OnePlus X Review

After waiting Two OnePlus presentation this summer, the Chinese manufacturer Unveils to the public OnePlus X, a device that could safely be considered the revised version, smaller and more stylish, OnePlus One.

The good news is that OnePlus seems to have learned from their mistakes, starting with the invitation system with which you can buy the device, now more accessible (OnePlus.net website).

The concept behind this smartphone is the design: while OnePlus One and Two was to offer a device will OnePlus with high performance at a very competitive price, OnePlus X provides a potentially winning compromise: a top of the range performance of the previous generation, with a design from the new generation.

Yes, because the choice of materials is a way to keep up with the latest trend (see LG V10 for now on sale only outside Europe). Oneplus X is available in two finishes: Onyx (steel) and Ceramic (ceramic), the first lighter than the second – 138 grams versus 160. It is also very thin: 6.9 mm, as the more famous iPhone 6.

The beating heart, as mentioned above, this is nothing new, but maybe that’s exactly why the optimization work was better: Snapdragon chip 801 with quad-core CPU at 2.27 GHz with 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage, only configuration supported by a GPU Adreno 330 to 578 MHz while the 5 inch Full HD Panel. Of course, there is the possibility of expanding the internal memory microSD slot (up to 128 GB) that can be used as a receptacle for a second SIM.

The system is completely fluid at every opportunity. The work of OnePlus was great in perfecting the best Android release Oxygen OS, Lollipop made to fit One, Two and X. In fact, before the release of the latest version (2.1.2), Oxygen had submitted numerous small bugs. Fortunately the update came just three days after the start of sales of OnePlus X.

During rehearsals, abnormal closures were found only a few times and never have there been problems with Google Play Services, which usually give problems in many Smartphones in the same price range. Credit goes to the fact that Oxygen is almost stock Android OS: there’s an app preinstalled by OnePlus, OnePlus Radio, which uses the radio aerial present in official headphones (not present in the box of x. bad.).

For the rest, thanks to 3 GB of RAM, there is no lag or slowdown even with many tabs open Chrome. The only flaw is the lack of support for Wi-FI ac and the NFC, but otherwise the connectivity is at the highest level, with Bluetooth 4.0 and 4 g radio antennas.

The photographic sector is very good for the price range that has brought on separate raw specs x: OnePlus – rear sensor from 13 megapixel camera with Aperture f/2.2-, the distance between the lenses and the software that processes the images offer, overall, very good results (clearly you can’t expect anything comparable to iPhone 6S or LG G4 or Galaxy S6).

In daytime the pictures are sharp, the color range is well reproduced even in bright light, straining just to burn the shades of white. At night, on the other hand, you can’t expect much, aided by the absence of an LED flash dual tone: the pictures have a decent definition but a lot of noise while saving the correctness.

Finally, macros are pretty good and the blurring effect of the objects in the background is quite effective.

Videos can be shot in time-lapse, slow-motion and up to 1080 p. The focus is continuous, but obvious when moving from one dimly lit subject, the whole scene changes gradually. Is an effect that may or may not like, but subjectively outlines a not excellent quality of image processing in real time.

Oneplus X has a battery capacity of 2525 mAh, with which you can get through the day with an average use, composed messages, calls, social networking applications and web browsing.

However a smartphone OnePlus and notoriously “special” compared to other smartphones, and OnePlus X is no exception. Starting from the development of its operating system, behind which there is a very strong and very active community discussing every little problem that plagues OnePlus devices. Unfortunately, autonomy is one of these and it is no accident specially opened a thread on the official forums, gathering feedback from users about the battery life.

According to several witnesses, the OnePLus X arrives at the end of the day with about 4 hours of screen on (a parameter that is used as a benchmark for comparison of the autonomy of Android devices). However, in the case of the unit here in evidence during the week of testing has never been possible to overcome the 3 and a half hours of “screen”.

The assumptions that can be made are two: either the system configuration of the test unit was likely to consume more battery (for example, the high level of precision of GPS and automatic refresh of data very frequently), or some drives suffer from a software bug that incorrectly calculates the estimation of the screen turned on.

In any case, the autonomy of OnePlus X is very good, provided you do not use the device for video games (on the other hand, an entire thread was opened on the forum OnePlus that the X is not a smartphone suitable for gaming).

However, there are other unofficial ROM that if installed on the Terminal, significantly increase autonomy – for example AOSP or CyanogenMod, fully supported by the community.

The big problem that has plagued all devices OnePlus from the beginning was on display: yellowish stains often horrific appeared on the matrix Panel. Also, in some cases, the screen turned blue.

Display controller defects which, fortunately, they do not seem to plague the OnePlus X. In contrast, the surface is really a haven for fingerprints, and not just that of the screen, but also on the body. And even the dust builds up very easily over the surface.

Other than that, moreover, zippy and fluid OnePlus X is nice and very comfortable to hold. Of course, it is absolutely not a smartphone with extraordinary performance nor suitable to video games more challenging, but it can hold safely long work sessions in multitasking between mail, calendar, notes, Skype and whatnot.

Is available from € 269 (plus € 24.95 shipping cost) on the official OnePlus.

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