Over the years it’s been interesting to see fancy new features debut in high-end smartphone before eventually making their way to mid-range and budget devices. It looks like screens with high refresh rates are the latest example.

The upcoming OnePlus Nord N200 5G is expected to sell for less than $250 and feature a 6.49 inch, 2400 x 1080 pixel LCD display with a 90 Hz refresh rate.

Update: The OnePlus Nord N200 5G is official. It’s coming to North America June 25 for $240.

We already knew that thanks to an interview OnePlus CEO Carl Pei did with CNET recently. But now, thanks to details leaked by Evan Blass, we also have a more complete picture of the phone’s other specs and they’re… less impressive.

Still, it’s interesting to see that at least one feature that used to demand a premium price will soon be available for a device in this price range.

According to Blass, the OnePlus Nord N200 5G will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 processor and feature 4GB of LPDDR4x memory and 64GB of UFS 2.1 storage plus a microSD card reader with support for cards up to 256GB.

It will have a 5,000 mAh battery with support for 18-watt fast charging. And in addition to a 16 megapixels front-facing camera with support for face unlock, the phone will have three rear cameras:

  • 13MP primary with f/2.2 aperture and electronic image stabilization (EIS)
  • 2MP macro lens w/f2.4 aperture
  • 2MP monochrome lens with f/2.4 aperture

The processor, camera system, memory, and storage are all a little less impressive than the recently announced OnePlus Nord CE 5G, which has a Snapdragon 750G processor, and at least 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. That phone also has a 90 Hz AMOLED display rather than an LCD screen.

But the OnePlus Nord CE 5G, which goes up for sale in the UK, Europe, and India soon for £299 (~$420) and up, will not be sold in the United States. The OnePlus Nord N200 5G will.

And, perhaps more importantly, it’s also a cheaper phone, which could make the specs more palatable.

According to Blass, the N200 5G also has a few other nice-to-have features including support for NFC, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, and support for WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.1, and 5G networks.

There’s no word yet on when you’ll actually be able to buy the phone.

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2 replies on “OnePlus Nord N200 5G will be a budget phone with a 90 Hz display (leaks)”

  1. A Snapdragon 480? Really? So they’re selling a potato that can’t even play basic games, but with a nice gaming screen on it.

    For the same phone price, I can get a Snapdragon 720G from Motorola and others. Absolutely shameful. I think you’ve badly misjudged which specs budget buyers care about, OnePlus.

    1. Well snapdragon 480 is better than all 4g sd 700 series soc, including sd 720G, 730G and 732G, so this phone will perform better than that Motorola.

      For Comparison this has Adreno 619 while sd 720G has Adreno 612.

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