After weeks of speculation, OnePlus has finally unveiled to the world its smallest ever OnePlus smartphone. Named OnePlus X, the phone comes in two variants – Onyx, with a back glass, and Ceramic. While the former is a regular variant, the latter is a limited edition. According to Vikas Agarwal, general manager, OnePlus India, “the company will produce only 10,000 units of the Ceramicmodel 
On paper, there may be two variants of the OnePlus X, but they look almost identical. A look at both the editions simultaneously left me puzzled as to which one was Onyx and which was the Ceramic one. It was only a little later that I realised that the Onyx was more black than the other. There are two obvious reasons to opt for the Onyx over the Ceramic one. Firstly, the OnePlus X Onyx costs Rs 6,000 less than the Ceramic model – and it’s quite a big price difference for just the looks. Secondly, I found the Onyx better looking than the Ceramic. The deep black back of the Onyx actually made it look smarter than the Ceramic. The Onyx is priced at Rs 16,999, and the Ceramic model at Rs 22,999.While it’s the third phone from the OnePlus stable, it brings with it a couple of firsts for a OnePlus phone. The company has for the first time added an AMOLED display in its smartphone, which generates rich colours – pleasing to eyes. We will have to look at it longer to know if the colours produced are over saturated or not.

Among other firsts, the phone has included FM Radio for Indian consumers – something that was missing in the OnePlus One and OnePlus 2, and has also included a slot for microSD card that can support a card of up to 128 GB. The phone, otherwise, comes with 16 GB of internal storage (of which user-accessible is 11.5 GB). 

 Measuring 5 inches (1080p display), the phone becomes the smallest ever OnePlus smartphone. Not that the company has introduced a wide range of phones in the past, but of the three in their portfolio, this is the most compact of all. The phone easily fits in the palm and is an ideal size for a smartphone. With a thickness of 6.99 mm and weight 138 grams (for Onyx), the phone feels quite light. (The OnePlus X Ceramic carries a weight of 160 grams, but the difference in the weight of two models isn’t discernable.)

It’s glass back is a fingerprint magnet and also makes the phone a tad slippery, but it spruces up the phone at the same time. Maybe, the slippery smoothness wouldn’t be felt once one gets used to the phone. I must admit, I like glass backs at the phone, even though it makes the phone more prone to damage. It’s then a matter of personal taste. Let us use for a little longer period to ascertain how comfortable it gets over a period of time.

The patterned metal frame running along the phone adds to its looks and makes it look premium.

The phone sports a speaker at the bottom which managed to impressed us there at the demo zone. Even in a noisy environment, the results produced by it appeared to be loud and clear in quality.

Quite like the OnePlus 2, the OnePlus X has an Alert Slider on its left that lets users control notification alerts. OnePlus is the only company to have added an iPhone-like physical toggle button (to control interruptions) to Android phones. The company had first put it in the OnePlus 2.

We found cameras – both the 13 megapixel rear and the 8 megapixel front – on the phone to be capturing bright images in not-so-lit-up areas. But they didn’t appear to be as detailed as we had expected them. We are yet to put them to tests in different environments. The company claims the OnePlus X to have the fastest ever camera on a OnePlus phone, but this claim is yet to be verified. Among other features, the camera app includes Timelapse, Slow motion and Panorama.

The dual-SIM phone has two slots that fit either two nano SIM cards or one nano SIM card and a microSD card. This means you can not use dual SIMs with a microSD card at once. This appears to be a little counter-intuitive. We wish the company had added the capabilities to use three cards simultaneously, as is usually the practice.

Under its hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset coupled with 3 GB of RAM. It is yet to be ascertained as to how how well the phone gets along. It runs on Android 5.1-based OxygenOS.

The Onyx will go on sale from November 5, while the Ceramic variant will be available from November 24 and will be invite only to begin with.

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