Sometimes you don’t need a Flagship Killer. Sometimes all you need is an affordable device that nails the basics, and looks good doing it. Normally our pick for the cheap phone champ would fall into the Motorola camp. But it looks like the OnePlus X might have stolen the economical crown.
We got a brief glimpse at the device late last month, so give that a watch if you haven’t already. What we have for you today is an unboxing, and an even closer look OnePlus’ new beauty. Seriously, this thing is a looker. OnePlus’ previous phones were brimming with functionality, but they were never the prettiest of the bunch. The OnePlus X is among the nicest we’ve seen all year; it’s not something you’d think would retail for just $250.
Yes, the OnePlus X sports a familiar design—a metal frame sandwiched by two pieces of glass. It’s as if a Nexus 4, Xperia and iPhone 5 got together and did The Business. The model we have is the onyx black, though there’s also a ceramic model being offered (only 10,000 are being made), which will come with a more premium price.
Beyond the design, the OnePlus X features some impressive specs, especially for the price. For just $250, you’ll get a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, OxygenOS based on Android 5.1.1, 16GB of expandable storage, and a 2,525mAh battery. There’s also a 5-inch Full HD AMOLED display, 13-megapixel camera, and that wonderful Alert Slider we saw introduced in the OnePlus 2.
Unfortunately, there’s no NFC, and there’s no fingerprint sensor, which, for the price, I can forgive. Honestly, as much as I loved the OnePlus 2, I’m a little more excited for the company’s more affordable option. It fits into the growing market that marries good technology with a low price point, and in a beautiful package to boot.
The OnePlus X will be available starting Nov. 5, though you’ll need an invite in the beginning if you want to get your hands on one. Check out the unboxing above, and stay tuned for our review soon.