OnePlus is a company that aims to bring you phones packed with the same hardware specs and features as the high-end phones from Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony, HTC and more, but at very affordable price tags.
This is exactly what the OnePlus 5 has to offer. It’s a phone that matches – or even beats – each hardware spec that you find on the Galaxy S8, S8+ and even the newly launched Samsung Galaxy Note 8, however, the phone sells at almost half their prices.
The Chinese company values the entry-level OnePlus 5 at $479 (Ksh 49,500) and the high-end variant at $539 (Ksh 55,600). However, since the company is not selling directly to Kenya, the only other option for locals to get it is through Avechi, the exclusive seller of OnePlus phones in the region. This also means that the price tags of the phone’s variants are a little higher than what the company charges, but nothing strange from what we expect from a third-party retailer with no direct ties to the OEM.
About a week ago, we stumbled upon an interesting OnePlus 5 deal on Avechi. Where the base model was valued at Ksh 56,499, the high-end variant was priced at Ksh 68,499. When compared to Samsung Galaxy S8, HTC U11 and even the less powerful BlackBerry KEYone, these price tags are slightly cheaper, but they have just gotten better.
Right now, Avechi is selling the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant of OnePlus 5 at a discounted Ksh 51,999. This means you save a cool Ksh 4,500 compared to the previous offer. If you want the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant, the discount is even better, saving you a decent Ksh 7,000 when you buy the phone at Ksh 61,499, down from Ksh 68,499.
For these price tags, the OnePlus 5 brings you a 5.5-inch AMOLED screen with a Full HD resolution and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The processor on board is a Snapdragon 835 and for the cameras, you get a dual 16MP+20MP setup on the back and a 16MP lens on the front for selfies. The OS on board is Android 7.1.1 Nougat while the battery keeping it alive is a 3300mAh unit that supports fast charging technology via the latest USB Type-C standard.
Whether this is a permanent or temporary discount is still unknown, but you’d be better off grabbing the deal as soon as possible – at least before anything changes.