OnePlus recently confirmed that it would launch an affordable 5G device, the N200 5G, in North America, and has unveiled a few more details — and a photo of the phone — to PCMag. Most notably, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau says the N200 5G will cost less than $250 and will include a 90Hz display.
Lau says the N200 is “completely upgraded from OnePlus Nord N100”, a 4G phone with a big battery that launched in the US earlier this year. He says the N200 will have a 6.49-inch 1080p display, which will improve the resolution of the N100’s 6.52-inch 720p display. The 90 Hz refresh rate makes movements and animations on the screen appear slightly smoother than the standard 60 Hz rate. It’s a feature not often seen in the budget class, outside of OnePlus’ own Nord N10 5G, which also launched earlier this year.
The N200 also seems to offer a camera array similar to that of the N100, with three cameras on the back accompanied by a flash. OnePlus has not yet confirmed an official launch date for the device.
For now, OnePlus appears to be focusing on bringing to North America its high-end flagships like the OnePlus 9 Pro and low-end budget offerings like the N100 and N200 5G, while mid-range phones like the Nord and the upcoming Nord CE are getting 5G. reserved for European and Indian markets. That’s a sensible approach, especially given the gap in the market for affordable and prepaid devices LG is leaving after its departure.