OnePlus is finally making more affordable smartphones once again under its new “Nord” brand, and last week they launched the first OnePlus Nord device in Europe and India. The new OnePlus Nord has a 6.44 ″ FHD + OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G for a starting price of ₹ 27,999 or € 399 in India and Europe, respectively. If that price still seems too expensive to you, you’ll be glad to hear that OnePlus is already working on even more affordable smartphones. We now have evidence that at least one of those devices will be powered by Qualcomm’s new 5G Snapdragon 690 chipset.
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Last month Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 690, a new mid-range chip designed to democratize 5G access. It is the successor to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 and features newer CPU and GPU designs than even the top-tier Snapdragon 720G and Snapdragon 730G SoCs. The SoC is manufactured by Samsung in the company’s 8nm LPP process and features an octa-core CPU in a 2 + 6-core configuration; 2 ARM Cortex-A77 CPU cores clocked up to 2.0 GHz are paired with 6 ARM Cortex-A55 CPU cores clocked up to 1.7 GHz. The GPU is the Adreno 619L, which Qualcomm boasts of. 60% faster than the Adreno 612 GPU on the Snapdragon 675. Most importantly, the Snapdragon 690 features an integrated Snapdragon X51 5G modem with global band support for 5G sub-6GHz networks. So far, HMD Global, Sharp, Wingtech, Motorola, TCL and LG have confirmed their plans to use the new Snapdragon 690 in future smartphones, but no BBK Electronics smartphone brand, including OnePlus, announced any such plans.
Digging deeper into the latest version of OxygenOS 10.5 for OnePlus Nord, we discovered several references to an upcoming OnePlus smartphone called “Billie”. In the OxygenOS configuration APK, we discovered several calls to a method called “isSM6350Products”. This method verifies the model of the device and returns true if the model name matches “BE2025”, “BE2026”, “BE2028”, or “BE2029”.
These are probably the model names for the new OnePlus device, although these 4 model names are unlikely to refer to 4 separate devices. Meanwhile, “SM6350” is the part number of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 690, as confirmed by Qualcomm’s own website. For reference, here is a table that shows all the model names for OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 7T, OnePlus 7T Pro, OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, and OnePlus Nord.
The “ACs” in the model names “AC2001” and “AC2003” for the current OnePlus Nord refer to the device’s internal codename, “Avicii,” which was a famous Swedish DJ. Similarly, the “BE” in “BE2025”, “BE2026”, “BE2028” and “BE2029” probably refers to “Billie Eilish”, a famous American singer and songwriter. The code of the latest OnePlus Launcher APK reveals that there could be 2 different devices in development: Billie2T and Billie8T.
While we cannot confirm the name of the new OnePlus devices, we suspect that they will be part of the OnePlus Nord brand. OnePlus has already confirmed that a future Nord-branded device will arrive in the US later this year, and future Nord devices are likely to launch in Europe and India as well. If the upcoming devices run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 mobile platform, then they will cost even less than the current OnePlus Nord, which currently starts at £ 379 / € 399 / ₹ 27,999 in the UK / Europe / India.
When I asked OnePlus to comment on these findings, a spokesperson told us that the company does not comment on rumors or speculation. However, given how much OnePlus has promoted the current Nord, there is a good chance that we will hear much about this device before launch.