The launch of the new OnePlus X is close at hand, with European buyers only having to wait until November 5 to throw in their â‚¬269. The new handset brings a new design and a price-minded alternative to the "flagship killer" family's already aggressively-priced front runners, but what else does it bring to the table?
For starters, the processor and RAM array that will run the show are the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 and 3GB of RAM. This mirrors the OnePlus One, which competed on level with flagships of its time such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3. Though not as snappy as the fancy new Snapdragon 810 present in the OnePlus 2, it will get the job done for most consumers. An Adreno 330 graphics chip is on board to take care of graphics-intensive tasks. While not up to par with the latest and greatest, it's got more than enough power for most modern gaming applications and anything else you may want to throw at it. It won't run the newest experimental emulators at full speed like an Nvidia Tegra chip, but it certainly won't shy away from hardcore titles like Riptide GP 2 or Dead Trigger 2. A non-removable 2,525 mAh battery powers the show.
Next up for comparison is the display. All three handsets sport a crisp, no-frills 1920x1080 resolution. While the One and Two use a 5.5 inch screen, the X downgrades to a 5 inch AMOLED panel. The bump in PPI, or pixels per inch, won't be terribly noticeable outside of virtual reality applications, but the change in performance from an LCD to an AMOLED screen will change the way colors are handled and have a bit of an effect on usability in direct sunlight. The OnePlus X will sport a sheet of 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 to protect that lovely screen, just like the OnePlus One.
On the design front, the OnePlus X sports a design that can definitely be called a radical departure from its predecessors. This smaller, squarish design is presumably cheaper to build and certainly more pocketable. Unlike previous handsets, the OnePlus X will not be available in multiple colors, at least not indefinitely. There is a ceramic variant, but it is limited edition. Only 10,000 units will be made. Normal units come in Onyx, which is black glass with metal sides. USB Type-C as seen in the OnePlus 2 is absent, giving way to a tradition Micro USB port. Another radical departure from previous members of the OnePlus family is a MicroSD slot, supporting cards up to 128GB. Only 16GB of onboard storage is present.
Looking to the camera, the OnePlus X has a 13MP back lens and an 8MP selfie snapper, both sporting fast autofocus technology as seen on the OnePlus 2. These cameras aren't quite top of the line, but they are certainly adequate for most casual photography.
The OnePlus 2 offers plenty to justify its price tag and set itself apart from its family members. In November, we'll see if this is enough to move consumers.