[Exclusive] Budget OnePlus Nord phone priced under Rs 20,000 in the works, launch timeline and key specifications revealed

The OnePlus Nord series may finally enter the sub-Rs 20,000 segment.

Highlights
  • OnePlus plans to launch a Nord smartphone priced under Rs 20,000 in India after the Nord 3’s debuts.
  • The affordable OnePlus Nord smartphone will have 5G support, 90Hz AMOLED display, and 50MP camera.
  • Final decision to launch this smartphone will be taken by mid Q2 2022.

The OnePlus Nord lineup has garnered quite some attention since its debut as the smartphones became popular in the Rs 20,000-30,000 segment. Interestingly, the lineup is yet to see a smartphone that’s priced under Rs 20,000 even though that’s where most of the buyers are. However, this may change soon as OnePlus is considering launching a Nord smartphone in the sub-Rs 20,000 segment. Tipster Yogesh Brar has exclusively shared this information with 91mobiles, saying that the final decision to launch this sub-Rs 20,000 smartphone will be taken by the middle of Q2 2022.

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As per Brar, if OnePlus indeed goes ahead with the plans to launch the budget Nord smartphone, the handset will hit the market after the Nord 3 debuts. Therefore, you can expect the most affordable OnePlus Nord yet to hit the shelves only after July, not before that. Additionally, this would be the third Nord smartphone to launch this year as the Nord 2 CE is expected to launch in Q1 2022, probably in the month of February or March.

What to expect from the upcoming budget Nord smartphone?

  • 90Hz AMOLED display
  • 50MP primary camera
  • 5G connectivity
  • Sub-Rs 20,000 price tag
  • Launch sometime after July 2022

The smartphone is still in the very early stages of development, so it’s quite hard to predict what OnePlus is planning. But, courtesy of Brar, we do know a few things the sub-Rs 20,000 OnePlus Nord phone will be bringing. These include a 90Hz AMOLED display, 50MP primary camera, and 5G connectivity. Additionally, Brar says the affordable smartphone will be powered by a MediaTek chipset.

We might have to wait for some time before the budget Nord smartphone comes out. But, the OnePlus 10 Pro and Nord 2 CE are two of the smartphones that are expected to launch in India in the coming months. Earlier this week, we exclusively reported that the OnePlus 10 Pro has finally entered the testing phase in India, and is scheduled to launch in the country by the end of March.