The "Nord 3" might launch as the first-gen OnePlus Ace instead
It started out as an off-shoot of the Reno line of mid-rangers, then briefly became its own thing as a vehicle for its OEM's breakthroughs in mobile charging tech: for example, it can be credited with the introduction of AirVOOC, a fast and powerful form of wireless charging that currently lives on in the Find X5 Pro.
That never panned out; however, it seems the resurrection of Ace is back on after all, through the medium of OnePlus this time. According to the ever-knowledgable tipster Digital Chat Station, it will carry the fast-charging legacy of its name by launching as this brand's first-gen 150W smartphone.
The "OnePlus Ace" is also now tipped to rock the Dimensity 8100 processor, have a Sony IMX766 sensor as a main camera and to come with one of the OEM's textured glass rear panels. This is all well and good - except for the fact that these are specs also associated with the rumored successor to the Nord 2.
Therefore, it may be that this "Ace" will supplant the putative Nord 3 - or, perhaps, emerge as the Chinese-market version of this phone for the international market. Either way, it now seems a product name once associated with mobile power and speed might be on the way back in 2022.