The Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus warned customers in the United Kingdom of a higher OnePlus 3 price following the result of the EU referendum and the prospective Brexit. OnePlus said that it will have to raise prices for its latest One Plus 3 handset as the company looks to cope with the decline in the pound?s value.
The affordable smartphone was launched at a bare minimum price of ?309 in the UK, but the Chinese manufacturer issued a warning last week of an imminent price rise in the future. In a statement released on the company?s blog post, a spokesman said, ?The worrying downward trend of the GBP may make it difficult to maintain our current pricing structure in the UK. Our margins have always been thin, and our expenses are mainly in USD. This being the case, sudden drops such as the one that the Pound has recently experienced could have a direct impact on our prices.?
The company, however, added that it had not increased the price of OnePlus 3 yet, and there will be ?several days notice? prior to the price raise. As the company indicated, the OnePlus 3 price remains the same on Amazon with the base model still sold at ?309 ($410).
So customers in the UK need to make their decision fast in case they are interested in the OnePlus 3, as getting an order as soon as possible will get them the smartphone for a cheaper price compared to a later purchase when the volatile state of the GBP could force the company to raise the price.
The latest offering from OnePlus has dialled up on its spec-to-price ratio offering a metal-build, premium-grade, flagship-level spec smartphone at a mid-range price point, which is far cheaper than premium smartphones from Apple and Samsung. OnePlus 3 specs include a quad-core, 2.2GHz Snapdragon 820 CPU and a colossal 6GB of RAM, bundled with 64GB of internal storage. The 5.5-in Optic AMOLED display panel offers a full HD 1080p resolution with 401ppi and is protected by Gorilla Glass 4 reinforced glass.
For camera, OnePlus 3 has a Sony?s IMX298 16MP sensor with 1.12?m pixel size and an f/2.0 aperture and phase detection autofocus along with Optical Image Stabilisation. Like other Android bigwigs, the device?s camera packs in plenty of features– auto HDR, Dynamic Denoise – a noise reduction technology, raw image file support, 4K video at 30fps and 720p slow motion at 120fps. The front-facing shooter, a Sony IMX179 this time, is an 8MP setup with 1.4?m pixels and an f/2.0 lens, which gives very good performance, especially in low light.
The highlight feature is of course the Dash Charge as the charge cable and power brick supplied by OnePlus offers 60 percent of a full charge within the first 30 minutes. The mobile packs a 3000mAh battery with USB Type-C charging port. Other features include the fingerprint scanner, NFC connectivity, MicroSD storage expansion, Wi-fi (802.11ac) and Bluetooth (4.2). And, the phone runs the OxygenOS which is integrated with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. You can also check out our comparison between OnePlus 3 v Asus Zenfone here.