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OnePlus X Hands-on and First Impressions

It does not have NFC, and it does not have USB Type-C. With that in mind, say “hello” to the new OnePlus X from OnePlus. To be marketed as a budget-friendly smartphone, yet still offering a premium in-hand feel and gentlemanly aesthetic, the OnePlus X will launch on November 19 in the US for a price of just $249. As I just mentioned, the OnePlus X lacks a few things that made the OnePlus One (NFC) and OnePlus 2 (USB Type-C) attractive devices, but does offer the most luxurious look we have seen to date from OnePlus. 

In-hand, the device is small, but feels very good. I would say it feels like a mix between a Galaxy S6 and iPhone 5s. With its all metal and glass design, it definitely gives off that Samsung and Apple look. Coupled with a very lightweight design, this phone is perfect for one-handed operation.

For specs, the OnePlus X features a 5″ Full HD (1080p) AMOLED display, Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, dual SIM slot, microSD slot for expandable storage, 2,525mAh battery, and runs OxygenOS on top of Android 5.1.1. For those who enjoy that custom theme and ROM feel that Android offers, it’s a great option.

The device will launch via invite system, naturally, starting November 19. There is only one model, priced at $249 in the United States. While the invite system idea is still total bullshit, you can’t deny that for only $249, this is a solid little device. Although, keep in mind, OnePlus still does not seem to care about NFC.

Below, we go hands-on with the OnePlus X, case accessories for the device, and a special limited edition OnePlus X Ceramic model that is exclusive to overseas markets.

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