Time was, OnePlus phones were always incredible deals, but the price crept upward with each iteration, and now we're in a place where OnePlus is competing with Samsung in the flagship space. The company can still bring a great value to the market, just not at the high-end. The Nord N200 5G is currently the cheapest 5G phone in the US, and it comes with remarkably little in the way of "5G tax." For $240, you get a 1080p display, the brand new Snapdragon 480 SoC, and pretty good software.
OnePlus is gunning to get its all-new Nord N200 5G into people's hands and it has recruited the help of T-Mobile to do so. So, if you want a free phone, here's how you can upgrade or carrier-switch your way to it.
In recent years, OnePlus has slipped down a few notches in both quantity and quality of software updates. Last year, buyers of the Nord N10 5G and the N100 were a let down with just one Android update to the already-released OxygenOS 11 and two years of security updates. This year things are looking a little bit better for the Nord N200 5G, but still disappointing overall.
OnePlus continues its Moto-like flood of phones for every price point with the new Nord N200 5G. Like all phones in the Nord lineup, it's priced aggressively. You get a 6.49" 90Hz display, Snapdragon 480, 4GB of RAM, 5,000mAh battery, and a "triple-camera system," plus 5G connectivity, and all for $240 — a pretty stunning price. Unfortunately, that's about all the specs we can share, OnePlus tells us the rest is still under embargo for some inexplicable reason. Sales open Friday, June 25th at 11AM ET, and the phone will also be available via T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile.
OnePlus is done putting all its eggs in one basket. It's now pushing more affordable devices under the Nord sub-branding, and the N200 5G is the next one coming to US shores. While we knew of this before, we're getting our first look at the phone and some of what it'll have to offer.
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OnePlus phones have slowly crept their way into flagship territory, but are the juicier margins that the company now enjoys have coming at the expense of its old market? These flagships may simply be out of reach for past fans — not everyone's ready to spend an arm and a leg for a phone. That's probably why the company is doubling down on its sub-brand Nord, with plans for at least two new phones in the pipeline.