It’s not a OnePlus phone without a slow, dragged out release of small details leading up to the official announcement. The company loves to drip out information to build hype, and that’s certainly happening again with the OnePlus Nord. The latest information comes directly from OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei in his interview with Marques Brownlee (MKBHD).
We’ve gotten glimpses of the OnePlus Nord design, but nothing fully revealing the entire phone yet in the flesh. Last week, leaked renders and marketing materials revealed the triple-camera stack on the back. We’ve also seen the front of the phone and its dual hole-punch cutout. Today, Carl Pei showed off the phone even more and shared some of the company’s prototype designs.
In the interview above, Pei shows off the teal OnePlus Nord (starting around the 14-minute mark). Pei also shares some prototypes with more unique camera placements. He talks about how the Nord was originally seen as being more of an experiment, so they tinkered with some different ideas. However, they realized the phone could be more than just an experiment and ended up going with a more traditional design late in the process, which ended up delaying the phone’s launch by about a month.
Design aside, we learn a few more details about the OnePlus Nord from the interview. It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G (same processor as the rumored Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G), has NFC, no official IP rating, Warp Charging, and a 90Hz AMOLED display. The battery capacity has also been confirmed to be 4115mAh thanks to an officially licensed dbrand skin.