A week after their announcement, OnePlus 8 Singapore pre-orders are now live on Lazada. This is the same day that iPhone SE Singapore sales go live. Pre-orders for the phones will run from now till 7 May, with regular sales starting from 5 May onwards.
OnePlus is ditching its usual “flagship killer” pricing for its phones for the first half of this year, instead opting for phones that are just straight-up flagships.
With this comes flagship prices. The OnePlus 8 starts at S$998, while the OnePlus 8 Pro starts at S$1,298. These are a far cry from the ~S$600 that I paid for my OnePlus 3 back in 2016.
OnePlus 8 Singapore pre-orders: deals
What do you get when you pre-order? It’s a little complicated.
OnePlus Singapore seems to be launching two “editions” for pre-order. Those who pre-order the “POP Up Box Edition” of the OnePlus 8 will get free OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z, Cyan sandstone case, and a nylon bumper case (valued S$149 total). But these are only in certain storage configurations and colours, and are in limited quantities.
If you miss the “POP Up Box Edition” or want a specific colour/configuration that’s not included, you’ll have to opt for a “Standard Box Edition” which only has a free sandstone case.
It gets quite confusing, and we’ll make a separate post to clarify things and make it simpler for you. But if you want to decipher it for yourself, just head over to the pre-order site.
OnePlus 8 Singapore pre-orders: pricing
|OnePlus 8||Onyx Black/|
|OnePlus 8||Interstellar Glow/|
|OnePlus 8 Pro||Onyx Black||128GB||8GB||$1,298|
|OnePlus 8 Pro||Glacial Green/|
Once again, specific details on pre-order gifts will be in a separate post, or you can head directly to the pre-order site.
Remember that when purchasing on Lazada you can always use Shopback to get cashback on your purchase to save yourself some money.
Shift in strategy for OnePlus?
OnePlus has seen a shift in its strategy from its early “flagship killer” days. With the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro, the company is now directly competing with industry leader Samsung in the premium Android segment.
Ironically, Apple released the iPhone SE for just $399 (S$649) the same week. We’ve directly compared the iPhone SE and OnePlus 8, to see what you get (and lose) from paying the extra $300 (S$349). I’ve also argued that the iPhone challenges us to rethink what we value in smartphones.
What do you think about the OnePlus 8? Should OnePlus go back to making more affordable phones? Let us know in the comments below.