The OnePlus Nord may be a one-off with the OnePlus 9E and the Nord N1 5G serving as replacements
According to Max Jambor, 2021 will be another busy year for OnePlus. On top of releasing three OnePlus 9 series smartphones, Jambor alleges that the Chinese company will unveil a device called the Nord N1 5G, too. Apparently, the Nord N1 5G will succeed the Nord N10 5G, which is currently the most expensive device in the Nord N sub-category.
Jambor has not offered any details on the next Nord N device beyond its name. Jambor believes that the Nord N1 5G may not arrive until later this year, principally because OnePlus launched the Nord N10 5G towards the end of 2020. However, he has informed his fans to 'stay tuned for some more leaks in the upcoming days', so it may not be too long before we hear more about the Nord N1 5G.
There is no word yet on if OnePlus plans to announce successors to the Nord and the Nord N100. It seems unlikely that OnePlus will release only one Nord smartphone in 2021 though, given that it currently sells three devices under that brand. Hence, we expect that the company will unveil a follow-up to the Nord N100 too, along with the Nord N1 5G.
OnePlus has billed its Pro smartphones as offering a little bit more than its regular smartphones, whether that be the OnePlus 8 Pro to the OnePlus 8, or the OnePlus 7 Pro to the OnePlus 7. By extension, the OnePlus 9E will be marketed as a cheaper alternative to the OnePlus 9, with less powerful hardware and fewer flashy features. In our opinion, the OnePlus 9E sounds like it will occupy the space of the OnePlus Nord in the company's product stack this year.
The Nord also blurs the lines between the OnePlus and Nord series, albeit while only being £50 more expensive than the Nord N10 5G. Correspondingly, we imagine that OnePlus will clearly distinguish its flagship and more affordable smartphones this year, as it already does in the US.