Written by Arshnoor Kaur Chadha
The World's First AR Smartphone Launch Event.
OnePlus will launch its much-anticipated smartphone, the OnePlus Nord, on July 21. Pre-orders for the device have already begun on July 15, 2020. That being said, the brand does not appear to be done with all this and to boost up the hype, it has started pushing an exclusive OnePlus Nord 5G AR launch invite, which will enable interested customers to be a part of the world’s first AR smartphone launch while sitting in their safe place. The OnePlus Nord AR launch invite will ensure that one gets the full experience of the upcoming OnePlus Nord smartphone before making a buying decision. Though I am sure some of you might be wondering "What really is AR?"
So, let me give you a snippet of what AR stands for and how it is related to a launch event. AR basically stands for Augmented Reality. In simple words, it helps integrate digital information with the user's environment in real-time and enhance customer experience. Read more about Augmented Reality.
It blends real and computer-based graphics and images to produce an improved look of the world by rendering an intense audiovisual experience.
Also, if you are wondering on how to attend the event, you can get the passes from Amazon.
Now here is what we expect it to be and let's see if this would be worth an addition to your pocket.
The Oneplus Nord is expected to be a mid-range smartphone where I personally feel it has played quite strategically from targeting a specific minority of its flagship tier customers recently to getting back the trust of its midrange series customers. It is expected to come with a price of around 465 USD.
While there has been a lot of rumor over the name - with OnePlus Z, OnePlus 8 Lite, and OnePlus Nord all being rumored, the latter has now been officially confirmed as the official name.
With all that being said, it is expected to feature the Snapdragon 765G 5G speaking of which I wouldn't say it is out of the world chipset, with its competitors like the Realme and Xiaomi at a lower price point providing a snapdragon 855 plus and snapdragon 855 SoC, but where this phone outshines the others is the combination of a powerful processor and the 5G combination. It is also officially confirmed that it is going to have a 90 Hz refresh rate which again could have been better with a 120 Hz at this price point. As far as cameras are concerned, it is expected to be featured with a quad-camera setup with a module of 48MP primary camera, an 8 MP ultrawide camera with a 5 MP depth sensor and a 2 MP macro lens most probably with Sony IMX 586, which is a little disappointing to me, because I feel the primary camera should have been a 64MP and macro lens of 5 MP would have helped. It is also featuring a dual selfie camera module with a primary lens paired with an ultra-wide lens with a 105-degree FOV, which has been officially confirmed.
It is expected that the base variant would be of 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage to start with an upgraded model featuring 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It may have a 6.44-inch OLED display, a 4,115mAh battery with 30W wired charging speeds, NFC, and Bluetooth 5.1.
OnePlus also confirmed via Instagram that the phone would pack optical image stabilization (OIS).
Now, what OIS does is it reduces hand-induced blur and judder in photos and videos. It also allows the camera shutter to stay open for longer, theoretically enabling better low-light images which indeed is a good plus to have.
Design and Built
Credit: Marques Brownlee(MKBHD), YouTube
Carl Pei, the co-founder of OnePlus in a recent interview with the YouTuber Marques Brownlee teased us with more insights on the design of the said smartphone. Let's dig in and read about what has to be unveiled.
The OnePlus is seen to have a glossy back, curved edges, a central logo, and a camera strip at the upper-left corner of the phone in the video. As mentioned, the phone is also seen to have the dual camera module at the upper left corner of the screen.
The phone is seen to be quite thick and has even bezels running all around the display. As far as we can make out there appears to be a USB type C port and Sim tray on the lower end of the said smartphone.
The design was settled on “really late in the process,” OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei told Brownlee. The main reason for the delay of the launch by a month was just to adjust the design so that the phone would look more consistent with other OnePlus devices. He also mentioned that earlier the phone had the camera module arranged in an L-shape in the upper corner and different finishes on the back of the phone.
The Cat In The Room.
As far as the question is concerned, "Is it worth the buy?"
The Answer to that would have to wait till the launch and see the finalized specs. After which you can make the decision.
This is how far we could dive into the specifications of the OnePlus Nord. If you have something to agree, disagree, or present your views please let us know in the comment section.