The OnePlus Nord 3 has been officially confirmed, while elsewhere it’s been rumoured to feature the same main camera sensor as the flagship OnePlus 11.
OnePlus President and COO Kinder Liu has taken to Twitter to confirm the OnePlus Nord 3 5G, and to offer the first official image of the forthcoming mid-range smartphone.
Here’s your first look at OnePlus Nord 3 5G! OnePlus Nord is all about giving our users pretty much everything they could ask for, and this starts with a great OnePlus design.Our Summer Launch Event is on 5 July and I look forward to sharing more soon. #OnePlusNord35G pic.twitter.com/p6UuoAutKH— Kinder Liu (@KinderLiu) June 26, 2023
The post also confirms that the company will be launching the its mid-ranger at a Summer Launch Event to be held on July 5 at 3:30PM CEST (2:30PM GMT)
That’s exciting enough, as we’ve been big fans of the plain-numbered OnePlus Nord line to date. We scored the OnePlus Nord 2T (which the OnePlus Nord 3 will replace) 4.5 stars out of 5, calling it “one of the best affordable mid-range Android handsets around”.
There’s even more exciting news away from this official announcement, however. Tipster Ishan Agarwal has claimed that the global model of the Nord 3 will come with the Sony IMX890 image sensor.
Can confirm that OnePlus Nord 3 will get a ???? 16GB RAM Variant in ???????? India!Also, the Global variant is indeed coming with 50MP Sony IMX890 Sensor with OIS (like OnePlus 11 & 11R).Chinese variant has 64MP Camera & No OIS so we’re getting a nice upgrade! #OnePlusNord3 pic.twitter.com/ge14ZGjIMG— Ishan Agarwal (@ishanagarwal24) June 26, 2023
The Sony IMX890 is the image sensor that you’ll find in the OnePlus 11, the company’s latest flagship phones. This is a large 1/1.56-inch sensor that sucks in plenty of light. According to our OnePlus 11 review, it “provides improvements in general photography, but a true jump forward in low-light photography”.
Adding this to a mid-range phone selling for around half the price of the OnePlus 11, as the OnePlus Nord 3 presumably will, would be a real statement from the company. It might even give the Pixel 7a something to think about.