“The OnePlus X will be available in a choice of Onyx and Ceramic variants”
Thanks to its popularity, we tend to forget that OnePlus is still a relatively young brand, having been founded in December 2013 by former OPPO vice president Pete Lau. The company launched its first smartphone, the OnePlus One (review) just last year, and the device made its way to India in late 2014. In August 2015, the brand unveiled its second offering, the OnePlus 2 (review), which went on sale in India alongside the US, Canada and China. Both OnePlus smartphones have fallen into the affordable flagship category so far, but now it appears OnePlus wants to increase its user base even more. At simultaneous events in New Delhi, London, Jakarta and Beijing, the brand has taken the covers off its first mid-range device, the long-rumoured OnePlus X, which incidentally, will be the first OnePlus device to be manufactured in India.
The OnePlus X comes in two finishes, Onyx and a limited Ceramic edition. It’s quite skinny as well, measuring just 6.9mm around the waist, and you’ll be able to adorn it with a range of OnePlus StyleSwap covers. It comes equipped with the Alert Slider switch we saw on the OnePlus 2, which lets you easily switch between three notification alert modes. Unlike its predecessors which offered phablet-grade 5.5-inch screens, the OnePlus X features a compact 5-inch AMOLED display with 1080p resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 441ppi. The screen is coated with Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
The smartphone is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.3GHz (the same one powering the OnePlus One), which is a bit disappointing considering it’s a 32-bit chipset, and will not be able to take advantage of Android Lollipop’s 64-bit support. The processor is paired with 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU. It features just 16GB of onboard storage – but here’s the good news – there’s finally a microSD card slot for expansion up to 128GB. The camera department includes a 13MP rear shooter with ISOCELL technology, f/2.2 aperture and LED flash, as well as an 8MP front shooter for selfies.
The OnePlus X is a dual-SIM device, but the second tray also doubles up as a microSD card slot. Other connectivity options include 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS and USB OTG. The smartphone runs OnePlus’ custom OxygenOS ROM which is based on Android Lollipop 5.1. OnePlus has also introduced a new app with the smartphone called OnePlus Radio, which lets you connect to various radio stations. A 2,525mAh battery provides the fuel.
The OnePlus X has been priced at Rs 16,999 for the Onyx variant, and Rs 22,999 for the Ceramic edition. It will be available exclusively on Amazon India, with the Onyx version going on sale starting November 5th, and the Ceramic variant from November 24th. You’ll need a Ceramic-specific invite to purchase the latter. The devices will be available via an invite-only model for the first month, but OnePlus will be holding weekly open sales from the second month.