Palms-on with the smaller, cheaper OnePlus X
From the second you decide up the OnePlus X, it is onerous not to consider the iPhones of yesteryear. There is no denying it: there is a whiff of the iPhone four and iPhone 5 to this new handset. However that is not essentially a criticism. It has been some time since these telephones have been Apple’s crème de la crème, and there is a sure sophistication to the X’s glass again and rounded corners. Turning it over in my arms, it definitely does not really feel like a $249 telephone. OnePlus has paid consideration to the small print: the metallic body, as an example, has 17 “micro-cuts” to make it a bit grippier. The alert slider, which helps you to change between three notification profiles, has a unique end so you will discover it in your pocket with out wanting.
That is to not say the telephone’s industrial design is with out its faults. The glass again is a fingerprint magnet and, after barely 10 minutes with a handful of journalists, I noticed some scratches on the back and front of some handsets. Telephones just like the iPhone four and Nexus four have been susceptible to this too; in the event you’re the sort that commonly knocks their smartphone off the kitchen desk, you may need to think about barely extra rugged options. There’s little distinction between the glass and restricted-version ceramic fashions of the OnePlus X. When it comes to appear and feel, they’re virtually equivalent, with the ceramic model solely distinguishable by its extra chamfered edge and barely lighter hue.
The OnePlus X runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, which was widespread in Android flagships final yr. It feels snappy and responsive, and I blitzed by way of a couple of rounds of Crossy Street and by no means observed any stuttering or slowdown. The seemingly strong efficiency could be partly attributed to OxygenOS, which is a light-weight, clear tackle Android.
For $249, you’d anticipate extra compromises on the X’s spec sheet. The 16GB of inner storage is a bit regarding (fortunately there is a microSD card slot) and I am eager to see how the two,525mAh battery performs in on a regular basis use. A direct fear is the OnePlus X’s digital camera — the thirteen-megapixel sensor is meant to be a spotlight of the system, however I wasn’t all that impressed. On the twenty eighth flooring of a tower in central London, the photographs it spat out seemed a bit of delicate and noisy. With giant home windows on both aspect, the room wasn’t precisely darkish or dingy, so low-mild efficiency might be a problem.
Given its worth-tag, the OnePlus X exhibits loads of promise. The design is not unique or adventurous, nevertheless it’s definitely slicker than most handsets in its class. It isn’t a prime-tier flagship just like the OnePlus 2, however that was all the time the corporate’s intention. The X is the start of a brand new smartphone line aimed toward individuals that are not too fussed about bleeding-edge efficiency. In case you’re extra within the general expertise, and the way a telephone makes you are feeling — just like how Motorola pitched the unique Moto X — then this a tool to maintain in your radar. Offered you will get a type of pesky invitations, that’s.
Jamie Rigg contributed to this report.