Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus has announced that the company’s latest handset, the mid-ranger called OnePlus X, will now be available without the much-reviled invite system every Tuesday. Through a post on microblogging site Twitter, the company announced as much, stating that the ‘invite-free Tuesday’ will start from the 15th of this month, and obviously, repeat on every Tuesday thereafter. This must be music to the ears of numerous OnePlus fans who would love to own the device, but is put off by the very thought of having to stand in the queue to get an invite to be actually able to buy the device. The company has generally struggled to keep up with demand for both its earlier releases, thereby earning a whole lot of criticism, but with the OnePlus X, it seems as though OnePlus is confident of being able to handle the demand once the device goes invite-free.
The OnePlus X of course, is the latest smartphone from the Shenzhen, Guangdong-based company. It is the first ever mid-range handset and the third smartphone overall from OnePlus after the OnePlus One from last year and the OnePlus 2 from earlier this year. The device features a 5-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a 1080p display resolution, and is powered by the Snapdragon 801 SoC from Qualcomm, which comes with an integrated 32-bit quad-core CPU clocked at a frequency of 2.3 GHz. The embedded GPU within the SoC happens to be the Adreno 330. The OnePlus X comes with 3 GB of RAM, but only 16 GB of storage out of the box, which can however, be further expanded by up to 128 GB with the help of a microSD card.
Imaging options on the smartphone include a 13-megapixel rear-facing primary camera with phase detection autofocus and an LED flash; along with an 8-megapixel front-facing selfie-cam. Both cameras are capable of shooting 1080p videos at 30fps. Sensors on the OnePlus X include a fingerprint scanner, an accelerometer, a gyroscope and a proximity sensor along with A-GPS and GLONASS, while connectivity options include LTE, HSPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot and Bluetooth v4.0. The phone also carries a 2,525 mAh Li-Po battery and comes with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, in the form of Oxygen OS 2.0.