LOW-COST SMARTPHONE MERCHANT OnePlus has unveiled its latest and cheapest creation, the 5in OnePlus X.
Starting at £199 for the glass-backed Onyx model and going up to £269 for a limited edition Ceramic version, the OnePlus X has nonetheless been designed with upmarket looks in mind. Unlike the functional, utilitarian styling of the OnePlus 2, the OnePlus X is all about sleek lines and rounded corners with etched metal frames.
In typical OnePlus style, the OnePlus X has some surprisingly high-end specs: a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, the first 1920x1080 Full HD AMOLED display on a OnePlus device and a 13MP rear-facing camera that can apparently focus in 0.2 seconds.
It also sports a 2,525mAh battery and, much like the Honor 7, a card tray which can support dual nano SIMs or one nano SIM and a microSD card.
Some corners have been cut, as evidenced by the lack of a physical home button and a mere 16GB internal storage drive, although this can be expanded by up to 128GB via microSD. It also runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with OnePlus’ OxygenOS, rather than the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and lacks the fingerprint sensor and USB Type-C port seen on pricier OnePlus models.
Thrifty enthusiasts won’t have to wait long for the OnePlus X, as it will launch on 5 November. OnePlus will initially sell the handset only via an online invitation system, and here’s hoping it can do a better job of keeping up with demand than it did with the OnePlus 2, but the firm will hold weekly 'open sales' after the first month.
These will initially last for one hour, but will get longer over time up to a full day, OnePlus said.
Check back soon for our first impressions of the OnePlus X. µ
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