OnePlus came into spotlight after “OPO” became an enormous success due to being a great value for money device. The company hyped up the launch of its next, “the flagship killer of 2016” – the OnePlus 2. It has received mixed response so far from the consumers. OnePlus then went on to announce its second device this year and its called the OnePlus X. One of our friends was present at the event and thus we bring you the OnePlus X Impressions.
OnePlus X Impressions
First of all, “OnePlus X is the beginning of a new product lineup for the design conscious”, said Vikas Agarwal, General Manager, OnePlus India. Also, the company can now cater to different segment of consumers who are more comfortable using a compact smartphone and doesn’t always care about rocking a flagship phone with high-end specs.
The OnePlus X has been priced at Rs 16,999 for the Onyx variant and Rs 22,999 for the Ceramic variant in India. Only 10,000 units of the OnePlus X Ceramic variant will be sold in India. It is heavier, reflective and obviously more expensive than the glass (Onyx) version but it is beautiful. The OnePlus X is the best built smartphone from the company without a shadow of doubt. It is very thin at 6.9 mm and has a build quality as good as a Samsung Galaxy S6 or even better. The smartphone is covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on both sides and is wrapped up by a brushed anodized metal frame that has 17 precise micro cuts. It basically makes it more rigid and adds a better grip. In spite of being a glass phone, it is less slippery compared to other options in the market but however we always have a fear of dropping it. OnePlus is throwing in five cases made from Rosewood, Black Apricot, Bamboo, Karbon and Sandstone that we can use with the device or put a skin on it.
OnePlus’ two other smartphones had a 5.5-inch display and the ‘X’ is their first compact phone with a 5-inch display. It is an AMOLED display with a Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution. It has a pixel density of 441 ppi. The display has great color contrast and saturation with good viewing angles. It was very bright indoors and OnePlus is promising a good experience even under direct sunlight. So no issues on that front. Coming to the software experience, it doesn’t run on the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow which is a compromise but we can expect that by Q1 2016. It runs on the in-house OxygenOS based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. It is basically stock Android but has a lot of decent tweaks which does adds to the experience. You also have the option of swapping between on-screen capacitive buttons to off-screen buttons (not backlit). The OS is not as completely refined yet but it will get there soon.
Coming to the performance, it comes with a 2-year-old processor but old is gold, right? It is powered by a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor along with Adreno 330 GPU. It has 3 GB of RAM and comes with 16 GB of internal memory which can also be expanded up to 128 GB via microSD card. It can handle almost anything without a jitter even today and you won’t face any lag or frame drops with this hardware. The expandable storage is a plus which was not present in the OnePlus One.
Talking about the camera on the OnePlus X, it rocks a 13 megapixel rear primary camera with LED flash, ISOCELL sensor, Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF), f/2.2 aperture. It can only shoot Full HD 1080p videos and not 4K like the OnePlus 2. The camera app was fairly slow in our limited testing and the app UI can be better in the future. Overall, it has potential and the images came out quite well and we are pumped up to take it for a spin. On the front, there is a 8 megapixel front-facing camera with wide-angle lens for selfies and video calling.
The OnePlus X comes with a 1.2W front-facing speaker and supports Dual Hybrid SIM (nano) where the second SIM slot can fit in a microSD card. The phone also retains the Alert slider button found on the OnePlus 2, to switch between No, Priority or All Notifications. It has the usual 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (Dual Band), Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS as connectivity options but lacks the USB Type-C connector. Also, the battery the under is only 2,525 mAh but it should be good due to the screen size and optimized OxygenOS. But we need to test it out in detail to pass our judgement on it.
Overall, the OnePlus X is a solid device on paper that starts at US $249 globally or Rs 16,999 in India. You still need an invite to buy the device but the good news it the company will shift to an open sale or weekly flash sales from the second month (December). The OnePlus X (Onyx version) will be available in India from November 5 and the Ceramic version from November 24 exclusively on Amazon India.
Do let us in the comments section about your opinion about the smartphone or what you think of our OnePlus X impressions. Stay tuned for more, we have lots of interesting contents lined up for you!