Remember when OnePlus devices were all about beating the competition in both price and performance? While plenty of the company's claims definitely fell into the category of "marketing speak," it's no secret that its latest flagship phones don't come cheap. Thankfully, the Nord series has picked up the mantle, offering premium features like high-refresh displays and 5G at affordable price points. If you've had your eye on the Nord N200 5G, you're in luck — it's down to $200 at Best Buy right now.
There was a time when OnePlus's phone lineup was easy to understand, but as the brand has grown, so have its offerings. Now when you're thinking about buying a OnePlus device, you've got to contend with numbers and letters and descriptors — sometimes all at once (the OnePlus 7T Pro is a phone that exists). But what's all of it mean, and at the end of the day, which phone should you buy? Let's get into it.
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 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.