OnePlus Nord owners who are part of the company's open beta program should check their phones now: there's a new update headed down the pipe. It's not amazing in terms of content; the biggest practical addition is that the Android security patch is bumped up to August. But there's some big stuff in there if you really like the always-on display.
We've heard a little bit about the upcoming OnePlus Nord2 over the last few months, but this is the first time we're getting anything right from the horse's mouth. OnePlus, either intentionally or not, has seemingly confirmed the existence of the phone with a mention on its website.
OnePlus wanted to go back to flagship killing with the Nord, but now that the company launched the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro, we need to ask ourselves if it's really willing to eat into its own high-end offers. How does the sub-£400/€400 phone compare to its much more expensive brother, the OnePlus 9, and which should you buy?
A previous rumor indicated that OnePlus would announce a special edition of the Nord alongside the OnePlus 9 series. That clearly didn't happen, and if a new report is to be believed, it never will — the SE has been canned.
OnePlus published Android 11 for the Nord at the beginning of March, but the rollout came to a grinding halt last week due to some bugs the company discovered in the process. It looks like whatever went wrong was easy to fix, as OnePlus is already rolling out a hotfix update (OxygenOS 220.127.116.11) to everyone that comes with the same changelog as the original version.
While many OnePlus flagship phones await their turn, the Nord got its stable Android 11 update last week after several beta rounds. The budget handset is now marching forward with another Open Beta that aims to fix a lot of lingering bugs and deliver last month’s security patch.
OnePlus is currently working on bringing Android 11 to the Nord, but it's only available in beta right now. And it looks like it will remain that way for a little longer, as the company has just pushed another Oxygen OS 10 build to the midrange phone.