The OnePlus X has been subject to many a rumor, but today is a special day for the popular Chinese startup. The all-new OnePlus X brings some new materials to some internals you may be familiar with, but one of the most important aspects of this shiny handset is its price point. We toyed around with the device for a bit and are ready to give you our first look at the OnePlus X. Let’s jump right in.

Design and build quality

The OnePlus X definitely sports a very different look compared to what we have seen coming from the startup in the past. For starters, it has dual glass panels, which are held together by a metal frame. This set-up makes for a very sturdy construction. And though it is smaller than many devices we have on the market today, it actually feels a bit heavier than usual.

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Handling is made easy thanks to the smaller size (5-inch, 1080p screen) and the flat metal sides. There is a second version of this phone, though, which features a fire-baked ceramic back, instead of the glass. This happens to be hard to create, also meaning this specific iteration will come in limited quantities and at a higher price. It’s not only the new material that makes these two phones different, though. The ceramic version features chamfered edges all throughout the back outline, as you can see in this image below.

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Going around the sides we can see the volume and power buttons on the right side, making them very easy to reach. But the most interesting part is in the opposite direction, where we can find an alert slider that returns from the OnePlus 2 and makes it a breeze to change what kind of notifications you get on the device: all, priority or none.

Also returning from the OnePlus 2 is the ability to stick in dual SIM cards, but one of these trays will also be able to house a microSD card. Yes, you will be able to expand the storage on the OnePlus X. We are certain this will be great news for many of you.

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Overall, we would say the craftsmanship of this device is something we are definitely satisfied with. Even though it is a smaller handset, it is well-built and has a heavier feeling that will really make it seem stronger. The one complaint we have is that it is very prone to fingerprints, but that’s just something you have to expect from a glass construction. On the other hand, this material choice does make it a sleeker-looking gadget. But there is one downside to this new build quality – it’s not as customizable.

To make up for this, OnePlus is offering a bunch of different cases that will alter the look and feel of the handset. I personally do feel like these cases look out of place, but designs include different colors, as well as materials like wood and Kevlar. We know some of you love these interesting materials.

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Now, the screen may only sport a 1080p definition, but in this case that is accompanied by a good quality AMOLED panel. This is especially handy when you consider Oxygen OS now supports Ambient Display, a feature which allows you to take a quick peek at your notifications. You can actually wave your hand over the display to trigger it. Why is that a benefit? Well, AMOLED screens don’t light up pixels when displaying black, so even while using ambient display the phone won’t use too much energy.

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Packed inside we can find the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, which may seem a weird choice in 2015. OnePlus tells us they found it was still reliable, as well as better performing than the mid-end Snapdragon 617. It’s backed by the Adreno 330 and 3 GB of RAM. There’s also a 2525 mAh battery is also housed in there, which will likely allow the phone to go for quite some time, considering the specs. We will have to run our tests before confirming that, though.

Display5-inch display
1920 x 1080 resolution
Gorilla Glass 3
ProcessorQualcomm 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801
GPUAdreno 330
Storage 16GB
MicroSDUp to 128GB
Connectivity2.4GHz b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, GLONASS, BDS, LTE
SIM cardNano SIM, dual compatible (but uses microSD slot)
Camera13MP ISOCELL 3M2 CMOS with f/2.2 rear cam, 8MP front cam
BatteryNon-removable 2,525 mAh LiPo battery
SoftwareOxygen OS (based on Lollipop)
Dimensions140 x 69 x 6.9 mm, 138g for Onyx, 160g for Ceramic


When we move on to the camera we can find some changes. The camera comes with a 13 MP Isocell sensor in the rear, and an 8 MP shooter in the front. Fans of the OnePlus 2 camera app will also feel right at home, as it is nearly identical in the OnePlus X. You can swipe between modes and we have no manual controls (at least for now).

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In terms of software we have Oxygen OS, which returns from the OnePlus 2 to offer a very similar experience. Most of the same features are present. The software is still very stock Android-like, which makes it a breeze to use, especially in this 5-inch display.

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The Shelf feature is there, but it is off by default. The dark mode returns, which also makes the light easier on your eyes at night. And as we mentioned, you can also take advantage of the Ambient Display. But the most shocking addition is likely that of an FM radio (at least to us Americans). This may be odd, but plenty of markets use it and it will help you listen to tunes without using any data.


Wrap up

The OnePlus One is still one of our favorite devices, so we are glad to see a similar experience coming to a smaller and more affordable package. A couple of new features make this phone an enticing offer, including the alert slider and the expandable storage. But what really makes us excited about this handset is the price.

At $249.99, this may be one of the best ways to enter the Android smartphone market. But don’t mistake this for a cheap phone. It’s performance is still pretty good and the build quality seems amazing.

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By the way, those interested in the ceramic version have a couple things to keep in mind. For starters, it will be more expensive. We know many of you wouldn’t mind that, but it also will only be available in Europe and China, making it a very limited commodity (only 10,000 will be made).

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As far as the invite system goes, you will have to deal with those for a while. Only invites will be accepted the first month. Open sale periods will then start rolling out periodically, at least until OnePlus can handle a full open sale on the OnePlus X.

With all that in mind, we would like to remind you our full review is definitely coming, so keep it tuned to Android Authority for our full thoughts on the OnePlus X, as well as all your Android content.

  • Hartfrid Lovejoy

    Not bad specs for this price point but I just can’t get over the design, looks like a phone from 2012/2013

    • Пешо Пешев

      That phone is direct copy of Z-series- send complains about design in Japan…

      Beside the design (I don’t like it) it’s not bad phone- we have metal + glass body, old processor (but still it’s better than SD 615 or 617), camera is not bad, 3gb ram and sd card (or second sim- perfect decision for me)… And all this for a almost fair price tag- $249 are OK, but I’m in EU and here price tag is higher…

      • pa5t1s

        Dunno if those are real prices…

        • Пешо Пешев

          Yes, those prices are real and $250 in States becomes $300 in EU…

          • DEKKER

            In Europe, taxes are always included in the price.

          • Tacitus

            20% VAT (sales tax) included in quoted price (by law).

  • pa5t1s

    Nice ;)

  • Robert Johnson

    I’m interested in battery life when this info becomes available from Android Authority

  • Matthew Burr

    FM radio app: everyone uses that
    NFC: nobody really uses that


    Considering they still haven’t released 5.1 OxygenOS 2.0 for the OPO, I’m hesitant to trust OnePlus anymore.

    Just too many issues with this company. Which is a shame. I love the build and performance of my OPO. It’s just the lack of support that’s getting me down.

  • ggg

    So there you are… iOnePlusphone 4S(tretched)!

  • Peter

    Looks like a combination of Xperia Z3 and iPhone 6 designs. I like it. Still wouldn’t choose it as my daily driver, but that’s a really decent phone.

  • M3D1T8R

    Interested to see how this compares with the HTC One A9, since both have a 5″ oled display, which I think is just about ideal for a phone. This seems pretty impressive for $250. The A9 is a little too large for the screen size. I wonder about the dimensions of this.

    • Marty

      This is the hardware the A9 should have had. The SD617 SoC isn’t a very good one.

      • Darth Praetor

        I’m not sure that’s correct ,I think its pretty comparable to last years sd801 but with the added benefit of quick charge 3.0

        • Marty

          I thought it might be too. And I even had one on order. Then I saw the Basemark scores on GSMArena for the A9, M8 and Nexus 6. The A9 doesn’t even come close. It’s about half the power of the M8. The CPU in the A9 is okay, but the GPU is we’re it falls away badly. Check the scores out.

    • Roy

      I’m in your boat, looking at both. It sucks that I need to make the decision soon as November 7th, the price of A9 will go up permanently $100 USD which will bring it to Z5 pricing. I think I’ll wait it out for an invite for OPX, as it seems just as nice looking and capable as the A9 but half the price essentially.

  • robert fish

    Does anyone else feel like this trying to be moto g ?

    • shyam

      its a pretty good competitor to Moto g.Only software update and older 32-bit architecture is question..and yes battery ofcouse…

  • Asbjørn Steinar Haarup

    801 is a capable chip but its old and its so bad when it comes to battery during idle..

    • Sunny11

      How do you know if its bad for battery

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  • Luctreebusch

    So nice, I think this could be the successor of my Nexus 5. Only big feature I´m missing is a fingerprint sensor, I´ll wait for a full review though.

  • shyam

    I just bought z5 compact even though I knew about this phone…I am not regretting it…dimension wise it is smaller than more 5″ phones…good to hear that…

  • Modman

    Love my opo but lack of support makes me hesitant to invest in anything else from op.

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  • Agus

    No 5GHz AC WiFi? What a shame.

  • Snd567

    Quick Charging ??

    • naduh

      From what I have read this does NOT have the following:

      fast charging
      wireless charging
      fingerprint scanner

      • Tacitus

        Well, there’s a reason it also doesn’t have a flagship price…

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  • mark hilairon

    Worried about the future proofing of this phone as it’s 32 bit SoC (wondering if the future updates of android requires 64bit SoCs) . . . any thought guys?

    • shyam

      I am sure lollipop is 64bit OS… one of reason they went to ART… It improves system efficiency increasing battery life…

      • mark hilairon

        lollipop also runs on 32 bit SoCs, I’m just worried about google next Android updates like Marshmallow, N……, O…. and so on that may require advance architecture on the SoCs. If thats the case OneP X will be left behind in a year because it has a old chip so its kinda disappointing

        • shyam

          backward compatibility is good for old systems that is 801 is there.. but you still wont be as efficient as 64 bit…it similar to using to USB 3.0 in 2.0, it works but it is slower…

          • mark hilairon

            so it will get updates on the OS right? hehehe i hope so . . . well 801 is still a capable chip so it will handle the processing plus a 3gb of ram :)

          • shyam

            I am talking about efiiciency and not capabilities… 64 bit instruction will take 1 clock cycle in 808/810 but two or more in 801…

    • Jon

      There’s no reason for Android to switch to 64-bit ARM only. The whole point of using bytecode interpreters like Dalvik/ART is to not tie it to a specific architecture. That won’t change in the foreseeable future.

      • mark hilairon

        Glad to hear that mate . . Looking forward to this phone :)

  • Darth Praetor

    Still no NFC , i’ll pass in this one as well.
    Better options out there that include NFC , moto x , asus ZenFone 2.
    Oneplus also has notoriously bad customer support.

  • Dexter Calvillo

    That nanosim/microsd card slot is so weird. Why make customers choose instead of separating them?

  • 3223

    Yes!! Oneplus seems to be reading the mind of potential customers with a little bit of sense. At first I was worried that they’d use mediatek but thank goodness.. I agree that the 801 is still optimum even if it isn’t the current flagship. Things still chug along really well on my m8 thus far. And with marshmallow supposedly allowing users to adopt internal storage, the 16gb internal storage may be a moot point in the grand scheme of things. I might just pay for one of this provided it’s made available in my market! :)

  • rocketryan

    Looks like xperia z1/z2 same processor as z2. Ceramic is cool though.

  • Sam

    still need the invitation, it’s better to wait for this

  • JDMillest

    wow…not one thing in the article mention about Oneplus X took design from other oems, and also no one saying anything either. lol if it was samsung or htc or even sony…everyone will be all over it.

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  • Filly Jnr

    surprised no one has made comparisons to the xperia line, such as the m4 aqua?

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  • qwertyuiop

    Download large apps/games to SD card possible stock? i mean, without an app or having to root, etc.

    • qwertyuiop

      is that doable?

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