The $250 OnePlus X brings high-end looks to a budget Android phone

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

How to buy a OnePlus X.

Since launching two years ago, OnePlus has only made one flagship handset a year, but the company has now released a lower cost follow-up device, the OnePlus X. Starting at $250, the five-inch OnePlus X doesn’t deserve the ‘flagship killer’ moniker granted to the OnePlus 2, but instead shows off the company’s craftsmanship while still delivering solid specs at a relatively low price.

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. The black glass Onyx edition will sell for €269 in Europe, £199 in the UK and $250 in the US, while a limited edition ceramic model will be available for roughly €100 more. 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. However, only 10,000 ceramic handsets are being made, and unless you live in Europe and get an early invite (more on which below) you’re unlikely to get your hands on one.

In a first for any device, the X (which incidentally implies ‘experimental’, for their decision to experiment a bit more with this line of phones,) has expandable storage via its microSD card slot up to 128GB. Invites can also be got by participating in social media promotions and competitions (OnePlus suggests you sign up to its newsletter or follow its social media accounts to see more of these). 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. Interestingly, the phone will only be available in a 16GB variant (which isn’t a big deal given it’s expandable storage.) Also it excludes some of the more conventional modern-day frills such as integrated fingerprint or heart rate sensor.

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. Pop-up stores will then appear in other locations throughout the month, hitting Mumbai, New Delhi, London, Berlin, Rome, Hong Kong, and finally Los Angeles. We are also pleased to announce that it will be our first locally manufactured smartphone.” 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

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