A new OnePlus announced in China could replace your car key

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Mentioned for several days on Chinese social media, the OnePlus Ace 2V has just been officially announced in China on Tuesday March 7 and could be sold as the Nord 3 internationally. A smartphone that could stand out for its car key function for certain Chinese vehicles.

The OnePlus Ace 2V was officially announced on Tuesday, March 7 in China. // Source: OnePlus

OnePlus has been multiplying promotional images on Chinese social networks for a week. On Tuesday, March 7, the brand owned by the giant BBK finally formalized its new OnePlus Ace 2V smartphone. A model that is supposed to be a watered down and cheaper version of the Ace 2, released in early February 2023… with an additional car key option.

The smartphone will be sold starting Monday, March 13 in China, according to gizmochina. However, leaker Max Jambor was moving forward at the end of February. on his Twitter account that this model could also be launched internationally from July 2023 as the OnePlus Nord 3.

.@oneplus soon will release the new #OnePlusAce2V in China (March 7), which will launch as the #OnePlusNord3 for the global market in July 2023! pic.twitter.com/m0H5pKYrkd

—Max Jambor (@MaxJmb) February 27, 2023

A false twin of the Ace 2

If it’s supposed to be the little brother of the OnePlus Ace 2, the Ace 2V looks quite similar to its false twin: if its internal components are very similar, the design of the latest one is very different. Thus, we end up with a glass-backed smartphone with a 6.74-inch display against a 120Hz refresh rate for a slightly lighter weight of 191 grams. But where the Ace 2’s screen curves at the sides, the Ace 2V’s is flat, surrounded by flat metal bezels. The OnePlus alert slider is always there.

Alert Slider is still present in this OnePlus Ace 2V. // Source: OnePlus.

Likewise, the internal processor changes: we went from Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 to Dimensity 9000 in the Ace 2 V. As for photos, there is a central hit for the 16-megapixel selfie camera. At the rear, two large black circles bring together the three small photographic lenses: a 64-megapixel wide-angle module accompanied by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle module and a 2-megapixel macro module.

The OnePlus Ace 2V will sell in China for the equivalent of 310 to 380 euros (after yuan conversion) depending on the three RAM and storage variants: 12 Go + 256 Go, 16 Go + 256 Go or 16 Go + 512 Go.

Your smartphone as a car key

On the other hand, another feature could set it apart from other smartphones from its competitors in the Chinese market: the possibility of using this OnePlus Ace V2 as a car key for certain vehicle models.

In any case, this is what the Chinese news site reports. IT house, using images shared by OnePlus on social networks. In the two images, the brand evokes the smartphone’s compatibility with two technologies from two different Chinese car manufacturers: the Ace 2V could be used as a key for Ideal brand vehicles through its Bluetooth connection and the “dream car», as well as for BYD brand vehicles through its NFC chip. The images also specify that this function can be used even without a network.

If the technical sheet of the smartphone mentions support for eSE technology, dedicated in particular to ensuring an NFC connection to open a car, this functionality may not be available when the OnePlus Ace 2V is launched since the brand has not communicated more about this function. However, the presence of an option similar to Apple’s Car Key is still quite rare in the Android smartphone market. Whether such partnerships will be established with other manufacturers for the international version of this model remains to be seen.

All the features of the OnePlus Ace 2V:

  • 6.74-inch AMOLED screen;
  • 2772 x 1240 pixel resolution;
  • 120Hz refresh rate;
  • Weight of 191 grams;
  • ColorOS 13 interface (Android 13);
  • Puce MediaTek Dimensity 9000, 5G capable;
  • 12 or 16 GB of RAM;
  • 256 or 512 GB of storage;
  • Three cameras on the back:
    • A 64-megapixel wide-angle module;
    • An 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle module;
    • A 2-megapixel macro module;
  • A camera in the front:
    • A 16-megapixel wide-angle module,
  • 5000 mAh battery with up to 80 W charging;
  • NFC, Bluetooth 5.3 and Wi-Fi 6;
  • Fingerprint sensor under the screen;
  • Available in green or black.

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