Leading up to the OnePlus Nord’s announcement, one of the reasons we felt that the handset could be DOA was that there were no plans for a launch in the US market. OnePlus more or less confirmed this when the phone was officially revealed, but they did launch a beta program for the US that hinted that the phone could arrive stateside eventually.
If you were hoping for the Nord to come to our shores, you might want to take note that the version you are seeing now that has been launched might not be the same version that we could get. This is according to a report from WIRED who spoke to OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei who said that a Nord-branded phone will arrive in the US market later this year, but suggested that it might not be the same version that was announced.
This would suggest that the Nord branding might not necessarily be the name of the phone itself, but could indicate a lineup or series of budget-conscious devices. We’re not sure what kind of changes OnePlus could make to the Nord for the US market, but perhaps we could be looking at an upgraded chipset like the Snapdragon 768G instead of the Snapdragon 765G.
We could also be looking at maybe more RAM, perhaps a better build quality, a larger battery, and so on. Hopefully OnePlus will continue to maintain the same price point of the phone, which is admittedly its main selling point.
As we are already in the second half of the year, we probably won’t have to wait too long before OnePlus makes an official announcement.