OnePlus X US users will likely get patchy LTE signal
posted by Florin T. / Nov 04, 2015, 10:36 PM
Before deciding if they want to buy the new handset, US customers should know that they might be having trouble with LTE connectivity. More exactly, the OnePlus X supports the following LTE bands: 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, and 8. This doesn't completely cover the LTE bands of AT&T (2, 4, 17) and T-Mobile (2, 4, 12) - these being the only major US carriers that you can use the OnePlus X on, since we're talking about a GSM device here.
According to Droid-life, OnePlus does not plan to add support for additional LTE bands on its smartphone, so you won't be getting complete LTE coverage. In fact, AT&T's and T-Mobile's LTE networks heavily rely on bands 17 and 12, so you'll likely be without LTE coverage quite often.
LTE issues aside, if you're willing to buy the OnePlus X in the US (where it's going to cost $249 unlocked), you'll need an invite (at least in the first month of availability). To find out more about the new smartphone, check out our OnePlus X hands-on.
- 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
Completely dumb move to not include those two bands. Particularly band 17 for att, that is easily through most used band for them and all their mvnos
posted on Nov 04, 2015, 10:55 PM 2
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remember the world is huge and this would work perfectly everywhere else
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 3:27 AM 0
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I think OnePlus is shifting focus overseas now, primarily India, so they're subtly aren't going all in on US support with small details like this. If size isn't a differentiating factor for the shopper I would look into the Nexus 6 which I see go anywhere from $270-$299 every now and then.
posted on Nov 04, 2015, 10:55 PM 1
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Anyone got invites?
posted on Nov 04, 2015, 11:06 PM 0
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T-Mobile doesn't rely heavily on band 12. Not yet anyway, as many areas where T-Mobile has LTE doesn't have band 12 yet because it's in the works, because sales are awaiting FCC approval (which means a couple years), or aren't possible at all (like Chicago - a rather large city from what I hear). Just because band 12 isn't available doesn't mean LTE isn't - there's still bands 2 and 4. Same with AT&T. If band 17 isn't available, there's still 2 and 4. I get LTE from both companies on my Nexus 4 with band 4.
posted on Nov 04, 2015, 11:14 PM 3
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It's a bit of a stretch to say that tmo "heavily" relies on band 12. They only started deploying it last year I believe. Their main band is band 4. AT&T however, uses band 17 as their main LTE band in most of their markets and band 5 for the rest.
posted on Nov 04, 2015, 11:38 PM 0
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Here in Maine and New Hampshire its band 17(main) and band 4 and 2. I have not seen band 5 LTE here. I agree though.... Oneplus made a mistake for the US customers.... again. Thankfully I have moved on....
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 6:45 AM 0
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It's my understanding that band 5 is a US Cellular band, but AT&T phones have band 5 as part of roaming partnerships.
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 10:10 AM 0
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17 is only in use in north North America- like Canada and US. Tmob uses 2,4 and 12. 2,4 fine but 12 is new and they only deployed it in north North America. So markets like Asia or EU that run on 7 and/or 8 are actually a better choice for One Plus and offer a larger market. Don't blame the handset maker, blame the carriers who are perpetually trying to keep you locked into contracts by using obscure frequencies.
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 11:28 AM 0
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I do not blame the carriers in the U. S. at least because they can only use bands that the FCC puts up for sale.
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 12:59 PM 1
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