The OnePlus 8 series now has an official launch date and you can watch the livestream in India along with the launch in Europe.
The OnePlus 8 series is launching on April 14 and you can watch the launch event in India at 8:30pm via the livestream from OnePlus.The company has confirmed it will be hosting an online-only event to globally showcase the products to the public. The live stream will most likely be available through its YouTube channel.
Pete Lau, the CEO of OnePlus said they can’t delay the launch any further, which has been pushed back three times already.
The launch date coincides with the day when India comes out of its nationwide lockdown.More importantly, OnePlus partners with Amazon in India to sell its phones, and for the duration of the lockdown, the online shopping giant has been ordered to sell essential goods only, which doesn’t include smartphones. So it remains to be seen how OnePlus plans on selling its products, since shipping of goods is likely to be prohibited for weeks, if not months to come.A short teaser video has also been floated on Twitter and it seems to be confirming all the design leaks we saw earlier in the day. One of the phones will indeed have a ridge on the top of the frame. The Alert Slider, power buttons are present where they usually are on a OnePlus device. Moreover, the curved edges are also visible from the leaked teasers.
OnePlus is focusing all on speed again and the new tagline suggests it aims to be the fastest phone. OnePlus will rely on the Snapdragon 865 chipset, which is the fastest chipset one can find in an Android phone. Pete Lau, the CEO of OnePlus, has also said that these phones will come with support for 5G out of the box. The Pro model is said to be upgraded to 120Hz refresh rate.
The upcoming OnePlus 8 Pro phone will sport a display with a 120Hz refresh rate, come packing with Snapdragon 865 processor, that supports 5G connectivity.The phone is expected to offer water resistant rating IP68 for the first time, and also let you charge wirelessly. All these upgrades are going to bump up the price of the phone. As for the OnePlus 8, it’ll get some design changes, sport a triple rear camera setup and come loaded with a bigger battery. We’ll know more about both these phones on the launch date and how the company plans on selling them in the country.That said, speculations suggest that the OnePlus 8 series will be more expensive than last year’s phones. The OnePlus 8 is expected to start upwards of Rs 40,000 in India due to the more expensive Snapdragon 865 chip whereas the OnePlus 8 Pro will now compete with the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy S20 and Apple iPhone 11. Due to COVID-19, OnePlus could announce India prices later.