OnePlus X goes on sale in India

OnePlus has launched its first mid range smartphone, the OnePlus X. The Onyx version of the OnePlus X went on sale today through Amazon India. The smartphone managed to create hype from the day OnePlus announced that it is working on “OnePlus Mini”. On the specifications front, the OnePlus X packs  a 5 inch Full HD AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by a 2.3GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor with Adreno 330 GPU and supported by 3GB of RAM.

The OnePlus X runs on Oxygen OS 2.1 based on Android 5.1. It has hybrid SIM slot and lets you use the second SIM as a microSD slot when required. It has a 13 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and a 8 megapixel front facing camera. It also supports 4G connectivity. The Onyx version has a black glass back panel on a metal bezel and the other version has a scratch-resistant ceramic back.

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OnePlus X Specs

  • Display : 5 inch Full HD AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Processor : 2.3GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with Adreno 330 GPU
  • Storage : 3GB RAM with  16GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD
  • OS : Android 5.1.1 based Oxygen OS 2.1
  • Rear Camera : 13MP with LED Flash and 1080p video recording
  • Front Camera : 8MP
  • Battery : 2525mAh ( non-removable)

The OnePlus X Onyx is priced at Rs. 16,999 while the ceramic version would be priced at Rs. 22,999 for the Ceramic version. The Onyx version went on sale today through invite system and the ceramic version would be available to buy from November 24. The ceramic version would be a limited edition and the invites may be scarce. The Onyx version is expected to go on open sale model later, but for now it is available exclusively via invite system. If you have the invite, you can buy it from Amazon here.

OnePlus joins Make in India movement

OnePlus, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer on Monday announced that it has partnered with Foxconn to assemble its phones at SriCity, Andhra Pradesh. The first batch of ” Made in India” phones will be commercially available by the end of 2015. Foxconn will make the Oneplus new devices in its 30,000 sq. ft facility. This will result in employment of 1000 full time workers. It is also said the facility will produce upto 5,00,000 units per month.

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Pic courtesy: Vijay Raj @msigeek

Indian market is one of the fastest growing smartphone market in the world. The Oneplus has sold more than 3,00,000 in India in the past year. The Chinese company is eyeing a share of Indian smartphone market by support from Make-in-India initiative. First Samsung, then Xiaomi, followed by Lenovo, Asus and recently Gionee, the “Make in India” Campaign is gaining momentum.

No invites needed to buy the Oneplus two on 12th October

After 2 months of launching the Oneplus Two,  the company is holding an open sale. Now you can buy Oneplus Two without an invite for 1 hour between 12PM to 1 PM on October 12 only on Amazon India. The Company announced OnePlus 2 on 27th July and then launched it on 1th August in Europe, US and India. The smartphone created too much hype with the tag “2016 Flagship Killer”. Earlier, the smartphone was sold on Invites only system.

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Oneplus Two has a 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD display and it is powered by a 64-bit Octa-Core Snapdragon 810 processor v2.1 with Adreno 430 GPU and runs on Oxygen OS based on Android 5.1. It has a 13 megapixel rear camera with Laser Auto focus, dual LED flash and a 5 megapixel front facing camera. It also includes Fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C. You can read our review on the OnePlus Two, if you haven’t already.

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Earlier this week, OnePlus had launched a promotional offer where in you can order the OnePlus 2 and once your order is accepted, it will be delivered by BlowHorn to you in 60 minutes. This offer was running in Banglore between 8th and 10th October. You may also know that you can get an invite to buy the OnePlus from Airtel stores. All you have to do is to get your old SIM changed to 4G SIM from participating outlets. A similar tie up with AirAsia was announced a month ago. If you book a ticket to fly with Air Asia you would get an Invite to buy the mobile and a few lucky ones would stand a chance to win the OnePlus 2 for over. That offer is also over. But the underlying fact is that OnePlus is putting all its efforts to make the Invites and OnePlus 2 mobile available to you in more than one way.

Also there is an event in Bangalore on Oct 12. We are not sure if OnePlus is going to launch any new device or its going to announce its Make in India initiative. We will keep you posted, so stay tuned.

My thoughts on the OnePlus 2

The OnePlus 2 has managed to make more riples than the OnePlus 1, thanks to the clever marketing strategy and hype created around the mobile. Last year when the OnePlus One was launched, not many knew about this company and today people are crazy about the OnePlus. Much of this success is attributed to the legendary OnePlus One. Now we have its next iteration, the OnePlus Two. Here are my thoughts on the OnePlus 2.

Read my full review here

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Design

  • With its metal rim and sandstone black finish at the back, this mobile has got a solid construction. It feels much more premium than the OnePlus One.
  • I have been sporting this device in my hand for over a week now and not many noticed that I have a OnePlus 2. The design does not have much of an unique factor. In short, its not a head turner.
  • The Alert slider was exciting at first, but then I never used it. The volume and power buttons have a good tactile feedback and comfortably placed.
  • The android navigation buttons are just two lines. Their functions can be swapped, but you will have to remember it. By looking at it, you can’t say its a back button or a multitask menu button.
  • The fingerprint scanner is neat. It works fast and unlocks the mobile without any hiccups, 90% of the time.
  • The removable back is made of plastic. It is easily removable and it feels very flimsy when removed. But when fit back on the mobile, it feels rock solid.
  • It is such a relief to see a flagship device which has done away with the need for a SIM ejector design.
  • I really don’t find any pressing need for NFC of wireless charging in the near future. But it would have been a good to have them on-board.

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Display

  • When compared to the OnePlus One, the screen is brighter and crispier.
  • Technically, it is still the same 5.5 inch Full HD 1080p display as the OnePlus One.
  • It is not over-saturated and produces near natural color output
  • It is somewhat resistant to fingerprint smudges and can be easily wiped off, it there are any.
  • I really don’t care about having a 2k or 4k display. The display on this mobile is brilliant and that would suffice.

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Performance

  • It runs on the latest and greatest processor from Qualcomm: The Snapdragon 810 with Adreno GPU 430 and when I say that, the biggest question in your mind would be, does it heat up?
  • Yes, it has a bit of heating issue. It heats up while recording videos, It heats up while playing games for an extended period. But it does not heat up unexpectedly and I would brush off this issue.
  • Needless to say that this 4 GB RAM device is a master with multitasking.

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Operating System and UI

  • Runs on the latest version of Android Lollipop with the Oxygen OS UI on top.
  • The Oxygen OS is pretty much vanilla and it has very less noteworthy features.
  • I like the fact that it isn’t heavily skinned. It retains all of the pure android material design.
  • It is still at a very nascent stage and has a few bugs and occasionally lags and force closes apps. (I wish OnePlus and Cyanogen were still friends)
  • But it is a straight forward UI and what must work, works. So no major disappointments there.

Unofficial ports of the Cyanogen ROM is available on the net, but it does not support laser autofocus and fingerprint sensor. Bad news for power users that, there are not many custom ROMs avaialable for the OnePlus 2, yet.

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Camera

  • It has 13 MP rear camera with 1.3 micro meter pixel size (large pixels), f/2.0 (large aperture), optical image stabilization, laser autofocus and dual LED flash. The 8 MP front camera is also a killer.
  • Whats awesome: The image output quality (See camera samples)
  • Whats gruesome: The boring camera UI
  • The laser autofocus system was buggy at times, especially under low light conditions. Having used the LG G4, I can confidently say that the OnePlus 2 has a Laser focus system that is nothing better than any traditional focus system like the contrast or phase detection systems.
  • Where is the gallery app? The camera UI does not have an integrated gallery app. You will have to open the photos in Google Photos or install a 3rd party gallery app. This is even more painful when you preview your recent shot. You cant zoom in on your recent shots. You will have to open the 3rd party gallery app and then zoom in or out.

Let breakout and talk about the camera. The sensor and the assisting hardware for the camera is a huge upgrade from the OnePlus One. The image quality is also truly marvelous. The depth of focus this camera delivers is amazing. Perfect color reproduction and amazing levels of details. But the camera UI is a drab. These days, even the basic mobile have amazing camera UI. This camera UI has 5 modes and switching between these modes is a pain. When am in the photo mode, why should switching to a video mode or panorama mode be so criptic? I have swipe the screen or find the mode swiching menu by sliding on a particular area. The zoom is pinch or drag? Its confusing. The volume button does not click the shutter. I cannot set the speed of a slow motion video. I cannot set the time interval in a time lapse mode. The HDR mode is brilliant, but what the heck is the clear image mode?

The Camera UI on OnePlus One was much more functional and feature rich, though bad on user experience. OnePlus better upgrade the camera application on OP2 with better usability and better list of features. Else the camera UI would be the Achilles heel for this mobile.

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Battery

  • Battery is non removable and rated 3000 3300 mAh.
  • It lasts for a around 14-17 hours on regular usuage.
  • But what really disappoints me is the choice of USB-C port. You will be required to carry a USB-C type cable with you at all times. The convenience of reversible port does not over-weigh the inconvenience of a rare USB-C port.
  • It takes painfully long to charge from 0-100% (about 2:30 hours). OnePlus 2 does not have quick charge

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If you didn’t read any of the above, read this…

I would recommend the OnePlus 2 because of its

  • Sturdy design
  • Premium finish
  • Fantastic display
  • Beast of a performer
  • Amazing image quality out of the camera (See camera samples)

I would not recommend the OnePlus 2, if you are concerned that

  • It has a nascent operating system. It is immature and has a long way to go.
  • Noobish Camera UI which lacks a lot of feature and functionality.
  • A rare USB-C port, analogous to rare blood group
  • It is not available easily, due to its Invite system.

 

OnePlus 2 accessories now available on Amazon India

The OnePlus 1 was available in India after 8 months of Global launch and its accessories were launched in India months and months after its Indian launch. However the story with OnePlus 2 is not the same. Withing a few days of the OnePlus 2 launch, its accessories are now available in India. OnePlus have always been saying that they are a startup and learning from the market everyday. Well, it seems that they are learning fast and implementing it faster. Here are the accessories that are available in Amazon.

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The StyleSwap cover is available for Rs 1699. Bamboo, Kevlar, Black Apricot and Rosewood are the styles that are available for those who have managed to buy an OnePlus 2 with an Invite. Those who are really confident about buying the OnePlus 2 can also go ahead the buy these styleswap covers before hand, because we are not sure if the stocks will last forever. Also available are the OnePlus 2 Flip Cover (Black – Rs 699), OnePlus 2 Tempered Glass Screen Protector (Rs 599) and the OnePlus 2 Premium Screen Protector (Rs 499).

If you want to experience the OnePlus 2 before buying it, go ahead and book an OnePlus 2 experience through Olacabs application.

Links to Amazon store