OnePlus Unveils The OnePlus X – Specs & Pricing!
In today’s reveal events, OnePlus made the OnePlus X official, a smartphone aimed at one of the key areas that the original OnePlus One aimed at, that cheap can be good. But is it good?
Design wise, the OnePlus X takes a leave from the design language we’ve seen from previous OnePlus devices. Instead, it adopts the metal and glass approach making it appear closer to the Nexus 4, iPhone 4 and the Xperia Z lineup than to its OnePlus brethren. For the frame, you have anodized metal making an appearance in brushed form, with two variants dictating the other shareholder of the body. There is a glass variant, called OnePlus X Onyx, which is fashioned from black glass and boasts of a smooth and glossy finish. The other is the ceramic variant, called the OnePlus X Ceramic, is made out of ceramic. It boasts of being scratch-resistant, but is expectedly heavier at 160 gms compared to the 138 gms for the Onyx variant.
Apart from their build materials, price and availability, the rest of the specs and features remain same across both variants. Occupying most of the front is the 5″ AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, with capacitive buttons below it. For the rest of the design, you have the volume rockers and power button on the right of the device, with the Notification Slider on the left, an addition carried over from the OnePlus 2. However, the OnePlus X does not sport a fingerprint reader anywhere on the device, a decision that is most likely to be attributed to keeping the price of the device down.
For the specs, the OnePlus X sits firmly in the mid range. The phone sports the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, clocked at 2.3 GHz along with Adreno 330 GPU. This is a very interesting choice as the processor is a slightly underclocked version of the same one found in the OnePlus One. The Snapdragon 801 continues to hold its own ground in current phones as it is perfectly capable of doing most smartphone tasks without breaking a sweat. Flanking the processor is 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The phone also features expandable storage of up to 128GB as long as you do not mind losing dual-SIM capabilities as the device gives you an option of either using a second SIM or a microSD card.
For the camera, the rear setup comprises of a 13MP ISOCELL CMOS sensor with a f/2.2 aperture and PDAF, capable of 1080p video recording and slow-mo 720p at 120fps, along with a single LED flash. The front camera is a 8MP OV8858 sensor with a f/2.4 aperture.
The OnePlus X runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop with Oxygen OS on top of it. NFC continues to be missing from this device as well, but it is pardonable in this instance as the phone targets the mid segment of spec sheet. There is also a multi-colored notification LED on the device. The X is powered by a 2,525 LiPo (non removable) battery, which is quite good when taking into account the smaller 5″ AMOLED display and a power efficient SD801 chipset. The device also trades in the USB Type-C port for the traditional micro-usb slot, capable of charging at 2A current.
The OnePlus X will cost $249 for the Onyx variant and will be available on November 19th in the USA. Europe will receive the OnePlus X from November 5th for €269 ($295), with the limited edition Ceramic variant to cost €369 ($405) and will be available from November 24th. India will receive the OnePlus X Onyx on November 5th as well, for a price of Rs. 16,999 ($260) with the Ceramic variant being available from November 24th for a price of Rs. 22,999 ($350).
The OnePlus X ticks a lot of boxes, but it has the inevitable “But” attached to it, as most devices in 2015 have had. The OnePlus X follows along the OnePlus invite system, albeit only for the first month. After that, the device can be purchased without invites through open sales in the same fashion as the OnePlus 2 was. If you are looking to get your hands on the Ceramic variant, there is another “But” with it as purchasing this variant will require a specific Ceramic-only invite. The OnePlus X will also be available in limited invite-free sales at Pop-Up stores.
The OnePlus X (Onyx) offers a very decent package at a very decent price, aiming to be the OnePlus One’s spiritual successor. When looking from OPO to OPX, you get a newer device with a smaller yet adequate display, something which a lot of people want. Granted there are a few subtractions too, but the OnePlus X is aimed at the market segment that is occupied by the likes of the Moto G 3rd Gen. But can it succeed at providing a better experience? Stay tuned for our hands-on, coming soon!
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