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

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.


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.


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.


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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  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2525 mAh



1. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 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.

18. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

*claps* good job 1+. Good job.

2. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 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 :)

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Does the OPO have an external DSP? AFAIK most flagships have external DSPs, except Nexuses But the 801 should be capable as well

7. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

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

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

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

4. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 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.

10. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 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

13. jellmoo

Posts: 2625; Member since: Oct 31, 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.

5. Youraveragejoe

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

This will affect the sales of OPO

6. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

9. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Xiaomi mi4c looks at it and laughs so hard HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

12. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 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

11. Marslander

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 08, 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.

15. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

14. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

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

19. jontaylor07

Posts: 169; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

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

26. HR_19

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 2014

OnePlus 2 had no NFC.

16. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 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....

17. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

21. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 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?!

20. jontaylor07

Posts: 169; Member since: Oct 12, 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.

22. thowersome

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

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

23. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Not really..... A better proportioned iPhone 4 I can see. iPhone 5 no.

24. thowersome

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

I see that now

25. swarai

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 07, 2014

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

27. Mike.H

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 16, 2015

Very curious to see how the ceramic works out.

28. fumij

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 28, 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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