OnePlus's latest handset may be the mid-range Nord, but if you're after flagship specs the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro are the best phones that money can buy right now.
The OnePlus 8 phones launched 14 April and went on sale in the UK on 21 April, and in the US on 29 April. Prices start at £599/US$699. We're keeping tabs on which retailers you can pick it up from and the best offers.
If you're a student, be sure to check out OnePlus's current back to school event which bundles the Bullets earphones for free, along with charging accessories.
About the OnePlus 8 phones
The OnePlus 8 phones beef up on 7T specs. Aside from better cameras with a dedicated colour filter (and a fourth camera on the Pro model), both phones feature faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core processors and 5G connectivity.
The 8 Pro gains IP68 waterproofing, wireless charging and a 120Hz refresh rate. We'll spare you the tech spec geekery in this article, as we're focusing on deals, but you can see our coverage here for everything there is to know about the new OnePlus 8 phones.
OnePlus 8 & 8 Pro SIM-free price
The OnePlus 8 range is available at different price points depending on the configuration you choose directly from OnePlus.
- OnePlus 8 8GB/128GB (Onyx Black UK; Glacial Green US): £599/$699
- OnePlus 8 12GB/256GB (Glacial Green UK; Interstellar Glow US): £699/$799
- OnePlus 8 Pro 8GB/128GB (Onyx Black UK; Onyx Black/Glacial Green US): £799/$899
- OnePlus 8 Pro 12GB/256GB (Glacial Green UK; Onyx Black/Glacial Green/Ultramarine Blue US): £899/$999
The phones are available in Onyx Black and Glacial Green only in the UK, while the US gets the additional colours Interstellar Glow and Ultramarine Blue.
Best OnePlus 8 SIM-free deals
From now until 11 September, customers in Europe can pick up a free pair of OnePlus Bullet Wireless Z earphones and a free protective case with OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro purchases.
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Best OnePlus 8 & 8 Pro contract deals
Three is the only network provider offering the OnePlus 8 phones. Its cheapest plan offers 4GB of data for £29 upfront and £44 per month. You can opt for unlimited data for £51 per month on a 24-month plan, with 50% off the first 6 months. See its OnePlus 8 deals or OnePlus 8 Pro deals.
In the US you can get 50% off the OnePlus 8 when you buy the device on Sprint (on an 18-month term, no upfront cost, US$14.58 per month, was $29.17).
Meanwhile, US customers who opt to buy via T-Mobile can also get up to 50% off the OnePlus 8 (on a 24-month term, no upfront cost, US$14.58 per month, was $29.17)
There are other plans available though. Our interactive tool below automatically highlights the best deals in your country as they become available.
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OnePlus student discount - Exclusive accessory bundles
Students and staff shopping for Back to School ahead of schools re-opening on 2 September, can also get a discount from OnePlus as a part of its Education Program, which grants up to 10% off any order. You will need a .edu email address to register, or you can register via Student Beans.
You can get up to 5% off one device and 10% off accessories. Learn more over at OnePlus.
On top of the 10% discount for students, OnePlus has also launched a back to school deal that bundles a Type-C Bullets Earphones, Type-C Warp Charge cable, and a Warp Charge 30 fast charger, with the OnePlus 8 for £549 or with the OnePlus 8 Pro for £899. See OnePlus's Back to School event.
Student might also be interested in OnePlus's #ShotonOnePlus four-week challenge that gives customers a chance to show off the photographs taken on their OnePlus phones for a chance to win a pair of OnePlus Buds and OnePlus Explorer backpack. OnePlus will send prompts every week to give you inspiration for the type of pics to snap.
To participate, post your shots to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or OnePlus Community Forum with the #ShotonOnePlus hashtag. Then submit the post link on OnePlus's submission form.
OnePlus 8 & 8 Pro trade-in deals
Don't forget you can save on a new OnePlus phone if you trade in your old phone. You can trade in phones from different makes, but if you're trading in an old OnePlus you can get up to £290/US$230 towards a OnePlus 8 with a 7 Pro 5G. See all OnePlus trade-in values.
US shoppers can pick up trade-in deals too with up to $580 off the OnePlus 8 when you upgrade. If you trade in an old OnePlus device, you can earn up to $230 off.
When is Black Friday 2020 - should you wait for a better deal?
Black Friday will take place on Friday 27 November, immediately followed by Cyber Monday on 30 November. Traditionally the biggest sales event of the year, it may yet throw up some even greater tech deals - but with so much uncertainty around finance and retail, and no guarantees regarding what discounts we will see, we advise you not to wait: if you see a deal you like, on a product you need, and you can afford the outlay, buy it today.