There is something unique about smartphones from OnePlus, the Chinese device manufacturer founded in December 2013. Its phones are beautifully designed and they are chic and powerful enough to fit any lifestyle. I am referring to the Chinese startup’s OnePlus One, launched last year, which created quite a sensation in the Indian market. Their new offering, the OnePlus X, is drawing a lot of curiosity in the gadget community as well. OnePlus’ goal is to provide everyone with access to the best and latest technology, not just those that can afford high-end, expensive smartphones. Their latest device, OnePlus X makes good on that promise: it’s packed with high-end specs but costs less than half of competing high-end smartphones. The OnePlus X, available in Onyx black glass, retails for Rs 16,999.
Out of the box, the OnePlus X comes across as a sleek and beautifully designed device. To put it in simple words, it is a work of art. Basically OnePlus has created two separate editions inspired by the exquisite handiwork behind two fields of art—glassware and ceramic. The OnePlus X Onyx is fashioned from black glass on a metal bezel, giving the phone a premium feel in your hand. Company officials inform that every glass backplate is cut to size and polished repeatedly until it achieves a smooth, glossy, mirror-like finish. Slightly rounded edges give the phone a fluid and seamless feel, and at just 138 grams, it is easily the lightest and slimmest OnePlus device to date. The
ceramic version is scratch-resistant and it weighs 160 grams; we’ll restrict ourselves to the OnePlus X Onyx as that is the test unit that we received for a review.
A brushed anodised metal frame etched with 17 elegant micro-cuts surrounds the OnePlus X. A convenient Alert Slider for easy notification adjustments adorns the left side of the device, with the power button and volume rocker located on the right. Intuitively placed buttons combined with subtle curves and ergonomic lines make the OnePlus X easy and natural to use with one hand.
Take my word, the OnePlus X is as powerful as it is stylish. It has a Snapdragon 801 processor with Adreno 330 GPU and 3 GB of RAM. The 5-inch 1080p Active Matrix OLED screen is responsive and quite bright in direct sunlight, and the 441 PPI resolution keeps the screen sharp without draining your battery.
Moving forward, the OnePlus X has a 13 MP rear camera combined with f/2.2 aperture, perfect for documenting your unique everyday experiences. Optimised white balance and saturation maintain the integrity of the colours of your photos, and a lightning-fast 0.2-second autofocus with phase detection autofocus (PDAF) means you won’t miss a moment. Shoot in Auto, HDR or Clear Image to perfect your image, or switch to the 8 MP front-facing camera with supported Beauty Mode to capture a flawless selfie— everything is a seamless affair.
Notably, the OnePlus X supports two nano SIMs for more network choices and added convenience for people on the go. Even better, one card slot provides optional expandable storage with your own microSD card, allowing a maximum capacity up to 128 GB. The device is powered by OxygenOS, a custom operating system developed by OnePlus, which brings a range of unique features and elements to the OnePlus X. The phone’s AMOLED screen allows for an ambient display that will wake in duochrome mode to alert you to new notifications.
In terms of actual usage, especially with respect to phone calls voices were clear. There’s nothing to complain about when it comes to the simple act of making a call. I also took the phone out for a spin in a market place and my daughter’s weekend picnic spot at Nehru Park and found it capable of taking some good shots.
My time spent using the OnePlus X in the past two weeks has taught me that perhaps I don’t need to spend an astronomical amount for a cutting-edge smartphone. It is a premium Android phone for an affordable price. Highly recommended.