After the launch of the OnePlus Nord in mid-2020, we had been listening to a couple of new specced-down model that introduced a number of the high options to a decrease value. Initially we thought this may be known as the OnePlus Nord Lite; now it appears it is really the OnePlus Nord SE.
Make no mistake, it is doubtless the OnePlus Nord SE is the Nord Lite in all however title, and SE is a standard suffix utilized by manufacturers like Apple and Xiaomi to indicate a finances model of a much bigger telephone.
The OnePlus Nord SE is a definite factor from the OnePlus N10 5G and N100, that are, admittedly, super-affordable members of the Nord line, similar to the SE. The distinction is that we’re anticipating the Nord SE to have much more in widespread with the unique Nord.
OnePlus has spent the previous couple of years giving us extra top-end choices, so the brand new Nord line is an intriguing change of tempo for the corporate, and we’re to see the place it goes in 2021. Maybe the OnePlus 9 will not find yourself being the perfect OnePlus telephone of subsequent yr.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? A specced-down OnePlus Nord
- When is it out? Sometime in 2021
- What will it value? Less than £379 / €399 (round $480, AU$680)
OnePlus Nord SE release date and value
The major OnePlus Nord SE leak we have heard factors to the telephone popping out within the ‘first quarter’ of 2021, so January to March, although it additionally says the telephone will come alongside the OnePlus 9. That’s somewhat sooner than we had been anticipating OnePlus’ flagship to return.
Still, this can be a fairly broad leak for now, so we’ll have to attend till subsequent yr to get a greater image of when the telephone will value.
So what about value? The OnePlus Nord value £379 / €399 (round $480, AU$680), so we would count on the SE to be cheaper, most likely extra so than the Nord N10 5G too, which value £329 (round $430 / AU$595). It’s value mentioning the Nord did not come to the US, and the N10 5G is alleged to sooner or later however hasn’t been launched there but. So a US release is not assured.
The Nord N100 prices £179 within the UK (which converts to about $230, AU$330), once more with a US release mooted however not confirmed, however we would count on the Nord SE to value somewhat greater than that.
Leaks and rumors
We heard a great deal of OnePlus Nord Lite rumors, however all of them turned out to be concerning the N10 5G and N100 – it would not appear the OnePlus Nord SE was talked about by any of them. That leaves only one leak that is explicitly concerning the upcoming telephone.
The huge leak particulars a couple of factors of the OnePlus Nord SE. Apparently, it would have 65W quick charging, a 4,500mAh battery and an AMOLED display screen. Does that make the telephone sound suspiciously just like the Realme 7 Pro, which has all these specs, and comes from Realme which is owned by the identical firm as OnePlus? Yes, it does.
OnePlus Nord SE: what we wish to see
Here’s what we wish to see from the OnePlus Nord SE, which was initially our OnePlus Nord Lite wish-list till we discovered that wasn’t the title of the telephone.
1. A brilliant low beginning value
With a beginning value of £379 (round $480, AU$680) the OnePlus Nord is already pretty inexpensive, however that is undoubtedly a mid-range value. For the OnePlus Nord SE we wish the value to be considerably decrease nonetheless, so it could actually compete with the likes of the Moto G vary.
2. A excessive refresh price show
OnePlus has at all times been concerning the expertise as a lot as uncooked specs. So to maintain up the sensation of smoothness that the model’s telephones are identified for, we hope that the OnePlus Nord SE has a 90Hz show, even when meaning switching to an LCD panel.
3. Versatile cameras
When it involves cameras, the Nord has a complete lot of competitors. From the simplicity of the Google Pixel 4a’s succesful single-lens snapper to the high-resolution quad-camera setups from manufacturers like Redmi and Realme, there are a whole lot of inexpensive choices for images followers.
So for the OnePlus Nord SE, we hope the digicam expertise is not diluted an excessive amount of from the complete fats Nord. If OnePlus can ship a lot of cameras at a low value on the Nord Lite, then it may have a severely tempting telephone on its palms.
4. Fast charging
All at the moment out there OnePlus telephones cost quick and we do not need that to alter for the OnePlus Nord SE.
There’s proof the SE may have 65W charging which might be completely nice, however let’s wait to see first.
5. Wide availability
The OnePlus Nord is simply out there in choose components of the world, and notably is not out there within the US or Australia. For the OnePlus Nord SE we would wish to see wider availability, with these areas lined in addition to the UK – so consumers there have a alternative of which Nord to go for.