With the launch of the new OnePlus 7 Pro flagship setting the price to start at just short of $700, the company is now accepting trade-ins of both its own previous smartphones and some from other OEMs to offset the balance.
The company is presently offering trade-in on its own smartphones at market value plus an undisclosed 'extra' amount based on the condition of the device. So, a OnePlus 6T trade-in will knock $250 off of the price as well as a bit more depending on how well it's been taken care of. A similar situation applies to the original OnePlus One but the value only starts at $30.
The OnePlus promotional page pointing to the trade-in form offers the newest gadget from around $379, giving some indication of the trade-in cap.
With regard to how the program works, potential buyers will need to fill out the abovementioned form and provide a few details as well as their current device's IMEI number. A quote will be provided based on that. The device will need to be sent in, evaluated, and a new offer for the value might be given depending on how closely it matches the provided description.
Once accepted — buyers will have 30-days to do so — or rejected, the buyer will receive either a voucher for purchase direct from OnePlus or cashback, depending on their selection. If they reject the offer, their device will be sent back to them.
A wealth of devices are being accepted outside of the OnePlus brand, ranging from those made by Samsung, LG, and Google to those made by HTC, Motorola, and Sony. Apple's iPhones, back to the iPhone 5s, will be accepted too. No values are given for any of those handsets from other manufacturers.
Worth the cost?
The new OnePlus 7 Pro is almost certainly going to be among the most premium devices available in 2019 when it lands, which accounts for its high cost. Whether or not that's going to be worth it is going to vary from person to person.
To begin with, the 6.67-inch-rated device ships in a Nebula Blue or Mirror Gray with an "Almond" color variant more aptly described as champagne gold expected to later. That's a Samsung-built 90Hz QHD+ Super AMOLED panel with appropriately curved edges and associated features.
Under the hood, OnePlus has built the device around Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 SoC with up to 12GB of RAM, and a maximum 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage. The latter feature allows nearly double the speed of previously used storage protocol on effectively every currently available handset. A 30W 'Warp Charge' enabled 4,000mAh battery sits behind that, capable of hitting around half-charge in about 20-minutes.
A pop-up 16-megapixel camera with flash sits above the almost-bezel-free display, allowing a full-screen experience without holes or notches while the back camera is the best put forward by OnePlus yet. That's a triple array with three truly separate sensors at 48, 16, and 8-megapixels. Those suit their purpose as a primary, wide-angle, or zoom camera and are individually selectable.
The cameras scored the third-highest marks ever granted by French benchmarking firm DxOMark with scores of 111 on the main camera and 86 for the selfie shooter, respectively.
Advanced cooling, top tier software features, and more are included too, making this a true generational jump forward from OnePlus.
You'll probably need to buy directly in the US
T-Mobile will be the first carrier in the world to get its hands on OnePlus's latest creation and will probably remain the only carrier in the US to directly sell the device. It will go on sale through the carrier on May 17 for no money down (plus tax on the price) and for either $29.17 for 24 months or $699.99 at full price.
That means that although the cashback voucher will be great for those who want to trade in their current smartphone at OnePlus before buying into the new OnePlus 7 Pro at T-mobile, that's not going to work for the other carriers supporting the unlocked version — Verizon and AT&T. Consumers who want to use the latest flagship on those carriers will need to buy an unlocked gadget at full price, minus the discount, from OnePlus.