OnePlus X Review: Release Date, Price, Features & Specs

Few months ago we saw the release of the second OnePlus smartphone – OnePlus 2, but the Chinese tech giants still have a lot in store for the fans and has released a third OnePlus Smartphone, the second to arrive this year – The OnePlus X which can also be referred to as the OnePlus Mini. Release date, price, features and specifications shall be detailed in this article. I’ll also tell you how to buy the OnePlus X without an invite.

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It seems like we’re in the ‘mini era’ as flagship smartphone makers have decided to present to the fans mini versions of their flagship smartphones. We just saw the Sony Xperia Z5 compact which is a mini version of the Sony Xperia Z5, the HTC One A9 which is a mini version of the HTC One M9 and here we are being presented with the OnePlus X, a mini version of the OnePlus 2.

Indeed the OnePlus X is a smaller version of the OnePlus 2 just with a little redesign, some added features, some removed features, and some downgraded features and of course is even cheaper than the OnePlus 2.

It is noteworthy to mention that features such as the fingerprint scanner and USB-C port have been removed from the OnePlus X. The processor, graphics and memory have also been downgraded. The OnePlus X has support for Micro-SD and what may prove to be a better camera than the OnePlus 2.

OnePlus X Review: Release Date & Price

As is consistent with previous OnePlus phones, to purchase the OnePlus X from OnePlus’ store you’ll need an invitation unless you go through other unofficial methods such as buying from other websites other than the OnePlus store. You can get invites through OnePlus’ social-media channels, from friends who have purchased the OnePlus X, from online competitions, and by joining the reservation list.

To be available in the EU and India from November 5th is the OnePlus X Onyx at £199. Residents of US would get the OnePlus X Onyx starting from 19th November at $249.  The Ceramic OnePlus X would be available in the EU and India starting from 24th November at £269.

How To Buy The OnePlus X Without An Invite

The system of purchasing via invite is viewed as ambiguous by some; as was with the OnePlus 2, there are ways to go around the invite system and purchase the OnePlus X now even without an invite. You may want to visit Geekbuying, a Chinese site that imports phones to the UK, and which already has stocks of the 16GB storage, 3GB RAM, white and gold model. Geekbuying is selling this version for £193.10 with free shipping, but import duty may have to be paid in addition to the price quoted.

It also should be noted that the OnePlus X sold by Geekbuying is the Chinese model, and does not support the 800MHz 4G LTE band.

Oneplus X Review: Design

There are two variants of the OnePlus X. The OnePlus X Onyx has a glossy mirror-like black glass with slightly rounded edges and is really good to behold. The OnePlus X is the slimmest and lightest OnePlus smartphone at  140 x 69 x 6.9mm and 138g respectively.

The scratch-resistant design is characterized by the OnePlus X Ceramic edition and is slightly heavier than the Onyx glass version. The cremaic version of the OnePlus X weighs 160g.

Oneplus X Review: Specifications And Features

The OnePlus X is has a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, 3GB RAM and Adreno 330 graphics and Micro-SD card support up to 126GB to compliment the 16GB internal storage. Alternatively, you can use the slot to add a second Nano-SIM card.

With a 5in full-HD (1080p) AMOLED screen with a pixel density of 441ppi the OnePlus X has a smaller screen than its predecessors. There is a proximity sensor that wakes the screen when the phone is removed from a pocket or bag.

To capture those lovely moments is a 13Mp rear camera, with f/2.2 aperture, optimized white balance and saturation, and a fast 0.2-second autofocus. For the selfie lovers, the OnePlus X offers you an 8Mp front-facing camera.

The OnePlus X preinstalls its own Oxygen OS, which is an operating system based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

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OnePlus X Specs:

  • Operating System: OxygenOS based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • Processor: 3GHz Snapdragon 801, quad-core
  • Graphics: Adreno 330
  • Memory: 3GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB, plus up to 128GB Micro-SD
  • Screen: 5in full-HD (1920×1080, 441ppi) AMOLED, Gorilla Glass 3
  • Cameras: 13Mp rear, f/2.2 aperture, 1080p video/120fps slo-mo at 720p; 8Mp front, f/2.4 aperture
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, ambient light, hall
  • Battery: 2,525mAh non-removable lithium-polymer (charges over Micro-USB)
  • Connectivity: 4G bands 3, 7 & 20 (EU & Asia model); dual-Nano-SIM (one SIM slot can be used for Micro-SD card); 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.0; GPS; GLONASS
  • Audio: Bottom-facing speaker; dual-mics with noise cancellation; 3.5mm headphone jack; FM radio
  • Dimensions: 140 x 69 x 6.9mm
  • Weight: 138g (Onyx), 160g (Ceramic)
  • Models: Ceramic, Onyx

The OnePlus X is a wonderful device considering the fact that is a mini version of the OnePlus 2. A 8MP front camera makes it selfie friendly not to mention the 13MP rear camera. At £199 and £269 for the Onyx and ceramic versions respectively, the OnePlus X is well priced for a budget phone. A Micro-SD card slot that can alternatively be used as a Nano SIM card slot is a rare technology. Would you rather wait for an invite or walk through?

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