What you need to know
- OnePlus has accidentally teased the Nord 2.
- A listing of eligible devices for the Stadia Premiere edition promotion included the Nord 2.
- OnePlus is expected to launch the Nord 2 in the next couple of weeks.
OnePlus's Nord 2 may have just been confirmed by the company in a slip-up spotted by Android Police. The company shared a Stadia promo on its website, offering users a free Stadia Premiere Edition (opens in new tab) when paired with a purchase of an eligible Oneplus device. When looking at the device listing, alongside expected entries like the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 9, an unfamiliar name popped up — the Nord 2.
OnePlus has yet to announced the OnePlus Nord 2, so the existence of this line is a bit of a weird situation. It's a little like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE, which went live briefly in Germany before being pulled. OnePlus has similarly memory-holed this line, but the internet never forgets.
The OnePlus Nord was one of the best cheap Android phones, offering a very good experience at a price that was just around that of the cheap Google Pixel 4a. It stood out with a smooth display, a powerful processor, decent-to-good cameras, and a slick design. The Nord 2 is expected to replicate that performance with a $340 pricing.
As for a launch date, Android Central reported this year that it would be launching sometime in Q2 2021 (between April and June), and it would be powered by a Dimensity 1200 chipset. That would place it above the Snapdragon 765 in terms of power and place the Nord more as a lower-level flagship. With Q2 2021 almost over, we can expect the Nord 2 to launch in a matter of weeks.
The OnePlus Nord made waves last year as an excellent Android experience for less. Even a year later, it remains competitive with phones like the Pixel 5.
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