While OnePlus 8 series launched with the regular and Pro versions coming with many top-tier specifications, calls for boycotting it and other Chinese products mar it.
The tech world had been buzzing with leakages and speculations after the OnePlus 8 series was announced in March 2020. Specifications for the smartphones have been building anticipation for its online launch event on Tuesday 14th April 2020.
Its Pro version launched with blue, black and green colours and also comes with an IP68 water resistance rating.
Meanwhile, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor powers both OnePlus 8 and OnePlus Pro. All the Pro versions will support 30W fast wire and wireless charging. It also allows for a 3W wireless reverse charging as well.
Everything seems to be fine with the OnePlus 8 series launch including its prices. According to CNET, OnePlus 8 phones with 12GB RAM and 128GB ROM will cost $699 (NGN269,115). While OnePlus 8 Pro with the same storage capacities will be sold for $899 (NGN346,115). The cheaper versions have 8GB RAM and 128GB ROM.
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Yet, it is not all rosy for the Chinese smartphone makers. Using the hashtag #OnePlus8SeriesLaunch, many Twitter users have called for boycotting the phone.
One Twitter user tweeted that people should not buy the product. He had posted:
I request everyone to boycott Chinese https://t.co/9kAabjzWOE please avoid launch event of one plus 8 mobile. And don’t even think to buy it.
Thank you 🙂 #BoycottChina #OnePlus8SeriesLaunch #OnePlus8Series #BoycottChina .
— Dr.dharmesh patel (@dharmesh_1303) April 14, 2020
Many other tweets like this have surfaced in the wake of the OnePlus 8 series launch. There is no reason or explanation as to why the boycott is being trended now. It is not the first time that boycotting Chinese products have trended. We had seen it during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.
But it is bad timing and the company will have to find a way around this obstacle. This is because, while it may seem harmless, it could gain traction in no time and really hurt its plans for sales.
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