The pieces appear to be fitting for the OnePlus Z to be released soon, including an official name for OnePlus’ new low-cost phone.
In a blink development and you missed it, OnePlus has been posting photos on its shyly named OnePlusZLiteThing Instagram account that apparently teases the upcoming phone. According to 9to5Google, one of the photos on the account featured what appeared to be an invitation with the word “Nord” prominently displayed.
The photo has since been removed from OnePlus’ Instagram, but some thoughtful Twitter users posted screenshots of the shot to record for posterity.
So OnePlus posted a bunch of pictures on Instagram and then deleted them, but yes, there is Nord for you 😀 # oneplus #OnePlusNord #newbeginnings pic.twitter.com/P1jdOinbkTJune 24, 2020
The OnePlus Nord name shouldn’t come as much of a surprise if you’ve been following the saga of OnePlus’ efforts to launch a cheaper version of its phones that retains some premium features. Earlier this month, filter Max J. turned to Twitter to suggest the phone would be called OnePlus Nord, after earlier rumors had listed it as OnePlus 8 Lite or OnePlus Z.
This news of the OnePlus Nord’s final name comes at a time when other details about the phone’s launch are beginning to emerge. That same Instagram account includes a photo of a preview in Morse code. The encrypted message spells “July,” apparently confirming the launch window rumored for the OnePlus budget phone. Before that, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau confirmed that a low-cost OnePlus phone was being prepared.
OnePlus Nord, or OnePlus Z, is expected, if you’re not ready to give up that previous code name, to feature a 6.4-inch display with a 90Hz refresh rate and multiple rear cameras. While the phone won’t be powered by the same top-of-the-line Snapdragon 865 silicon found in the OnePlus 8 line, it’s expected to turn to a Snapdragon 765G chipset that includes 5G connectivity.
Rumored prices for the Nord range from $ 499 to $ 649, though some rumors hold out the hope that the price could be even lower in the wake of a nostalgic tweet from OnePlus founder Carl Pei regarding the $ OnePlus One. 299 of 2015.