“OnePlus 8, 8 Pro and 8 Lite are expected to launch soon, and the company has confirmed it is going ‘all in on 5G'”
OnePlus 8 series launch date seems to be nearing as the company has officially started teasing its arrival. This week, OnePlus co-founder and CEO Pete Lau tweeted that the company is “going all in on 5G”, and also confirmed in an interview with Cnet that all models of the OnePlus 8 will come with 5G support. The latest smartphone lineup from OnePlus is expected to introduce three models — a mid-premium OnePlus 8 Lite, a standard OnePlus 8 and a high-end OnePlus 8 Pro.
“I want to restate our commitment to 5G and our long term investment,” Lau told Cnet. “We’ve been investing in 5G for several years and we see this as the direction going forward and one we’re very much committed to.”
OnePlus 8 series specifications
According to previous leaked OnePlus 8 series specifications, the OnePlus 8 Lite is expected to be powered by MediaTek’s new Dimensity 1000 5G SoC, while the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro are likely to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC inside. All models will come with 5G support, which will likely mean a higher price tag compared to the OnePlus 7T series. However, it is important to keep in mind that a global, ubiquitous 5G rollout has had a delayed and stuttered start at best, and many nations will likely take multiple years before a stable, full-flared 5G network is established.
We’re going all in on 5G. You in? pic.twitter.com/liO2wVIsf9— Pete Lau (@PeteLau) March 10, 2020
With OnePlus seemingly focussing on 5G with the upcoming OnePlus 8 series, many fans have taken to Lau’s tweet to demand other software features, better battery and even a price revision of the OnePlus phones to be made, before investing in 5G. While the latest crop of chipsets are all 5G enabled by default, what will be interesting to see is if they end up being more power hungry than their predecessors, due to the 5G connectivity modem. The OnePlus 8 Lite, on this note, is expected to feature a 4,000mAh battery with 30W Warp Charge, while the OnePlus 8/8 Pro are expected to house a 4,500mAh battery with an even faster Warp Charge standard onboard.
As for the OePlus 8 series prices, the OnePlus 8 Lite is rumoured to cost £400 once it is launched, which pegs its India price at around Rs 38,200. However, OnePlus has historically priced its phones more competitively in India. As a result, it is likely that OnePlus may price its base variant, the OnePlus 8 Lite, at around Rs 30,000 in India. With the other 5G phones, the iQoo 3 and the Realme X50 Pro priced at Rs 36,999 and Rs 37,999 respectively, this would give OnePlus room to undercut their rivals in terms of pricing, and also have the OnePlus 8 not cost too much more than what the OnePlus 7 and 7T were priced at.
With 5G not likely to be a major deciding factor, and India’s 5G rollout still some time away, it will be interesting to see how OnePlus’ devices stack up in India. With a slight price hike expected to be in order, the reaction from India’s value-sensitive buyers would be the key observation to make for the company.