Verizon may release the OnePlus 8 5G as its first OnePlus phone

Verizon Wireless might soon launch its very first smartphone made by OnePlus. In September last year, we heard that this smartphone could be the OnePlus 8 Pro. However, according to a new report from Android Police, Verizon may actually release the non-pro version of said device, simply dubbed OnePlus 8

Assuming that this new report is accurate, Verizon is bound to become the third US carrier to launch a OnePlus handset, after T-Mobile (currently selling the OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren) and Sprint (currently offering the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G).

A few existing OnePlus phones are already compatible with Verizon, but they're not directly sold by the carrier - you can only buy them unlocked.

It's said that Verizon's OnePlus 8 will be 5G-ready, thus allowing users to access the carrier's newest high-speed network. This will be just one of the around twenty 5G smartphones that Verizon is planning to introduce throughout 2020.

OnePlus 8 specs and design

Renders allegedly showing the OnePlus 8 (included in this article) have been first published a bit over 2 months ago. When viewed from the back, the upcoming phone resembles the OnePlus 7T Pro. But its front is a bit different, hosting a punch-hole camera à la Samsung Galaxy S10.


Reportedly, the OnePlus 8 sports a curved 6.5-inch 1080p display and measures 160.2 x 72.9 x 8.1 mm. This would make it a bit smaller than the last handset launched by OnePlus stateside - the aforementioned 7T Pro, which measures 162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8 mm.
Like almost all OnePlus phones before it, the OnePlus 8 will be a high-end device. Most probably, it will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor (this hasn't been announced yet), 8 GB of RAM, and at least 128 GB of internal memory. 

The upcoming handset could also feature wireless charging - in a first for a OnePlus phone. With or without wireless charging, the battery of the OnePlus 8 should be a 4000 mAh one.

There are no details about the triple rear camera of the OnePlus 8, but we assume this will be able to deliver nice photos and videos. It's likely that a telephoto camera (for optical zoom) and a wide-angle camera are included in this triple setup. 

OnePlus 8 price and release date 

The OnePlus 8 is expected to be announced and released sometime in the second quarter of this year, so customers should be able to buy it no later than June. Of course, nothing is certain at this point. 

Some preliminary official information regarding the OnePlus 8 could be revealed next week. More exactly, we may hear about the handset's screen, which is rumored to have a 120Hz refresh rate. This would be a step up from the 90Hz refresh rate of the screens found inside OnePlus' 2019 phones, although users may not notice a clear difference between these refresh rates. 

At the moment, there is no word on how much Verizon's OnePlus 8 will cost. But we do know that 5G handsets are more expensive than non-5G models - for example, the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren is currently priced at $899.99, being the most expensive OnePlus phone to date. That being said, we are expecting the OnePlus 8 5G to cost around $700 - $800 at Verizon. 

The OnePlus 8 could have two siblings 

A (cheaper) OnePlus 8 Lite might be introduced alongside the regular OnePlus 8 and the (more expensive) OnePlus 8 Pro. For now, though, it's unclear if the Lite and Pro models will be officially sold by US carriers. If not, they will probably be available unlocked anyway.

If you're a Verizon customer, are you excited about the possibility of purchasing a OnePlus smartphone from your carrier?



1. db1020000

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 17, 2019

Oneplus is dead, realme took its place

7. AbhiD

Posts: 885; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Nope. Never. OnePlus users are with it for the experience of OxygenOS. ColorOS on Realme is terrible. And now Realme is also offering ads. Not to mention slow updates by Realme. It can never take place of OnePlus. FYI, Realme X20 Pro couldn't do any damage whatsoever to OnePlus sales. LMAO

2. torr310

Posts: 1725; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Great, we need some more affordable phones than Apple and Samsung.

3. cevon3239

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

Just remember. AT&T and Verizon are premium carriers, and they simply offer the more premium phone models. Tmobile and Sprint are a more mid tier carrier and so they offer premium and also offer midrange options. Everyone who is left is where you can get cheap options that are affordable from both Apple and Samsung. On a monthly plan, anyone can afford any phone they want even on minimum wage in the US. If Verizon is gonna sell phones, for what they charge for services, I want the best available phones. If you want cheaper options, then I suggest using a non-premium carrier.

4. torr310

Posts: 1725; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

The pricing of premium phones in the past is only half of what they are now... And the 5G is going to bump up the pricing a few hundred dollars again.

6. cevon3239

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

But cheaper 5G phones will start to be available, as 5G becomes more prevalent. That is why right out the start, 5G was available n top tier models first. Am sure Samsung didn't expect high sales on phone that is 5G for over $1300+, when 5G is scattered at best. By 2021, AT&T and VZW will likely have 50% of the US covered in 5G. But if trump doesn't fix this trade issue with China that he created, the carriers will be stalling on getting hardware because most of it comes from Huawei. Also, Verizon already has cheaper options. The Moto Z4 is only $499 ($21 for 24 mos) and it is 4G/5G capable device. Just remember how 3G and 4G rollouts went. It takes time to cover a huge country and VZW and ATT are leading the way first with more service and more 5G capable phones.

15. Blazers

Posts: 782; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

“Just remember. AT&T and Verizon are premium carriers, and they simply offer the more premium phone models.“ Then why would they be carrying the regular One Plus 8? They should only be carrying the Pro model.

5. Derekjeter

Posts: 1577; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

What for? With that useless curved screen might as well not release it.

14. torr310

Posts: 1725; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Hope its not the useless curved screen...

19. Maryh5719

Posts: 4; Member since: May 31, 2018

Yeah I'm excited. I want one because I want to ditch my iphone 11 and go android. I'm also thinking about trying the different phone brand .

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