Design Oriented OnePlus X Arrives

OnePlus has been promising a second smartphone of 2015 since the start of the year. After the company launched the OnePlus Two in September it turned its attention to what was revealed officially today as the OnePlus X. You may remember that OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei said that the device would be design oriented, so does the OnePlus X meet that criteria?

Yes and no is the answer. The OnePlus X is fitted with very premium materials and has an outstanding finish, but it carries some of its aesthetic influences too closely. The bottom of the handset is pure iPhone 5/iPhone 5s, and the iPhone seems to be the main influence here, as well as some other familiarities from the likes of Samsung and dare we even say Amazon. We really don't like getting into these debates of companies copying designs, there are only so many ways to make a candy bar device we suppose, but the OnePlus X treads a line that is closer to what we have been used to from major brands.

Of course, everything there is objective and we will let you decide for yourself how the OnePlus X. What isn't objective is the overall quality of the handset, making it easily OnePlus' most premium feeling smartphone so far. It is available in two guises, Onyx and Ceramic, both more or less identical in appearance and both oozing class.

The rear of the Onyx device is polished black to leave a sort of mirror effect, leading to metal edge bezels. The Ceramic variant also has the metal frame, crafted from zirconia the device is a masterpiece, put through a massive manufacturing undertaking with a yield rate of just 20%. That means only 1 in 5 Ceramic OnePlus X back plates leave the factory ready to be fitted to a smartphone.

OnePlus is still holding out on the jump to Quad HD, so the OnePlus X comes with a 5-inch 1080p Full HD panel with AMOLED technology coated in Gorilla Glass 3.

OnePlus had already confirmed that the X would be a design pointed smartphone and would not carry the flagship specs of the OnePlus Two. Indeed that is the case and actually the X is very much carrying much of the hardware found in the original OnePlus One. That includes Qualcomm's aging Snapdragon 801 processor, which is now four generations old (the 805, 808, and 810 have come since), but it is still a solid option for a mid-range spec'd smartphone. However, maybe the 64-bit Snapdragon 617 would have been better, but we think OnePlus wanted to use the processor it employed in the OnePlus One.

3GB of RAM should boost the performance, and indeed it could well end up being a faster package than the Snapdragon 617. A 2,235mAh battery is hardly huge, but should be sufficient to run the moderate specs on board. In terms of storage, the OnePlus X comes with 16GB of native space, but can be boosted with a micro SD card of 128GB.

OnePlus is using its own forked Android system, OxygenOS, which is based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, but OnePlus says also comes with some Android 6.0 Marshmallow features.

Around the back of the smartphone there is a 13-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture and phase detection auto-focus. OnePlus claims the camera can focus and shoot in 0.2-seconds.

Of course, OnePlus is not known for its smooth releases, but the company is known for putting bargain smartphones on the market. The same is the case here as the OnePlus X will be rolled out via the company's torrid, although both devices have impressive price tags. The Onyx variant will cost $249 when it launches on November 19.

Author: Luke Jones

Luke Jones is a qualified tech writer who graduated from Glamorgan University in the United Kingdom four years ago. He has since written tech for numerous websites while also freelanching on a range of other subjects.

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