OnePlus co-founder, Carl Pei already stated that a Nord device would be coming to the US before 2020’s end but now we have a potential name (and new specs) to go along with this promise – meet the OnePlus Nord N10 5G.
The silence around the original Nord’s absence in US was deafening when the phone launched in both Europe and India, back in July. The US has an established fanbase, so the fact the company didn’t bring its hottest and most affordable new phone to the market seemed like a bit of a slap in the face to loyal OnePlus fans at the time.
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Not long after the Nord’s launch, co-founder Carl Pei, in an interview with Wired, promised that the US would be receiving a Nord device of its own before the year was out. Sure enough, sources familiar with the project have now informed Android Central about the phone’s existence, its name and a few additional details.
What features will the OnePlus Nord Lite offer?
According to the report, this new member of the Nord family, codenamed “Billie”, will be called the OnePlus Nord N10 5G, boast a 64Mp primary camera and will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 690 chipset – one of its most affordable 5G-capable SoCs and one that we’d previously seen by way of a Geekbench leak, as spotted by Twitter user Mukul Sharma, back in mid-July.
So yes, the Lito motherboard indeed resonates to a Snapdragon 765 series chipset, but as @Sudhanshu1414 has mentioned, the GPU here is the Adreno 619, which belongs to the SD690.#oneplus #OnePlusNord #newbeginnings pic.twitter.com/TLixOnDu0o
— Mukul Sharma (@stufflistings)
July 11, 2020
This ‘Lite’ version looks to be fractionally larger than the original Nord, with a reported 6.49in Full HD+ display that retains a 90Hz high refresh rate. That main 64Mp rear camera is also stated to be accompanied by an 8Mp ultra-wide-angle snapper and two 2Mp sensors; presumed to be a depth sensor and a macro or monochrome sensor, respectively.
OPPO in early September: release a phone using Snapdragon 662 priced under 20k in IndiaOnePlus at the end of September: release a phone using Snapdragon 662/665 priced around 16-18k in India pic.twitter.com/s26n3S27o2
— Chun 🥮🥮🥮 (@chunvn8888)
August 23, 2020
There’s also a separate rumour from Vietnamese tech-tipster, Chun recently stating that OnePlus will also release an even more affordable variant of the Nord that uses a Snapdragon 662/665 processor.
When is the OnePlus Nord Lite launching?
While we still don’t know when exactly the N10 5G will make its debut, it’ll reportedly follow the arrival of the OnePlus 8T Series, which is currently expected to launch sometime in October 2020.
Exclusive: OnePlus Nord N10 and OnePlus Nord N100 devices are set for launch by the end of this month.#oneplus #OnePlusNord
— Mukul Sharma (@stufflistings)
October 5, 2020
This has been compounded by more recent information from Sharma, who reaffirmed that the Nord N10 5G should make its debut this month, alongside the little-known Nord N100 – assumed to be the name of the Snapdragon 662/665-powered device also referenced briefly in Android Central’s report.
How much will the OnePlus Nord Lite cost?
One of the most enticing aspects of the phone – if Android Central’s source is to be believed – will be the N10 5G’s pricing, with a cited sub-$400 price tag at launch.
Better yet, the N100 (if it is indeed the more affordable Nord entry mentioned) should clock in at around just $200.
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