Our readers’ love of OnePlus smartphones is very warm and gentle. There is a very logical explanation for this – the sensitive attitude of the company to customers. OnePlus also produces excellent smartphones that are inexpensive and still retain the rebellious spirit that was present in the first generations. All this makes us look forward to the release of the new OnePlus. Recently, we talked a lot about OnePlus 8, but now we know the date of its launch and almost exact specifications. If you’re waiting for this smartphone, you can already break the piggy bank. The wait isn’t long.
When will the OnePlus 8 Pro launch be held?
OnePlus does not release many smartphone lines so we eagerly wait for its launch. We are also waiting to be shown the new iPhone and Google Pixel. Companies are eager to take advantage of this and within a few months begin to actively warm up interest with small leaks. If you still believe they are all random, I will disappoint you. I talked a lot with company representatives and know most of these leaks are controlled. Photos are released with the manufacturer’s knowledge.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve found out a lot about the prices of OnePlus 8, as well as preparations for the launch of the cheap model – the successor of OnePlus X. Someone said it would be called OnePlus Z, but most likely it would be OnePlus 9 Lite.
This year, the new phone will debut earlier than the seventh generation of OnePlus last year, where the presentation was held in mid-May. Perhaps this year the company wants to show the smartphone earlier because of the coronavirus pandemic to attract more attention, or maybe the reason is the upcoming Honor 30 Pro and Google Pixel 4a, which the company considers direct competitors.
When will they start selling the new OnePlus?
Although we have the exact date for the launch of OnePlus 8, it’s too early to say when it will go on sale. Despite that China has already begun to recover from the COVID-19 epidemic, many factories within the country are still closed. Even if some of them open, it will still be difficult to start production due to smaller plants still being closed and won’t be able to supply components.
In addition, restrictions will be placed on logistics. Delivery inside China will work more or less normally, but smartphones are unlikely to start shipping to other countries. Gray dealers will also be powerless, as air traffic will also most likely still be delayed.
Don’t wait for OnePlus 8 in Europe before the end of May. If you’re lucky, smartphones will start arriving earlier, but this is unlikely. The question is what the demand will be for them.
The company’s position has become unenviable. Given they only gain profit by selling essentially one smartphone model, this will hit them greatly. Users are waiting for the new product and have stopped buying the OnePlus 7. The company planned to generate revenue around this time, but it’s postponed. OnePlus can make money in China but the North American and European markets are much larger.
Last year, OnePlus released a simple version for some countries and Pro for others. Perhaps this time they will somehow level production problems using this scheme.
Features of OnePlus 8
At the moment, the most likely characteristics are those we have already mentioned. The Pro version will run on Snapdragon 865, with 12 GB of RAM and at least 256 GB of internal memory. Out of the box, the device will receive Android 10 with the possibility of further updates. It will cost almost $900.
Perhaps OnePlus 8 will be available in this color
The OnePlus 8 version will only have 8 GB of RAM and IP68 water protection. It will also have a smaller screen size. Otherwise, characteristics will be similar and the price will be approximately $500-600, depending on the version.
The lite version of OnePlus 8 will be quite simple, although some analysts still doubt its release. It seems to me it will be released and its price will be approximately $400. If it’s any pricier then its release makes no sense.
Which smartphone do I want to buy?
I have repeatedly spoken out about OnePlus and how I feel about it. In short, I don’t like that the company began to produce full-fledged flagships, but it’s also actively promoting the idea it gives users a top-end device for a relatively low cost.
In the beginning this was relevant because smartphones were produced at almost a loss. Now OnePlus has gained a foothold in the market and produces very good smartphones for a lot of money.
If this year a Google Pixel with simpler hardware appears, which I already mentioned, I’ll think carefully about what to choose – the Pixel 5 for $800 or the OnePlus with reasonable specs for about the same price. I’m not sure the choice will be in favor of the Chinese company, but once again I repeat: their smartphones are really cool.