When OnePlus launched the OnePlus Two earlier this year the company also mentioned that they would be launching a second smartphone in 2015, and that the new phone would be announced closer toward the end of the year. With November and the holiday season approaching the phone needed to launch fairly soon to meet that deadline, and today OnePlus has made the new device official. It's the OnePlus X, and it's a smaller addition to the OnePlus family, with a 5.0" display and a completely revamped physical design. You can get all the relevant specifications for the OnePlus X from the chart below.

 

OnePlus X
SoC 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AB)
GPU Adreno 330
RAM 3GB LPDDR3
NAND 16GB + MicroSDXC (No MicroSD on dual-SIM)
Display 5" 1920x1080 AMOLED
Dimensions 140 x 69 x 6.9 mm, 138/160g
Camera 13MP Rear-Facing, f/2.2
8MP Front-Facing OV8858, f/2.4
Battery 2520 mAh (9.58Wh)
OS OxygenOS/Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
Cellular Connectivity 2G / 3G / 4G LTE (MDM9x25 Category 4)
Other Connectivity 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n + BT 4.0, microUSB 2.0, GNSS
SIM Nano-SIM (Dual SIM SKU available)
Price Onyx: 249 USD / 269 EUR
Ceramic: 369 EUR

On paper, the OnePlus X does look very similar to the original OnePlus One, but in a smaller form factor. What is probably the most intriguing aspect is the SoC, which is Qualcomm's MSM8974AB. This appears to be a confirmation that Snapdragon 801 can still be sourced, and it's interesting that only OnePlus has decided to utilize it despite the issues with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 808 and 810 SoCs. The OnePlus X uses the 2.3GHz version of Snapdragon 801 rather than the 2.45GHz MSM8974AC used in the OnePlus one, which likely won't have any significant impact in most cases but it's worth pointing out as one of the tiny differences between the two phones

The display is the same resolution as the OnePlus One and OnePlus Two, but with the OnePlus X it has gone down to a 5.0" size. With that also comes a switch from IPS LCD panels to a 1080p AMOLED panel, and it'll be interesting to see if the display has the same level of calibration as the OnePlus One did. The WiFi is strange in that it's advertised as WCN3680, which should be a single spatial stream 802.11ac implementation, but OnePlus only advertises support for 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n.

While the rear-facing camera is the same resolution as the OnePlus One, it's explicitly stated to be an ISOCELL sensor which confirms that OnePlus has sourced their camera module from Samsung this time around rather than using Sony's IMX214 which was used in the OnePlus One. The front-facing camera gets a bump in resolution from 5MP to 8MP, and uses an Omnivision OV8858 sensor. The lens apertures aren't as wide as the f/2 apertures on the OnePlus One, which will have an impact on low-light shooting performance.

Beyond those changes the OnePlus X looks pretty much like a small OnePlus One as far as the specifications go. Obviously the chassis and display needed to scale down, as did the battery, but these are obvious changes going from a big phone to a smaller one.

The actual design and construction of the phone is a departure from OnePlus's existing industrial design. The OnePlus X drops the exposed plastic and textured back of the OnePlus One and Two, and instead aims for a design made of aluminum and glass. The standard version of the phone has flat metal edges that meet slightly curved glass on both sides, and to me the design looks much more impressive than OnePlus's previous offerings. The phone will also come in two versions, Onyx and Ceramic. The former simply means the black version, while the latter is actually made of ceramic, and also ends up being 22g heavier because of that. The ceramic model will only be sold in limited quantities, with 10,000 being made and sold in Europe and India.

The OnePlus X starts at 249 USD, which is significantly less than the 16GB model of the OnePlus 2 which costs 329 USD. While you definitely do lose a bit as far as specs goes, I actually find the smaller size and new design of the OnePlus X to be much more appealing than the OnePlus Two, and the lower price just makes that look like an even better deal. For anyone interested in buying the OnePlus X you'll still need to get an invite, and it'll be launching in Europe on November 5th for 269 EUR, or 369 EUR if you want the ceramic chassis. In the US the phone will be available on November 11th for 249 USD.

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  • SantaAna12 - Thursday, October 29, 2015 - link

    I have a Xperia Z3 with the 801, and it works great for me. It uses the 1200 band for Tmobile, and the same Adreno ( I think ) and streams and loads extremely fast in my area. I paid 315 new and otd on Ebay, and I thought i got a good deal.
    Midrange phones that work well are a great value in my book.
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  • kchilaka - Thursday, October 29, 2015 - link

    @SantaAna12
    You mean 700MHz Band-12 support for T-Mobile.

    Yes, the Z3 is probably the top choice for an affordable used phone for T-Mobile, especially with that 20Mp sensor.

    Having said that, for people who want a new phone with warranty, this OnePlus X is a smart value. The choice to go with an SD-801 was a smart product choice for a mid-range phone. Kudos to their product manager.
    <rant>About the screen size;why are so many manufacturers refusing to combine top specs with a compact form factor?</rant>
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  • SantaAna12 - Thursday, October 29, 2015 - link

    Thanks on the band.....your right. I am with you on the ff rant....right on the money.

    The Z3 was new, with limited warranty.

    A longer warranty would be nice though.
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  • brozono - Thursday, October 29, 2015 - link

    Typo? Should "The rear-facing camera gets a bump in resolution from 5MP to 8MP, and uses an Omnivision OV8858 sensor." be "The front-facing camera gets a bump in resolution from 5MP to 8MP, and uses an Omnivision OV8858 sensor." Emphasis on change to front-facing. Reply
  • Lavkesh - Thursday, October 29, 2015 - link

    And like every one plus device it will have teething issue, small but there none the less and the stupid invite system and non existent aftersales service. Yes the price is low but it is for a reason. Reply
  • Gigaplex - Friday, October 30, 2015 - link

    "and instead aims for a design made of aluminum and glass"

    I don't care whether the industry has for some reason declared glass as a "premium" material. I will not use a phone that uses glass for anything other than the screen or camera optics.
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  • yankeeDDL - Saturday, October 31, 2015 - link

    I don't quite understand the "issue" with the SOC. All reviews of the 808 mentioned that it is a fairly underwhelming improvement over the 801, while the 810 has been bashed over and over as a power hog which does not noticeably improve performance (a 20% gain over the 801).
    I think it's great SOC for a $300 phone, or even more, especially if paired with a 1080p screen which is not enormous, a decent battery and SC card.
    This is a great spec'd phone, and a looker too. I was thinking of getting a Nexus 5X, but this has stolen the candle for now.
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  • HideOut - Saturday, October 31, 2015 - link

    This is essentially a low budget samsung S5 isnt it? I mean obviously different company but the specs are very similar. Reply
  • jknox - Sunday, November 1, 2015 - link

    Your basically getting a Samsung Galaxy S5, for half the price of a Samsung S5. Same GPU, Same chip, etc..Actually, I think its slightly better then S5 hardware wise. Not sure what people are talking about, that it only works in China. I Don't see anything to indicate that it wouldn't work on US networks. Supports that same protocols/networks Reply
  • fumij - Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - link

    wow, i got $9 coupon code : OPXOFFER from Geekbuying blog.
    can you make the comparison review between oneplus x and xiaomi mi4c?
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