Rumor | The OnePlus Nord 2 will be more expensive than its predecessor
OnePlus has already set a date for the launch of the Nord 2, set to succeed a product touted by its maker as the "No.1 selling smartphone" in its price-tier in India (albeit based on September 2020 figures only). That claim makes what the tipster Yogesh now has to say about its new generation all the more ironic, however: it is now slated to start at INR 31,999 (~US$429) for units with 8GB of RAM in the same market.
Its previous generation, on the other hand, started at INR 27,999 (~$376) at the same amount of RAM (and storage: 128GB). Furthermore, its top-end model, which goes up to 12GB of RAM and double the internal space, is also now touted to come with a price-hike: INR 34,999 (~$436), compared to INR 29,999 (~$402) in the first-gen Nord.
Those SKUs are now projected to come in Grey Sierra or Blue Haze color options. The Twitter-based leaker also now asserts that the Nord 2 could get even more expensive, in the form of a limited-edition version that might be finished in "Green Woods" vegan leather
This might seem slightly alarming for potential Indian customers, particularly as OnePlus' own teasers vaguely paint the '2 as an upgraded version of the CE. Then again, the upcoming model will step up to MediaTek's current Dimensity 1200 5G flagship SoC.
Furthermore, the Nord 2's alleged price-hike might seem more magnified in India as there is no mention of a return of the 6GB RAM base model (costing INR 24,999, or ~$335) made available in that market. To date, there are no other indications that these changes, or those for any other target markets such as Europe, will be announced during the OEM's July 22, 2021 launch event.