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OnePlus begins The Lab programme, winning reviews could get a free OnePlus 8 Pro flagship

OnePlus has begun its 'The Lab' programme prior to the unveiling of the brand new OnePlus 8 series. Similar to last year, winners get to keep the phone for free.

twitter-logo Amritanshu Mukherjee   New Delhi     Last Updated: March 25, 2020  | 12:40 IST

Highlights

  • OnePlus ‘The Lab’ programme has been initiated for this year’s launch.
  • Winners will get to keep the OnePlus flagship model this year.
  • OnePlus could launch the phone by April 15.

Every time a new OnePlus phone launches, we as part of the tech media fraternity get to use these devices a couple of days prior to the launch. OnePlus, however, ensures that its fans also get some of the exclusive fun and hence, since the OnePlus 5T launch in late 2017, it started conducting its The Lab' programme that let a few community members play around with the new phones and publish unbiased reviews. This programme begins a few weeks before the launch and OnePlus has just begun the The Lab' programme for this year's launch.

Wonder what that means? The OnePlus 8 series is launching quite soon. The new phones are rumoured to launch during April 2020 and with the The Lab' programme now initiated, it seems that OnePlus is readying the launch of the 2020 flagship series soon. Initially, OnePlus is expected to launch two phones under the OnePlus 8 series -- a OnePlus 8 that affordable and a OnePlus 8 Pro meant for utmost premium buyers. A OnePlus 8 Lite is expected to come up later this year as a more affordable model.

Coming back to the The Lab', OnePlus is letting its community members try out the upcoming OnePlus flagship before the phone launches globally. OnePlus will ship a unit of the upcoming phone to a select group of 10 members for an unbiased review before the actual launch. Once the phone launches, the reviews will be published online and based on the votes, a few reviews will be chosen as winning entries.

The best part is that winners will get to keep the new OnePlus phone for free. Participants will get to keep use the phone for a total of 21 days, which means OnePlus is probably gunning for a April 15 launch. Winners of the contest will also get a custom made phone case from OnePlus. However, those who don't win this year will have to return the phones.

What's interesting right now is whether OnePlus will be sending the OnePlus 8 or OnePlus 8 Pro to these members. The OnePlus 8 itself is expected to go upmarket with its upgrades and it will be closer to the OnePlus 7T Pro in terms of designs and features. OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has already confirmed that all its phones this year will support 5G connectivity out of the box.

Previously, OnePlus also debuted its 120Hz refresh rate AMOLED panel and it could most likely make an appearance in the premium OnePlus 8 Pro.

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