Exclusive: OnePlus Nord has dual 32MP + 8MP front cameras

OnePlus 8 Pro
OnePlus 8 Pro (Image credit: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central)

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.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

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.

  • So, OnePlus affordable phone is gonna have a better front camera than their $1000 flashgrip ?
  • Higher MP. It will probably have an older/less expensive sensor.
  • A higher megapixel count doesn't necessarily mean better image quality.
  • This phone is shaping up to be a nice replacement for my 5t, not that my 5t ever was bad...neither was my OPO. For me it all comes down to camera performance and price now. Will it be an improvement from my current phone or not? Time will tell...
  • I was thinking the same thing. Nothing lately has grabbed my attention as a great replacement phone until this thing surfaced. It very well might replace my 5t as well. I've read that the processing power is on par with an SD 845 so other than the 2gb drop in RAM, everything is an upgrade over a 5t, for an expected price below the 5t. They definitely have my attention.
  • So 90Hz display, 765G (5G capable), 6GB Ram, 128GB storage, dual front cameras, at least three rear cameras, etc. all for around $299? A couple things...
    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.
  • The camera section is awesome but I really expected a good MediaTek5G processor like Dimensity 820.
  • Why is there even an article on dual front cameras? Granted, there are functional benefits when done properly, like more accurate portrait mode, better AR, and the possibility of secure face unlock as long as the AI is there to support it. Is this supposed to be the first time anyone has seen dual front cameras?
  • I wonder if this is going to be a flagship killer.
  • How would be the camera performance compared to 765 Nord proposed chipset over 865. Please discuss in next episode.