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 referred to as the OnePlus Nord Lite; now it appears it is truly the OnePlus Nord SE.
Make no mistake, it is doubtless the OnePlus Nord SE is the Nord Lite in all however identify, and SE is a typical suffix utilized by manufacturers like Apple and Xiaomi to indicate a funds model of a much bigger cellphone.
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, identical to the SE. The distinction is that we’re anticipating the Nord SE to have much more in frequent with the unique Nord.
OnePlus has spent the previous few 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 very best OnePlus cellphone 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 worth
The most important OnePlus Nord SE leak we have heard factors to the cellphone popping out within the ‘first quarter’ of 2021, so January to March, although it additionally says the cellphone will come alongside the OnePlus 9. That’s slightly 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 cellphone will value.
So what about worth? The OnePlus Nord value £379 / €399 (round $480, AU$680), so we might anticipate the SE to be cheaper, in all probability extra so than the Nord N10 5G too, which value £329 (round $430 / AU$595). It’s price declaring the Nord did not come to the US, and the N10 5G is claimed 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 might anticipate the Nord SE to value slightly 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 does not appear the OnePlus Nord SE was talked about by any of them. That leaves only one leak that is explicitly concerning the upcoming cellphone.
The large leak particulars a number of factors of the OnePlus Nord SE. Apparently, it’ll have 65W quick charging, a 4,500mAh battery and an AMOLED display screen. Does that make the cellphone 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 need to see
Here’s what we need to see from the OnePlus Nord SE, which was initially our OnePlus Nord Lite wish-list till we discovered that wasn’t the identify of the cellphone.
1. A brilliant low beginning worth
With a beginning worth of £379 (round $480, AU$680) the OnePlus Nord is already pretty reasonably priced, however that is undoubtedly a mid-range worth. For the OnePlus Nord SE we would like the worth to be considerably decrease nonetheless, so it may compete with the likes of the Moto G vary.
2. A excessive refresh rate 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 recognized 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 loads of reasonably priced choices for images followers.
So for the OnePlus Nord SE, we hope the digital camera expertise is not diluted an excessive amount of from the total fats Nord. If OnePlus can ship a number of cameras at a low worth on the Nord Lite, then it may have a significantly tempting cellphone on its fingers.
4. Fast charging
All at present obtainable OnePlus telephones cost quick and we do not need that to vary 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 obtainable in choose elements of the world, and notably is not obtainable within the US or Australia. For the OnePlus Nord SE we might prefer to see wider availability, with these areas coated in addition to the UK – so consumers there have a selection of which Nord to go for.