The Nord range by OnePlus has proven to be a success so far, with some excellent budget phones proving that you don’t need to spend a small fortune to get some decent tech these days. We’ve also seen the recent introduction of the OnePlus Nord Buds, bringing good quality wireless earbuds to people for around £50/$50.
So, what’s next? Well, rumours are gathering pace that we could see an alternative to the OnePlus Watch that launched in 2021, but this time with the Nord branding and its usual competitive pricing. Here’s all we know so far about the OnePlus Nord Watch.
When is the OnePlus Nord Watch release date?
There’s no confirmation from OnePlus yet that the Nord Watch is even a thing, although Indian tech reporter Mukul Sharma (@stufflistings) tweeted in April that he’d spotted the name OnePlus Nord Watch on the OnePlus India site.
The listing is no longer there, and there’s been no comment from OnePlus, so it’s not exactly a sure thing. But Mukul did also tweet a similar report about the OnePlus Nord 2T 5G and that subsequently appeared.
As to when we may see a launch, that remains a mystery. The OnePlus Watch was available to buy back on 26 April 2021, but since then the company hasn’t announced a successor. With April 2022 already gone, it’s very unclear when we might see the Nord Watch. We have seen reports the the OnePlus Nord 3 will arrive in July 2022, so it could be that the company decides to unveil the Watch at the same time.
How much will the OnePlus Nord Watch cost?
Again, this is far from certain. When the OnePlus Watch launched it cost £149/$159/€159/₹16,999. This is already quite competitive for a smartwatch, putting it in a similar bracket as the Amazfit GTS 2 and Xiaomi Mi Watch.
We’re not sure it can go much lower without becoming more of a fitness tracker with a larger display. So it could be that the price remains around the same, while the name changes to the Nord brand.
It could be cheaper though, as a report from 91Mobiles says the Nord Watch will launch in India between ₹5,000 and ₹8,000, which works out to around £50-£80, but of course there will be taxes involved which could push that closer to the £100/$130 mark.
What will the OnePlus Nord Watch specs and features be?
As we’ve already pointed out, there are no confirmed specs for the Nord Watch.
Most of the rumours we’ve seen so far point to a similar spec sheet to that of the OnePlus Watch, which means you should expect to see a colour display (potentially the same 1.39-inch AMOLED variant we saw on the OnePlus Watch), heart rate monitoring, step tracking, sleep tracking, plus blood oxygen levels. You should also be able to control media from your phone on the device.
One of the glaring omissions from the OnePlus Watch was a lack of NFC, making it impossible to use essential services like Google Pay. We’d like to see this changed for the newer model as most fitness trackers offer this feature these days.
To see how the OnePlus Watch was configured, here’s the technical specifications:
1.39in circular AMOLED (454×454) display w/ 326ppi316L stainless steel casing (Classic), cobalt alloy casing (Cobalt limited edition)Fluoroelastomer strap (Classic), Leather strap with butterfly buckle (Cobalt limited edition)4GB ROM (about 2GB user-accessible)Supports Android, not iOSIntegrated speaker and microphoneBluetooth 5.0GPS402mAh battery2 pogo pin charger5ATM water resistanceIP68 certified45 grams w/o strap, 76 grams w/ strap) – Classic45 grams w/o strap, 67 grams w/ strap) – Cobalt limited edition46.4mm x 46.4mm x 10.9mmColours: Midnight Black, Moonlight Silver, Cobalt limited edition (gold)
As that device didn’t exactly set the world on fire, we can only hope that the Nord variant adds the sparkle that its older sibling lacked. To see what it will be competing with, be sure to also take a look at our guides to the best smartwatches and best smartwatch deals.