OnePlus’ Nord debuted midway through 2020 and proved that the company had the stones to shake up the mid-range market. Later, it expanded the line with cheaper models and signs are now pointing towards a successor to the most affordable entry, in the Nord N200.
The company has a tendency to eke out details for each next major device over a matter of weeks and months in the run-up to a launch. After revealing the name ahead of the release of the OnePlus Nord CE 5G, company CEO Pete Lau then spoke with PCMag to reveal more details about the N200; including minor specs and teaser visuals.
When can I buy the OnePlus Nord N200?
While the Nord N10 5G and N100 launched in various markets – including Europe – at the tail end of 2020, it wasn’t until early 2021 that these more affordable Nords made their way to the US. Lau made it clear, however, that the N200 is made for the US first and foremost (at present, there are no plans to release it elsewhere in the world).
As for when it hits the region, tipster Mukul Sharma suggested that the launch would clash with affiliated company Realme’s global launch (which excludes the US) of its latest flagship phone, the Realme GT, on 15 June.
— Mukul Sharma (@stufflistings) June 9, 2021
While Realme has liberally telegraphed the forthcoming international release of the GT, OnePlus’ social and press channels have remained decidedly quiet about when fans can expect the N200, so we’re simply left waiting to see if Sharma’s prediction holds true, for the time being.
What features does the OnePlus Nord N200 offer?
Back before we even had a name, tipster OnLeaks shared an image of what he – at the time – believed depicted the Nord CE 5G. With the CE now officially out in the open and subsequent leaks conflicting against his original prediction, it transpires that OnLeaks did, indeed, have an image of a leaked OnePlus device, just not the one he initially thought it was.
Variants of the image have since surfaced, tied to the OnePlus Nord N200 (OnePlus even supplied the image itself, during the aforementioned PCMag interview) and the visuals paint a pretty clear picture of what to expect.
Many have also drawn design comparisons to the Oppo Find X3 Lite, which launched earlier this year, while a sizeable spec leak, courtesy of Evan Blass, leaves practically nothing to the imagination, right down to box contents.
N200 specs pic.twitter.com/0KmlExzG70
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) June 13, 2021
5G is the obvious upgrade over its predecessor, made possible by the jump to a Snapdragon 480 chipset (up from a 460 on the N100), while the screen also moves up to Full HD resolution but retains a 90Hz high refresh rate, too.
How much is the OnePlus Nord N200?
Based on the apparent performance and feature bump the N200 receives, it looks as though it’ll sit in between the Nord N100 and N10 5G.
Lau has already confirmed that the phone will arrive with a sub-US$250 price tag, which we’ll assume means between $199.99 and $249.99, based on the pricing set by the previous N100 and N10 5G.
In the US, the N10 and N100 were made available directly from OnePlus sim-free or plans from on both T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile; the same is expected to be true of the N200.