Possible OnePlus 8T spotted on Geekbench with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus and 8 GB of RAM as OnePlus hints at US-exclusive Nord smartphone
The OnePlus Nord has been dominating the news cycle over the last few weeks, despite its lack of availability in the US. When OnePlus unveiled the device last week, the company was apparently planning a "limited beta launch" in the US, whatever that meant. Now, OnePlus has effectively confirmed that it will not be launching the Nord as we know it in the US. In a review of the Nord, Wired had this to say about OnePlus' plans for the US:
First things first—the OnePlus Nord won't be available in the US when it goes on sale starting August 4. [Carl] Pei tells me a Nord-branded phone (not necessarily the same as this) is set to land on US shores later this year, so you don't have to feel left out for too long.
While the information provided by Wired is not concrete, XDA Developers has uncovered details about four upcoming OnePlus smartphones within the OxygenOS Settings APK. These devices have the model names "BE2025", "BE2026", "BE2028" and "BE2029". The prefix "BE" does not correlate within any OnePlus smartphones, but a OnePlus BE2028 has been seen on Geekbench. XDA Developers opines that these OnePlus "BE" devices may be based on Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 690 chipset that the company launched last month. However, the OnePlus BE2028 is based on a "lito" motherboard, which is an internal name for the Snapdragon 765 series. This device, if it is even real, has 6 GB of RAM, which would be in keeping for a mid-range smartphone.
To throw some confusion into the mix, a OnePlus KB2001 has also been benchmarked on Geekbench. From its "kona" motherboard, we can tell that this device is running a Snapdragon 865 or 865 Plus chipset, making it an unlikely member of the OnePlus Nord series. Instead, KB2001 could refer to the OnePlus 8T or OnePlus 8T Pro, which OnePlus is expected to announce within the next few months. The KB2001 also has 8 GB of RAM, which does not reveal much. All we could say is that 8 GB is a signifier of it being an entry-level SKU.