It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about the OnePlus Nord 3, but it looks like we might not have to wait much longer before the next affordable OnePlus handset is officially unveiled.
According to a trusted informant Mukul Sharma (opens in new tab)the OnePlus Nord 3 is really real and will lead a host of new Nord devices: a Nord Watch, a Nord Band, new Nord Buds, a Nord smart metering scale and more.
This is an impressive expansion of the Nord ecosystem. We already have a few OnePlus Nord Buds, so this product will be an upgrade, but the other kit is new – assuming the Nord watch will be a cheaper, separate product from the OnePlus Watch.
Nord 3Nord WatchNord BandNew Nord BudsNord smart metering scale (not sure the name) and more Nord-branded AIoT products coming.August 19, 2022
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We’re assuming Nord Band will be a fitness tracker, but we don’t have any more information about these products other than their names and their existence. It is clear, however, that OnePlus wants to grow the Nord brand very quickly.
With OnePlus and Oppo now joining forces, and OnePlus’ flagship lineup continuing with handsets like the OnePlus 10T, it can be difficult to keep up with all the devices released by this giant of a tech company.
We don’t have any new information on release dates yet, but it’s been over a year since the OnePlus Nord 2 was revealed, and previous rumors have suggested we could see announcements in August or September.
Analysis: Breaking apart the OnePlus Nord strategy
Everything was so simple at first, with the original OnePlus Nord clearly a mid-range cost-effective alternative to the flagship phones offered by OnePlus. It’s the same kind of strategy Google has with devices like the Google Pixel 6a.
In the two years since the Nord debuted, we’ve had a number of different OnePlus products, both with and without the Nord branding – and at times with rather confusing numbering and naming schemes that were hard to keep up with.
The just-released OnePlus Nord 2T, for example, is a small upgrade over the OnePlus Nord 2, and what we call “strangely superfluous” over the rest of the OnePlus range – even if it’s a relatively impressive mid-range smartphone.
Hopefully, when the new wave of OnePlus products arrives, their features and pricing will give clear indications of where they sit among everything OnePlus does (currently, that includes television sets).