A few days ago, OnePlus announced the mid-range Nord CE 3 Lite. It’s an undoubtedly interesting device, with a 108MP main camera and a 5,000mAh battery with 67W fast charging support.
If these hero specs interest you while you’re in the US, here’s an interesting thing a user discovered on the OnePlus forums. It turns out that the company is gearing up to introduce the Nord CE 3 Lite in the US, only rebranded as OnePlus Nord N30.
That would make it the successor to the Nord N20 from April last year, so the timing is definitely a good fit. compared to this model, the screen is larger and refreshes at 120Hz versus 60Hz, but it’s an LCD rather than an AMOLED. The main camera is high resolution as you’d expect, and the fingerprint sensor is moved to the side, integrated into the power button, from the lower display position on the 2022 model. Otherwise, the two are very similar.
If you’re wondering how the aforementioned user on the OnePlus forums figured it out, this is an archive with software build feature files that reference Nord CE 3 Lite software features. These properties include the project ID (an internal reference to the device), the default device name as it should be seen in Settings > About device, and in-market hints for which the particular version is designed.
As you can see in the screenshot above, the device is called OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite in the Indian market and OnePlus Nord N30 in the US market. The fact that all the files contain the same project ID confirms that it is indeed the same device under two names. Moreover, this will not only be available in the US from OnePlus itself, but also from T-Mobile. There is also an FCC ID for the Nord N30 hidden in the software, confirming this whole scenario.
As you know, this isn’t the first time a phone maker has resorted to such rebranding tricks – Xiaomi and its sub-brands do it practically every week! It remains to be seen exactly when the Nord N30 will land in the USA, and at what price. We’ll let you know when we know more.