Do the Galaxy S10 and Pixel 3 deals moot the OnePlus 7 Pro price argument?

Do the Galaxy S10 and Pixel 3 deals moot the OnePlus 7 Pro price argument?
OnePlus phones are affordable at launch, compared to the full retail prices of their flagship competitors, but the company almost never does price promos, and when, say, Samsung discounts its Galaxy S10 family, the value-for-money argument for the new 7 Pro becomes rather dubious.

The fans' justification for jumping on the OnePlus bandwagon is that, granted, the 7 Pro camera is worse than the one in the Galaxy S10 or Pixel 3, but it's also a Benjamin or two cheaper, and compensates with a unique 90Hz display refresh rate and other virtues like smooth Android or generous memory amounts. 

The thing is, though, that currently both Samsung and Google flagships are $200 off, and those discounts come fast and often, as one glimpse towards our deal section would attest to. The Galaxy S10, for instance, is $200 off on Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint (starting at $699 instead of $899), while the Pixel 3 XL starts at $699, too, making their prices equal to the OnePlus 7 Pro. 

Three quarters of Americans shop for phones at carriers, too, and that's where the best and brightest from Samsung, LG or Google are now essentially equal in price to the OnePlus 7 Pro. Just look at the amount of Samsung and carrier promos on the S10 family at the moment.

That's not even mentioning great phones like the LG G8 which is $649.49 with new activation and can be found at that tag unlocked as well. The whole vantage point for sizing up the OnePlus 7 Pro against the competition is thus heavily skewed if only the prices at launch are compared. 

The OnePlus 7 Pro is and will remain on the $699 price point at T-Mobile for the foreseeable future, all the while we'll be getting twofers and discounts on phones that exceed it in many aspects. Not the selfie one, though, thank you, pop-up cameras! What do you think, is the OnePlus 7 Pro a better deal than the Galaxy S10 or Pixel 3 XL at the same price?

Is the OnePlus 7 Pro a better deal than the Galaxy S10, Pixel 3 XL or LG G8 at the same price?




1. Phonehex

Posts: 768; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

I've been saying earlier with the older oneplus's and now with the pro... There are much better deals out there . Oneplus makes avg phones at best .

2. yalokiy

Posts: 1077; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

S10 is a better deal, but not the pixel 3XL or G8.

3. dimas

Posts: 3394; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I don't know why oneplus7 jumped to that annoying curved display. Looks cool but will make buyers regret that they always have to tilt the phone when watching videos. You might as well go for older samsung flagships or wait asus zenfone 6.

4. stijnvbml

Posts: 76; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

In the Netherlands, the S10+ cost as much as the 7 Pro outright and is even cheaper with a subscription. You pay a small premium for the 7 pro. Since OnePlus prices rarely drop, and Samsung’s do, I think the choice is easy. The S10+ seems to be just a tad better for most users.

5. AlienKiss

Posts: 241; Member since: May 21, 2019

If a so called high-end SMARTphone doesn't have the SD card slot, I'm instantly not interested anymore in that model, or even brand. I don't care if it has 1000GB RAM or it is extra shiny and colorful. NO SD card slot = NO BUY! So that totally takes op junk out of my desired devices list, just like the Pixels or the iPhone. No thanks! Only high-end flagships from Samsung or Sony for me. Because they still have the SD card slot. PS SanDisk released USH-II SD cards! Read Speed: up to 275 MB/s** Write Speed: up to 100 MB/s** Video Speed: Class 10 (C10) and UHS Speed Class 3 (U3)1 Form Factor: microSDXC

6. OneLove123

Posts: 1244; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Oneplus is all screen and that's why I like it

7. splus

Posts: 166; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

OnePlus shot themselves in the foot with higher prices but their phones not being good enough to compete with the premium phones. Camera quality, wireless charging and certified water protection are very important things in a phone, and OnePlus doesn't have that.

8. superguy

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Not an easy call as it depends on what you want to do with it. If you want to tinker, the answer is no for the S10 and LG. Both have locked bootloaders and limited development. The Pixel 3 is a tougher competitor - one would have to prioritize what's important and go from there.

9. libra89

Posts: 2310; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

No, it isn't a better deal. The OnePlus 7 Pro is really only an option if you like phones with big displays. The others, aside from the G8 actually offer size options. I'll really like to see a shootout between the G8 and OP7 Pro...

10. cogito

Posts: 68; Member since: Aug 18, 2015

All these deals require activation. Samsung has yet to discount the US unlocked variant.

12. libra89

Posts: 2310; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

They have here and there.

11. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1273; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Dear OnePlus, do a Samsung, by giving a deal of 199$ off for new activation... But seriously, they should have also launched OP7 vanilla one as well...

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