A premium budget smartphone.
OnePlus somehow busted through the scene with its own premium smartphone – the only difference is that their flagships cost almost half of what competitors are charging. Immediately after the launch of the OnePlus 2, the company is introducing the OnePlus X, their first smartphone in the midrange category.
Though looking at its design, you won’t really think that this is a midrange smartphone. The OnePlus X ranks up there as one of the most beautiful smartphones I’ve seen.
The OnePlus X comes with two panels of glass surrounding a metal frame, reminiscent of the iPhone 4/4S. It’s solid and easy to hold on one hand, though the glass material means that the device could easily slip off your hand.
You’ll find all the usual ports and hardware buttons surrounding the edges of the OnePlus X, including the slider that’s unique to the OnePlus line. This alert slider lets you choose the sound profile of the smartphone, an easier way compared to browsing through the menus to turn it on.
Specifications-wise, the OnePlus X features nearly identical components to the first OnePlus One, but the hardware is still perfectly capable of running the most in-demand tasks.
The OnePlus X features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor running at 2.3 GHz along with 3 GB of RAM and 16 of storage. It supports dual SIM, and the extra SIM slot can alternatively be used for micro SD cards for extra storage space.
The OnePlus X also has a 5-inch AMOLED screen with a full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel screen resolution. It also includes a 13-megapixel rear camera along with an 8 megapixel front-facing one. The system runs on OxygenOS which is based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (a Marshmallow-based build is coming early next year).
Performance was good, and with the plethora of games and apps I’ve installed on the OnePlus X I never felt any sort of lag or sluggishness when using the device. OxygenOS pretty much resembles the same pure Android experience offered by Nexus smartphones.
The camera though on the OnePlus X offered decent shots – but that’s about it. By standards we can say that it is ‘strictly okay’, though it could be better. Day shots are the best but its gets grainy with low light settings.
The OnePlus X comes with a 2525 mAh fixed battery that performs below average. With normal usage you can get a day’s worth of battery life on the OnePlus X, though if you are the type that constantly uses the smartphone for calls, messages and emails, then better keep that charger always ready.
The OnePlus X currently retails at Souq.com for 999 AED. That’s already a great price for a budget smartphone of this design and specifications.
The OnePlus X is definitely made for the mid-range crowd and impresses with its design and affordability.