The OnePlus Nord was announced last week, but the Nord Phone is just the first Nord product in an upcoming lineup. So if you’re wondering what the next device in the newly created family will be, well, it looks like it’s a phone too. Shocking, we know it.
Unlike the First Nord, which has limited availability in Europe and India (at least for now), the Next Nord will also reach North American markets, according to CEO Carl Pei. Wired. The launch schedule is “later this year”.
This handset could be powered by the recently unveiled Snapdragon 690 chipset, Qualcomm’s soon to be cheapest offering with 5G. The chipmaker needs to lower the price of the 765/768 family (also used in the Nord), in order to better compete with MediaTek’s Dimensity 800/820.
So the next OnePlus Nord could be even cheaper than the current Nord. And be available in the United States. The SoC information comes from a few digs in the latest version of OxygenOS 10.5 for the Nord, carried out by the folks at XDA Developers.
They found several references to a future OnePlus smartphone named Billie, as well as several calls to a method called “isSM6350Products” in the OxygenOS Settings app. SM6350, incidentally, is Qualcomm’s internal designation for the Snapdragon 690. This method checks the device model and returns true if it matches BE2025, BE2026, BE2028, or BE2029.
These are all versions of the same upcoming model, based on the usual OnePlus naming scheme, where “BE” could represent Billie Eilish. It’s not as crazy as it sounds – the current Nord model numbers AC2001 and AC2003 have the “AC” for Avicii, so the music star theme is pretty real in the codename game of OnePlus.