For quite a while, people have stressed the need for one-hand sized Android phones and the OnePlus X seems to correspond to such frequent requirements for high-quality devices. In recent years, only Samsung Galaxy S6 was the flagship with the appropriate dimensions that allow a comfortable one-hand usage by the majority of customers.
The other more compact Android gadgets, like the 4.7” Alcatel Touch Idol 3, cut the corners out on their components and processor efficiency. Users hope that this is not the case with the new OnePlus X, the manufacturer being known for its
HTC lately tried to offer it clients something truly valuable with its One A9 model, which has the 5-inch display inside a smooth metal frame. But the $500 price tag is a little too much for its specifications and performances. The company is now bringing the $250 OnePlus X, developed for individuals who want devices smaller than the 5.5” OnePlus 2.
Manufacturers know that screens over 5 inches gives customers a lot of area to study their material on, but they also noticed many customers saying that they are simply too large for them and their needs, especially in European countries and North America. There are some problems that a system that is more compact is generally low specked. Given these question, OnePlus decided to put really excellent performances into a smaller sized frame.
The new OnePlus X model does not look like the iPhone, but it looks like the Sony Xperia, to be honest. It is a monolithic and unibody dark coating, around the same dimensions as the previous One A9, but smaller. There are two versions of it, as OnePlus’ officials have said, the regular model from glass and metal, which will be offered for $250, and a limited-edition dark ceramic device, which will be around $400 and will only be marketed in Europe.
The mobile phone seems an awesome gadget, resistant and sleek, like true high-end models found on the market. It is very classy, with its front side having a 5” 1080p AMOLED screen, which shines vibrantly, even in daylight. There is no apparent home key, but it has a touch point under the display that works as one.
The new X edition does not possess a fingerprint sensor, so it is not possible to buy via Android Pay, but it has the feature of dual SIMs, or one MicroSD card and one SIM. The smart phone operates on Android 5.1 with the company’s OxygenOS additions, and partly because of this, it will not receive the Marshmallow update until sometime in 2016.
OnePlus says that the new device has its proprietary editions of certain Marshmallow functions, like a battery-extending Doze or app-to-app authorizations.
One great OxygenOS function, unique to the OnePlus X, is the ambient display that uses its AMOLED screen to show notifications when the user gets close to its smart phone, without even have to touch it. The OnePlus X also uses a powerful Snapdragon 801 chip system, which is the main reason why this gadget is so affordable and this is a same processor used in the Galaxy S5.
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