One of the Year’s Best Android Phones Is Getting a Follow-Up

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OnePlus X Onyx to cost Rs 16,999, limited edition Ceramic priced Rs 22,999; flash sale on Amazon.in.

This glass-backed phone incorporates an interesting blend of components and features–one that happens to use a previous-generation processor, but in a form factor and price range that place the phone in a solid sub-flagship slot without really sacrificing too much ability. At an event in New Delhi this afternoon, OnePlus announced two variants of its smartphone – Onyx and Ceramic – priced at Rs 16,999 and Rs 22,999, respectively. The device comes in two variants: Onyx, which will sell for $249, and Ceramic, a limited edition model which will only be available in Europe and India for 369 Euros. It packs 3GB of RAM which should more than suffice for even demanding applications, a 13MP primary camera with a 0.2 second capable phase detection autofocus, and an 8MP front-facing one.

It has dual-SIM slots and 16GB of onboard storage with the option to expand up to 128GB with the second SIM slot doubling as a MicroSD slot. (Yes, this means you have to choose between an extra SIM or extra storage, though it hard to fault the company for that, considering the $249 price tag.) The 13-megapixel rear-facing camera has an f/2.2 aperture and shoots 1080p video and has a slow motion mode that shoots at 720p and 120fps. While OnePlus might argue that the upcoming ‘mini’ version is not a flagship product, there seems to be compulsions behind OnePlus launching the ‘mini’ version in such haste, especially when it once boasted about an “Apple-like one device an year ” policy. While this lack of cutting-edge processing power is not likely to affect even many demanding users, it rings unusual that one has to settle for a lower-spec component in a current-day phone, and a key component at that. If the goal of the OnePlus 2 was to give users flagship specs on a budget, OnePlus CEO Carl Pei told me, then the goal of the OnePlus X is to compete on design. Rather than “sandstone black” textured back it used in the OnePlus One and Two, the company opted for a glass back that reminiscent of what Apple did so well with the iPhone 4S.

Like its predecessors when they were initially launched, this one will be going on sale using the invite system, starting 5 November in India and the EU. Tags: One new smartphone launch, OnePlus, OnePlus India, OnePlus X, OnePlus X features, OnePlus X India, OnePlus X launch, OnePlus X price, OnePlus X specs The glass does make the device a bit more slippery and it does attract a crazy amount of fingerprints, though OnePlus makes a variety of cases for the phone, including one in black sandstone, for those who want to cover the glass back for whatever reason.

As Mashable’s product analyst Raymond Wong noted earlier this month, the 801 should “be plenty for the usual assortment of web browsing, messaging, watching videos and playing casual games,” which, really, is what budget devices are intended for. Though the Ceramic OnePlus X looks just as good as the Onyx, it’s probably not worth the extra cash unless you really want it as a kind of status symbol.

The only discernible difference — other than the slightly increased weight and size of the back plate — is the slightly angled edge that encircles the back of the phone. Pei readily acknowledges the company screwed this up with its last two launches but he says it is necessary for a hardware startup — having to cut prices because of a huge amount of unsold phones (a la Amazon’s Fire Phone) could spell financial ruin for the company that already sees very slim margins on their handsets.

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