When OnePlus first entered the smartphone market in 2014, it was like a breath of fresh air. The tech company provided a phone to customers that was under half the price of the high-end model from companies like Apple and Samsung. Years later, the phone company has seemingly gone in a different direction, but perhaps it’s going back to basics with the upcoming OnePlus 8 Lite.
The original OnePlus handset appealed to customers because it was a fraction of the price of competitors, but today the tech company offers high-quality phones. For instance, the OnePlus 8 Pro is actually more expensive than the iPhone 11.
The phone company was created thanks to a Kickstarter campaign. Over the years, it repeated its success of the original OnePlus phone. However, providing low-cost phones hasn’t always been a hit for OnePlus, with the OnePlus X being an underperformer.
OnePlus 8 Lite Cost Expectations
There are real expectations that the OnePlus 8 Lite can cost between $250 and $370 less than the standard OnePLus 8. OnePlus’ flagship phones are now entering the market at a price of $600 thanks to 5G capabilities. The OnePlus 8 Lite can offer 4G, which means the overall handset cost is expected to be around $300-$600.
The OnePlus 8 Lite could use a Qualcomm 7-series processor instead of the newer but more expensive Snapdragon processors. Another way the OnePlus 8 Lite could cut costs to consumers is to change the materials the handset is built with.
Apple’s phones use bright colors to highlight the difference in the price of their iPhones, and OnePlus could make the phone’s back from plastic rather than glass. The OnePlus will also likely use a flat screen as opposed to one curved at the edges like many higher-end models. The camera is likely to remain the same as those in the OnePlus 7’s, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide.