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OnePlus X Goes Official – Snapdragon 801, 3GB RAM, Metal/Glass Build, Starting At $249

OnePlus X Goes Official – Snapdragon 801, 3GB RAM, Metal/Glass Build, Starting At $249

Love them or hate them, OnePlus is back with their latest smartphone. The brand new OnePlus X is a “budget” offering from the company that’s actually pretty darn impressive. For the $249 unlocked price point you get a 5″ 1080p AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. There is a microSD card slot found in the SIM card tray. Around back is a 13MP camera with an 8MP around front.

The build of the OnePlus X is very impressive with a metal and glass design and the phone is very thin at just under 7mm. Out of the box the OnePlus X runs Oxygen OS based on Android 5.1.1. The software is the same as found on the OnePlus 2 although it’s a bit disappointing OnePlus didn’t mention anything about an upgrade to Marshmallow.

The OnePlus X has a 5" 1080p display and runs Lollipop out of the box.

The OnePlus X has a 5″ 1080p display and runs Lollipop out of the box.

To get down to this $249 price point, the OnePlus X gives up features like quick/wireless charging, the USB C port, and OIS on the rear camera. Oh, and there’s no NFC again.

As far as options for this phone, well, you better like what you see so far. This phone comes in any color you want, as long as it’s black (Onyx). There’s also only the 16GB tier for internal storage. However to shake up the design a bit, OnePlus will be offering cases to match the StyleSwap covers from the OnePlus 2. There will also be a selection of silicone cases available for the OnePlus X in various colors.

Considering the $249 price point, the OnePlus X is pretty darn impressive.

Considering the $249 price point, the OnePlus X is pretty darn impressive.

The OnePlus X will be available for $249 unlocked in the US starting on November 19th and 269€ in Europe starting on November 5th. Now here’s the real question, what’s the deal with the invite system? Well there will be an invite system as launch, but after 1 month anyone will be able to buy the phone no invite needed. Are you interested in the OnePlus X?

Press Release

Powerfully Beautiful: Presenting the OnePlus X

New Smartphone Line Fuses Sleek Design with Flagship­-level Performance

LONDON – October 29, 2015 – OnePlus today announced their brand new smartphone line with the launch of the OnePlus X. Featuring a compact 5″ display and a new range of premium build materials, the OnePlus X, available in Onyx black glass and a limited Ceramic edition, showcases an elevated level of craftsmanship and power for OnePlus.

“Today’s smartphone user strives to find the perfect balance of style and performance. The OnePlus X is a design­centric device ­ chic and powerful enough to fit any lifestyle,” said OnePlus CEO Pete Lau.

Precision Artwork in Your Hand

The OnePlus X is a work of art. OnePlus has created two separate editions inspired by the exquisite handiwork behind two timeless fields of art ­ glassware and ceramic.

The OnePlus X Onyx is fashioned from black glass on a metal bezel, giving the phone a premium feel in your hand. Every glass backplate is cut to size and polished repeatedly until it achieves a smooth, glossy, mirror­like finish. Slightly rounded edges give the phone a fluid and seamless feel, and at just 4.86 oz, it is the lightest and slimmest OnePlus device to date.

The Ceramic version is crafted in a process totaling 25 days. Starting with a zirconia mold just 0.5 mm thick, the ceramic is fire­baked up to 2,700oF for more than 28 hours before cooling for two full days. Each individual OnePlus X backplate undergoes three meticulous methods of polishing before it is flawless enough for use. Scratch­resistant with a hardness of 8.5H on the Mohs scale and weighing 5.64 oz, the ceramic build is a feat of engineering and design.

A brushed anodized metal frame etched with 17 elegant microcuts surrounds the OnePlus X. A convenient Alert Slider for easy notification adjustments adorns the left side of the device, with the power button and volume rocker located on the right. Intuitively placed buttons combined with subtle curves and ergonomic lines make the OnePlus X easy and natural to use with one

Capture Your World Faster than Ever

The OnePlus X has a 13MP rear camera combined with f/2.2 aperture, perfect for documenting your unique everyday experiences. Optimized white balance and saturation maintain the integrity of the colors of your photos, and a lightning­fast 0.2­second autofocus with phase detection autofocus (PDAF) ­­ our fastest camera yet ­­ means you won’t miss a moment. Shoot in Auto, HDR or Clear Image to perfect your image, or switch to the 8MP front­facing camera with supported Beauty Mode to capture a flawless selfie.

Beauty That’s More than Skin­deep

Combining the Snapdragon 801 processor with Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM, the OnePlus X is as powerful as it is stylish. The 5″ 1080p Active Matrix OLED screen is responsive and incredibly bright in direct sunlight, and the 441 PPI resolution keeps the screen sharp without draining your battery.

Notably, the OnePlus X supports two nano SIMs for more network choices and added convenience for people on the go. Even better, one card slot provides optional expandable storage with your own microSD card, allowing a maximum capacity up to 128GB.

Personalize Your Experience

OxygenOS, a custom operating system developed by OnePlus, brings a range of unique features and elements to the OnePlus X.

The AMOLED screen, never before seen in a OnePlus device, allows for an ambient display that will wake in duochrome mode to alert you to new notifications. A proximity sensor, enabled by each individual user, also wakes the screen whenever the OnePlus X is brought out of a pocket or bag.

Along with OxygenOS features such as on­screen gestures, an enhanced file manager and custom quick settings, the OnePlus X also brings FM radio to your smartphone. Broadcast your favorite local stations directly from your phone without having to connect to Wi­Fi or consume data with the new OnePlus Radio.

Pricing and Availability

The OnePlus X Onyx will be available on with an invite in Europe starting November 5 at EUR269.00, with a U.S. version to follow on November 19 for USD249.00. The Ceramic edition will be available with a Ceramic­specific invite in Europe and India starting November 24 for EUR369.00. Only 10,000 OnePlus X Ceramic devices will be available.

About OnePlus

OnePlus is a global startup challenging conventional concepts of technology. Created around the “Never Settle” mantra, OnePlus creates exquisitely designed devices with premium build quality and high performance hardware. OnePlus thrives on cultivating strong bonds and growing together with its community of users and fans. For more information, please visit

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