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New OnePlus Nord series phone could launch later this year, likely to sport Snapdragon 690 chipset

The phone which has been revealed to launch later this year could be a tweaked version of the existing Nord and may just only be launched in the United States.

Sushant Talwar | July 29, 2020 | Updated 09:14 IST
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Highlights

  • OnePlus Nord was recently launched in India and Europe.
  • The company could now launch a new OnePlus Nord series device later this year.
  • This phone may be exclusively launched in the Unites States.

OnePlus Nord was recently launched by OnePlus after weeks of rumours and leaks. As we found out, the device emerged to be every bit interesting as it promised to be upon its launch. And now, the company's co-founder, Carl Pei, has revealed that there soon could be a new OnePlus Nord device which will also be launched in the United States this time around.

The phone which has been revealed to launch later this year could be a tweaked version of the existing Nord and may just only be launched in the North American country. Interestingly, since the timing of the launch is later this year, so it is quite possible we might see this device launch alongside the OnePlus 8T and the OnePlus 8T Pro.

While Pei did not reveal anything else about the phone, there are already suggestions that the phone could be powered by the all-new Snapdragon 690 chipset from Qualcomm's. This chipset will be the cheapest 5G chipset on a phone by the company, and as such, the expectation is that the new smartphone from OnePlus Nord series maybe even cheaper than the current Nord.

This is according to a recent report by GSMArena which citing a report by XDADevelopers has talked about the latest version of OxygenOS 10.5 for the Nord, which shows hints of the new chipset being used on a phone from the line-up in the future. As per the report, there are references to an upcoming OnePlus smartphone codenamed Billie, as well as multiple calls to a method called "isSM6350Products" in the OxygenOS Settings app. The later is interestingly Qualcomm's internal designation of the Snapdragon 690.

For the uninitiated, the original OnePlus Nord was recently launched in India and in Europe. The phone comes with a 6.44-inch AMOLED panel running at a refresh rate of 90Hz. The display is rated to provide 408ppi pixel density and 20:9 aspect ratio. For protection, the display is covered by a sheet of Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Beneath the surface, there's a rather powerful mid-range chipset in the Snapdragon 756G which has been paired with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of fast UFS 2.1 storage. This hardware is tasked to run a clean copy of the OxygenOS 10 operating system based on Android 10.

For cameras, the phone gets a quad-camera set-up that houses a 48-megapixel Sony IMX 586 sensor with an f/1.75 lens and Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) + Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS) support. This sits next to an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens with 119 field-of-view (FOV), a 5-megapixel macro lens with an f/2.4 aperture, and 2-megapixel depth sensor unit. The front camera is a 32-megapixel Sony IMX616 sensor.

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