OnePlus is expanding its range of smartphones with the OnePlus X, which slides in below the Chinese firm’s flagship OnePlus 2. It has a mid-tier presenting with a highly reasonable price tag, aimed at encouraging those on tighter budgets, and with a great sense of style, to jump aboard the start-up’s bandwagon. The OnePlus X has been launched in two versions – a limited-edition Ceramic variant and an Onyx variant.
Regarding specifications, the new OnePlus X is looks like the OnePlus One. It features a 5-inch full-HD AMOLED screen display and is powered by a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor. OnePlus X has 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 16GB of built-in storage and also supports storage development using a microSD card (up to 128GB). The phone also has a 13-megapixel rear camera with flash and a f/2.2 aperture; and second 8-megapixel front-facing camera with a f/2.4 aperture; and a non-removable 2525mAh battery.
There are two models of the OnePlus X: the Onyx, and the Ceramic. Both are nearly identical in appearance. The Onyx’s rear plate is black glass, polished heavily to give it a mirror finish.
The OnePlus X looks and feels more premium than the both previous OnePlus One, and two and I can see this design having a wider appeal with the buyer. In fact, regarding the price the OnePlus X is fantastically built – it could easily pass itself off as a handset almost doubled the price in the design field. At 6.9mm thick, it’s the thinnest OnePlus handset to date, and the 5-inch display holds the dimensions to a palm friendly 140 x 69mm. It’s much easier to hold in one hand than its bigger brothers.
Its 5in size will hit the size sweet spot for many people. It feels big enough to enjoy gaming and browsing while one-handed use will be snug for all but the tiniest-handed gadgeteers.
It’s not 2K, choosing instead to stick to a 1080p resolution, but we’ve no complaints with its sharpness when holding it in our hands.
It’s also the first AMOLED display that the OnePlus makers have used in one of its smartphones and compared to the excellent screen of the Samsung Galaxy S6, it fared extremely well in our brief comparison.
The OnePlus X has a 13 megapixel ISOCELL camera on the back with f2.2 aperture and hybrid phase detection autofocus. It can also record 1080p video, which seems like a deliberate cut-down regarding the chipset does support 4K on other devices, such as the Xiaomi Mi 4. The front camera comes with the 8 megapixels with fixed focus and f2.4 aperture.
The unit we were able to use for a bound time was running OxygenOS 2.1.2 based on latest version of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. It comes with OnePlus’ OxygenOS skin, which doesn’t make too many changes. We are not overly attached to the keyboard design or camera User Interface, which clarifies so much it loops back to being confused, but Android’s core interface and features have been left mostly untouched.
As we know quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 was a top notch chip in 2014 when it appeared inside the LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy S5. But it has been outpaced and overshadowed by the preposterously powerful Apple and Samsung processors powering the Samsung Galaxy S6 family and the iPhone 6S, but it is still more than fast complete on paper to stage a cut-price comeback, mainly with a big, fat 3GB of RAM.
Indeed, operating system the OnePlus X is buttery smooth. We could open apps and menus immediately, and slip between multiple tasks without delay.
With a capacity of 2525 mAh, the OnePlus X does not surprise with its sheer “absolute” size. OnePlus challenge that with fast-charging and with OS optimizations, they can make up for some of it, but I know for sure that within a provider platform, battery capacity is the main portion that counts. Fast-charging does work very well unless you do not have a path to an electric socket, and a fast-charing battery pack. Given the size of the phone, I think that 2525 mAh is pretty decent.
At a price of $249 for the Onyx Black version, OnePlus has once again placed the bar with the pricing, and of what we could say, there does not seem to have been any agreement made to reach that point. The OnePlus X has a great design, display, and performance. In the end, the catch will always remain OnePlus’ frustrating invite system and the lackluster after sales support.
At this price point, the Onyx OnePlus X can be a demand to move potential OnePlus One buyers, recognize the fact that the One will be discontinued within a few months. However, the Ceramic OnePlus X must deal with strong competition from its bigger sibling, the OnePlus 2. One of the biggest problems of OnePlus X buyers could be the dated hardware although this is unlikely to be a problem in day-to-day use.
The OnePlus X has a great design, display, and performance. In the end, the catch will always remain OnePlus' frustrating invite system and the lackluster after sales support.