OnePlus has officially announced its third Android smartphone, the OnePlus X, following a string of leaks and rumors in the last few months. Like the OnePlus 2 and the OnePlus One, the OnePlus X is designed to offer a high-end smartphone experience at a low price, but it’s not made to be a flagship device.
The X will come in two variants – the OnePlus X Onyx that will launch around the world, and a limited edition Ceramic variant. The Onyx variant will feature glass on the back, which means it will feel more premium than the OnePlus One and 2; the Ceramic variant will have a ceramic body, with only 10,000 units to be sold and not a single one of them to be released in the U.S.
When it comes to the hardware, the OnePlus X features a 5-inch Full HD AMOLED display, with a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 under the hood. The Snapdragon 801 is far from the latest piece of silicon, but OnePlus no doubt opted for the chip because of its tried and tested performance and stability. Other specs include a 13-megapixel ISOCELL rear camera, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 4G LTE connectivity, and a 2,525 mAh battery. The phone has a Hybrid Dual slot that can either accommodate two SIM cards or a single SIM and a microSD card.
The OnePlus X runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, with the company’s Oxygen OS on top. The phone is priced at $249/€269 for the Onyx model and $349/€369 for the Ceramic variant, and will be sold through OnePlus’ usual invite system. The release date is set for November 19th for the US (India and European markets will get the device on November 5th), with weekly open sales to be held from the second month of availability.