“A three-way between the members of the OnePlus clan”
If you know how wars work, you’d have noticed how enemies follow patterns and strategies and more often than not, reserve their most lethal weapons for the final showdown. The Indian smartphone market has been a bloody battle arena for quite some time now and a plethora of new brands have entered the scene to mark their territories. One such brand is OnePlus, which entered the battleground and changed the rules of war once and for all. With the launch of OnePlus One, the phonemaker offered a device which ensured you ‘Never Settle’ for anything less than a flagship, but at a fraction of the cost. The OnePlus One (review) came as a moderately-priced weapon with specifications and capabilities to easily kill pricier flagships. The brand carried forward the legacy with the launch of OnePlus 2 (review), which didn’t shake up the field as much as its predecessor did, but was still a loaded device. Now, OnePlus has launched its long teased mini-flagship, the OnePlus X (first impressions) which, as expected, boasts mouth-watering specs. While the competition is intense enough in the market, we thought we’d first let you know how the three siblings stand against each other.
Display and Design
The OnePlus 2 rocked a 5.5-inch display with Full HD resolution, protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. The OnePlus 2’s screen wasn’t much of an upgrade, retaining the same core specs. The OnePlus X on the other hand utilises AMOLED tech and is on the smaller side spanning 5-inches. The resolution still being at 1080p, the phone sports a better pixel density of 441ppi.
Design was probably one of the major reasons that the OnePlus One lured so many people. The metallic frame, rounded corners, chrome trims and Sandstone Black finish meant that the One was definitely a looker. The OnePlus 2 sported similar looks as its elder sibling, and looked classy with its aluminium-magnesium frame and the signature Sandstone finished back panel. The OnePlus X rocks a metal frame as well, but comes in a choice of two finishes – Ceramic or Onyx black glass. The OnePlus 2 packed in some extra hardware including a fingerprint sensor and an Alert Slider which lets you switch between three notification profiles. While the OnePlus X misses out on the fingerprint sensor, it does pack in the Alert Slider.
Both the OnePlus One and OnePlus 2 were performance powerhouses with big engines. The former sported a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and an integrated Adreno 330 GPU, all working in tandem with 3GB of RAM, while the latter took things up a notch with a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 SoC clocked at 1.8GHz and 4GB of RAM. The new OnePlus X retains the same configuration as the OnePlus One, but is slightly underclocked at 2.3GHz.
Living up to its motto “Never Settle”, the brand didn’t cut any corners in terms of shooting capabilities of its devices as well. The OnePlus One shipped with a 13-megapixel camera featuring Sony IMX 214 sensor, 6 element lens and f/2.0 aperture, all accompanied by a dual-LED flash. There was a 5MP front facing shooter as well. With its follow up offering, the brand stepped up its game by loading the OnePlus 2 with similar snappers as the OnePlus One, while adding laser autofocus and other optimisation tech to deliver better results.
The new addition in OnePlus’ portfolio sports a 13MP primary camera complemented by an LED flash with a large f/2.2 aperture and an 8-megapixel front camera for selfies and video calling.
Software and Storage
OnePlus did something new when it comes to software, and offered the OnePlus One with CyanogenMod 11S, based on Android KitKat 4.4.4. However, following the brand’s fallout with Cyanogen, the OnePlus 2 shipped with the company’s custom ROM dubbed OxygenOS based on Android 5.0 Lollipop. The smallest sibling ships with the latest version of the same, which is based on Android Lollipop 5.1.1.
In terms of storage, the OnePlus One comes in non-expandable 16GB and 64GB storage variants, while the OnePlus 2 ships with 64GB built-in storage with no expansion slot. The new OnePlus X, however, offers 16GB of onboard storage which can be further expanded up to 128GB via microSD card.
Battery and Connectivity
The OnePlus One is a single-SIM device, which accepts a micro-SIM and is backed by a 3,100mAh battery. The OnePlus One also offers connectivity options like 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, USB OTG support, GPS and GLONASS. The phone takes in two nano-SIMs, supports 4G and ships with a USB Type-C port along with similar connectivity options as the OnePlus One. It comes with a slightly bigger battery rated at 3,330mAh.
The OnePlus X sips juice from a 2,525mAh battery. Just like the OnePlus 2, the X accepts a pair of nano-SIMs, and comes with 4G LTE support for both the Indian bands. The remaining connectivity features are the same as its siblings.
Pricing and availabilityThe OnePlus One is priced at Rs 21,999 for the 64GB variant and Rs 19,999 for the 16GB version. The OnePlus 2 is priced at Rs 24,999 with 64GB of storage. The OnePlus X, while available in the same 16GB storage configuration, will retail for different price points according to the finish. The Onyx variant will set you back by Rs 16,999, while the limited Ceramic edition costs a steeper Rs 22,999.
The OnePlus One, though initially available via the flash sale model, is now available to purchase directly from OnePlus’ various retail partners. The OnePlus 2 still requires an invite to purchase. The OnePlus X will be sold through invites for the first month, but will be available through weekly open flash sales from the second month.