Back in July, China-based smartphone maker, OnePlus launched its flagship smartphone - OnePlus 2. Soon after the 2016 flagship launched, the company has created buzz about a new mid-smartphone dubbed as OnePlus X, which was unveiled at simultaneous events in Beijing and New Delhi, among other cities.
The OnePlus X has been rumored for a quite long time. The smartphone brings some new materials internally as well as the external looks. The OnePlus X is launched in two versions: a glass back model called as Onyx and a limited-edition Ceramic variant.
The Onyx variant OnePlus X is priced at Rs. 16,999, while the Ceramic version is priced much higher at Rs. 22,999. The device will be exclusively available in Amazon India via the Invite Only system.
We got our hands on the Onyx variant and here is the first look of the OnePlus X. Read on to know more.
Design and build quality
The OnePlus X definitely sports a very different look compared to the company's earlier smartphones (OnePlus One and OnePlus 2). It features a metal frame and a glass panel on front and back, which makes it a very sturdy construction. The device is smaller and feels a bit heavier than other devices that we have on the market.
However, handling is made easy, thanks to flat metal sides and a smaller screen size. On the sides, we can see the volume rockers and power button on the right side, which are very easy to reach. Interesting, the device comes with an alert slider on the left-hand side, similar to the OnePlus 2. Overall, the OnePlus X is well-built and has a heavier feeling makes it to feel a stronger smartphone.
OnePlus X sports a 5 inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080x1920 pixels at 441ppi pixel density. The display has 71.3 percent of screen-to-body ratio and features a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection.
OnePlus has used an AMOLED display for the first time to its smartphone. The display reproduced bright colors and a good visibility under direct indoor lights with a decent viewing angles.
In terms specifications, the OnePlus X has quite similar hardware of the OnePlus One. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset at at clock speed of a quad-core 2.3GHz processor along with Adreno 330 GPU, paired with 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM.
The OnePlus X features a built-in storage option of 16GB and also support to expand memory up to 128GB using a microSD card. Further, it packs a non-removable 2,525mAh battery, which will likely to juice up the phone to go for quite some time, considering the specs.
We got to spend a little time with the OnePlus X. The performance of the smartphone is quite good for using about 30 minutes, and didn't lagged while using. We don't see any major issues while using, stayed tuned for full review.
In terms of software, the OnePlus X runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop-based Oxygen OS, which gives a very similar experience of the OnePlus 2. The interface is still very stock Android-like feel and look.
In the camera department, the OnePlus X flaunts a 13 megapixel Isocell sensor on the back and an 8 megapixel front-facing selfie shooter. The rear camera comes with LED flash and features phase detection autofocus, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR f/2.2 aperture and more, while, the selfie shooter has f/2.4 aperture. The camera app in the OnePlus X is nearly identical to the OnePlus 2.
OnePlus X provides similar experience of OnePlus One in a compact size and is more affordable. There are couple of new features that make the smartphone more exciting including the alert slider and an expandable storage option. The device comes with a solid construction, but the one complaint is that it is very prone to fingerprints.
At the price of Rs. 16,999 for the Onyx variant, the smartphone is attracting many OnePlus One fans. If you love compact phones, then the OnePlus X is perhaps the best choice you can have in this price range.
Well, One of the biggest barriers for those who wish to buy the OnePlus X is the invite system. However, the invite will be accepted the first month, and the company has plans to expand the availability of the device with open sale in the coming months.