(Pocket-lint) - The new OnePlus 8 series is here, featuring the 6.7-inch OnePlus 8 Pro and 6.55-inch OnePlus 8 and you can now order both SIM-free and on contract.

There's no doubt the Pro is the more impressive handset when you get them together, but in terms of value, the lower-priced OnePlus 8 offers almost the same package for a significant chunk of cash less.

Both are 5G handsets that are priced slightly below many other flagships, but well above the £400-£500 mid-range. If you want a cheaper or non-5G phone from OnePlus, check out the OnePlus 7T. 

Contrary to earlier rumour, there isn't a OnePlus 8 Lite.

OnePlus 8 release date and contract deals

The OnePlus 8 series is now available in the UK and and Europe. The OnePlus 8 Pro release date is 29 April in the US.

The phone is available on contract in the UK from Three. The network has the duo of new OnePlus devices on an exclusive deal and you can order now. Both colour variants - Onyx Black (8GB/128GB memory) and Glacial Green (12GB/256GB memory) - are available.

OnePlus 8 SIM-free price

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As you can see, there are several options to buy OnePlus 8 SIM-free whereas the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G was available on contract only. The phones are available directly from OnePlus as well as through Amazon and John Lewis.

The 8GB/128GB version of the OnePlus 8 is £699, while the 8GB/128GB OnePlus 8 Pro is £100 more at £799.

There is also a 12GB/256GB model of the OnePlus 8 Pro for £899. 

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OnePlus 8 UK contract deals

Three is offering the OnePlus 8 128GB with a £29 upfront charge and £44 per month contract with unlimited calls, texts and 4GB data (you'll want more data than that on 5G).

The OnePlus 8 Pro 128GB costs significantly more per month at £63. All contracts are 24 months and include a set of Bullets Wireless 2 headphones.

Writing by Dan Grabham.