OnePlus X Review
Good ol’ phone calls made with the OnePlus X are of average quality. We’re not entirely satisfied with the earpiece, which is decent in volume, but mediocre in clarity, with crackling spoiling the conversation. This makes it tricky to hold a conversation in a noisy environment, such as at a busy street downtown. The microphone isn’t great either.
Be ready to charge the OnePlus X every night.
With its 2525 mAh battery, the OnePlus X lasted through 5 hours and 57 minutes of testing when subjected to our custom battery benchmark. That’s an average result, and one indicative of the phone’s real-life battery performance. Long story short, one should be ready to charge their OnePlus X every night. If it is used heavily, the phone will likely need to be connected to a charger by early evening.
For the record, our battery life impressions are based on our OnePlus X configured to have cellular/Wi-Fi data, location services, and sync for most services always on. Our favorite social networking and IM clients were also installed. Screen brightness was set to automatic, with the brightness slider set near the lowest setting.
Battery life (hours) Higher is better
OnePlus X 5h 57 min (Poor)
Motorola Moto G (2015) 8h 3 min (Average)
Google Nexus 5X 6h 25 min (Poor)
LG G4 6h 6 min (Poor)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
OnePlus X 121
Motorola Moto G (2015) 251
Google Nexus 5X 100
LG G4 127
Prior to having the chance to use the OnePlus X as a daily driver, we were genuinely excited about this phone. It seemed like a killer mid-range offering – one with great design, decent specs, no-nonsense UI, and, above all, a very tempting price tag. Perhaps we had our expectations set too high as we're now convinced that the OnePlus X is not the ultimate mid-ranger. But it is not a bad phone either. It is a good-looking handset with very responsive software and a fitting price.
We did run into a number of issues, however. Most notably, the OnePlus X does not run games very well, which comes as a surprise given its hardware specs. Also, the low-light performance of its camera is quite poor, the quality of the earpiece is disappointing, and the battery life could have been better. But the last few flaws we can live with considering how much the phone costs.
At the end of the day, the OnePlus X is a good choice if your budget is limited. As of this writing, it is priced at $250 (269 euro in Europe), which is fair. Also, it seems like invitations aren’t all that difficult to obtain, as we were given one only a few days after registering. Just don’t expect a lot out of the OnePlus X as a killer mid-range phone this is not.
Software version: Android 5.1.1, OxygenOS 2.1.3, build number ONE E1003_14_151123
- Outstanding design
- Responsive and no-nonsense UI
- Good value for money
- Dual SIM functionality
- Camera is very fast and takes good-enough photos in good light
- Bundled with a screen protector and a case
- Even games that are not very demanding are choppy
- The display’s color accuracy is poor
- You’d normally need an invitation to buy the phone
- Poorly designed physical and capacitive buttons
- Earpiece sound quality is disappointing
- Mediocre loudspeaker quality
- LTE may be patchy in the US
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- Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 3GB RAM
- Storage 16GB, microSDXC
- Battery 2525 mAh
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
OnePlus OxygenOS UI