After numerous leaks and rumours, the OnePlus X is finally official. In terms of construction, this is the young Chinese company’s most premium device yet. It features a metal frame along with a glass or ceramic back. That’s right, ceramic.
However, the Ceramic variant of the OnePlus X is a limited edition run. Only 10,000 of it will be made, which is unfortunate. After all, ceramic is known to be pretty scratch-resistant. That being said, the material is also brittle, which may mean the ceramic back of the X can be easily shattered. It’s not known if OnePlus has applied any form of protection to the material to overcome this issue.
On the other hand, the Onyx model of the OnePlus X – which is the standard variant – has a glass back. In comparison to the OnePlus One and 2, the X looks much more premium. The X should also feel better to hold as well, thanks to the glass back. Considering this is an affordable smartphone, the choice of material is impressive.
As for the OnePlus X’s specifications, it has a 5-inch 1080p AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor paired with 3GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable memory – the X has a microSD card slot which supports cards up to 128GB, a first for a OnePlus device – and a modest 2,525mAh battery. In the camera department, the X has 13MP rear and 7.6MP front-facing cameras.
While the Snapdragon 801 processor is considerably old in comparison to the newer 808 and 810 chipsets, the OnePlus X only goes for US$249, which comes up to about RM1,070. For that kind of money, the X offers superior build quality and hardware not many devices in this price point can match.
As usual, the invite system will still be in place for the OnePlus X. No word yet on when – or if – the X will be available in Malaysia, although it’s worth noting that it has already been registered on SIRIM.