Quick TEQ: The OnePlus X is a great smartphone that meets most user’s needs at the average cost of USD 260 or INR 17,000. It’s got a 5 inch full HD Amoled screen, is 4G enabled, has a dual SIM slot, had a 13MP and 8MP camera, comes with 16 GB of internal memory which can be expanded to 128GB, and runs on a Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM.
OnePlus has managed to blow the world away again with its OnePlus X. For those of you who don’t know, OnePlus is a small Chinese smartphone manufacturer that was founded about two and a half years ago, and entered the Indian market about a year ago. The OnePlus X was initially being sold using the ingenious invite based technique, but is now widely available for purchase online.
OnePlus is the same company that launched their flagship OnePlus One and OnePlus 2 phones which were absolute hits in Asia. Let’s take a closer look at the OnePlus X:
On the first glance we noticed that the OnePlus X is smaller in terms of length and width, than OnePlus’s predecessors. It also has a metal frame, along with a glass back panel. We have a feeling that finger print marks will be very visible on this. Surprisingly the glass panel is quite sturdy and seems scratch proof as well. We really liked the highly reflective nature of the back which is caused by the black panel under the glass. The device just seems so simple, yet classy.
The OnePlus X is currently available in two colours, which is Ceramic and Onyx. To be honest the Onyx model just seemed purely like black to us, but the Ceramic variant is supposedly a limited edition model and will be available for a slightly higher price.
There is a secondary microphone and a 3.5mm audio jack on the top of the device, while the right has the volume rocker, power button, and the SIM card tray. The left side has a three position notification slider, which actually lets you choose how many notifications you would like to receive! The top most position blocks all notifications, the middle position does not block priority notifications, and the lowest position does not block any notifications. We tried to customize the notifications, but it seems that they are not customizable.
You can find the USB port and the speaker grilles at the bottom of the phone, along with the primary microphone. We noticed that sound was only coming out of the left speaker grill, and when we did some research into the design of the phone, we found out that there is actually just one speaker, and that too in the left grill. The right grill is just for aesthetic symmetry.
The OnePlus X has an incredibly sharp 5 inch full HD Amoled display. The variance of the colours are very smooth on the eyes, but seemed a bit washed up when compared to the Samsung Galaxy S6.
The display has a great range of viewing angles, and the auto brightness worked superb under bright outdoor conditions. Apart from the screen, we really liked this new Duochrome mode, which shows you the time and notifications without even having to power up the entire screen.
The OnePlus X comes with a 8 MP f/2.4 front camera, and a 13 MP f/2.2 back camera. We loved how both cameras can record video in 1080p, and the back camera can even slow motion video at 120 fps. The picture quality was crisp, however, we did have to swipe through a few settings to finally get to the time lapse, and panorama modes.
The OnePlus X houses a 2.3GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, with an integrated Adreno 330 GPU AND 3GB OF RAM! What more could a human ask for!
The phone had no trouble at all whilst multitasking or handling heavy applications. We can definitely say that the OnePlus X will not slow down on you.
The device comes with 16GB of internal storage, a sealed 2525 mAh battery, and dual SIM connectivity. The battery had lasted us a full day on a full charge, but YouTube streaming, and gaming reduces the battery drastically. The SIM card tray has two nano SIM slots, which are both 4G enabled. The second slot is a hybrid slot, and can also be used for expanding your storage up to 128GB using a Micro SD card.
The OnePlus X comes with Oxygen OS, which is a stock Android Lollipop OS, but on powering up and connecting to Wifi, a prompt to update to Oxygen 2.1.2 is immediately available.
In an overall view, the OnePlus X is a great smartphone to buy. Packed with a punch it’s got everything a person could ask for. Now moving to the most important part of all, the price. The OnePlus X will set you back about USD 260, or INR 17,000. Which puts it within arm’s reach for most smartphone users. However, we did find out that the OnePlus X does not support wireless or fast charging, so that is one thing that OnePlus might want to work on when they think of the OnePlus 3.
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