It was just a few months ago that the affordable OnePlus Nord N20 5G launched, but now an even cheaper spin-off could be on the way in the form of the OnePlus Nord N20 SE.
The as-yet-unannounced handset was spotted in Thailand’s NBTC certification database by GizmoChina (opens in new tab). This is a database that various gadgets go through before they are sold in the country, and the information on it is likely to be accurate.
In this case, that information doesn’t reveal much, but it does include the OnePlus Nord N20 SE name, along with a model number CPH2469. The main thing this listing confirms is simply that the OnePlus Nord N20 SE likely exists and that it will likely be announced soon.
That’s not all we’ve heard about the phone, as previous leaks shed light on some of the potential specs, including a 5,000mAh battery and dimensions of 163.74×75.03×7.99mm.
Oppo fans with photographic memories may have noticed that these are the same specs as the Oppo A57, and this is no accident as the OnePlus Nord N20 SE is also rumored to be a rebranded version of that phone.
The Oppo A57 also features a 6.56-inch 720 x 1612 LCD screen with a 90Hz refresh rate, a MediaTek Dimensity 810 chipset, 6GB or 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, 5G, a 13MP main camera, a 2MP depth and an 8MP camera on the front.
We can’t be sure these two phones are one and the same, but either way, if it’s priced right, the Nord N20 SE could be one of the best cheap phones. We’ll probably find out soon, as we were hoping the OnePlus Nord N20 SE wouldn’t be far away.
Analysis: Where is it on the Nord line
The OnePlus Nord N20 SE will presumably be a lower-end phone than the OnePlus Nord N20 5G, based on its name and its specs. That phone costs $299 (about £245 / AU$430), so the Nord N20 SE will likely cost less.
But it will possibly cost more than the OnePlus Nord N200 5G, which retails for $239 (about £175 / AU$319). Then again, the Nord N20 SE’s rumored specs are a combination of higher and lower end than the N200, so its position is a little uncertain.
Buyers outside of the US probably won’t need to worry, because just like these other phones mentioned, the OnePlus Nord N20 SE is unlikely to make it to the UK and it definitely won’t launch in Australia.
OnePlus isn’t present on the latter, but UK buyers have plenty of other Nord handsets to choose from, like the affordable OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G.