As expected and thoroughly detailed
ahead of their official announcements earlier today, the 5G-enabled OnePlus 8
and 8 Pro
mark a lot of firsts for the 2013-founded company that's made so much progress in the incredibly competitive and largely stagnant mobile industry of the last few years.
But all that state-of-the-art hardware means the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro 5G
won't come cheap, and in another uncharacteristic move, the two handsets will not come very soon either, at least in the US. While European pre-orders are already underway ahead of an actual rollout on April 21, those looking to buy these ultra-high-end devices stateside need to wait until April 29 to try out that 120Hz smoothness for themselves.
That's in stark contrast to last year's 4G LTE-only OnePlus 7
and 7 Pro
, which went on sale just a few days after making their formal debut. On the bright side, you will get a chance to purchase the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro 5G early, and on top of that, if you're quick (and lucky), you can score a couple of awesome freebies as part of a special "Launch Day bundle."
Said bundles will be available "for a limited time" through the company's official US e-store
starting at 12 PM EDT tomorrow, April 15. Our guess is these special packages will fly off the (digital) shelves, and we actually wouldn't be surprised if OnePlus runs out of inventory by, say, 12:05 PM. Supporting our sneaking suspicion, it apparently only took the company's hardcore fans 20 minutes to snatch all the limited pop-up boxes in the UK earlier today.
The Launch Day bundles coming to the US in just a few hours are even more appealing than those pop-up boxes that included a couple of complimentary cases and the brand-new Bullets Wireless Z earbuds
with the non-Pro OnePlus 8 5G. Believe it or not, the OnePlus 8 Pro 5G will be available stateside for a (very) limited time starting at $899 in combination with both a pair of Bullets Wireless Z and
a Warp Charge 30 wireless charger.
That's a total value of no less than 120 bucks, although for obvious reasons (lack of support, to be specific), the OnePlus 8 5G launch day bundle
will not include the insanely fast 30W wireless charging stand, merely offering super-early adopters the opportunity to score free wireless headphones with a neckband design and an outstanding battery life of up to 20 hours. April 15, 12 PM EDT: be there or be sorry!