OnePlus announces limited OnePlus Nord pre-orders opening tomorrow

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Originally rumored to be called the OnePlus Z (the letter "X" was already used in 2015 for another low-cost OnePlus handset), the Nord name was discovered in a trademark application made by the company in March. Now, we're about to start a new chapter on this insane story.

While the first device under the OnePlus Nord line will be available in Europe and India, a select number of users in North America will also get a chance to experience the new device through a highly limited beta program after launch. This is a very curious case. Likely looking to test the waters here, seeing as the USA is more into premium flagship smartphones than cheaper ones. Rumors have it that the handset will be revealed in the next month. The company also has a pair of new TWS earbuds to announce.

OnePlus is yet to confirm what the Nord will look like, although the video does contain a teaser of a prototype. A countdown already running on the Instagram page. But with the new OnePlus Nord, it appears OnePlus is looking to return to its roots by making a truly affordable phone with big specs for the money.

But unfortunately it's not coming to the USA, at least not in the aspect you'd expect. There's no point for the company to ignore its domestic market.

The Nord smartphone is expected to pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 chipset alongside a quad-camera setup. The Nord will also ship with a 4,000mAh battery and pack 30W Warp Charge. The display will refresh at 90Hz which updates the screen 90 times per second. The invitation system, which was used by the company to prevent it from building too many units, was dropped starting with 2016's OnePlus 3.

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