pre-orders: limited pre-orders on July 1, July 8, July 15
  • OnePlus Nord launch date: July 21 confirmed
  • OnePlus Nord release date: July

The OnePlus Nord release date is yet to be confirmed, but it's close. What we do know, however, is the OnePlus Nord launch date, which is set for July 21.

While we already know some of the details about the OnePlus Nord, the July 21 event - which will be an AR (augmented reality) launch you can watch via a mobile app - will reveal the full details on the affordable smartphone.

The firm held an initial round of OnePlus Nord pre-orders - limited to just 100 units - on July 1 which sold out in just a second.

A second round of pre-orders - consisting of 900 units - will take place at 9am BST / 4am EDT / 1am PDT on July 8 via the OnePlus website - while a third and final round will happen on July 15.

The OnePlus Nord will be available in Europe and India first, while "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 launch". 

We don't have any more detail on the North America beta program at the moment, but we'll update this page as soon as we hear.

OnePlus Nord price

  • OnePlus Nord price: confirmed to be "below $500"

What we do know is the OnePlus Nord price. OnePlus has confirmed it will be "below $500" (around £410 / AU$730), while CEO and Founder, Pete Lau has confirmed to TechRadar that it will cost €500 in Europe.

That makes the OnePlus Nord comfortably cheaper than the OnePlus 8, which starts at $699 / £599 (about AU$1,100) - which is good, as OnePlus has been teasing the 'affordable' handset for a while now.

We wouldn't be surprised if "below $500" translates to $499, rather than an even lower price tag - but you could always keep your fingers crossed for something cheaper.

OnePlus Nord name

  • No longer the OnePlus Z or OnePlus 8 Lite

It is official, the affordable OnePlus smartphone is called the OnePlus Nord.

After several months of rumors surrounding a trio of names - OnePlus 8 Lite, OnePlus Z and, most recently, OnePlus Nord - it was the more bizarre of the three which ended up being the real deal.

We spoke exclusively to Carl Pei, Assistant Head of OnePlus Nord, to find out how the name came about, what it means and why it was ultimately chosen.

OnePlus Nord power and interface

  • Exclusive: Nord will feature Snapdragon 765G chipset
  • Exclusive: Nord will be a 5G enabled smartphone

OnePlus has exclusively confirmed to TechRadar that the Nord smartphone will come with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765G chipset.

That’s the same chip which we saw perform well in the LG Velvet, and its inclusion means the OnePlus Nord is also 5G enabled.

While not confirmed, we expect the OnePlus Nord to run Android with the firm's Oxygen OS interface over the top, which brings with it features and customization options on top of Google's core operating system.

OnePlus Nord cameras

  • Exclusive: OnePlus Nord will have flagship level cameras
  • Confirmed to have four rear and two front cameras
  • A recent leak suggests a 48MP main snapper

OnePlus itself has now confirmed that the OnePlus Nord will have four cameras on the back and two on the front. It hasn't yet detailed the specs, but Carl Pei, Assistant Head of OnePlus Nord, exclusively told TechRadar that the handset will have "a flagship-level camera".

Leaks may have filled in the specs gaps though, as according to one source the four rear cameras will include a 48MP main one, an 8MP ultra-wide one, a 5MP macro one, and a 2MP depth sensor.

According to a leak from an 'OnePlus insider' meanwhile, the OnePlus Nord will feature both a 32MP sensor and an 8MP one on the front.

While some sources, such as those above and the tweet below, were right about the number of lenses, others have been shown to be wrong.

For example, a surprise tease of the phone on a talk show suggested it would have three rear cameras, which is one fewer than we now know it has.

OnePlus Nord design and display

We've now got our first look at the OnePlus Nord, with an image showing up on Amazon India, and a couple of videos posted by OnePlus showing us glimpses of the affordable handset.

The image leaked on Amazon (below) shows the rear of the OnePlus Nord, and even though the handset itself is a little blurred, it's easy to make out the OnePlus logo, volume rocker, power/lock key and large camera bump. 

OnePlus Nord

Our first sight of the OnePlus Nord (Image credit: Amazon / OnePlus)

Meanwhile, on Instagram, OnePlus posted a video (below) which gives us a brief look at the front of the OnePlus Nord. It doesn't really give too much away in terms of spec, but fast forward to around the one minute mark of the video to see for yourself.

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OnePlus Nord leaks and rumors

A OnePlus Nord render (below) gave us an idea of the phone, and it actually showed a phone that doesn't look all that different from the main OnePlus 8 series.

There's with a 'punch-hole' cut-out central to the top of the display, rear cameras in a bump to the left of the device, and seemingly no 3.5mm headphone jack.

OnePlus Nord leak

The leaked OnePlus Nord render (Image credit: @OnLeaks / 91mobiles)

We've also seen live hands-on pictures of the phone, that generally seem to back that render. The screen is flat, which is a change from the other OnePlus 8 devices, but the picture didn't show the back of the phone.

Just before the OnePlus 8 announcement a huge leak laid bare all three phones, including a 'Lite' device. This leak said the 'Lite' handset - which is now called the OnePlus Nord - would have a 6.4-inch screen, 48MP + 16MP + 12MP rear camera combination, 16MP front camera and 4,000mAh battery. 

We're not convinced by any of this, as the same report also said it would have a Mediatek 1000 chipset - which we know for a fact is not true. But a more recent leak supported a 48MP main shooter in a quad rear camera setup, so some elements of that rumor set may be true.

A big OnePlus Nord specs leak points to the now-confirmed Snapdragon 765G chipset, along with 6GB of RAM, a triple-lens rear camera with 64MP, 16MP, and 2MP sensors, a 16MP front-facing camera in a punch-hole, a 6.55-inch Super AMOLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate, 128GB of storage, an in-screen fingerprint scanner and a 4,300mAh battery with 30W fast charging. 

Having said that, another leaker has said these specs are wrong, so we'd take them with a serious side of salt. Indeed, an even more recent leak said the OnePlus Nord will have a dual-lens front-facing camera with a 32MP main sensor and an 8MP wide-angle one, both in a cut-out in the top left corner of the screen.

The latest big OnePlus Nord leak does line up with most other recent leaks and confirmed details. It states that the OnePlus Nord has a 6.44-inch 1080 x 2400 screen with a 90Hz refresh rate, 8GB or 12GB of RAM, and 128GB or 256GB of storage.

The snapper meanwhile is said to include a 48MP f/1.75 main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, a 5MP f/2.4 depth sensor, and a 2MP f/2.4 macro sensor. On the front there's said to be a 32MP main and 8MP wide-angle camera. These camera specs all match earlier leaks.

Finally, the leak points to a 4,115mAh battery, 30W fast charging, an in-screen fingerprint scanner, facial recognition, and Blue Marble, Gray Onyx, and Gray Ash colors.

In other news, an earlier benchmark test listing for what seems to be the OnePlus Nord suggests it could have as much as 12GB RAM, which is a surprising amount for what we imagined to be an affordable phone. That said, the leak above lines up with it.

The same listing suggests the phone will have 5G connectivity and a Snapdragon 765G chipset - two aspects which have already been confirmed for the handset.