OnePlus has revolutionised the budget smartphone segment in India and around the world. The company’s latest flagship, the OnePlus 6 actually made about Rs 125 crore in sales within 10 minutes of the sale. Such was the demand that now we are seeing flash sales for a smartphone costing above Rs 35,000.
But it also makes sense since the OnePlus 6 is a device which is not only faster than the current generation of flagship smartphones from Samsung or HTC or LG or Sony. The OnePlus 6 has the tagline called The Speed You need and sure enough, after running benchmarks on the device, it was found that the phone was indeed faster than the S9 or Xperia XZ2 or the Mi Mix 2s, all of which had the same Snapdragon 845 chipset.
Remember the OnePlus X?
So now what about the mid-range segment? Very vaguely one remembers the disastrous foray into the mid-range segment by OnePlus after it introduced the OnePlus X, which was, to put it nicely, not a good phone.
For the time being, it looked as though the company was looking to launch an improved OnePlus X2 smartphone as well. But that rumour was squashed quite quickly by the company CEO Pete Lau. This actually means that the company will most probably be not revealing a second mid-range phone alongside future flagship handsets for some time at least.
Actually, make that long time nearly three years. This is because the flagship product’s price may not be too high than the mid-range phone and that will create an imbalance in the phone’s refresh cycle and will also alter the buyer’s mind for purchasing the cheaper device.
The Notch Will Be Retained
CEO Pete Lau also made a point on how the OnePlus X2 will have a slim notch on the front of the device. He has hopes that one day the notch on the front of phones such as the OnePlus 6 will gradually start to slim down over phone generations and the aim will be to give somewhat of a full-screen like experience which was recently seen on the Vivo Nex or also on the upcoming Oppo Find X smartphone.
At the time you can only expect the price of OnePlus products to go up only as the device has been an increase in the prices for making smartphones around the globe. Quite clearly, the improvements in processing power and the bigger displays mean that the OnePlus phones are just going to be more and more. This means there will come a time when there is a considerable price gap between the mid-range OnePlus phone and the flagship OnePlus device. Whichever you pick though, remember to sell your current device on Cashify when you upgrade!