Usually, we see established leakers push out phone renders in advance from their official reveals. However, today we saw a “leak” of a OnePlus phone from a much more unusual channel: the company’s CEO.
Pete Lau sat down with PCMag to talk about the next budget phone in the OnePlus Nord line known as the OnePlus Nord N200. It will be a direct follow-up to last year’s OnePlus Nord N100, which was, at the time, the company’s cheapest and lowest-powered phone ever.
As one would expect, the Nord N200 doesn’t stray too far from the mold of the N100. However, Lau says it incorporates at least two features that the N100 lacked: an FHD display and 5G support.
Check out the render Lau supplied to PCMag below.
OnePlus Nord N200
At first glance, the Nord N200 seems to crib from the Samsung Galaxy S21 as well as the OnePlus 8T. However, it’s much more benign than that: the phone is essentially a rebranded version of the Oppo A93, which launched in January this year. Do note that the OnePlus Nord N100 (and its more expensive sibling, the Nord N10) was also an Oppo rebrand.
As such, this phone doesn’t feature the iconic alert slider we associate with more premium OnePlus devices. If OnePlus sticks with its straight rebrand strategy, the specs of the A93 suggest the Nord N200 would have microSD card support, a headphone jack, a 48MP main camera sensor supported by two 2MP depth sensors, a large 5,000mAh battery, and a Snapdragon 480 chipset. However, these internal specs might be slightly different for the OnePlus Nord N200.
Notably, the phone has a 90Hz display refresh rate, too. The Nord N100 also had this, but its display was stuck at 720p. This time around, you get a 6.5-inch LCD display with an FHD resolution.
Lau says that the Nord 200 will launch in the United States soon for under $250. Judging from the success of the Nord N10 and Nord N100, it should sell incredibly well at that price.