Everything you need to know about the OnePlus X
Want to know everything about the OnePlus X? Here’s what we know, including the OnePlus X release date, features, and specs.
The OnePlus X has finally arrived, unveiled by co-founder Carl Pei at an event on October 29 right here in London.
It comes in two variants – Onyx and Ceramic – and looks set to compete in the mid-range, despite OnePlus’ claims of “flagship-level performance”.
The OnePlus X Onyx goes on sale on November 5, while the OnePlus X Ceramic arrives later on November 24.
“Today’s smartphone user strives to find the perfect balance of style and performance,” says Pete Lau, OnePlus CEO.
Lau added: “The OnePlus X is a design-centric device – chic and powerful enough to fit any lifestyle."
The OnePlus X Ceramic
Latest OnePlus X news – OnePlus X launch event October 29
- 29 October 2015 – OnePlus X Ceramic: Just 10,000 units available
- 29 October 2015 – OnePlus X is finally official
- 14 October 2015 – OnePlus X set to launch October 29
- 28 September 2015 – New OnePlus to be mid-range 'fashion product'
- 23 September 2015 – OnePlus Mini benchmark reveals specs
- 03 August 2015 – Carl Pei hints at pre-Christmas OnePlus release
- 16 December 2014 – OnePlus Mini specs leak, images in tow
When is the OnePlus X release date? November 5 (Onyx), November 24 (Ceramic)
What’s new about the OnePlus X? Mid-range, classy, budget
What is the OnePlus X price? £199 (Onyx), £269 (Ceramic)
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OnePlus X specs
Here’s a full list of the OnePlus X specs:
- Display: 5-inch, 1080p (441pp)
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (2.3GHz, quad-core)
- GPU: Adreno 330
- RAM: 3GB LPDDR3
- Storage: 16GB eMMC (expandable via microSD)
- Primary camera: 13-megapixel
- Secondary camera: 8-megapixel
- Battery: 2,525mAh
- Connectivity: Dual-SIM, 4G/LTE, Bluetooth 4.0
- Charging: Micro USB
- OS: OxygenOS (based on Android 5.1.1)
- Dimensions: 140 x 69 x 6.9mm
- Weight: 138g (Onyx), 160g (Ceramic)
What are the key things to take away from this?
For starters, the choice of processor is interesting – the OnePlus X features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801.
While it was a great chip in its day – it featured in the Sony Xperia Z3, HTC One M8, LG G3, and OnePlus One – it’s now well over a year old.
The decision was likely made to keep costs down, while still offering respectable performance. Unfortunately, mid-range chips have caught up with the 801, so the OnePlus X may still be outpaced by some of its rivals.
Another interesting choice is the omission of USB-C, a feature referenced heavily in the marketing for the OnePlus 2.
It’s still not clear why the company decided to instead use the older Micro USB standard, but it’s likely the company will explain the decision in the near future.
Otherwise, the specs are fairly unsurprising – we’ll have to wait for a review unit to really put the hardware to the test.
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OnePlus X Onyx vs OnePlus X Ceramic
So there are two variants of the OnePlus X, but what’s the difference?
The OnePlus X Onyx is fashioned from black glass on a metal bezel, which is reminiscent of the Sony Xperia Z3.
Meanwhile, the OnePlus X Ceramic is crafted from – no prizes for guessing – ceramic.
The latter is created using a painstaking manufacturing process and, as such, there are only 10,000 units available globally.
Otherwise, the devices are identical in terms of hardware, albeit for a slight weight difference: the Onyx weighs 138g, while the Ceramic weighs 160g.
Unsurprisingly, there’s also a price difference: the Onyx costs £199, while the Ceramic marks up at £269 – that’s even more than the OnePlus 2 (£239).
It’s worth noting that you’ll need a device-specific invite to purchase the Ceramic OnePlus X.
OnePlus X price – How much does the OnePlus X cost?
Despite its humble beginnings, OnePlus is now a global brand with fans all over the world.
We’ve rounded up pricing for the OnePlus X in a host of different currencies to help make your purchasing decision easier wherever you are.
Here are international OnePlus X Onyx prices:
- GBP – 199
- EUR – 269
- USD – 249
- HKD – 1,859
- SEK – 2,549
- DKK – 2,049
- HUF – 84,990
- PLN – 1,149
- CZK – 7,399
- CAD – 329
- INR – 16,999
Here are international OnePlus X Ceramic prices:
- GBP – 269
- EUR – 369
- HKD – 2,699
- DKK – 2,799
- HUF – 109,990
- PLN – 1,499
- CZK – 9,499
- CAD – 449
- INR – 22,999
- SEK – 3,499
What is the OnePlus X release date?
OnePlus has a huge launch event scheduled for October 29 – that's today – taking place right here in London.
The company is keeping quiet on what may be in store at the event, but a teaser image depicting a huge, neon ‘X’ gives us a good clue.
Despite some speculation that the device may be a fitness tracker, it’s looking increasingly likely that the OnePlus X is actually the long-expected mid-range smartphone.
We’re now looking to the London event for our new product – but how do we even know that it’s coming?
Rewind to August 2, and OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei tells USA Today that there will be a new device coming in 2015.
“There’s going to be a second phone this year, before the end of the year. Hopefully for Christmas,” said Pei.
He continued: “It may or may not be [higher spec’d than the OnePlus 2]. When I saw the prototype for that phone I was like ‘holy s–- that’s going to be my daily driver’ but then when the OnePlus 2 production version came out it’s also super nice, so it’s really hard to decide now what to use.”
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Pei added: “It’s going to be amazing, but today I’m not going to talk about it.”
Pei’s comments corroborate other rumours that have turned up online suggesting the handset will launch at some point between October and December.
What’s new about the OnePlus X?
The main point that separates the OnePlus X from the OnePlus One and OnePlus 2 is that the device is expected to be mid-range.
As such, it’ll have comparatively low-performance components; we’re expecting a mid-tier MediaTek/Qualcomm chip, a 5-inch screen, and 2GB of RAM.
Here's our round-up news and rumours about the OnePlus X specs, design, and price:
OnePlus X design
Like most smartphones these days, the OnePlus X hasn’t been able to avoid a number of pre-release image leaks.
Consequently, we’ve already got a pretty good idea of what the OnePlus X will look like.
One issue of contention is whether the OnePlus X will have plastic or metal edges.
Certification images from China’s TENAA appear to show a device with a metallic frame, while the leaked Mobile-Dad render has plastic edging.
However, both leaks seemingly agree that the body of the device will be flat, as opposed to the curved rear featured on the OnePlus 2.
The TENAA images also point to a single rear-mounted camera, positioned in top left. The MD render, meanwhile, has a dual-sensor setup on the back.
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Most leaks thus far appear to agree that the OnePlus X will ship in black and white variants, and will be both smaller and thinner than the OnePlus 2.
Unfortunately, we can’t say for sure what the OnePlus X will look like until this month’s announcement.
OnePlus X specs
We’ve been quite fortunate with leaks surrounding the OnePlus X, particularly one from GForGames that appears to reveal the entire spec sheet for the device.
According to that particular breach, the OnePlus X will feature:
- 5-inch 2.5D 1,080 x 1,920 pixel display
- MediaTek Helio X10 MT6795T chipset
- 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM 933MHz dual-channel
- 32GB eMMC 5.0 storage, expandable via microSDXC
- 13-megapixel Sony IMX258 rear camera
- 5-megapixel wide-angle front camera
- 3,000mAh battery
- USB Type C port
- 1.2W front-facing speaker
That’s an interesting spec line-up, particularly because the hardware listed isn’t as top-end as the components featured on the OnePlus 2.
As such, we’re inclined to believe the longstanding rumour that the handset will be mid-tier.
It’s worth noting that a separate leak of the OnePlus X, this time via OppoMart, listed the specs as follows:
- 5.1-inch 1,080 x 1,920 pixel display
- 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
- 13-megapixel Sony rear image sensor
- 8-megapixel front-facing camera
- 3GB RAM
- 16GB storage
- 4G LTE connectivity
- Oxygen OS (based on Android 5.1)
There are a few notable differences between these lists.
The first is that the OppoMart leak suggests the Snapdragon 801 will feature – that’s an old chip that featured on last year’s OnePlus One.
The second leak also points to the handset featuring 3GB of RAM, which would rank the handset alongside the new OnePlus 2 in terms of memory.
Other discrepancies include screen size, base storage, and the resolution of the front-facing camera.
Unfortunately, we can’t say for sure what exact specs will feature until the OnePlus launch event on October 29.
OnePlus X software: Oxygen OS, Lollipop, Marshmallow
The OnePlus X will almost certainly run on Google’s Android mobile operating system.
What also seems very likely is that the handset will use OnePlus’ custom-built Oxygen OS skin, overlaid on top of Android.
The OnePlus 2 launched with Oxygen OS on board, so it stands to reason that the next smartphone will also follow suit.
OnePlus originally created Oxygen OS after a spat with Cyanogen over exclusivity in India meant that the company could no longer use CyanogenMod in the region.
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The great thing about Oxygen OS is that it’s very close to stock Android, so those familiar with the platform will feel right at home using it.
What we’re not sure about is whether the OnePlus X will be using Android 5.0 Lollipop or Android 6.0 Marshmallow as its base OS.
The latest version of Google’s operating system has only just started trickling out onto devices, so stay tuned on that front.
OnePlus X rivals: Should I wait for the OnePlus X?
If there’s one thing that we’ve learned from previous OnePlus handsets, it’s that the company offers seriously impressive value for money.
But this is the first time OnePlus has tried to tackle the sub-£200 market, a space that’s jam-packed with solid handsets from seasoned manufacturers.
Take, for instance, the Motorola Moto G, this year’s entry in a long line of successful budget handsets.
With plenty of devices to choose from, buying the OnePlus X will likely come down to whether you like the design of the phone, and appreciate the quick-and-light Oxygen OS. The selling point of the latter is how close the OnePlus ROM is to stock Android, a serious winner with fans of the platform.
It’s also worth remembering that the OnePlus X will tout mid-range specs, so you could consider plumping for the slightly more expensive OnePlus 2 for a flagship feel.
Also important is the invitation system, which we’re expecting to once again be implemented for OnePlus X sales.
As with previous handsets, it looks likely that you’ll need a OnePlus X invite to make a purchase.
While the invitation system has been a pain-point for consumers in the past, OnePlus maintains that it’s the most effective way for the start-up to manage stock levels.
All in all, if you're eyeing up a new budget smartphone before Christmas, it's definitely worth waiting to see what OnePlus has in store. That said, with its penchant for laborious purchase processes, you might struggle to get your hands on a OnePlus X even if you want one.
New OnePlus name: OnePlus X or OnePlus Mini?
There’s been plenty of debate over whether the next OnePlus smartphone will be called the OnePlus X or the OnePlus Mini.
Initial rumours pointed to the latter, especially as the device is scaled down from its OnePlus 2 predecessor.
However, as time goes on, we’re more inclined to believe the device will actually be called the OnePlus X.
The biggest evidence to that end is the teaser image for the upcoming London launch event, in which a giant ‘X’ is depicted.
Alternatively, some speculate that the OnePlus X is actually a fitness tracker.
Earlier this month, OnePlus founder Pete Lau posted an image of his movement being tracked along some streets in China, mapping out an ‘X’.
This may just be another teaser for the ‘X’ branding and no more; it could also be a hint that the OnePlus X isn’t the new smartphone we’ve all been led to believe is coming on October 29.
OnePlus X Price: What OnePlus X price can we expect?
A GForGames report suggests we’ll be looking at a price tag of around US$250.
That gels with a leaked advertisement, courtesy of Chinese social site Weibo, that put the OnePlus X price at 1,699 yuan.
That translates to roughly $270, £175, €240, AU$370, and 17,370 Indian Rupees.
The price certainly makes sense; it’s cheaper than the OnePlus 2, and has lower specs to boot.
For comparison, the OnePlus 2 entry-level version retails at £239, while the 64GB model costs £279.
However, the sub-£200 smartphone market is hotly contested, so the OnePlus X will be facing off against tough rivals like the Moto G.
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