28 July 2020
UPDATE (July 20th, 2020):
The OnePlus Nord is now set to arrive with Google's Phone and Messages apps along with Google Duo video calling. The first two apps will be used in place of OnePlus' own dialer and messaging apps. The exact reason for the change is unknown but the announcement video mentions that OnePlus wants to offer "smoothest-est" user experience.
UPDATE (July 17th, 2020):
It is a new day which means a new OnePlus Nord feature reveal. OnePlus has confirmed that the phone will have a total of six cameras including four on the back and two on the front. The quad-camera setup includes a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor with OIS, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor, a 5-megapixel macro sensor, and a depth sensor. As for the selfie lovers, the Nord will offer a 32-megapixel primary sensor paired with a 105-degree wide-angle sensor.
Original (July 15th, 2020)
OnePlus is a brand well-known for teasing and talking about features and highlights of its upcoming products in an attempt to create buzz around the launch. The same is happening with the OnePlus Nord but this time around, it has done something unexpected. Carl Pei, CEO and co-founder of OnePlus, has appeared in an exclusive interview with YouTuber Marques Brownlee aka MKBHD where he showed off OnePlus Nord's design just a week ahead of the launch.
The OnePlus Nord design is similar to what we have seen in the recent leaks. It is also something that one would expect to see in an OnePlus smartphone featuring the brand logo in the center and brand name written at the bottom. It has the same vertical camera module setup as OnePlus 8 series except that it is now placed on the top left corner. As for the front panel, it has minimal bezels on all four sides with no notch as there is a pill-shaped punch-hole for dual selfie cameras.
Pei further went on to show a few OnePlus Nord prototypes that the team initially worked on. All of them had a unique L-shaped camera module but they differ in the back panel material and finish. He added that the team locked the final design very late in the process and as a result, the launch got delayed by a month. This is something that Pei says they are usually not allowed to do but they did so that the device is recognizable to as many buyers and fans as possible.
If interested, you can check out the whole interview below where Pei also talks about different component costs like NFC, headphone jack, and display panels.