- The OnePlus 8 series price in India starts at Rs 41,999, whereas it starts at $699 (around Rs 53,000) in the US
- The handsets will be available for sale in India in May 2020 via Amazon.in, OnePlus’ official website, and major offline stores
OnePlus has announced the India price of its next-gen flagship OnePlus 8 series, which was launched last week. The vanilla OnePlus 8 will retail in the country starting at Rs 41,999, while the OnePlus 8 Pro has been priced at Rs 54,999 for the base 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant. This makes the 8 series officially the most expensive OnePlus lineup in the country yet. However, it’s still a lot more competitively priced in the country compared to the US. In the latter, the OnePlus 8 price starts at $699, which roughly translates to Rs 53,000 in Indian currency (compared to the Rs 41,999 price tag in India). What makes the all-new OnePlus 8 series cheaper in India? Let’s find out:
Why OnePlus 8 series is cheaper in India
There are three main reasons why OnePlus 8 series price is lower in India compared to the US. To start with, you have the base model of OnePlus 8 series with 6GB of RAM. The variant seems exclusive to India as the other markets where the handsets have been launched so far start with a minimum of 8GB RAM. Therefore, you see the vanilla OnePlus 8 price in India starting at Rs 41,999.
Having said that, the 8GB RAM variant of OnePlus 8, which starts at $699 (~Rs 53,000) in the US, has been priced roughly Rs 9,000 cheaper at Rs 44,999 in India. The same goes for other variants of the phone as well as OnePlus 8 Pro, which starts at Rs 54,999 instead of $899 (~Rs 68,900). That’s because, unlike the US, OnePlus has its manufacturing lines in India. The vendor produces and manufactures its phones and other devices — including OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z — in the country, thus avoiding import duty and other tariffs.
Apart from these, the competitive nature of the Indian smartphone market has also pushed OnePlus to price its next-gen flagship offerings competitively. Unlike previous years, the 8 series is not the only Snapdragon 865-smartphone in the affordable flagship segment. Realme and iQOO, to recall, both have already launched their Snapdragon 865 phones – X50 Pro and iQOO 3 respectively – in India, and they are priced at around Rs 40,000 price segment. Pricing the 8 series around the same segment gives OnePlus a bit of an edge.