My thoughts on OnePlus X

OnePlus X is one of this year’s most surprising launch. While we were expecting OnePlus to launch a mini version of the OnePlus 2, OnePlus threw in the OnePlus X as a googly. OnePlus X is different from the likes of OnePlus 1 or OnePlus 2. It is not a flagship killer. It does not have a killer spec sheet at affordable price, but it has that killer looks. Of course OnePlus 1 and 2 were good-looking devices too, but they were more of war horses. The OnePlus X has a spec sheet identical to the OnePlus One.

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)

I Like

  • Premium design and premium material used in the construction of this device
  • AMOLED screen offers the best display experience compared to any device in this price range
  • 5 inch is the ideal size for ergonomic handling any mobile
  • Dual SIM card slot
  • FM Radio – First OnePlus device to have an FM radio
  • Best hardware spec in its league
  • Good battery life
  • Does not heat up (No heating issues)

I don’t like

  • Slippery glass back and a finger print magnet makes you take extra precautions while using the mobile
  • While the spec sheet is similar to OnePlus one, the performance is not like the OnePlus One.
  • Hybrid SIM slot, defeats the purpose of having a dual SIM slot and the internal memory is just 16 GB.
  • Images from the camera is just average
  • At Rs 16,999 it is slightly overpriced.

If you have the invite, you can buy it from Amazon here. But OnePlus is slowly shedding the Invite system for its other mobiles and hopefully OnePlus X will shed the Invite system too. You can read my full review at GadgetDetail.

Video Review

Camera Image Samples

OnePlus X camera samples

Unboxing Video

Photo Gallery

Verdict

“OnePlus X is a beautifully crafted device. As much as you would love to use this phone without case, you will end up using one. It’s slippery and a finger print magnet. Wish there was a white variant. The software on the OPX definitely needs improvement. It’s buggy sometimes and even the image processing software on it makes the pictures too soft. I’m sure, the company can fix it with the OTA updates to follow” – Vijay Raj (MsiGeek)

OnePlus X, just like any other OnePlus device does not feel complete. It gives you that feeling that it has been released in a hurry. I feel that OnePlus must have taken their time with the OnePlus X. The Oxygen OS has bugs to be fixed, enriched with features, and the camera app needs improvement. Ofcourse, as Vijay says these issues can be fixed with an OTA update. But that can’t be the solution always. If an issue had been overlooked, then you can resort to fixing it OTA, but when you know you have an issue, you just can’t release the product and later resort to fixing it.

Having said that, I also say that OnePlus is one the best mobile manufacturers out there. I am complaining a lot, because I love OnePlus and always expect the best out of OnePlus. I believe that perfection is a myth and there is always room for improvement. I would recommend this mobile if you are style conscious and need a beautifully designed piece of hardware that can perform as well. If you can extend a bit, the OnePlus One is still a good option.