After a long wait, the OnePlus X is finally official, and yes, its official name is the OnePlus X as speculated earlier. The phone was launched on 29th of October during the OnePlus Launch event in London, just three months after the Company lifted the lid off its 2015 flagship device, tagged OP2 (One Plus 2).
The OnePlus X fits in the mid-range category with a fair price tag, decent specification and a premium build.
Here’s everything you need to know about the OnePlus X.
Design and Build
OnePlus is famous for bringing affordable devices to its customers without compromising much on quality, and the OnePlus X is no exception. The phone has two models, one with an Onyx glass panel at the back and, for those who want an even better build quality, there is a variant with a ceramic glass panel.
The onyx variant has a black anodized metal frame with the phone’s edges well rounded to give you a good grip when you’re holding it.
The Ceramic glass model is a limited edition and the Chinese company claims that it took a total of 25 days to complete the phone’s crafting process and that “each individual OnePlus X backplate undergoes three meticulous methods of polishing before it is flawless enough for use”, and it also has an anodized metal frame like the onyx model.
The device also has two Corning Gorilla Glass 3 panes, one at the back and the other in front to offer maximum protection.
Both variants are carefully polished to give them a fine mirror-like finish. The power button is found at the right side of the phone, just below the volume rockers which in turn has the Dual nano-SIM slot above it.
One the left side, is the alert slider as seen on the OnePlus 2, which performs multiple functions like silent mode activation, priority mode activation and all notifications mode activation. Underneath the device, are the speaker grills and the micro-USB charging port.
On the downside, there is no visible home button, so the OnePlus X does not have a fingerprint sensor.
The phone is quite handy at 140mm x 69mm x 6.9mm and it weighs 138g for the Onyx model (the company’s thinnest device yet) and 160g for the ceramic variant.
Although, the OnePlus X is only available in one color option, the company has made available style-swap covers which have five different options, made of both wood and plastic materials (for an extra price) and can help protect your phone while adding style to the design.
Generally, the OnePlus X certainly looks better than most devices within the same price range.
The OnePlus X sports a 5-inch AMOLED FHD display with 1920 x 1080p resolution and a pixel per inch density of approximately 441. The screen is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
The 5-inch screen will be much appreciated by consumers who would prefer a more portable option to the OnePlus 2 which sports a 5.5-inch display, much like the screen size going around in most flagships of this year.
The AMOLED screen helps with a brighter display in direct sunlight and also helps the phone reproduce colors a whole lot better.
The 1080p resolution with the 441PPI will give you a sharper display without draining your battery much. OnePlus also retained the three capacitive buttons in its new device and they are seen below the display.
Like the OnePlus 2 before it, this phone runs on the company’s Oxygen OS which is still based off Android Lollipop 5.1.1, although Carl Pei (OnePlus’s co-founder) says that the Marshmallow 6.0 build will come soon with its many new exciting features.
The OnePlus X still has that stock Android feel with a few added customization options which are available in the settings menu.
The device also comes with lots of unique features like the off-screen gesture which wakes the screen whenever the phone is about to be used, a custom home screen which contains shortcuts to your favorite contacts and apps to help you relieve the stress of searching for your contacts and save time too.
The company also introduced its new FM radio app on the OnePlus X which allows you to broadcast your favorite radio stations directly from your phone without the need for Wi-Fi or 3G connection.
Other features available on this mid-range smartphone include the ‘Shelf’ feature which you can access by swiping right from the main menu to help you organize your display and the ‘Swiftkey’ keyboard, which has been one of the best Keyboard Apps for Android over the past few years.
The OnePlus X made a little compromise in the camera department by not including OIS; however, the 13MP rear-facing camera has a f/2.2 aperture with a 0.2second phase detection auto focus (PDAF) and a LED flash.
The camera quality is fairly good for its price range and can capture every noteworthy moment of your life in both Auto, HDR or Clear image quality and the PDAF also helps increase the camera’s shutter speed.
The secondary camera is equipped with an 8MP sensor that supports the Beauty mode feature with the stock camera app to give you an amazing selfie experience.
This phone does not ship 4K video recording capability so you’ll have to make do with the 1080p (normal shooting mode), and the 720p (slow-motion mode) video recorder; on the plus side, rear camera does record video in Full HD resolution.
Performance and Connectivity
The device is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 quad-core chipset which is clocked at 2.5GHz frequency and backed by 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM with an Adreno 330 GPU.
The Snapdragon 801 processor is in accordance with what was seen in previous leaks. The SD801, though a bit dated, is nothing to scoff at, as it’s the same chipset that powers the OP1.
It also has 16GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 128GB via the Micro-SD card slot (which can alternatively be used as a second SIM card slot) and it sports a 2525 mAh non-removable Li-Polymer battery.
The OnePlus X supports GSM/HSPA/LTE networks, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 801.11n, and GPS, however, it lacks support for wireless battery charging, Quick charge, USB-C Port, fingerprint sensor, and 5 GHz Wi-Fi speed.
The Dual Nano-SIM slot also allows you to choose between using two SIM cards and using a single Nano SIM card while using the second SIM slot to accommodate your Micro-SD card.
Pricing and Availability
The OnePlus X still retains OnePlus’s “Invite only” purchase system, which the company claims helps them manage inventory. This is quite disappointing, as it will limit the number of people that will be able to get their hands on this smartphone; although Carl Pei says that this invite system will only last for one month, after which the company will start rolling out the device to the public on a weekly basis.
Currently two variants of the OnePlus X are available for purchase on GearBest – one with 2GB RAM, selling for $279.99 and one with 3GB RAM, selling for $289.99.
Locally, in the US, the OnePlus X Onyx variant will go on sale on November 19th while the OnePlus X Ceramic model should also be available before Christmas (although there is no confirmation of a specific date or U.S. Price yet).
The OnePlus X features most of the aesthetic qualities you would find in a more expensive smartphones and is shockingly good-looking for its price.
In terms of design, it is the best-looking OnePlus smartphone so far which is probably the highlight of the device as its internal specs are not jaw-dropping but still a good bargain for the sub $300 price.
Both versions of the phone are great, but I would personally prefer the Onyx version as the ceramic model is more of a fingerprint magnet (it retains fingerprint smudges) which will make it too difficult to maintain.
In any case, you can take a look at the video below for a final review of the phone before deciding if you’ll be picking up one of these.
Head on to GearBest to order one now to get yours when shipping starts on November 28. You can also visit oneplus.net to secure an invite.
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