In the recent couple years, OnePlus has grown its popularity and fame on its brand thanks to the quality product at competitive selling price that offers great value for money.
After OnePlus 2 release in July earlier this year, OnePlus launched OnePlus X this month, a non-Flagship Killer Android smartphone. We are going to unbox the Onyx model today in the video below:
With an usual minimalistic packaging, OnePlus X is bundled with some standard documentations, SIM tray removal tool, a Silicon case, MicroUSB 2.0 charging cable and a 5V plug (for UK/HK models). There is no USB 3.0 for OPX and it does not support fast charging technology.
Design and specification
Many have said the appearance of OnePlus X looks like Sony Xperia Z3 and 4, and even more close to an Apple iPhone 4.
The front and back panel are covered by glass. Notably speaking, the display panel, which is an 5″ Full-HD AMOLED display with 441 ppi covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 that offers premium protection to the gorgeous AMOLED display.
For internal specification, OnePlus X features Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.3GHz Quad-Core CPU, Qualcomm Andreno 330 GPU, 3GB of Ram, 16GB internal storage with approximately 11.5GB effective, and a 2525 mAh non-removable battery. The phone also supports dual Nano-SIM supporting GSM, WCDMA and LTE; Or optional 1 Nano-SIM plus 1 MicroSD card up to 128GB of storage space.
From the body of the phone, you will find at the upper front a 8 megapixel f/2.4 front facing camera, proximity sensor, speaker phone, and the multicolor LED notification light. At the button, there are capacitive buttons for home, back and multitasking function and that you can also customize further in the Settings for more functionalities. This also helps save space from the screen for soft key buttons.
On the left side you will find the Alert Slider which is also available on OnePlus 2, in which you are toggle the slider to trigger different modes of notifications, do not disturb, priority only or open for all. On the right hand side you can see the SIM tray, volume rocker, and the power button. The buttons are really solid and does not feel fluff. They are very easy to click on.
At the back there is a 13 megapixel rear facing camera with f/2.2 aperture and capable of shooting 1080p resolution videos and Slow Motion videos with 720p resolution at 120 frames per second, with a LED flash under the lens.
The speaker is located at the bottom of the phone. There are also a microphone and MicroUSB slot. The other noise cancellation microphone is located at the top of the phone, beside the 3.5mm headphone jack.
Same as OnePlus 2, OnePlus X runs OxygenOS, which is based on Android Lollipop. It also comes with additional features such as gestures, dark mode, app permission, and more customerization on buttons, etc. For those who have been playing with Stock Android on Nexus devices, you won’t be needing much time to adapt to it.
Overall speaking, with such a price point at less than US$250, coming with good specification, beautiful design and solid build quality, OnePlus X is an excellent choice as a backup phone if you owns a premium smartphone, such as iPhone 6s Plus that is my daily driver. There aren’t many choices available in the marker, maybe you will think of Xiaomi, Meizu, Asus, etc, but their phones are not perfect and have specific drawbacks, such as CPU, ROM size, RAM and display quality.
So far, I am very satisfied with the performance of OnePlus X, from a first-time OnePlus customer. The camera is fast. The operation is smooth with 3GB Ram. There is no lag or something.
What are not sufficient could be lack of NFC and Fingerprint scanner. Additionally, the main camera is not a high performer under low light condition. Moreover, there is no information of SD card storage in Settings. Users have to go to the Files app to view the remaining space of the SD card. Last but not least, OxygenOS is a bit battery hungry. The 2525 mAh may not last a normal day if you have a moderate usage.
That’s it for my unboxing and first impression on the new OnePlus X. Thanks for watching and reading. We will see you next time.
Edit: Users are able to see the MicroSD card storage and move apps to SD Card after updating to OxygenOS 2.1.3.