In other parts of Asia, though, fans may have to wait longer. Lau said in a forum post
last week that the phone will initially launch only in India and Europe. He added that the company is also looking to bring more affordable phones to North America in “the near future.”
OnePlus is one of a handful of Chinese tech brands that have made a mark in the West and the rest of the world. Since launching its first phone in 2014, it has built a reputation for making solid devices at affordable prices. It has also built up a fan base in India, where recent border tensions
with China have led to calls to boycott Chinese products
The latest OnePlus phones have become increasingly expensive, though. This year’s OnePlus 8 starts at US$699 in the United States. That’s US$170 pricier than the cheapest OnePlus 6 two years ago. The flagship OnePlus 8 Pro starts at US$899, putting it in the same territory as Samsung’s Galaxy S20 and Apple’s iPhone 11.
While not much is known about the OnePlus Nord yet, the company hinted in a tweet
that the new budget phone would be available in a teal color. Earlier leaks suggested
that it could sport Qualcomm’s 5G-enabled, mid-range Snapdragon 765 processor and a 90Hz AMOLED screen -- on par with the display used on the OnePlus 8.