We all know about OnePlus thanks to an aggressive online marketing campaign and affordable, but overall well made, smartphones. It can be argued that OnePlus truly kicked off the affordable flagship trend we’re seeing now. And today, OnePlus kicked it up a notch.
OnePlus officially launched the OnePlus X, the cheaper OnePlus line of devices. OnePlus is making it quite clear that this is a separate line of devices and says this is the line it wants to experiment with. The specs sheet of the OnePlus is similar to that of the OnePlus One. It runs on the Snapdragon 801 and has 3 GB of RAM. It’s only available with 16GB of internal storage, though you can expand that up to 128GB using a microSD card. It’s also packing a smaller, full HD 5″ AMOLED display. OnePlus is making use of the AMOLED display by applying a mostly dark theme across Oxygen OS and bundling in some dark wallpapers.
But that’s not even the best part. The phone costs just $249USD. Sure, it has last generation specs, but they’re more than enough. Heck, if HTC can release a flagship device with a Snapdragon 617 which costs $500, I’m okay with OnePlus using last generation components, especially when the OnePlus X costs half as much.
The phone has a premium design, reminiscent of Apple’s iPhone 4 and 4S and more recently, Sony’s Xperia Z line of devices. It has Gorilla Glass on the front and the back and metal along the sides. And again, at $249! Few phones can boast of such design and specs at the cost, especially phones which are sold globally.
One more plus point for the OnePlus X is the updates it’s bound to receive. OnePlus uses Oxygen OS, which is pretty lightweight when compared to other OEM skins like TouchWiz and Sense. The phone is expected to get Marshmallow soon; it ships with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on board. This automatically makes it a better phone than the last generation flagships. It’s an excellent option for those looking to upgrade from phones like the old Moto Gs or others sold at a similar price point. Heck, on paper, it’s the perfect phone for people looking at the current generation Moto G or even the Moto X Play.
Of course, there are some things missing. The OnePlus X doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner, wireless charging, fast charging, or USB Type C. Like its elder sibling, the OnePlus X also lacks an NFC chip, which is a bummer for people using Android Pay – but the rest of us won’t really care.
If anything, this phone is more impressive than OnePlus’ actual flagship this year, the OnePlus Two. The OnePlus One was groundbreaking when it was launched while the OnePlus Two was the equivalent of Apple’s S models. The OnePlus X proves what OnePlus has been saying all along; great specs and great user experience at a wallet friendly cost. Now OnePlus just needs to solve the biggest problem its devices have – the convoluted Invites system which is required to buy the phones.