- OnePlus has launched the OnePlus 8 phones in China.
- The OnePlus 8 series phones are priced quite low in China.
- Their China pricing hints at cheap India pricing.
OnePlus 8 series was launched globally, mainly for European and American markets, earlier this week. But in its home market, China, OnePlus had organised a separate event. While it is common for Chinese brands to hold separate local events, something really uncommon happened in OnePlus' case. The duo - OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro - have a way lower pricing in China than their global pricing. In fact, the difference is so low, you can buy a budget smartphone additionally.
OnePlus launched the OnePlus 8 in China at a starting price of RMB 3,999, which is around $565 while the OnePlus 8 Pro will be available at RMB 5,399, which translates to roughly $765. The China pricing is about $134 less than its US counterparts, which is equal to the amount you are likely to pay for a budget phone in the US. The Euro pricing of the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro is even much higher when compared with the newly-introduced China prices of the smartphone duo. In Europe, OnePlus 8 starts at EUR 699, which is around EUR 178 costlier than China equivalent. Similarly, the OnePlus 8 Pro costs EUR 899 with a difference of about EUR 196 from its Chinese counterpart.
At the launch, the OnePlus 8 series emerged as the priciest to date and it infuriated some fans. OnePlus began as an underdog that was gradually taking on the stalwarts with its aggressively-priced smartphones with the specifications similar to those of the latter. But, eventually, OnePlus began outing more premium smartphones, which are now touching the sub-$800 mark in the US. With the US pricing of the OnePlus 8 phones being so high, the Indian fans began speculating something similar and that propelled the criticism online.
But OnePlus was immediate to respond and quell the concerns of the Indian fans. It tweeted that OnePlus does not "speak dollars", along with a teaser that India pricing will be announced soon. If the Chinese pricing is any indication, the OnePlus 8 could be priced at around Rs 44,000 while the top-end OnePlus 8 Pro will bear a price tag of something about Rs 58,000. The speculated pricing is based on currency translation and does not include taxes and other levies.
To recall, the OnePlus 7T was launched at a starting price of Rs 37,999 while the OnePlus 7T Pro began for Rs 53,999 in India last year.