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OnePlus 8 series to arrive with 5G connectivity and a higher price tag

On: March 11, 2020

OnePlus is expected to unveil its flagship OnePlus 8 series in the second week of April. Recently, we go to know the entire specification sheet of the upcoming smartphones. Now, the company’s CEO Pete Lau has confirmed that the OnePlus 8 series will arrive with support for 5G connectivity. In an interview with CNET Lau said that ‘Going forward, we’re all in on 5G’. He also added that the OnePlus 8 series will carry a higher price tag but assured that it won’t be anywhere near the $1,000 mark. 

The OnePlus 7 Pro was the brand’s first 5G phone retailing at $840 (~Rs 62,000) while the 4G variant costs $600 (~Rs 44,365). So it’s likely that the Pro version of OnePlus 8 will be expensive and a regular OnePlus 8 will arrive with an affordable price tag. In the interview, Lau explains that OnePlus ‘always had a position in creating the best products possible at the best price point. The new technology adds costs so costs have risen in comparison to 4G products’. 

The OnePlus 8 series is confirmed to consist of a standard and Pro variants just like its predecessor. The smartphones will arrive with flagship-level specifications like Snapdragon 865 processor with X55 modem, 120Hz display and IP68 rating. The Pro model is also expected to feature wireless charging support.

OnePlus is also rumoured to announce a budget OnePlus 8 Lite with MediaTek Dimensity 1000 SoC featuring an integrated 5G modem. If the device indeed supports 5G connectivity, it may launch in April along with the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro or else it could launch later in the year with 4G to keep its price down. 

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