What better way to start this new week, a good big rumor from China? The Gizmochina site and raised the possibility, amazing to see Huawei released its own operating system for smartphones. After producing its own SoC Kirin, the Chinese manufacturer would therefore continue to dispose a maximum of third companies services.
Also according Gizmochina, Huawei OS would work on this house for 3 years now and would intend to install it on a future smartphone brand. The system, moreover, would be designed to work exclusively with one type of chip, obviously produced by the company. A philosophy that is reminiscent of Apple with iOS.
Nevertheless, the information is to be taken with the rigor of tweezers, especially qu’Huawei is currently in full collaboration with Google to produce the next Nexus smartphone.
The OnePlus X may not offer the best features for a flagship phone, but it has managed to provide some good specs at a more affordable price than its predecessors, all wrapped up in a sleek design that users will be sure to love. The OnePlus X comes with dual Onyx Black glass panels supported by a metal chasis that has 17 etched grooves integrated into the design. The OnePlus X also brings to users, a 1080p 5” AMOLED display, and a Snapdragon 801 processor, all wrapped with 3GB of RAM. The main camera weighs in at 13 Megapixels, while the front has only 8 Megapixels, but it makes up for it with its premium design at a low price. The OnePlus X is also offered in another form that contains a ceramic back rather than a glass one.
- Oxygen 2.1 OS based on Android Lollipop 5.1.1
- Metal chasse; Glass or Ceramic Back
- Snapdragon 801: Krait 400 2.3GHz Quad-Core CPU; Adreno 330 GPU; 3GB RAM
- Dual-Sim Tray
- 1080p Resolution 5” AMOLED Display
- 13MP Back camera with LED flash and Phase detection AF; 1080p Video Capture at 30fps
- 8MP front camera; 1080p Video Capture at 30fps
- 16GB built-in storage; microSD support
- Non-removable battery: 2,525mAh; microUSB
- Active noise cancelling Dual-microphone
- Dual SIM, LTE Cat4, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, 802.11n Wi-Fi, FM radio
HARDWARE: The dual glass panels backed by a metal chasse give the OnePlus X a premium feel at a low cost and the internal specs get even better. Even though its Snapdragon 801 processor is a little behind in the times now, it still performs as well as other flagships on the market. With 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU, that makes things even better for users as processing capabilities run smooth on the OnePlus X. There’s also 16GB of integrated storage but more can be added through the dual-sim tray that can also support a microSD card. The 5-inch 1080p AMOLED display is nothing to write home about, but it does help to save battery life when darker themes are used. One drawback in the hardware, however, is that this phone supports microUSB rather than USB type C which means quick charging is also not supported. You can also change your notification settings to receive all, none, or only important notifications, via a slide on the side of the phone.
SOFTWARE: The OnePlus X comes with the Oxygen 2.1 OS based on Android Lollipop 5.1.1. The operating system runs as smooth as other devices out there on the market and its default “dark” theme helps to save battery life. With this OS you can disable the capacitive buttons and use soft keys instead. The operating system isn’t much different from stock Android except for a few extra features like O for camera, double-tap to wake, and drawing a V for flashlight use, etc.
CAMERA: The OnePlus X may have a 13MP main camera and 8MP front-facing camera, but there are a few things that are off. The white balance and exposure make for photos with a quality that leaves much to be desired, while in low-light settings things get a little worse. There’s also a slow motion feature which captures at 120 fps (frames per second) but it reduces the quality down to 720p from 1080p. Even though this camera may be lacking in quality, it can still work well if you adjust a few settings.
PROS: The build quality is superb and the fact that there’s an optional version with a ceramic back is great. The performance of the device is excellent software wise and it’s also the cheapest OnePlus on the market.
CONS: The OnePlus X doesn’t fully support LTE as its lacking 700MHz connectivity. The camera lacks superb quality. It also doesn’t support quick charging since it only supports microUSB.
While the OnePlus X may be a wonderfully designed flagship phone available for $249 USD, there are still some other flagship devices out there that have on overall better build and quality. These other devices may lack the type of design that the OnePlus X offers, but a majority of them have better cameras and can access the full LTE network. Keeping these things in mind, the OnePlus X may not be for everyone, but it still has some great specs and it’s still the cheapest OnePlus on the market.