OnePlus Phones Remember who they disturbed the market by phone with Flagship internals in a 200 USD price range. How has time changed!! OnePlus just released a flagship OnePlus 8 Pro alongside OnePlus 8. It’s no longer a flagship killer but an out and out flagship. The areas where OnePlus used to cut corners are now gone; the lack of IP Certification, Wireless Charging, and subpar Camera. It’s a lot to take in, so let’s get straight into it.
In case you have no clue what I am talking about, OnePlus released their 8 series of phones on 14th April via Live Stream. As usual, Marques had been using it for a week or so. That isn’t abnormal, what is OnePlus being a Flagship. And me being me wanted to give my opinion on that.
How It All Started:
I don’t remember who said it, but somebody said if you are providing service you don’t want to be competing for price. You need to deliver value. That is so correct. That ties on beautifully in OnePlus’s situation. They did the right part by first competing for the price; it disturbed what seemed like a saturated Flagship market. There were different OEMs making Flagship devices, and Samsung’s Note series was considered the best, followed by their S Series and a bunch of custom skinned phones for around 600-700 USD. Then came OnePlus with their OnePlus One with the latest and greatest Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 3100 mAh battery 🔋 , Android enthusiasts loved CyanogenMod 13, and attention-grabbing “Never Settle” all that for just $299.
Moving On and Lessons Learnt:
OnePlus continued with the same formula with OnePlus 2. Adding a fingerprint sensor, USB-C, an alert slider, a bigger battery, and OIS on the rear camera. But unfortunately, It is so far the worst received iteration and was heavily criticized for the removal of NFC, which, according to OnePlus, “wasn’t being used enough.” All that came for a price hike of $30, which has fine cause there still no device was providing such specs for the price.
Similarly, the following year OnePlus came out with OnePlus negating the shortcomings of the previous iteration. Alongside that, debuted the much-hyped as a revolutionary feature, Dash Charge, and indeed it was because back then Fast Charging wasn’t this big a thing. Unless you are Apple, it isn’t a big thing yet 😉😉. And it bumped the RAM to 6 GB when the industry was still using 4 GB. As you might have guessed, it came at the price of an additional $70.
If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It:
OnePlus started to release a second phone in a series with OnePlus 3T. It was a minor spec bump with an upgrade from Snapdragon 820 to 821, a 400 mAh increase to the battery to 3400 mAh, and a raise of Back Camera MP to 16 MP Camera. It continued what was working while also adding a few more options. It was the first OnePlus phone available in the 128 GB Storage variant.
Price hike :$40.
The following year OnePlus released OnePlus 5 skipping 4 as it is considered “Unlucky” in China. For this iteration, OnePlus added a second Camera to the back and had a strikingly similar resemblance to iPhone 7. It had usual spec bumps and still was the best in its price range
Price raise: $40
For the second phone in 5 series, they added super-fast face unlock, increase display size to 6 ” and moved fingerprint from the front to the back to accommodate 18:9 screen.
The OnePlus 5T is the only OnePlus device not to be more expansive than the previous iteration.
OnePlus 6 was a glass sandwich and looking premium more than ever. It was the first phone in the series with a notch and had a teardrop notch touted by many the least ugly form of notches. There were much-needed improvements on Cameras and now had OIS in the both. The OnePlus 6 was the first to take part in Google’s Android beta program for Android P, now known as Android 9.
Price Hike: $50
In the fall, OnePlus released 6T with much more advertisement. It was advertised heavily in India with collaboration with popular Actor Amita Bachan. They removed the fingerprint sensor on the back for an in-display fingerprint sensor. They made a controversial move, however, by removing 3.5mm headphone jack after mocking Apple for doing so.
Partnership With McLaren:
OnePlus no longer wanted to be a Flagship killer, undercut someone else, so it needed a thing, a gimmick for people to remember the brand, and it, as OnePlus figured out, was Speed. They partnered with McLaren to release a limited edition phone known as OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition. It was an overkill of a phone with 12GB RAM and new charging standards rebranded as Warp Charge.
Entering the States:
For the first time, OnePlus launched two phones at the same time, releasing OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro. Many analysts predicted that OnePlus would be targeting the Flagship market, and it was evident from the OnePlus 7 Pro. OnePlus 7 Pro was the direction OnePlus wanted to be heading, and OnePlus was the past of the brand. Pro had a 90 Hz display first for non-gaming Android phones and a pop-up camera. For the first time, OnePlus didn’t bring the price down but also had some uniqueness to it. That applies only for the Pro Variant; the regular OnePlus 7 was the usual bang for buck OnePlus was known for; it had a teardrop camera to Pop Up, two cameras to three, and 60 Hz Display to 90Hz of that of Pro.
Price: $80 increase for regular 7 while 7 Pro was in a new category with a $669 price.
It was the first time OnePlus phone to launch in the States officially, and it was an instant hit. The Flagship ambitions were crystal clear as the regular 7 wasn’t available in the States, only the Pro.
A League of Own:
In the Fall, they released two iterative upgrades to the phones, the OnePlus 7T, and 7T Pro. The notable updates were additional 2GB RAM and internal storage bump to 256GB.
The 7T pro was not made available in the States, but the regular 7T was, yeah, we know very confusing. It was the 7 with 90Hz display and triple camera.
Price:$30 deductions for 7T and $40 addition for 7T Pro.
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