OnePlus expanded its budget lineup of Nord smartphones with two new devices earlier this month. While the N10 5G and the N100 aren't yet available in the US, the phones are starting to become available in the UK. OnePlus is taking this time to officially release the kernel sources for its newest devices.
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OnePlus is moving downmarket with its new Nord brand, following up on the smash-hit original with the new N10 5G. Unfortunately, this latest model doesn't live up to the original's name. While US pricing isn't official yet, there's no reason to buy one in Europe, and that would be true even if it weren't for all the launch bugs.
OnePlus' new Nord-series phones aren't just cut-down midrangers, they're also getting a cut-down update policy. OnePlus is backtracking on the schedule set in 2018, guaranteeing just one Android version update for both the N10 5G and N100. That means the two new phones will only get the already-released Android 11-based OxygenOS 11, paired with only two years of security updates.
The U.S. market for smartphones has always tilted just a tad more expensive — in any given series of releases, the country will typically receive a higher-spec model. This may not necessarily be the case with OnePlus as it is reportedly targeting America for a modified version of the Nord, its first mid-ranger in a long time. Now, we're getting word of another Nord variant and a date to watch for.
The OnePlus Nord didn't make it stateside at launch, but OnePlus said that a separate model in the Nord line would come to the US down the line. Speaking with an insider source, Android Central has obtained details on this US-model Nord, dubbed the Nord N10 5G.