OnePlus has always been competing in the top-tier market with their monolithic approach when they released the OnePlus One and OnePlus Two in two consecutive years. But both the OnePlus One and Two are all pitted against other flagship devices with the company’s attractive budget price. As the company expands, OnePlus is now launching a whole new level of smartphone line with emphasis on design and more premium material with the new OnePlus X.
The new OnePlus X comes with a 5-inch full-HD AMOLED Display and underneath is a Snapdragon 801 SoC with 3 GB of RAM. It has a rather modest 16 GB of internal storage but there’s a microSD card slot for memory expansion which sits together on a single multi-slot SIM and microSD tray which holds the memory card and two SIM’s all at the same time.
Its imaging power is provided by a 13 Megapixel ISOCELL sensor from Samsung with an f/2.2 aperture at the back while the front comes with an 8 Megapixel sensor with f/2.4 aperture from OmniVision. Unfortunately
Connectivity-wise, the OnePlus X comes with multi-network support including 2G/GSM, 3G/HSPA+ and 4G/LTE wireless networks and a whole addition of standard connectivity features with Single band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS BDS support.
Oxygen OS based on Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) runs the system while it’s powered by a rather basic 2520 mAh battery but promises a long-lasting and highly optimized battery consumption features giving users hours of browsing, basic text and call features before needing another time to be plugged-in.
Measuring at 140 x 69 x 6.9mm, the OnePlus X is fairly a thin smartphone and weighs only 138 grams which should be a plus to users that requires a compact and lightweight device with its full-metal anodized frame. Getting into the premium line is what the OnePlus X is all about with a choice to two different materials of either Onyx or Zirconia Ceramic. The Onyx version has comes with a black glass panel with a glossy mirror-like finish that complements the front panel. The Zirconia Ceramic variant will play as the top of level variant and is built with nothing but a zirconia panel that took 25 days to manufacture under precise, multilevel processing before it goes to polishing. The result is a material with a 8.5H hardness in the mohs scale and is one of the best that OnePlus has attempted to create a level of luxury and elegance to date.
The OnePlus X will be available in selected markets at $249/£199 for the Onyx variant while £70 more if you want to get more premium for the limited edition Zirconia Ceramic variant which will only be available to 10,000 customers. Unfortunately the ceramic variant won’t be coming to the States side, so US customers might want to go through other alternatives if they want to get their hands on this variant before they are sold out.