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Rumor | The OnePlus Nord 2 is actually a rebranded Realme X9 Pro

The Nord may be due a successor. (Source: OnePlus)
The Nord may be due a successor. (Source: OnePlus)
The smartphone brands Realme and OnePlus are rumored to be working on phones powered by the Dimensity 1200 SoC: the X9 Pro and the Nord 2 respectively. Now, a Weibo-based leaker insists that they are in fact one and the same, and will be marketed as the latter for international release. Meanwhile, a second X9 Pro with a different processor is slated to be a Chinese-market exclusive.

The successor to Realme's X7 Pro smartphone has been projected to come with the new MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor. However, the leaker Arsenal on Weibo has just thrown a wrench into the cogs of this theory with a much more up-to-date claim that it would be powered by the Snapdragon 870 SoC instead.

The tipster also now asserts that the upcoming X-series device would have a curved display. This does make some sense, as Realme has subsequently released a Dimensity 1200-based phone called the GT Neo long after discussions of the putative X9 Pro and its specs emerged.

However, the same leaker has also returned to Weibo to clarify that this 1200-powered phone is in fact back on - in a way. It has apparently been passed along to Realme's sister company OnePlus, where it will be launched as the Nord 2 instead.

That OEM is said to equip this second-gen mid-ranger with a 90Hz flat display, as well as a 50MP main camera sensor. It is now said to become available globally, whereas the 'new', 870-powered X9 Pro is only intended for sale in China. Should these new rumors prove true, the Nord 2 may be announced in July 2021.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-06-12 (Update: 2021-06-12)