OnePlus Nord was once known in short as the OnePlus 8 Lite for fairly obvious reasons: it was expected to be easier than the company’s latest flagship, both in terms of specifications and its drainage on the wallet. But now it looks like there may be a Lite version of the Lite handset, as a mystery OnePlus device has appeared on Geekbench.
The list was first referenced by Abhishek Yadav on Twitter and refers to a smartphone with model number BE2028. While previous listings for OnePlus Nord (AC2003) point to a device clocked at 1.8 GHz with 12 GB of RAM, this new page shows a clock speed of 1.71 GHz and 6 GB of RAM.
It may be the upcoming 5G capable Snapdragon 690 processor, rather than the 765G that runs OnePlus Nord. Single core performance (609 vs. 61
So what’s going on here? Well to clear up any misconceptions right away, this is definitely not a sign that OnePlus Nord will be less speculated than the original rumors predicted. While a now deleted tweet from Qualcomm’s EU account did not specify which Snapdragon 5G chip OnePlus Nord would use, OnePlus’ Carl Pei has told our sister site TechRadar that it will really be the Snapdragon 765 CPU that drives things.
Two other possibilities remain. The first is that there will be a OnePlus Nord Lite with slightly cheaper internals. Whether this would be an alternative handset for everyone, or a version specifically for markets where the company needs to keep prices lower to have any chance of success is open to speculation.
The less exciting second alternative is that this is just an older prototype of OnePlus Nord with less ambitious specifications built in. It would make it interesting as curiosity, but irrelevant to the here and now.
Everything will be revealed soon: OnePlus has confirmed that Nord will be unveiled at an online event on July 21, and the company has even developed an app to watch with AR extras during the day.
Apart from the possible surprise inclusion of the mystery BE2028 handset, we don’t expect too many surprises from the Nordic region itself: a Snapdragon 765G powered, 6.4-inch drive with a 90Hz refresh rate, a 4,300 mAh battery and a four-camera matrix on the back. In other words, the upcoming Pixel 4a should be worried, provided OnePlus remembers its affordable roots …