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Expect OnePlus 5G phone to cost $200 to $300 more, according to CEO

You might want to wait and see what other brands offer before buying a 5G phone from OnePlus...

Published onDecember 6, 2018

The back of the Thunder Purple OnePlus 6T.
  • The first OnePlus phone with 5G could be $200 to $300 more expensive, CEO Pete Lau reportedly said.
  • This is significantly more expensive than the OnePlus 6T, which starts at $549.
  • Qualcomm’s Cristiano Amon reportedly said that other brands are “way more aggressive” on pricing.

OnePlus made a big splash at Qualcomm‘s Tech Summit this week, when it was announced that the Chinese brand would be first to offer a Snapdragon 855 device. But the manufacturer also revealed that it’s one of many brands working on a 5G smartphone for 2019.

Now, CEO Pete Lau has told The Verge that we can expect the 5G model to be significantly more expensive than its other smartphones.

“It’s hard to know because there’s a lot of specifics still to look at, but it’s likely in the neighborhood of $200-300 more,” Lau told the outlet via a translator.

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It makes for an interesting turn of affairs, as OnePlus has earned a reputation for more affordable flagship phones. Then again, the brand has been gradually increasing its prices over the years. Nevertheless, this doesn’t necessarily mean that its other phones will see a big price bump. 5G phones require a lot more research and development than current 4G devices, although we don’t know if that necessitates a $200 to $300 price increase.

The Verge quizzed Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon on Lau’s comments, with Amon saying that he’s seen some brands be “way more aggressive” on pricing. So if you’re hoping to buy a 5G phone in 2019, you might want to wait and see before clicking the pre-order button on the Chinese brand’s device.

Would you buy a OnePlus 5G phone for $200 to $300 more than its 4G devices? Let us know in the comments.

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