OnePlus hasn’t exactly been the epitome of diversity since it began life on the mobile phone front, releasing just one smartphone line, which itself only boasts two devices.
Admittedly, the OnePlus One and OnePlus 2 have both proven to be worthy adversaries to the likes of the iPhones and Samsung Galaxies of the world, but now it appears we’re getting a fresh approach from the Chinese manufacturer.
OnePlus’s latest device is one which takes a bit of a different angle compared to the previous handsets from the company.
Bringing in a more stylish approach, there are two versions of the OnePlus phone you can pick up when it launches, with an onyx model and a more exclusive ceramic device making the cut. Each of these sports a grooved metallic trim, which provides a fair bit of class, something which has been somewhat bereft on other OnePlus phones.
The onyx device sports a glossy black chassis on its rear which is fairly standard in today’s market and similar to that of the Sony Xperia Z5. However, the more interesting version of the OnePlus phone is the ceramic build, which takes nearly a month to manufacture from start to finish.
This requires its mould to be heated upward of 1400 degrees for more than a day, left to cool down and then polished. This results in the back of the phone being extremely strong and incredibly hard to damage. On top of this, the phone itself looks superb as well, which is obviously a big plus.
Whilst the design of the OnePlus X is a clear step up from previous devices, it’s obvious that the specs have taken a slight hit.
A Snapdragon 801 chipset is handy, but not quite at the level of the more recent 810 effort, whilst a 5” full HD display is also useful, but not quite as inspiring as the QHD resolution displays that are also being batted around elsewhere.
3GB RAM is arguably the biggest feature behind the scenes, whilst an expandable 16GB storage will require a MicroSD card should you be a fan of your media. On top of this, the 2520mAh battery offers a day’s worth of charge, although you’ll need to use it sparingly to make it last any longer than this.
Photography is tackled by a 13 megapixel back camera, whilst an 8 megapixel selfie shooter is also present should you fancy sending a Snapchat or two. As a whole, this gives the OnePlus X a well-rounded spec sheet, albeit one which won’t quite be putting any other flagship phones to the sword anytime soon.
However, with one of the most attractive designs for a while, there’s little holding the smartphone back ahead of its release – which is expected this month.