OnePlus today announced their third smartphone in the market; the OnePlus X. The company has been very apt about naming their smartphone, unlike any other mobile manufacturers. The first handset of the firm was the OnePlus One and second was the OnePlus 2; those two are the flagship devices for the year 2014 and 2015. But seemingly they had one more device in the surprise for the budget consumers. With a policy of Never Settle, we check how these three smartphones from the brand differentiate among themselves. Check out our comparison of the OnePlus One (OPO), OnePlus 2 (OP2) and OnePlus X (OPX) where we highlight the major differences between them.
The OnePlus X sports a 6.9mm thickness that is among the slimmest of three OnePlus smartphones, as well as it is the smallest handset from the Chinese mobile startup. Comparing the thickness with OnePlus One, it has 8.9mm thickness while OnePlus 2 is the bulkiest of them at 9.85mm thickness.
The original OPO was available in two color variants, Silk White, and Sandstone Black options, both of these devices are weighed 162 grams. In terms of color options, the OP2 only came with Sandstone Black but has the option of four back panels, which significantly gives the different look to devices.
The latest OnePlus X goes down a new path with Onyx and Ceramic models, where Onyx model features black glass and a metal bezel weighing only 138 grams, which makes it the lightest OnePlus smartphone. While the Ceramic model is the limited edition device, only 10,000 units would be up for sale. The limited edition model weighs almost close to the OnePlus One, i.e., 160 grams. Note the fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C, both facilities of the OP2 are not available on either handset, OPO or OPX.
The OnePlus 2 and OnePlus One sport the large 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with Full HD resolution. While OnePlus X also has Full HD resolution but packs a little smaller 5-inch Display. The pixel density on the OPX is at 441 PPI, which is far ahead than OPO and OP2 at 401 PPI. Though, extra 40PPI would not be noticeable to the human eye but people love numbers, right.
Additionally, the display technology used on the OnePlus X is AMOLED, yes the one we are very fond of. The same technology Samsung uses on their flagship devices offers the sharper picture quality than any LCD panel out there in the market.
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The new OnePlus X smartphone features an old but reliable Snapdragon 801 chipset with Adreno 330 GPU, which is evidently the same setup as the OnePlus One, alongside the 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage on both the devices.
While the OnePlus 2 bumps it up to the Snapdragon 810, skipping two generation chipsets, which makes it the most powerful OnePlus handset. For graphics processing, the device packs Adreno 430 GPU. Meanwhile, the RAM is also increased to the 4GB against the 3GB on other two handsets.
Regarding the battery capacity, the OnePlus 2 has the largest of them at 3300mAh while the smallest is on the latest OnePlus X at 2525mAh. The original OnePlus One packed 3100mAh battery that was said to have one of the best battery life for devices launched in 2014.
In terms of the storage, the OnePlus X is the first smartphone from company to allow expansion of storage space up to 128GB via microSD card slot. It packs 16GB of internal storage. The OnePlus 2 comes with 32GB and 64GB storage options while the OnePlus One offered the 16GB and 64GB models. Note neither OP2 or OPO offers the microSD card slot for storage expansion.
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Despite the rumors that OnePlus X would come with Android Marshmallow 6.0 based Oxygen OS, it isn’t the case, as the OS is based on Android Lollipop 5.1.1. It is the same operating system that you get the OnePlus 2 flagship product.
The platform was introduced by the company after they parted ways with Cyanogen. The Oxygen OS was released by the brand earlier this year for OnePlus One. But the OPO first came with Cyanogen Mod which was based on the Android Kitkat 4.4.4 OS at the time of launch. The Oxygen OS can be manually installed on the OPO, but it doesn’t ship with on it.
The OnePlus X features a 13-megapixel rear camera with an aperture number of f/2.2 and 0.2 second Autofocus thanks to the PADF (Phase detection autofocus) technology. There are several functions on board such as HDR, Clear Image, and Timelapse and Slow motion option for video. The front snapper on the device is of 8-megapixel resolution that delivers pretty selfies with Beauty Mode enabled.
The OnePlus 2 on the other hand also sport a 13-megapixel shooter on the rear similar to the OnePlus One, but it has a wider aperture of f/2.0 over the f/2.2. The OP2 also sports the similar acclaimed PDAF technology that allows faster autofocus of 0.2 seconds. So, naturally the similar performance is expected from OnePlus X as well.
The latest OnePlus handset, OPX comes in two variants, Onyx, and Ceramic, both are priced at Rs 16,999 and Rs 22,999. The purchase would require you to have an invite code like the OnePlus 2. Currently, the only 64GB variant is available in India for Rs 24,999. The OnePlus One was also available through same invite system for Rs 18,999 16GB model and Rs 21,999 for 64GB model. And if you’re looking for pricing and availability of the OnePlus X in different countries then head over our coverage of OnePlus X launch event.
The OnePlus X is brand’s slimmest, smallest and lightest smartphone yet. It is the dream handset for people looking to get power packed smartphone within the mid-range smartphone. It isn’t the budget smartphone you might be looking for though, as there is entirely a different category of smartphones in that range.
Meanwhile, the OnePlus 2 is the most powerful handset from the OnePlus team with the fastest processor and largest capacity battery, but it does lack in microSD card slot, which is present on the OnePlus X. Additionally, you also get the latest software out of the box on the OPX. So, apparently it’s true, good things come in a small package.