Some companies don't have any issues charging quite a bit of money for their smartphones. Some high-end phones out there are nearly $1,000, and this could be the year we see Apple launch an iPhone that starts at a grand to buy, if the rumors pan out. Who knows if that means other companies, like Samsung, would follow suit (they've already got a variant of the Galaxy S8 that retails for over $1,000), but there's still a silver lining on those potentially dark clouds.
We've watched as companies like OnePlus and Huawei have served up powerful, worthwhile devices without charging an arm and a leg for them.
OnePlus has raised most of the attention since the company's debut, usually in equal parts for its phones, and also for the . . . interesting way it has gone about selling them. I don't think any of us will forget the invite system anytime soon, and I think we are all hoping it never comes back. Sure, it made sense for a smaller company to do things like that, and if it never does come back that should tell us OnePlus is doing well enough not to need it.
Another piece of good news on the OnePlus front is that they will continue to release phones. Earlier today we heard that this summer we'll see the OnePlus 5 arrive, and, well, not much else. We've heard rumors in the past that OnePlus's new flagship will feature a dual rear camera setup, but honestly that's not all that surprising. The safe bet is that we'll see a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor under the hood, too.
But otherwise, the features that the OnePlus 5 will have on board remain a mystery.
Outside of some work colleagues, I don't know anyone that has picked up a OnePlus. I've spent some time with the OnePlus 3T at one point, and I liked it! It's a strong entry, and there's no denying that the price tag is worthwhile for what it offers. A OnePlus flagship phone isn't as high-end, or cram packed with a crazy amount of features, like other devices are from the likes of Samsung and LG, but they're well built, and they get the job done.
With the news that the OnePlus 5 launches in the summer, I couldn't help but wonder if the company has become your go-to for your daily driver. If it has, what was the deciding factor? And if you haven't picked up a OnePlus phone (yet), what's kept you away? Let me know!