OnePlus X Review, Price: Best Looking Android Budget Phone


After coming up with two performance beasts of smartphones – the OnePlus One and the OnePlus Two, the young Chinese smartphone manufacturing company has come up with a device for the style and design conscious, the OnePlus X. Let me get this straight, the OnePlus X is right up there among the best looking Android smartphones. The OnePlus X will be a great choice if looks are in your priorities and with that you want a decent performance in a great price and if you are among the ones that don’t always run after the latest in technology.  

The OnePlus X can be seen as the compact and way better and premium looking version of the much acclaimed OnePlus One and yes less priced too. You get the same spec sheet as the OnePlus One and the performance is on par too. But yes, the OnePlus X does lack the latest can-be-important features such as the NFC, Quick Charge capabilities, wireless charging, or 5GHz Wi-Fi. But considering the price that you have to pay for the device it does not seem a bad deal and the phone does look hot.


OnePlus X Review, Price in India

Specifications OnePlus X
Display 5″ AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Resolution 1080p resolution; 441ppi
Processor Snapdragon 801 chipset; CPU: quad-core 2.3GHz
OS Oxygen 2.1 OS based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
Internal Storage 16GB; microSD expandable
Rear camera 13MP
Front Camera 8MP
Battery 2,525mAh non-removable battery
Variants Onyx, Ceramic (limited edition)
Price Rs. 16,999, Rs. 24,999


There have been many people calling the OnePlus X an iPhone 4, 5 lookalike but it is not that, yes OnePlus has taken inspiration from those devices but calling it a rip off will not be just. The OnePlus X is a solid phone having scratch resistant glass on both the front and back, on the sides it has a micro cut metal edge and it does not at all look like just a 16,999 smartphone.


On the bottom, the phone has identical cut outs for the mono speaker and microphone. OnePlus had kept the Alert Slider on the OnePlus X, which I feel is very handy as you dont have to go through the long process to change profiles. The other edge houses the volume and lock buttons. Below the screen the phone has capacitive navigation buttons, which are sadly not backlit and thanks to the OxygenOS you always have the option of using the software based on-screen buttons.

The OnePlus X is sleek, well built but he glass back is a fingerprint magnet which acts as a beauty spoiler. It is very slippery too, keep it on a smooth surface and the phone starts on its ride may be that’s the reason OnePlus has included a rubbery cover for the phone in the box.


The front of the OnePlus X is dominated by the 5 inch AMOLED display having a resolution of 1080p. Colors look vibrant, the phone has great viewing angles, and as the screen is an AMOLED the blacks look fantastic.


I did note that the AMOLED display of the OnePlus X does lack something when compared to the brilliant AMOLED displays from Samsung, HTC and other top companies, which include different color modes. The screen of the OnePlus X is will give you troubles when reading under direct sunlight as the brightness levels are a bit low.


The OnePlus X is powered by an outdated processor that was used to power the company’s first smartphone the OnePlus X – quad-core Qualcomm SnapDragon 801 processor that is clocked at 2.3GHz, this is paired with an Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM. The phone offers 16GB of internal storage that is further expandable using a microSD card and the phone supports dual SIM usage.


The aged processor does not give much to complain about when using the smartphone as the OnePlus X runs fast and performs well and is somewhat comparable to the other flagship smartphones but as it is a 32 bit processor it does not handle the RAM as efficiently as the 64-bit 808, 810, and Apple’s A series processors.

None the less the OnePlus X performs well and it handles multi tasking very well when you push the phone to its extreme I noticed some hang ups of one or two seconds but the phone never crashed. Over all the OnePlus X left me very impressed with is fluid flagship performance whether it’s gaming, productivity, or texting.


The OnePlus X runs its own Oxygen OS on top of the Android v5.1 Lollipop. OnePlus has come a far way from the time they came up with the Oxygen OS and it has only got better. OnePlus has kept the OS simple with adding any bloatware and keeping the experience as close to the stock Android Lollipop as possible. The only app that OnePlus has added it the OnePlus Radio.

The best thing about the Oxygen OS is its capability of customization. You will find a lots of tricks and tweaks in the settings menu. Turn on the software navigation keys, select an accent color for the entire OS, change the LED color, change navigation button shortcuts.


When you swipe right from the home screen you get the Shelf Menu where you will find the recent and most used apps and contacts. Liking this or disliking this will depend on personal choices, yes, it’s optional and can be switched off from the settings.

During the launch, Carl Pei the co founder of OnePlus said that the Marshmallow update will soon be coming but he did not commit to a specific date. But with the Oxygen OS you already get few features of the Marshmallow like the app permissions, customizable quick settings and the battery saving mode.


The OnePlus X has a 13 MP shooter on the rear and a 8 MP one on the front, though the camera has the same megapixel count as the OnePlus 2 but sadly that’s the only similarity between the cameras of the two devices. The OnePlus X has a smaller sensor so lets in less light. It also have just a f/2.2 lens. These provide a poorer camera experience on the OnePlus X.


The OnePlus X performs good in sunlight and well lighted conditions it does capture nice details but it does disappoint in consistency. I might be fixed with a software update. The OnePlus X though has quick focus, and minimal shutter lag.

The main problem with the camera of the OnePlus X is its low light performance which is utterly disappointing. Seeing the price point we cannot compare it to the camera performance of the OnePlus 2 but it is no bad in expecting a decent mid range performance, let’s just hope our needs are met with a software update soon.

On the front the OnePlus X has a 8 MP selfie camera which clicks decent selfies.


The OnePlus X is fuelled with a comparatively small 2,525mAh battery but as the screen is an AMOLED and the phone comes running a dark theme the screen eats up less battery life. The phone is capable enough to last a full day with medium to high usage.


The OnePlus X comes packed with 16GB of internal storage that is further expandable 128GB using a microSD card. The sad part is that either you can use the second SIM card or the microSD card, you will have to give up on one of the two.

OnePlus X PROS and CONS:


  • Looks beautiful and has Great Build
  • AMOLED Screen
  • Price


  • No Fingerprint scanner
  • No NFC
  • Camera could have been better

OnePlus X My Verdict:

No doubt that the OnePlus X is a wonderful phone but if you are not that particular about how your smartphone looks and only want performance with the latest features packed in it, it will be worth if you spend a bit more and get the OnePlus 2 but if you take looks as a serious consideration while choosing a phone and can do with the decent performance without features like the fingerprint scanner, NFC, USB Type – C then the OnePlus X is the right choice.