HTC OnePlus X Review, One Droid, Straight Up !

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If you ever heard about OnePlus, you surely know what their deal is and that their smartphones are impressive to say the least. If you’re not familiar with their few products, you should be, that is if you’re interested in top-notch quality delivered for unusually small prices. As I’ve covered their current flagship in a previous review, today I’m taking a look at the OnePlus X, a champ that rides in the mid-range market and offers a rich set of features. Some of these features include a Snapdragon 801 chipset, 3G of RAM, dual-SIM support, a 5 inches AMOLED display, a 13MP primary camera and an 8MP secondary one and much more. Its design is also a big attention grabber, so, if you’re feeling interested, keep reading and find out what’s exactly cooking with the OnePlus X.

Inside its retail box, the OnePlus X comes accompanied by a 2A charger, a microUSB cable, a rubber case and a little tool for ejecting the SIM card.

Let’s take a look at it. The OnePlus X measures 140 x 69 x 6.9 mm and weighs 138 grams, having some supermodel measurements, if you ask me, being very thin and lightweight for a 5-incher. The handset comes in two versions, one with glass on both sides and the other, a limited edition of 10,000 handsets, with a ceramic back. Both versions feature an anodized metallic frame that surrounds the body, offering it elegance and a premium feel. Needless to say that the handset is very well put together and will be very easy to handle due to its thinness and compact size. In terms of appearance, it’s gorgeous.

The frontal part of the OnePlus X is occupied by a 5 inches AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that features a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, has a pixel density of 441 ppi and is protected by 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The screen offers a great image quality, with vibrant colors, very wide viewing angles, good contrast and an excellent sunlight legibility.

At the software department, the OnePlus X comes loaded with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, which has been customized with the company’s proprietary Oxygen 2.1 OS. The interface has been kept pretty “pure”, featuring a few useful tweaks that improve the overall experience.
The lockscreen displays the time, date, missed notifications and holds two shortcuts for the dialer and camera. The device also features an Ambient mode, which shows a clock and a notification text on the turned off screen.
Beyond the lockscreen is the homescreen, which is occupied by Shelf, a useful widget pane which holds the apps and contacts you access frequently, weather info and supports widgets too. You can disable it if you don’t like it. OnePlus also offers the possibility of changing the interface with a dark theme.
The notification area is revealed when swiping down from anywhere on the display and holds only your notifications; a secondary swipe will pull down the quick toggles, a settings shortcut and a brightness slider.

When it comes to hardware, the OnePlus X is packed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, having a quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 128GB that uses the secondary SIM slot.

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The OnePlus X might be a mid-ranger, but offers a flawless user experience, being an excellent performer that won’t be bothering you with lag or any issues like that.

In terms of photography, the OnePlus X is equipped with a 13MP snapper with phase detection autofocus that captures stills with a maximum resolution of 4128 x 3096 pixels and is helped by a LED flash in low light conditions. The image quality is very pleasing to the eye, as the photos feature accurate colors, good contrast and a lot of resolved detail.
The video camera is also very capable and will deliver some smooth 1080p videos @30 fps.
For making video calls or taking selfies, you have an 8MP front-facing camera.

Some other things that come on board the OnePlus X and might interest you are Google Chrome for offering a neat browsing experience, Google Now as your personal assistant, Google’s Docs, Sheets and Slides for handling document files, a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps and Navigation for getting around, an FM Radio with RDS support and much more.

The OnePlus X is kept alive by a non-replaceable 2,525 mAh battery and will endure almost two days under a single charge if used moderately.

 

 

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