- OnePlus 8 series in the US starts at a price of $699.
- In India, the prices of the iPhone 8 series phones start from Rs 41,999
- In case of top variant OnePlus 8 Pro the difference between the US and the Indian prices is little over $215. ---
For years the tech media in India has written pieces on how iPhones are cheaper, significantly cheaper in the US, compared to what they cost in India. Now, the US tech media is writing about how OnePlus phones are so much cheaper in India compared to the US. Call it reversal in fortune! Just a day ago OnePlus announced the India prices for the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro and it has not only pleasantly surprised OnePlus fans in India, but is also making the company's fans in the US, jealous.
The OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro are way cheaper than the speculated prices of these two phones in India. Some tipsters had even predicted that the prices would go way past Rs 60,000 for the Pro variant but OnePlus said not so fast. On the launch day, when it revealed that the OnePlus 8 will start from $699 and OnePlus 8 Pro from $899, the company said that for India price people should wait. "We don't speak in dollars," OnePlus India had tweeted.
The India prices of the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro were revealed on Sunday night. In a tweet, OnePlus revealed the OnePlus 8 would start at Rs 41,999 for the 6GB variant whereas the base variant in the US costs $699 (although this one comes with 8GB RAM). The 8GB variant with 128GB storage capacity in India is priced at Rs 44,999, still around $100 less than the price in the US.
Coming to the OnePlus 8 12GB variant, the top-end model is priced at Rs 49,999 in India, almost $150 cheaper than the US price of the model.
Similarly, the OnePlus 8 Pro starts at Rs 54,999 in India but in the US it costs $899. There is a difference of around $180. The OnePlus 8 Pro 12GB and 128GB variant in India costs Rs 59,999 while in the US it costs a whopping $999.
The US media is writing about it, anguished that OnePlus 8 phones in their country are more expensive than what they cost in India. One wrote on social media, "I was excited to get the OnePlus on @TMobile but the US pricing compared to India and China is a joke! Why do other countries get a price of 20 percent lower?"
Compared to Indian consumers of phones, the US phone users still have it easy. The phones are often cheaper in the US, but companies like Xiaomi and OnePlus have reversed the trend, possibly thanks to local manufacturing in India, lower margins, tighter supply chains, and more frugal distribution network.
The US has always been lucky when it comes to iPhone prices. For instance, the Apple iPhone SE 2020 starts at $399 in the US while in India it costs Rs 42,500. There is a difference of Rs 11,000.