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In between two public holidays, we have an event here. This is the new OnePlus 7 Pro and the price is pretty crazy here in Malaysia. Xianfeng is the new distributor for Malaysia and Mi Han has already left the party a while back.

The OnePlus 7 Pro is Xianfeng’s first ever OnePlus smartphone since gaining distributorship in Malaysia, and we are seeing that the prices are indeed going quite crazily high now. Here is the prices for the OnePlus 7 Pro, posted officially on OnePlus’s official Facebook page:

  • 6GB RAM + 128GB storage @ RM2,999
  • 8GB RAM + 256GB storage @ RM3,699
  • 12GB RAM + 256GB storage @ RM4,199

OnePlus 7 Pro

Of course, that’s the price that you expect from a super flagship smartphone from the likes of Samsung or Huawei, but for OnePlus? Well, let’s not be too hasty to blame OnePlus just yet as it is not their fault.

Taking a look at the price in the US, we can see that the OnePlus 7 Pro is priced at:

  • 6GB RAM + 128GB storage @ $669 (~RM2,800.63)
  • 8GB RAM + 256GB storage @ $699 (~RM2,926.22)
  • 12GB RAM + 256GB storage @ $749 (~RM3,135.54)

For the base model, the price is not that far off. However, the US pricing for the 8GB RAM variant is only $30 higher, but RM700 higher for the Malaysian variant. As for the 12GB RAM variant, it’s higher by more than a thousand ringgit. The gap is just too huge.

Of course, we know that the prices can’t be directly converted like this. We have to consider tax, shipment, and many other overheads – but the gap of RM700 and a thousand ringgit is raising a lot of eyebrows. You can read the comments here too.

Now, don’t get me wrong. The OnePlus 7 Pro is definitely a supremely powerful phone as it has this list of specs:

  • 6.67-inch Fluid AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate
    • 3120×1440 pixels in resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset
  • Up to 12GB RAM
  • Up to 256GB storage
  • Triple rear-facing cameras
    • Main: 48MP f/1.6 with PDAF and laser AF; OIS
    • Ultrawide: 16MP f/2.2 fixed focus
    • Telephoto with 3x zoom: 8MP f/2.4 with PDAF and laser AF; OIS
  • 16MP f/2.0 popup selfie camera
  • 4,000mAh battery with Warp Charge (30W)

It’s prominent that OnePlus has moved away from the days of “flagship killing” and has gone towards the premium segment in the market. Of course, the new OnePlus 7 Pro does offer a lot of surprisingly good hardware – but the price is quite worrying.

The base model of the OnePlus 7 Pro is more expensive than the Galaxy S10e (currently at RM2,199) and the Galaxy S10 (currently at RM2,699). If you’re lucky, you can even get the beloved Galaxy S10+ (review here) for only RM3,099. With Samsung, at least you can have all of the features from a Samsung flagship – namely Samsung Pay, DeX that we talked in-depth here, and many Edge Panel too.

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