OnePlus may be busy with the release of its second flagship smartphone but it certainly is not that busy as the company has just announced the OnePlus X. The OnePlus X is the company’s third handset and it is taking an entirely different approach from the previous two models with an emphasis on design and a more affordable price tag with still impressive specs.
Speaking of specs, let us get them out of the way quickly. The X features a 5-inch Full HD AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 3, a Qualcomm 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor with an Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 16B of on-board storage with microSD card support for an additional 128GB of storage, non-removable 2,525mAh battery, 13MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and phase detection autofocus and a 8MP sensor in the front which should be more than enough for your selfies and video chats.
OnePlus has decided to do away with most “flagship” features such as fingerprint scanners, NFC, USB Type-C and all the other bells and whistles Android users have come to expect from premium devices. The difference is that the OnePlus X will cost a mere $249/€269/£199 so the majority of its similarly priced competition may have a hard time keeping up. The handset will arrive with OxygenOS, the company’s custom version of Android that delivers a near-stock experience with some extra features.
The price I mentioned before concerned the standard version of the device called “Onyx” which comes with features a sleek sheet of black glass on the back. OnePlus will also be making 10,000 “Ceramic” versions which will cost €369/£269 and will not be available in the US. Since this edition will be severely limited, interested buyers will also need to get their hands on specific invites for it as OnePlus will continue the invitation system for all handsets.
The OnePlus X will launch on November 5th in Europe and India followed by a US release on November 19th.