OnePlus X was recently announced and it comes just 2 months after the launch of OnePlus Two. As a result, it has led to the rise of abundant speculations involving the device and how it fares against the OnePlus Two.
This could ultimately be the OnePlus Mini that people have been waiting for a long time. It could also be an affordable alternative to the OnePlus 2. In reality, things are quite different from what was expected.
The OnePlus X is the smallest OnePlus phone that has been seen so far, featuring a 5 inch display that is significantly smaller than the OnePlus Two and the OnePlus One. However, it has an AMOLED display which sets it apart from the OnePlus Two by producing more vibrant colors and deeper black levels.
The display is more akin to Samsung Galaxy S6 rather than iPhone 6S. An ambient duochrome mode has been added to the OnePlus X which will alert you to new notifications without the whole screen getting powered. However, OnePlus X has the same full-HD display like the OnePlus Two and this makes it sharper as well. The smaller display in the X with 441 ppi makes it more pixel-packed than the 401ppi display on the OnePlus Two.
The flat metallic edges and the clean rounded corners make it look more like that of an iPhone 4 rather than its immediate successor. According to Peter Lau, OnePlus CEO, the new device is quite design-centric in nature.
The device will be available in two different models. One is Onyx, which features a polished black glass back and the other includes a ceramic backplate. According to OnePlus, the ceramic back is scratch resistant and has a hardness of 8.5H on the Mohs scale, which makes it quite shatterproof in nature.
The device weighs more than the regular glass model at a weight of 160 grams, which is 22 grams heavier than the standard model. People should be happy to see the return of the alert slider which was great addition on the OnePlus Two.
Sadly, the fingerprint sensor on the OnePlus Two isn’t featured on the OnePlus X and this should be a problem for people willing to access Android Pay. Furthermore, the USB Type-C connector isn’t present either.
The rear cameras in the OnePlus Two and the OnePlus X might appear similar but there are notable differences among the two. Both these devices have 13 megapixel camera sensors but the OnePlus X has an f/2.2 aperture. Meanwhile, the OnePlus 2 has a brighter f/2.0 aperture. Thankfully, there is a phase detection autofocus feature present on the OnePlus X, essentially making it a quicker-snapping camera.
There is also a sharper 8 megapixel front-facing camera present on the OnePlus X and compared to the OnePlus Two, this should result in much crisper selfies. Compared to the OnePlus Two, the OnePlus X is weaker due to the Snapdragon 801 processor which powers the older OnePlus One.
This chip was responsible for the flagship performance seen in the OnePlus One in 2014. However, things should run smoothly, thanks to the 3GB RAM present in the OnePlus X. This is similar to the 16GB model of OnePlus 2, but the 64GB variant gets 4GB.
The OnePlus X comes with two Nano-SIM slots which is a feature widely used in most developing countries but you can also insert a microSD card in one of the slots. As a result, the 16GB internal storage can be expanded by up to 128GB. Price appears to be pretty sweet with the basic glass version priced at £199 which is 40 pounds cheaper than OnePlus 2, which starts at a price of £239.