That move might be set to continue with the launch of the OnePlus 8 series, if prices reported by WinFuture are accurate. The website is reporting that leaked prices come from a Czech retailer, breaking down as follows:
- OnePlus 8 8 / 128GB: approx. €719/729
- OnePlus 8 12 / 256GB: approx. €819/829
- OnePlus 8 Pro 8 / 128GB: approx. €919/929
- OnePlus 8 Pro 12 / 256GB: approx. €1009/1019
That would see a starting price of around £650, quite the increase over the £549 of the OnePlus 7T from 2019. We8217;re not sure exactly why two prices are given and these are approximate, so we8217;d expect regional differences.
That8217;s likely to be justified by the inclusion of 5G. OnePlus has been saying for some time that it will be moving to 5G for the OnePlus 8 series and it8217;s in the normal models that it8217;s really felt.
For the OnePlus 8 Pro, you8217;re looking at a starting price around £820. The OnePlus 7T Pro previously cost £699, but the 5G version wasn8217;t available with SIM pricing in the UK 8211; it was only on contract so a direct price comparison is more difficult.
So how does this compare to rivals? 5G is looking like a costly option across the board: the Samsung Galaxy S20 comes in 4G only at £799 while the 5G version is £899, so OnePlus is still quite a bit cheaper than the market leader.
With 5G still being in early phases, in the short-term that might seem like you8217;re paying for something you might not get much benefit from. But with people holding onto handsets a little longer 8211; and increased prices likely to reinforce that 8211; the argument is that during the life of your phone you8217;ll have access to 5G to benefit from the faster data.
OnePlus is set to launch the new OnePlus series handset on 14 April and we8217;ve been treated to some extra-clear images from Ishan Agarwal, showing us what the black version of this phone will look like.