OnePlus smartphones always have a high ground in the smartphone world as they provide flagship grade specifications at relatively low prices. Considering the market trend, when the flagship smartphones are crossing the $1000 benchmark, OnePlus packs in comparable features in its $500 (around) handset. Because of such endeavors, the smartphone brand is also hailed with the “flagship killer” status.
This time, the smartphone brand brought the new descendent well suited for 2018. Namely known as OnePlus 6, the device has got all (or many) of the desirable features. And iHub Pvt. Ltd. might have gone through plenty of hurdles as the store bought the smartphone in Nepal in less than two weeks of the global launch of the handset. So iHub surely deserves a galore of applause. However, the tech community and the OnePlus fan-base in Nepal were not quite pleased with the launch. And in our poll, maximum of them voted OnePlus 6 as the wallet killer rather as the flagship killer (54% over 46% while writing this article). So here are our thoughts on the poll results. Please keep reading till the end of the article.
OnePlus always brings smartphones that are worthy of money spend on it. It is one of the very few brands, which provides top-grade specifications at nearly half the price of the popular flagship handsets. OnePlus did not change its attitude even while launching the OnePlus 6. When the smartphone titans like Apple and Samsung are marking their handsets with over $1000 price tags, OnePlus 6 came as an underdog at merely $529 for its base variant (6/64GB). And the Nepali tech enthusiasts were quite excited to know about the soon arrival of the handset. I too was excited about the launch and was planning to own the OnePlus 6 as my next daily driver.
But the excitement escalated quickly and that happened just by looking at its price. iHub (the authority to launch the OnePlus 6 in Nepal) marked the handset with an exorbitant price tag of Rs. 70,999 (for mirror black 6/64GB variant) in Nepal. And at that price, there is no value added services like the breakage insurance Furthermore, no additional accessories are provided. iHub Pvt. Ltd. could have made the product online exclusive as the online purchase is quite on the trend. Doing so might have cut down the margin allocated for numerous middle parties. But that’s not the case here. I or GadgetByte Nepal has no personal or professional grudge against the iHub or the with the OnePlus products, but it is really disappointing to see the value-driven products like the OnePlus 6 at such an extravagant price.
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Well, the price for the OnePlus 6 is obviously too much. $529 is approximately equal to Rs. 56,950 in Nepal [1 USD = 107.74]. Even in India, the similar variant is available for INR 34,999, which equals NRs. 56,000 in the direct translation. So the price difference of Rs. 15,000 (approx.) and an exorbitant price tag of the OnePlus 6 in Nepal is obviously unconvincing. So it is really unpersuasive to witness the launch the flagship killer smartphone at the price, where one can easily buy some of the popular flagship handsets.
Vatsal Impex Pvt. Ltd. (authorized distributor of Xiaomi products in Nepal) also had a similar history of pricing the Xiaomi products. But since the day Xiaomi appointed Teletalk Pvt. Ltd. as the second authorized distributor for Nepal, it started selling the smartphones at remarkably lower prices as compared to the Vatsal pricing. After the changed pricing, Xiaomi smartphones are somewhat dominating the lower mid-range and budget smartphones category these days.
Is it necessary for a similar step in the case of OnePlus too? If a new distributor could bring so much of competition in the market and can bring the prices so down in such a less time then can we expect something similar from the OnePlus? Drop your thoughts (or frustration) regarding the OnePlus 6 price in Nepal in the comment section. And do present your honest opinion on mitigating similar unconvincing pricing here in Nepal.
But if you ok with the pricing and still want to buy it then, then you can buy online either from Oliz Store or Daraz.
OnePlus 6 Specifications:
- Display: 6.28-inch Optic AMOLED; 83.8% screen-body ratio, 19:9 aspect ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
- Resolution: Full HD+ (1080 x 2280 pixels), 19:9 ratio @ 402 PPI pixel density
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- CPU: Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
- GPU: Adreno 630
- OS: Android Oreo (v8.1) with OxygenOS on the top
- RAM: 6 GB
- Storage: 64GB; Non-expandable (No SD Card Slot)
- Rear Camera: Dual camera setup: 16 MP (f/1.7 aperture, 1/2.6″ sensor size, 1.22µm pixel size, gyro-EIS, OIS) + 20 MP (f/1.7 aperture, 1/2.8″ sensor size, 1.0µm pixel size), phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash
- Front Camera: 16 MP (f/2.0 aperture, 1/3″ sensor size, 1.0µm pixel size), gyro-EIS
- Sensors: Fingerprint (Rear mounted), Accelerometer, Gyro, proximity, compass
- SIM: Dual SIM with 4G
- Color Variant(s) available: Mirror Black
- Battery:3,300 mAh with Dash Charge