The 256GB variant of OnePlus 6 has officially hit the shelves of Nepali market. OnePlus 6 recently gained a lot of attention right from its launch for bringing the top of the line specs without burning a hole in your pocket. But is it really the case here in Nepal? Can it be called a flagship killer in Nepal too?
These are the questions that constantly come into my mind when I compare the pricing of the OnePlus 6 in Nepal to the international pricing. With the recent launch of the OnePlus 6 256GB midnight black variant in Nepal, it becomes really hard to argue about choosing the OnePlus 6 over a flagship like the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus or even the Huawei P20 Pro.
The disappointment here is that the 256GB variant has been launched at a price of Rs. 95,000 in Nepal. If you we do the math, the midnight black 8GB + 256GB model is priced globally at $629 which roughly translates to about Rs. 69,000 in Nepal. The disparity is so high that even the 64GB variant of the phone is priced way higher than it should be.
This raises a question against the forte of the device (which is the price to performance ratio).
The pricing — at which they launched the device in Nepal — rather puts it in a position of a premium flagship territory. And to be honest — a second thought to the customers — at a price this high, you are bound to look at what you are paying for.
The corners cut in order to make it the best buy or a steal gets added to the list of cons which doesn’t help it either. For instance, at this price range, you can get a Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus with a better display, camera, and additional features like water resistance, wireless charging, storage expansion and an exceptional customer support in Nepal.
This seriously calls for a side by side comparison to make between the OnePlus 6 and other flagships that you can buy at this price point.
And for those of you who think that this might be due to the recent hikes in taxes, you are not completely wrong. But taxes apply to all brand of smartphones and when the brand that a phone manufacturer company is aimed to be competing with are all big names and have a lot of added benefits to offer at an almost same price (or even less), makes the phone a hard sell.
Regardless of its ridiculous pricing, the device is a great performer and we really love it. There’s no second thought about that. However, this is our opinion. What are your thoughts? Would you still consider buying it in Nepal? Let us know your opinion in the comment box below.