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5" OnePlus X is official with crafted Onyx and Ceramic chassis

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The OnePlus X that just got official as the company's first attempt to diversify its smartphone line, which so far consists of two 5.5" handsets - the OnePlus One and OnePlus 2. When the original OnePlus One was unveiled, it was touted as the best value-for-money handset your cash can buy, and in paper it was indeed so. 

An invitation system creating long waiting lists, limited geographical availability, and bugs galore brought OnePlus back to Earth, though, and fast forward a year or so, the OnePlus 2 is now one of many affordable "flagship killers". 

Will the new X succeed to put OnePlus back on the map, where its word-of-mouth, controversial marketing managed to keep it for a long time in the beginning? Let's see what we've got here.


5" OnePlus X is official with crafted Onyx and Ceramic chassis
The external appearance is undoubtedly one of the main selling points for the new OnePlus X. The phone will be offered in two versions - Onyx and a limited Ceramic edition. Those two titles don't only represent the colors of the casings, but the actual materials, too - the OnePlus X Onyx is made out of glass on a metal frame, which is considered a premium build, yet other manufacturers are doing it, too. 

The Ceramic one is more intriguing, as it comes scratch-resistant with a hardness of 8.5H on the Mohs scale (that's a lot). The OnePlus production methodology is to bake the plates in zircon molds at up to 2,700┬║F (1482┬║Celsius), then let them cool for two days, achieving a tough, hardcoated material. Whether or not it will be brittle as ceramic usually is, remains to be seen, but this material sure sounds interesting enough on a phone. Both the Onyx and Ceramic editions undergo numerous polishing processes to achieve the final look and finish. 

Apparently, the sides have also been a subject of attention for the design team: "brushed anodized metal frame etched with 17 elegant microcuts" is what awaits you on the OnePlus X. There is also an Alert Slider on the side, which lets you switch between notification and sound profiles. At 140 x 69 x 6.9 mm, and 138 g (4.86 oz) for the Onyx version, the new OnePlus X is pretty compact, too. For comparison, the new HTC One A9, which also has a 5" display, is wider, thicker and way taller than the OnePlus X.

5" OnePlus X is official with crafted Onyx and Ceramic chassis

OnePlus went with an Active Matrix OLED display for the X, stepping onto Samsung's turf here. The 5-inch panel has 1080p resolution and 441ppi, so nobody can complain about pixel density here. The company claims that the display is very bright, for more comfortable sunlight visibility, but we'll see about that when we get it.

Processor and memory

The real eyebrow-raiser with the OnePlus X is its quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset. Not that this silicon is not powerful enough to run the new Oxygen interface on top of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (no Marshmallow yet), but it is somewhat aging in the sense that it is not a 64-bit endeavor. Other than that, OnePlus equipped the X with a generous 3 GB RAM amount, and 16 GB of storage, expandable via a microSD card, the slot for which is housed in the dual SIM card tray, so it's either two nano SIMs, or one SIM and one memory card, bummer.

5" OnePlus X is official with crafted Onyx and Ceramic chassis

5" OnePlus X is official with crafted Onyx and Ceramic chassis

The OnePlus X comes with a 13 MP rear camera, and a hearty 8 MP selfie-taker, which is a pretty good setup for the phone's category. The rear ISOCELL sensor is Samsung-sourced, with phase-detection, ensuring quick 0.2 seconds autofocus. The camera unit's aperture of f/2.2 is pretty standard, plus you will only be able to shoot 1080p videos, no 4K bombshells are coming out of the OnePlus X. It does offer something extra in the video department, though, such as an HD slow-motion video option.

Last but not least, the OnePlus X houses an embedded 2,525 mAh LiPo battery, which should be enough to power you through the day. How much for all that glassy glory? Well, the standard Onyx version will go for EUR 269 in Europe, where it will be released November 5th, and USD 249 on this side of the pond. In the US the phone will be released November 19th, while the special Ceramic edition will have a separate invitation system for when it launches in Europe and India starting November 24, coming at the cool EUR 369. Before you balk at the ceramic-plated OnePlus X pricing, you ought to know that only 10,000 of those ceramic devices will be manufactured. Any takers?

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posted on 29 Oct 2015, 03:10 8

1. Sidewinder (Posts: 513; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)

To me only the battery is a bit on the lower side. The rest is pretty good. Sd801 is still a very good soc. The addition of a memory card slot is welcome.

posted on 29 Oct 2015, 09:18

18. zeeBomb (Posts: 2304; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)

*claps* good job 1+. Good job.

posted on 29 Oct 2015, 03:11

2. darkskoliro (Posts: 1090; Member since: 07 May 2012)

"and the ho-hum processing power means you will only be able to shoot 1080p videos, no 4K"
My OnePlus One has 801 chip and records 4K fine. So do many other types of s801 chipset phones, maybe you want to re-write or explain what you mean? If you're referring to processing power from the SoC then it has plenty of power for 4K recording :)

posted on 29 Oct 2015, 04:25

3. vincelongman (Posts: 5068; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

Does the OPO have an external DSP?
AFAIK most flagships have external DSPs, except Nexuses

But the 801 should be capable as well

posted on 29 Oct 2015, 04:52 1

7. darkskoliro (Posts: 1090; Member since: 07 May 2012)

Official website shows that 801 supports 4K without the need of an extra hardwarehttps://www.qualcomm.com/products/snapdragon/processors/801

posted on 29 Oct 2015, 05:27

8. vincelongman (Posts: 5068; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

Oh sorry, I didn't realise that
I should have checked

posted on 29 Oct 2015, 04:25 6

4. Dude2014 (Posts: 448; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)

Nice specs for a mid ranged phone. Snapdragon 801 is still a great SoC in terms of both performance and power consumption. Although it was build on 28mm process, from my experience, my M8 lasts longer and work faster than my M9.

posted on 29 Oct 2015, 06:41

10. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1615; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

Nice specs for mid range? Look at Xiaomi mi4c and few others. This is a joke of a phone. But blind oneplus sheeps will line up on pc for days to get an invite

posted on 29 Oct 2015, 07:27 5

13. jellmoo (Posts: 2035; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

Seriously? We just toss the word "sheep" around now whenever anyone expresses an opinion different from our own?

This is a fine little device and the specs are perfectly decent. If you want an Mi 4c, by all means, go that route, but this holds up just fine in comparison.

posted on 29 Oct 2015, 04:40

5. Youraveragejoe (Posts: 134; Member since: 31 Oct 2014)

This will affect the sales of OPO

posted on 29 Oct 2015, 04:40 7

6. boosook (Posts: 1442; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

This phone puts the HTC A9 to shame, and the price is less than half of the A9's price.

posted on 29 Oct 2015, 06:38

9. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1615; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

Xiaomi mi4c looks at it and laughs so hard HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

posted on 29 Oct 2015, 07:09 1

12. Pattyface (Posts: 1646; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)

I don't believe that the mi4c has LTE bands in the US while this phone does but I may be wrong.. That alone makes this a better phone. I also prefer their ui of op to the apple flavored android that Xiaomi uses

posted on 29 Oct 2015, 06:52 1

11. Marslander (Posts: 140; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)

Why would you put glass on the back of a phone? I suppose most people will be putting a case on this, but still, I never understood this design choice.

posted on 29 Oct 2015, 07:42

15. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)

Because a lot of people want cheap, pretty phones. Only to realize after a few months, beauty is fragile and needs protection. Maybe they can develop a nice case that doesn't obstruct the design, or a really nice sturdy skin.

posted on 29 Oct 2015, 07:40

14. DRS1977 (Posts: 519; Member since: 27 May 2015)

Does this thing have NFC, if not it is a huge fail.

posted on 29 Oct 2015, 09:53

19. jontaylor07 (Posts: 169; Member since: 12 Oct 2015)

Yeah NFC is the baseline capability for every phone, without which they are useless.

posted on 30 Oct 2015, 03:27

26. HR_19 (Posts: 103; Member since: 09 Aug 2014)

OnePlus 2 had no NFC.

posted on 29 Oct 2015, 08:09

16. xdza1979 (Posts: 296; Member since: 08 Aug 2015)

Why a small company can make better phones than giants like htc, Sony, LG and others?!
Simply "passion"
Not driven by crappy capital and industrial standards....

posted on 29 Oct 2015, 08:19 3

17. tedkord (Posts: 14114; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

I was wondering that last year when I bought a OnePlus One. After a little while with it, I figured out the answer. They can't. It was a buggy mess. Decent build quality, but half the time it wouldn't charge. There were lots of crashes after which it would lock up, and I'd have to hard reboot. A very poor experience.

posted on 29 Oct 2015, 10:56

21. xdza1979 (Posts: 296; Member since: 08 Aug 2015)

Exactly my experience with the opo, it was buggy always crash and s**t call quality, no service or support and I have a screen taint defect,
But all this beside the screen and service can be the fault of the software and can be fixed, but what Iam talking about is the concept and the great design and hardware also price, imagine if this has fast charging SD805 or SD808 and comes with no software and you can download any rom you want?!

posted on 29 Oct 2015, 09:54

20. jontaylor07 (Posts: 169; Member since: 12 Oct 2015)

Well, when you don't need to worry about distribution, support, or great software, you can have a smaller company, but of course you also have smaller revenue.

posted on 29 Oct 2015, 12:44

22. thowersome (Posts: 33; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)

Not trying to argue but doesn't this phone look like a re textured iPhone 5?

posted on 29 Oct 2015, 15:33

23. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Not really.....

A better proportioned iPhone 4 I can see. iPhone 5 no.

posted on 29 Oct 2015, 15:37

24. thowersome (Posts: 33; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)

I see that now

posted on 29 Oct 2015, 16:24

25. swarai (Posts: 44; Member since: 07 Aug 2014)

Um, how do you put an SD card slot in this thing and not in the OP2?

posted on 31 Oct 2015, 11:17

27. Mike.H (Posts: 32; Member since: 16 Sep 2015)

Very curious to see how the ceramic works out.

posted on 03 Nov 2015, 02:41

28. fumij (Posts: 6; Member since: 28 Oct 2015)

wow, nice review, i got $9 coupon code : OPXOFFER from geekbuying blog.
can you make the comparison review between oneplus x and xiaomi mi4c?

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