You can pick up the OnePlus 8 unlocked starting at $699 for the 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, or bump up the price to $799 for 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. That's fairly cheap for a 5G phone.
There are other options: the OnePlus 8 from T-Mobile (which includes Sprint) is now available on-contract and supports 5G sub-6 connectivity. There's also a version that supports Verizon and connects to its 5G mmWave network along with the upcoming sub-6 network when it launches later this year.
Caution, the OnePlus 8 Verizon model will have you paying a bit extra. Its price starts at $799 (or $33/month for 24 months), a tax for Verizon's faster mmWave speeds. To help, Verizon does sell the OnePlus 8 in an exclusive Polar Silver hue.
The more premium OnePlus 8 Pro is also available in the US today, but given that it isn't sold by carriers, you'll have to pick it up from OnePlus' online store.
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The first mainstream cheap 5G phone in the US?
While the Samsung Galaxy S20 line launched in March 2020 as the first mainstream 5G-capable phones, the series did not include a more affordable flagship model. The OnePlus 8, with a price rivaling the standard iPhone 11, is the first in this niche category to become available in the US.
Like Apple’s iPhone, the OnePlus 8 packs flagship-quality specs and cameras at a lower price than the fuller-featured OnePlus 8 Pro. While it doesn’t make our best cheap phones list, the OnePlus 8 is at least a lower-cost alternative that, yes, can connect to next-gen 5G networks.
And while 5G networks haven’t expanded out to reach many consumers outside urban zones, US carriers have their own plans to expand them through 2020 and beyond.
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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.