“Stylish, loaded and ideal for one-handed use… that’s the OnePlus X for you”
Phablets have taken the smartphone world by storm, so much so that finding a powerful, yet compact daily driver these days could be tougher than keeping your eyes open while sneezing. The 5.5-inch screen size is slowly becoming the standard on smartphones, though the sweet spot for one-handed usage is still around the 5-inch mark if you ask us. Sure, you’d still find a few crossing that size and yet, intelligently using design to keep overall device dimensions in check. The first two offerings from OnePlus, the One and the 2, both stuck to 5.5-inch displays, but the latest from the brand is a compact contender, thanks to its 5-inch screen and sleek body. It’s quite loaded too, and looks extremely stylish and premium. That’s certainly piqued our interest, and if you’re eyeing the new OnePlus X (unboxing | first impressions) as well, here are more details about the phone that should help quell some doubts.
What specs does the OnePlus X offer?
The OnePlus X comes in two variants, the Onyx and the limited-edition Ceramic, with the only difference being in the weight and the construction. Both variants measure 140 x 69 x 6.9mm, with the Onyx tipping the scales at 138 grams and the Ceramic model being a tad heavier at 160 grams. The core specs include a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, with Adreno 330 graphics, 3 gigs of DDR3 RAM and 16GB internal storage. The 5-inch 1080p AMOLED display sports a pixel density of 441 ppi. Shooting prowess consists of a 13-megapixel primary camera, plus an 8MP sensor at the front. A sealed 2,525mAh LiPo battery provides the juice.
Any details on the design?
The Onyx model is fashioned out of black grass, while the more premium, limited-edition variant is crafted from fire-baked ceramic. A metal frame runs around the sides, with a three-way Alert Slider positioned on the left, similar to what we saw on the OnePlus 2. The OnePlus 2 also offered a USB Type-C port, but the brand has gone back to a conventional micro-USB port for the X. Overall, the OnePlus X feels quite premium, even the more affordable Onyx version
Does the screen come protected with Gorilla Glass?
Yes, a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 offers protection from scratches and scruffs.
What SIM card(s) does the OnePlus X accept?
The OnePlus X is a hybrid dual-SIM smartphone and accepts a nano-SIM card in the primary slot. The secondary SIM slot can either accept a nano-SIM or a microSD card, so you’ll have to choose between extra storage and dual-SIM capabilities.
Does the OnePlus X support 4G?
Absolutely, the OnePlus X supports both LTE bands being used in India – FDD-LTE Band 3 as well as TDD-LTE Band 40.
Does the OnePlus X support USB OTG?
Yes, USB OTG is supported, but you’ll need to enable the appropriate option available under storage settings to be able to use this feature.
Is NFC supported? What are the other connectivity options on offer?
There’s no support for NFC, and apart from 4G and USB OTG, you get the usual set of connectivity options. These include Wi-Fi b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.0, along with GPS, GLONASS and BDS for positioning.
What about available sensors?
The sensors present inside the OnePlus X include an accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, ambient light and a HALL sensor.
How much storage does the OnePlus X offer? Can I add more?
Out of the 16GB provided, about 10.5GB can be used for apps and other content. The secondary SIM slot can accommodate microSD cards up to 128GB in capacity.
What about camera quality?
The 13-megapixel primary camera on the OnePlus X boasts f2.2 aperture and an ISOCELL sensor along with Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) that promises fast focussing speeds. The front-facing camera has an 8MP sensor and f/2.4 aperture. The OnePlus X can shoot videos at a max resolution of 1080p, while slow-motion video can be captured at 120 fps, though resolution is restricted to 720p.
The camera app is a minimalist affair, offering modes like Clear Image, HDR, beauty, time lapse, slow motion and panorama. We’ll have a detailed camera review out shortly but the results look quite promising so far.
Any details about the software platform and features?
The OnePlus X runs OxygenOS 2.1, the brand’s own platform which uses Android 5.1.1 as base. The interface and features are almost the same as the OnePlus 2, including off-screen gestures for double-tap-to-wake and launching the camera and flashlight, customisable navigation keys, support for third-party icon packs, control over app permissions, along with a dark theme with customisable colour accents.
Shelf, the dedicated panel that slides out from the left, is around too, listing recently-accessed apps and contacts. Ambient display is supported as well, throwing up notifications on the screen in a white-on-black mode. And for the very first time on a OnePlus smartphone, you also get an FM radio.
What all is included in the retail box?
You don’t get any earphones, but the OnePlus X retail pack contains almost everything else you’d need to get started. Apart from a wall charger, you get the flat red signature OnePlus micro-USB cable, a SIM eject tool and even a soft silicone back cover. The latter is handy, as the back panel of the Onyx variant is quite prone to smudges. Our review unit came with a clear screen protector pre-installed, and we’re guessing that’s part of standard equipment on all units being sold.
How much does the OnePlus X cost and how can I buy one?
The OnePlus X Onyx has been priced at Rs 16,999, while the Ceramic will set you back by Rs 22,999. These smartphones will be available to buy via Amazon, but in keeping with OnePlus’ usual sales model, you need an invite to buy one. Invites can be acquired via OnePlus’ social media channels, from others who’ve already bought the phone, by participating in online contests or by registering on the brand’s reservation list.
Photos by Raj Rout