21 February 2022
UPDATE (February 11th, 2022):
OnePlus has confirmed it officially that it will unveil the Nord 2 CE on February 17th. It will be a virtual event that will kick off at 7 PM IST and stream live on YouTube.
UPDATE (January 27th, 2022):
OnePlus is tipped to announce the Nord CE 2 at an event on February 11th. The launch date leak was shared by Max Jambor (@MaxJmb), a reliable tipster who has shared accurate details in the past. While leaks should always be taken with a pinch of salt, the event can be expected to happen sometime during the next month.
Original (December 13th, 2021)
OnePlus' dedicated mid-range phones lineup Nord has proved to be successful. It added a new device to the series Nord CE 5G earlier this year which is even more affordable than other models. The team is now working on a successor to the phone and thanks to 91Mobiles, we have some information about what to expect.
The phone in question is said to be codenamed "Ivan" and will likely launch as the Nord 2 CE. It was recently spotted on the BIS certification website with model number IV2201. The report adds that the alleged smartphone will come with a 6.4-inch AMOLED display and offer a 90Hz refresh rate. Under the hood, it is expected to be powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 900 5G processor which is a different choice from the current-gen device's Snapdragon chipset.
There will be multiple configuration options featuring up to 12GB of RAM. The onboard storage options will be 128GB and 256GB. The triple camera setup on the phone is reported to be the same as the Nord CE. It means you will get the same 64-megapixel primary sensor, 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor, and 2-megapixel macro sensor. Even the front camera is unchanged and is a 16-megapixel sensor.
The battery capacity is tipped to be 4,500mAh with support for 65W fast charging. The report adds that the biggest difference will be the presence of the in-display fingerprint scanner. The phone will also have a 3.5mm headphone jack and stereo speakers but unfortunately, there will not be an Alert Slider. The Nord 2 CE is expected to cost between INR 24,000 (about $317) and INR 28,000 (about $370) in India with a launch expected in January-end or mid-February 2022.