OnePlus 7T price drop isn't just a good deal, it signals OnePlus 8 is near

OnePlus 7T
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The OnePlus 7T is getting a price cut, dropping the budget flagship’s cost even lower in what seems like a preparatory move before the phonemaker introduces the OnePlus 8.

In the US, the OnePlus 7T will drop its cost by $100 down to $499, which is a better value on an already competitively-priced phone. 

Update: We've received word from OnePlus that this discount won't be coming to non-US markets, sadly. It's possible that price drops could happen to the OnePlus 7T closer to the OnePlus 8, or even on launch day, as the company has done in the past. In the meantime, check below for the lowest price in your region.

While OnePlus hasn’t announced the OnePlus 8 or revealed when it’s coming, given the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 6 before it both came out in May (of 2019 and 2018, respectively), we’re guessing the company will follow suit with its next flagship. And if so, we wouldn’t be surprised if this price cut is a way to clear out the old to make way for the new.

  • This puts the OnePlus 7T even more securely in our best cheap phones list
  • If you're considering the 7T, check out what we're expecting the OnePlus 8 to pack
  • If you're looking for a cheaper alternative to the priciest best Android phones, the 7T is it

The 7T – a return to value

The OnePlus 7 was certainly the budget flagship of its generation as the OnePlus 7 Pro forked off into true top-tier territory. But it wasn’t available in all areas, notably the US – meaning the later-released 7T was the first cheaper OnePlus to be released in some markets.

Given how little changed between the 7 and 7T, at least in specs, this isn’t a huge loss – but with the new price cut, the phone can be bought for the cost of a mid-range handset. That gets you a Snapdragon 855 Plus-powered beast with 8GB of RAM, 128GB of baseline storage, a 48MP main camera, and a FHD+ AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. Not bad. 

If you really want value, the OnePlus 6T from 2018 has been discounted down to $349, but you’ll miss out on a few of the new goodies.

David Lumb

David is now a mobile reporter at Cnet. Formerly Mobile Editor, US for TechRadar, he covered phones, tablets, and wearables. He still thinks the iPhone 4 is the best-looking smartphone ever made. He's most interested in technology, gaming and culture – and where they overlap and change our lives. His current beat explores how our on-the-go existence is affected by new gadgets, carrier coverage expansions, and corporate strategy shifts.