If OnePlus screws up the price of the 8 Pro, the phone will be a disaster

There are a lot of things to consider when purchasing a new phone. For many, having an incredible camera is a top priority while others focus on performance, software, or price. When it comes to OnePlus devices, the company’s phones have always been top picks for those seeking high-end performance at a price that’s significantly less than its main competitors.
While OnePlus phones have gotten more expensive over the years, the company’s managed to keep its prices a few hundred dollars lower than Samsung, Sony, and LG’s flagships. In 2019, OnePlus delivered its biggest price bump in history with the OnePlus 7 Pro’s $669 price tag – a $140 increase over the previous year’s phone.
Based on the latest rumors, the OnePlus 8 Pro will come with the same basic features as other 2020 flagship devices. It’ll feature a Qualcomm 865 SoC with 5G connectivity, a large display with a high refresh rate, a multi-camera setup on the back and may even come with wireless charging and an official IP68 rating, two features that have been notably missing from OnePlus phones for years.
So what’s the problem?
It all comes down to price. While we haven’t yet seen any credible rumors or leaks regarding the price of the OnePlus 8 Pro, the price increases we’ve seen from the company over the past few years suggest the new phone could be $120 to $170 more expensive than last year’s device. For those keeping track, that would put the OnePlus 8 Pro in the same price category as the LG V60 and the Samsung Galaxy S20 which just got a $200 price cut only a few weeks after launch.
OnePlus would essentially lose its main feature. Can the OnePlus 8 Pro truly compete without a price advantage?

OnePlus 5 – $479
OnePlus 6 – $529
OnePlus 7 Pro – $669
OnePlus 8 Pro – ?

The company still has a loyal base who will buy the latest OnePlus smartphone no matter what. I have to admit that I mainly use Oneplus devices purely for the software experience. The OnePlus 7 Pro managed to deliver a decent camera setup, but with what Samsung and Huawei are bringing to the table this year, it will be very hard for OnePlus to get noticed in that space.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want OnePlus to fail. I simply want the company to live up to the brand promise it made to us since the company’s inception: Never Settle.
If the OnePlus 8 Pro crosses the $800 threshold, the company will be asking its customers to do the exact opposite.

Leaked OnePlus 8 Pro specs and renders are a bit underwhelming

The OnePlus 8 is expected to be announced soon. We have heard various rumors and seen several leaks, but it looks like there will be no more surprises. This is according to a report from iGeeksBlog who teamed up with @OnLeaks to share what are alleged renders of the upcoming handset, along with full specs of the OnePlus 8 Pro.
Now, if the rumors are to be believed, and based on the company’s past releases, there will be a OnePlus 8 and a “Pro” version. According to the leaked specs, we’re looking at features like a 6.78-inch edge-to-edge AMOLED display (which we have also heard could sport a 120Hz refresh rate).

Under the hood, the phone will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset which means that we can also expect 5G connectivity. There will also be options to choose between 8GB or 12GB of RAM, along with 128GB or 256GB of storage, but there is no mention of whether or not it will support memory expansion via a microSD card.
As for the cameras, the renders suggest a quad-camera setup on the back which includes two 48MP sensors for its standard and ultra-wide cameras, along with an 8MP camera and a 5MP sensor whose purposes have yet to be determined. The front of the phone will sport a single 16MP selfie camera which will peek through the display rather than using the pop-up mechanism we saw on last year’s OnePlus 7 Pro.
Other features also include a 4,510mAh battery with wireless charging (finally), and also an IP68 rating which should make the phone water-resistant. Take it with a grain of salt for now, but with a rumored launch set for the 15th of April, we won’t have to wait much longer to get all the official details.
While the specs of the upcoming phone are in line with other flagship devices we’ve seen in 2020, there’s nothing that really stands out. Compared to last year’s 7 Pro, this phone feels a bit underwhelming.
Source: iGeeksBlog