OnePlus launched its third smartphone, OnePlus X earlier this week. It is true that the phone is not a “flagship killer” like its siblings OnePlus One and OnePlus 2, but it is definitely a phone which will give other mid-range phones a run for their money. So, here is everything you need to know about the latest phone from OnePlus – OnePlus X.
1. Design and Build:
If there is one thing about OnePlus X to which everyone will agree is its design. The OnePlus X is available in two variants: Onyx and Ceramic (limited edition). The Onyx variant has metallic frames with glass back and the Ceramic has its back made up of ceramic material.
OnePlus has described the design of Ceramic variant as “craftsmanship”. In order to make the ceramic back, the OnePlus team baked the Zirconia plates, sourced from Australia, at a temperature of 2700 F (1480ºC) and then left it to cool down for two days followed by its polishing for three days. It resulted in a material with a hardness of 8.5H on Mohs scale. This whole process took 25 days to complete. OnePlus has already said that the Ceramic variant will be a limited edition with only 10,000 units available globally.
2. Alert Slider:
If you are following OnePlus and its announcements regularly, then ‘Alert Slider‘ shouldn’t be a new thing for you. The OnePlus team introduced the feature with OnePlus 2 and has added it to OnePlus X now. The Alert Slider is basically a button on the left side of the phone which can be slid to rest at any of the following three positions: Top, Middle, and Bottom. You can use it switch between sound and notification profiles without even waking up the OnePlus X, basically to choose whether you want to receive all the notifications, priority notifications, or none of them (mute). Isn’t it really easy and a helpful feature?
The OnePlus X features a 5-inch Active Matrix OLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and a resolution of 1920x1080pixels. It results in a pixel density of 441ppi. This seems to be a good display for a phone costing only Rs. 16,999 ($249). In addition to this, the OnePlus X also has support for the ‘Ambient Display‘ which will alert you about the notifications by automatically waking up the phone as and when they arrive.
On the back, OnePlus X has a 13MP camera with f/2.2 aperture and ISOCELL technology. The OnePlus team says that they have improved the light sensitivity for sharper images and less noise. The camera also has Phase Detection Autofocus with time to focus around 0.2 seconds and is capable of recording 1080p videos. If that’s true, it can prove to be a good camera for the price point. As for the front, the smartphone features an 8MP camera with f/2.4 aperture.
5. Expandable Storage (apparently):
The OnePlus X is the first phone from the company to support microSD card, but as I mentioned apparently. In reality, the SIM-tray of the phone has two slots for inserting two SIM cards, obviously. But, the catch is that one of those two slots also works as microSD card slot. It means you can either use the OnePlus X as a dual-SIM phone or a single-SIM phone with a microSD card of up to 128GB.
6. OnePlus Radio:
This time, OnePlus has also added support from FM Radio channels. If you enjoy listening to the radio, then you can do so on your OnePlus X via the OnePlus Radio app. As described by the company, “OnePlus Radio brings FM stations straight to your smartphone in a way that you won’t find anywhere else. So whether you’re on the go, hanging out at home, or spending study sessions in the library, tune in and discover a whole new world of ideas.”
The OnePlus X comes loaded with the latest version of OxygenOS, a version of Android built by OnePlus team from the scratch. It comes with various interesting and useful features like the Gestures and Shelf. The ‘Gestures’ feature lets you perform various tasks on your phone by simply drawing the gestures, like double-tap to wake and draw O to open the camera. Similarly, the ‘Shelf’ is an additional home screen which shows an overview of your frequently used apps, contacts, recent calls, temperature, etc.
Like OnePlus One and OnePlus Two, you will still need the invite to buy a OnePlus X. Although, OnePlus has said that the invite system will be there only for the first month and afterwards, the company will hold weekly 1-hour open sales of the smartphone.
9. Pricing and Availability:
The pricing of the OnePlus X varies depending upon the variant and the region. In India, the Onyx variant is priced at Rs. 16,999 and the Ceramic at Rs. 22,999. Both the variant will be available in India from November 5 and November 23 respectively exclusively via Amazon India. You can check the pricing for your region from the image above.