Fans of OnePlus have been speculating for months about the design of the upcoming mid-range OnePlus Nord and now their questions finally have an answer. In his latest video, tech YouTuber MKBHD (Marques Brownlee), invited OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei for an exclusive reveal of the OnePlus Nord design, and an interview of how much smartphone parts really cost to manufacture.
The OnePlus Nord was supposed to be announced next week, but the company has been teasing some of the details and building up the hype. This time round, the interview focused more on aesthetics and we got to see the design of the OnePlus Nord. Unsurprisingly, it does look a lot like the OnePlus 8, including the familiar glossy back, curved edges, thin bezels, and camera strip. However, unlike its predecessor, which had the camera in the center, the OnePlus Nord has the camera on the upper-left side of the phone.
Also on the upper-left side, but on the front, we can see a dual selfie camera. Later in the interview, Pei revealed some initial prototypes of the phone, which had the cameras arranged in an L-shape and had a different finish on the back. However, OnePlus decided to delay the launch and spend some more time on the design and make the OnePlus Nord more consistent with previous models.
From what we can make from the preview, the smartphone should also have a USB-C port and a SIM tray at the bottom. Although they probably won’t be included in the box, Carl Pei also showed the new OnePlus wireless buds in light blue, which will launch alongside the OnePlus Nord.
As for the specs of the OnePlus Nord, we don’t know too much, and we only have leaks to go on until the phone is officially announced on July 21. Allegedly, the new smartphone should support 5G and have a 6.55-inch OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 4,300mAh battery. What we did learn from the video, however, is that OnePlus waited so long to come back to making mid-range phones because they felt that the chipsets in the segment couldn’t offer as good of a performance as the chipsets of their flagship series. Since that is now possible, fans will be able to buy the OnePlus Nord for less than $500 and get a similar experience as when using a flagship device, thanks to the Snapdragon 765G processor.
If you don’t necessarily want to buy the OnePlus Nord, but you’re wondering why smartphones cost the way they cost and which parts are the most expensive to make, then the video is worth checking out. Carl Pei goes into detail on how much features like NFC and IP rating raise the price tag and what goes on behind the scenes.