OnePlus has recently confirmed the launch of its first-ever mechanical keyboard, and it will soon be available in various markets. The keyboard was announced under the initiative OnePlus Featuring and is being developed in collaboration with the keyboard manufacturing brand KeyChron. OnePlus recently announced this collaboration, too, and has teased some features and the design elements of the keyboard. Also, while the name is yet to be officially announced, it is tipped that this keyboard will launch under the Nord branding.
About the OnePlus Nord Keyboard
Design and Key Layout
OnePlus talks about a double gasket design for this new product, which they claim is highly optimized for gaming and work purposes. They have also clarified that they have not tried to keep the keyboard quiet. Instead, they focused on making the typing sound calm and satisfying.
While the company has not shared any images of the final product yet, we have some leaks (via MySmartPrice), which give an idea of how the final product will look.
The OnePlus Nord Keyboard has no dedicated number keys on the right side. We can see a rotatory encoder knob towards the upper right. In addition, the image also shows the OnePlus Nord branding near the bottom left corner of the keyboard.
On the official web page of the keyboard, it is stated that it will have an aluminum body with an ‘aerolite’ touch, as OnePlus calls it, to provide a premium and lightweight experience.
OnePlus has clarified that the Nord Keyboard will work immensely well for macOS, MS Windows OS, and Linux. Moreover, it will have USB Type-C and USB Type-A ports and support for Bluetooth 5.2. This means that users can use the keyboard through a wired connection or wirelessly.
Once again, OnePlus has confirmed on the official web page for this keyboard that it will support swappable keys and have flexible open-source firmware, allowing users to configure RGB lights and remap the keys. This will ensure that every user can customize their keyboard according to their taste.
OnePlus Nord Keyboard Release Prediction
Update: OnePlus announced its first mechanical keyboard on February 7, 2023, at its Cloud 11 event
OnePlus has released the timeline of the development of this keyboard and has made it official that it will launch in February next year, which would most probably be along with the new OnePlus 11 5G.
According to OnePlus’s official website, this new product’s concept was developed in November of this year. The website also says that the product is currently being co-created with users, which means the company is taking user feedback to ensure that the final product appeals to the masses. This is the core idea of the OnePlus Featuring platform: taking into account what the users want and designing and creating products based on it.
Further, the keyboard’s rigorous testing phase will start in January next year. After the official launch in February, we see it going under mass production from March to May.
OnePlus Nord Keyboard Price Prediction
The company has not commented on the price of the OnePlus Nord Keyboard yet, but as per MySmartPrice, it will cost anywhere between 8,000 INR ($99) and 10,000 INR ($119).
So, that is all we know about the OnePlus Keyboard. Thanks for reading, and do let us know what you think in the comments below.