Within three months from the launch of its OnePlus 2 smartphone, the Chinese startup OnePlus has announced its brand new OnePlus X. The new OnePlus X is priced affordably at $249, which makes it a solid mid-range phone that not only looks great, but is also powerful.

OnePlus X Officially Announced; Here's What You Need To Know

OnePlus X Tech Specs

For the first time OnePlus has used a 5-inch AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, instead of an LCD. The device is powered by an older Snapdragon 801 processor, which is a disappointment, but offers 3GB of memory. Talking about the camera, then it sports a 13MP rear camera (with f/2.2 and flash) and 7.6MP front facing camera. For the first time, OnePlus has also included support for a microSD card slot with expendable storage upto 128GB. It sports a 2,525mAh battery, and other standard features like WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, GLONASS, FM radio and more.

The standard version of the OnePlus X will be called Onyx, but the company has also plans to release a limited edition ceramic version which be produced for just 10,000 units and it will be available to purchase later this year; however, getting hands on this limited version would be very difficult. This ceramic version will be available for European customers, but it doesn’t offer any other features over its cheaper counterpart apart from its better manufacturing materials. OnePlus says that it will use sand imported from Australia to manufacture this limited edition phone, but you need to decide whether it is worth shelling out the extra money.

Pricing

The OnePlus X is priced at $249 for a 16GB model. In India, this phone costs Rs 16,999 and will be available through an invite-only flash sale. On the other hand, the limited edition ceramic version will cost around $414, and Rs 22,999 in India.

You might wonder why this Chinese startup wants to sell last year’s specs when the company already has a powerful OnePlus 2. Well, it’s because OnePlus wants to release a device with a strategy similar to Nexus 5X; and that’s why this device has a less powerful processor, screen size, and battery and is designed to fit comfortably in the hand. Its aim is not to be the most powerful device, but a device that’s more affordable and comfortable to hold, and not just yet another phablet or a bulky device.