The OnePlus X – Review – Does it fit the X bill

OnePlus X is the third addition to Flagship killer series. OnePlus as a company has had its share of publicity may it be due to the scrupulous invite system for purchasing their phones, or their cutting edge phones which go off the online shelves even before the listing reaches the search engines.

I am given to understand that Carl Pei has given the mobile phone a sense of purpose. Mobile phone purchases are no more an element of brand value, its about knowing your mobile phone first! One doesn’t have to be a geek to command high end specs. OnePlus has definitely created a league of Aware users who not only pay the right price for their high end phones, but also end up using most of its features in their day to day activities. Isn’t this what the smartphone started out for?

Save for the other techno-economical achievements, the 3rd edition of the OnePlus, the OnePlus X aims to carve a new niche within the mid and lower-mid range cellphone users. Empowering them with greater than good specs also not bereft them of a premium feel phone. Same specs in OnePlus X Onyx version and the OnePlus X Ceramic version with price deferential.

OnePlus X speaker

OnePlus X Full Specs:

  • CPU – Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad-core 2.3 GHz
  • GPU Adreno 330
  • RAM: 3GB RAM
  • Display: 5.0 inches 1080 x 1920 pixels AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • Camera Rear: 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, video 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps
  • Camera Front: 8MP front camera
  • Storage: 16GB internal
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, FM radio, microUSB v2.0, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
  • Data: 4G LTE
  • OS: Oxygen OS Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, should be upgradeable to Android 6 Marshmallow
  • Weight: 138 grams, 160 grams for heavier version
  • Dimensions: measuring 5.51 (140mm) x 2.72 (69mm) x 0.27 (6.9mm) inches
  • Battery: Li-Po 2525 mAh, battery not removeable
  • Expansion slot: MicroSD card slot
  • Microphones: Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Speakers: Speakers at the bottom
  • Colors: Onyx, Ceramic

OnePlus X Review, Photos

The Design

The first time you hold the phone and look at the front panel, it reminds you of an iPhone. The phone is nicely designed and suitably sized for single hand usage. Turn to the back side and you have glossy monotonous back side tapered at the edges; with OnePlus logo, camera and LED flash. The sides are however more interesting with controls on either side. The notification control slider introduced in OnePlus 2 continues onto OnePlus X and comes in handy changing notification preferences while entering into meetings.

Oneplus X side banner

 

The Display

The AMOLED display sets this phone apart from the rest. This first OnePlus device to sport AMOLED display and it surely carves out a niche for itself in mid range handsets where no other phone offers such reliable display.

The Camera

The OnePlus X offers f/2.2 lens  which means the camera will perform well in under low lighting situations. The iPhone 4 has f/2.4 lens and iPhone 6 has f/2.2 lens, lower the number the faster the lens. A smaller lens number wouls mean the camera will absorb much more light and give a better photo.

The phone also features  phase detection pixels on the sensor (ISOCELL technology) and the images are well optimized with white balance and saturation. The 13 MP rear camera renders 4128 x 3096 pixels images with greater quality. And the videos too are captured at 1080p@30fps and 720p@120fps. 720p videos are a charm at 120 fps. The OnePlus X has front 8MP camera for excellent selfie and Skype or video call capturing.

Verdict

The phone is smaller slightly less powerful version of OnePlus’ already super-hit phones. Design of phone is definatlely as ground breaker. Phone is slightly heavy but that is very much in favour of the phone as it gives a premium iPhone 6 like feel while holding in hand. The phone carries legacy of dual SIM slots from OnePlus 2 which benefits those who carry two phones. Traditionally there hasn’t been much variety available in better spec phones in the dual SIM segment. This phone works with two nano SIM cards.

Difference between the Onyx and Ceramic version is more materialistic than tech specific. You only pay extra for rich premium component design. The good part is this device will be the first ever OnePlus device to have expandable memory upto 128 GB. The Bottom-facing speakers give a decent quality sound. Users can go for OnePlus Icon headphones which offer high quality ear-friendly sound at pocket-friendly prices.
Both the front and back camera have good shoot quality rendering decent quality images quickly. This phone is economics at its best.

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