OnePlus X Hands On Impressions: Is the HYPE right?


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OnePlus introduced its third device the OnePlus X in India and worldwide yesterday. The smartphone carries the ‘HYPE’ from flagship OnePlus 2 launched earlier this year in July, but does it take away the glory? Here’s our first impression of the OnePlus X Indian variant.

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First up is the design of OnePlus X. It neither resembles the first two OnePlus smartphones, nor it comes closer. It’s a very basic dual (front and back) glass design smartphone with metal rim around, more like the iPhone 4 which was first of its kind. But that doesn’t mean it just looks like the iPhone 4, it is definitely different.

There are actually two variants of the OnePlus X – the glass back and the ceramic back version. Apart from the different material on the back, there is nothing else different in the two variants. The glass back OnePlus X is known as ‘Onyx’ version and the other variant is limited edition OnePlus X ‘Ceramic’.

Just like the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection on the display, the Onyx version also boasts of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 at the rear. On the other hand, OnePlus X Ceramic as the name suggests features ceramic back. We couldn’t really spot the difference in one go, but on a closer look we found the colour shade on Ceramic appear a bit lighter, and the Ceramic variant was slightly heavy too.

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Both variants have super glossy front and back, so it attracts a lot of fingerprints / smudges.

Front of the OnePlus X features a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) AMOLED display, which is nice and vibrant. We even found the brightness levels to be excellent in bright day light.

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Inside the phone is powered by the same quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor with Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB RAM, as it comes in OnePlus One. Check what more is similar or different in OnePlus X from OnPlus One.

The OnePlus X has a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, phase-detection auto-focus (PDAF) and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.

The smartphone runs custom Oxygen OS 2.1 based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. There are no details available on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow as yet. The OnePlus X comes with a dual hybrid slot, which can support two Nano-SIM cards or a Nano-SIM card and a microSD card at one time. This means you can either use it as dual-SIM device with no expandable storage or a single-SIM device with microSD card support up to 128GB. The phone’s internal storage is only 16GB.

One thing that OnePlus X has borrowed from OnePlus 2 is the physical 3-way toggle switch called the ‘Alert Slider’, which without waking up the phone lets you mute notifications completely or selects priority mode and of course the general mode. You should check out what else is similar in the OnePlus X and OnePlus 2.

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For pricing, the OnePlus X is priced at Rs. 16,999 for the Onyx version and the limited edition Ceramic version is priced at Rs. 22,999. Check global pricing here.

OnePlus at the launch event in India said that it will only be selling 10,000 units of the Ceramic version as of now. OnePlus X Onyx and OnePlus X Ceramic will be exclusively available from Amazon in India. The Onyx will go on sale from November 5th and you will need an invite to purchase it. The Ceramic version will be available through Ceramic-specific invite starting November 24th. Company said that it will also host weekly open sale from 2nd month onwards.


Author: Hitesh Arora

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