Exclusive: OnePlus Nord has dual 32MP + 8MP front cameras
OnePlus is back to making affordable phones, and over the last few days we've seen a lot of teasers over the upcoming phone, which is dubbed Nord. OnePlus teased a teal color option that will be debuting with the phone, and we know that the launch event is slated for July 10 in India.
Leaked renders of the phone revealed a single camera at the front — similar to the OnePlus 8 series — but we can now reveal that the OnePlus Nord has dual 32MP + 8MP cameras at the front, with the primary 32MP lens joined by an 8MP wide-angle module. An insider source has confirmed that the 32MP + 8MP arrangement is final, and that the cutout itself is located on the top left corner, just like the Huawei P40 series.
OnePlus featured a 16MP front camera on its phones for over three years now, with the OnePlus 3T the first with a Samsung-made 3P8SP sensor. OnePlus switched to Sony's IMX371 sensor for the OnePlus 5/5T and 6/6T, and last year it debuted the IMX471 sensor on the 7 Pro, with the module showing up on the 7T and 7T Pro. That same sensor is on this year's OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, so it is exciting to see OnePlus do something different in this area with the OnePlus Nord.
Now, I know that this information is counter to what we've seen of the phone so far. But having seen the final version of the phone that will go into mass production, I am fully confident that the details here are legitimate. I would not have written this post otherwise.
Based on earlier leaks, the OnePlus Nord is powered by a Snapdragon 765G chipset, and has a 90Hz AMOLED display. OnePlus has confirmed that the phone will be launched in Europe and India initially, with no information of an eventual release in North America. As for how much it'll cost, a teaser from Carl Pei last week hinted at a $299 price for the base model. A leaked survey in India suggested the phone could debut in the country for ₹24,990 ($330), adding further weight to Pei's teaser.
With the launch event just two weeks away, we should know more about OnePlus' ambitious mid-ranger in the coming days. In the meantime, what do you make of the fact that the phone has dual cameras up front? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.
1) I don't think the post about the OP1 is a good indicator of the price. I don't see how it's possible for them to make a dime on this under $400. Don't be shocked when the price is announced and it's not $299.
2) This phone will never be sold in North America.