Blass: OnePlus 3T may cost around $479
What’s the formula to making a great smartphone? Lots of research, plenty of development, a little engineering and some time. A little oversimplified, but we’re being general, here.
In the case of OnePlus, it means pulling off a mid-cycle update to its OnePlus 3 (sorta like how Microsoft updated the Surface Book with a juiced-up i7 model) with the OnePlus 3T, or so the chatter is all about.
But with a Snapdragon 821 replacing the “very old” 820 and a quad HD LCD replacing the full HD Optic AMOLED display, could we be sure that OnePlus could maintain its competitive edge in the $400 smartphone market?
Well, leakmeister Evan Blass tweeted out today that the edge may be lost.
OnePlus 3 + ~$80 + [time] = OnePlus 3T#met3Thitarhymeacapella
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 26, 2016
Doing the math, that’s $479 in the US, give or take whatever that tilde may come to represent. In the West, we only really have two other phones to compare to the OnePlus 3T with its Snapdragon 821 chipset: the LeEco Pro 3 and the Google Pixel. The Pixel starts at $649 while the Pro 3 has an SRP of $399 and a discounted price of $299.
We’ll point out, though, that a simple one-to-one comparison doesn’t get you far. What you look for in other hardware and software aspects could change what values you find in these devices and what price propositions you’ll agree most with. OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei also claims that the company runs tighter margins on its devices than other companies.
In the end, what we’d like to know about is that [time] element: when will the OnePlus 3T come? Soon, we hope.
Correction: In an earlier version of this article, we listed Carl Pei as CEO of OnePlus, which he currently is not. Pocketnow regrets the error.