OnePlus announced the launch of their new smartphone, the OnePlus X, on November 5th. This device was unveiled at concurrent launch events in New Delhi and Beijing by the Chinese company that created ripples in the smartphone market with the OnePlus 2.
OnePlus claims that the new model has been designed to cater to smartphone buyers who want a phone packed with the latest features, but with a lower price tag than their previous models.
Right now, the phone will be distributed on an invite-only basis, which means that getting hold of one may be difficult. This method of release is needed to keep a track of the product’s performance, but the company stated that this would be the case only for the first month. After this period, they plan to provide open sales on a limited number of devices every week.
Although this phone is new to the market, its popularity is assured. Here’s why.
The OnePlus X comes with a 5-inch screen. It can be comfortably held in the palm, and is perfect for those with an aversion to larger smartphone models and phablets. It’s got a full-HD (1080x1920p) AMOLED display, making the colours look vivid and allowing for superb viewing angles.
With an in-built storage of 16GB, this phone offers enough space for a wide range of possibilities. And if that isn’t enough, it’s even got a hybrid, dual-sim slot on the interior. This special design allows you to use two SIM cards if required, or substitute one for a microSD card, letting you expand your storage space up to 128 GB.
Sporting Qualcomm’s 2.3GHz quad-core SnapDragon 801 processor, this device employs the same OS used by the previous OnePlus models—the Oxygen OS 2.1.2. This operating system visually resembles the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS, but with a few additional customisations.
It allows for a couple of pre-programmed gestures when the screen is off. For example, tapping the screen twice causes it to light up, and drawing a V turns on the flashlight. Tracing an ‘O’ on the surface lets you turn on the 13 megapixel camera. Apart from that, it’s almost identical to stock Android.
The OnePlus X was released in two versions—Onyx and Ceramic. At 138 grams, the Onyx version features rounded edges and is available at the price of INR 16,999. Its counterpart, the Ceramic variant, has sharper angles and weighs in at 160 grams. The latter design is a limited edition and the company confirmed that there would be only 10,000 units of this version worldwide. It’s slightly more expensive, and comes at a price tag of INR 22,999.
They’re both similar in functionality and design, and the only thing that varies is the material they’re made of. One is made using onyx glass and the other, with zirconia ceramic—a material that’s highly resistant to cracks.
A Great Bargain
At a low price, and with features that rival those of the top mobile devices, the OnePlus X is a great purchase. It’s the best buy for anyone on a budget who’s looking for a powerful smartphone.