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OnePlus X officially announced: what you need to know

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Last year’s OnePlus One came out of nowhere and instantly shook up the market by bringing us a handset with flagship specs and Nexus-like pricing that put nearly all of its competitors to shame. Since then, the “flagship killer” has been followed up by the OnePlus 2, which has arguably failed to deliver the same momentum as the original. That’s not all OnePlus has up its sleeves for 2015 however, as the company has now unveiled the OnePlus X.

In many ways, the OnePlus X is sort of like the 2015 version of the original OPO, featuring a lot of the same specs but in a more premium package, with an even lower starting price. It remains unseen if a sleeker design and lower price tag will be enough to win over the hearts of consumers in a market where pricing has become more aggressive than ever, but the X is certainly a valiant effort. Without any further ado, let’s take a look at the OnePlus X.

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OnePlus X specs and features

Display 5-inch display
1920 x 1080 resolution
Gorilla Glass 3
Processor Qualcomm 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801
GPU Adreno 330
Storage 16GB
MicroSD Up to 128GB
Connectivity 2.4GHz b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, GLONASS, BDS, LTE
SIM card Nano SIM, dual compatible (but uses microSD slot)
Camera 13MP ISOCELL 3M2 CMOS with f/2.2 rear cam, 8MP front cam
Battery Non-removable 2,525 mAh LiPo battery
Software Oxygen OS (based on Lollipop)
Dimensions 140 x 69 x 6.9 mm, 138g for Onyx, 160g for Ceramic

The OnePlus X comes with a 5.0-inch Active Matrix OLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a pixel density of 441ppi. It’s also covered in a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which should keep the device safe (to a point) from scratches and small bumps and bruises. Seeing as how the company’s last two flagship phones shipped with 1080p panels, it’s no surprise to see this affordable device sport a Full HD screen.

One benefit to having a lower resolution display is that it will sip power compared to a Quad HD display. This will certainly help the device’s non-removable 2525mAh lithium-polymer battery last a bit longer. The new device also sports a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor backed by 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU. The Snapdragon 801 is still a powerful chipset, even though it’s a couple years old at this point.

You’ll only get 16GB of on-board storage with the OnePlus X, though there is a microSD card slot that supports expandable memory up to 128GB. Oh, and if you don’t need any more memory, you can use the other slot for another Nano SIM card. For those curious, no the OnePlus X still doesn’t have NFC.

On the camera front, the OnePlus X features a 13MP rear cam with f/2.2 aperture, with .2-second autofocus with phase detection autofocus. There’s also an 8MP front-facing camera that OnePlus provides its best selfie experience yet.

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Just like the OnePlus 2, the OnePlus X runs on the company’s in-house OS, OxygenOS, which is a stock-like ROM that is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. When it comes to the software experience, anyone who has used stock Android should be pretty comfortable with the software features found on the OnePlus X.

There are a few differences between stock Android and OxygenOS that you should be aware of, though. OxygenOS comes with a handy Dark Mode for nighttime reading, as well as several gestures designed to make using the phone a bit easier. OxygenOS also has something called the Shelf, which is a special area found to the right of the homescreen that gives you access to widgets, you most used apps, favorite contacts and other important information.

For those familar with the OP2, OnePlus did manage to throw in a few additional software features in their latest build of Oxygen OS that we think many of you will be quite fond of. Thanks to the device’s OLED display, this allows for an ambient display that will wake in duo-chrome mode to alert you to new notifications. This is similar to what we’ve seen on Google’s recent Nexus devices and Motorola’s Moto X line. There’s also a proximity sensor that will allow the device to wake up when it’s pulled out of a pocket or bag. OnePlus has also decided to bring FM radio to the X. You’ll now be able to broadcast your favorite stations directly from your phone without having to connect to Wi-Fi or consume mobile data.

OnePlus X design

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The specs might not be as aggressive on the OnePlus X as we saw with the OnePlus 2, but one area where the X truly shines is in design.

The OnePlus X features an anodized metal frame sandwiched between a glass front and back, in somewhat similar fashion to handsets like the Galaxy S6 or even the Sony Xperia Z series. The end result is a stunning, premium design that should appeal to that are looking for something with a bit more flair than found with OnePlus’ previous two handsets.

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The Ceramic version on top, Onyx at the bottom

There’s actually a second version in addition to the standard “Onyx” model, but it has a much more limited availability. The OnePlus X Ceramic, as the name implies, features a clear ceramic backing that is scratch-resistant with a hardness of 8.5H and is designed to provide both a stunning look and an even more solid, durable feel.

Regardless of which version you get, you’ll also see the return of the OnePlus 2’s Alert slider for easy notification adjustments, on the left hand side of the phone. On the right you’ll find the power button and the volume rocker.

While the phone is definitely a fingerprint magnetic, the new design is certainly attractive, and the smaller screen size should also result in an easier handling experience – especially for those that favor one-handed use.

 OnePlus X pricing, availability and invite system

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Sticking with OnePlus tradition, the OnePlus X will require an invite for purchase, though OnePlus suggests it won’t be very long before they start opening up sales without invites, though likely in limited capacity, just as we saw with the OP2’s one hour sale recently. As for the cost, the OnePlus X will set US users back $249 and will be available on November 19th.

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European consumers will be able to pick one up a little earlier on November 5th for EUR269. European and Indian consumers will also have the opportunity to get one of the limited (10,000 only) Ceramic versions of the OnePlus X starting November 24th, priced at EUR369.

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Powerfully Beautiful: Presenting the OnePlus X

New Smartphone Line Fuses Sleek Design with Flagship­level Performance

LONDON – October 29, 2015 – OnePlus today announced their brand new smartphone line

with the launch of the OnePlus X. Featuring a compact 5” display and a new range of premium build materials, the OnePlus X, available in Onyx black glass and a limited Ceramic edition, showcases an elevated level of craftsmanship and power for OnePlus.

“Today’s smartphone user strives to find the perfect balance of style and performance. The OnePlus X is a design­centric device ­ chic and powerful enough to fit any lifestyle,” said OnePlus CEO Pete Lau.

Precision Artwork in Your Hand

The OnePlus X is a work of art. OnePlus has created two separate editions inspired by the exquisite handiwork behind two timeless fields of art ­ glassware and ceramic. The OnePlus X Onyx is fashioned from black glass on a metal bezel, giving the phone a premium feel in your hand. Every glass backplate is cut to size and polished repeatedly until it achieves a smooth, glossy, mirror­like finish. Slightly rounded edges give the phone a fluid and seamless feel, and at just 4.86 oz, it is the lightest and slimmest OnePlus device to date.

The Ceramic version is crafted in a process totaling 25 days. Starting with a zirconia mold just 0.5 mm thick, the ceramic is fire­baked up to ​ 2,700ºF ​ for more than 28 hours before cooling for two full days. Each individual OnePlus X backplate undergoes three meticulous methods of polishing before it is flawless enough for use. Scratch­resistant with a hardness of 8.5H on the Mohs scale and weighing 5.64 oz, the ceramic build is a feat of engineering and design. A brushed anodized metal frame etched with 17 elegant microcuts surrounds the OnePlus X.

A convenient Alert Slider for easy notification adjustments adorns the left side of the device, with the power button and volume rocker located on the right. Intuitively placed buttons combined with subtle curves and ergonomic lines make the OnePlus X easy and natural to use with one hand.

Capture Your World Faster than Ever

The OnePlus X has a 13MP rear camera combined with f/2.2 aperture, perfect for documenting your unique everyday experiences. Optimized white balance and saturation maintain the integrity of the colors of your photos, and a lightning­fast 0.2­second autofocus with phase detection autofocus (PDAF) ­­ our fastest camera yet ­­ means you won’t miss a moment. Shoot in Auto, HDR or Clear Image to perfect your image, or switch to the 8MP front­facing camera with supported Beauty Mode to capture a flawless selfie.

Beauty That’s More than Skin­deep

Combining the Snapdragon 801 processor with Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM, the OnePlus X is as powerful as it is stylish. The 5” 1080p Active Matrix OLED screen is responsive and incredibly bright in direct sunlight, and the 441 PPI resolution keeps the screen sharp without draining your battery.

Notably, the OnePlus X supports two nano SIMs for more network choices and added convenience for people on the go. Even better, one card slot provides optional expandable storage with your own microSD card, allowing a maximum capacity up to 128GB.

Personalize Your Experience

OxygenOS, a custom operating system developed by OnePlus, brings a range of unique features and elements to the OnePlus X.

The AMOLED screen, never before seen in a OnePlus device, allows for an ambient display that will wake in duochrome mode to alert you to new notifications. A proximity sensor, enabled by each individual user, also wakes the screen whenever the OnePlus X is brought out of a pocket or bag.

Along with OxygenOS features such as on­screen gestures, an enhanced file manager and custom quick settings, the OnePlus X also brings FM radio to your smartphone. Broadcast your favorite local stations directly from your phone without having to connect to Wi­Fi or consume data with the new OnePlus Radio.

Pricing and Availability

The OnePlus X Onyx will be available on oneplus.net with an invite in Europe starting November 5 at EUR269.00, with a U.S. version to follow on November 19 for USD249.00. The Ceramic edition will be available with a Ceramic­specific invite in Europe and India starting November 24 for EUR369.00. Only 10,000 OnePlus X Ceramic devices will be available.

About OnePlus

OnePlus is a global startup challenging conventional concepts of technology. Created around the “Never Settle” mantra, OnePlus creates exquisitely designed devices with premium build quality and high performance hardware. OnePlus thrives on cultivating strong bonds and growing together with its community of users and fans. For more information, please visit oneplus.net.

So, with all of that said, what are your thoughts? Are you interested in the new OnePlus X? Let us know what you think in the comments below.


TCL 10L and 10 Pro arrive on May 19

TCL Communication, manufacturer of Alcatel and (formerly) Blackberry brands of phones, is ready to launch its first TCL-branded phones in the US.Yes, that TCL. The guys that make some of the best budget TV’s you can find. I can’t speak for the rest of the crew here at AndroidGuys, but TCL has managed to get me excited for a smartphone release again.Initially introduced in January at CES, the TCL 10L and TCL 10 Pro will be sold as unlocked phones. Both will be available on Amazon starting May 19th. Later in the month they will also be available at Best Buy and Walmart, though no hard date is set.TCL 10LThe TCL 10L will be the entry level offering with a Snapdragon 665 processor and 6GB RAM. You’ll also see a 6.53” FHD+ display, something I am looking forward to seeing considering the TCL TV’s are so good for their price point.The display will come with what TCL is calling NXTVISION, promising greater contrast and more crisp details in what you see. The 10L will be priced at $249.99TCL 10ProThe big dog is the 10 Pro. With the Pro we’re looking at a 6.47” HDR10 certified AMOLED panel. The 10 Pro will also feature an in-display fingerprint reader. I personally like a physical fingerprint reader better, but the in-display ones do make a device look more sleek.Both phones feature four rear cameras, which include what I’m most excited for, a macro lens. The 10 Pro will come in at $449.99. Considering the $1,000 price tags we’ve been seeing lately it is pretty insane when you consider what all is packed in to this beast.In addition to selling unlocked, both the TCL 10L and 10 Pro will be available on multiple major carriers in Canada this summer. Keep your eyes peeled for the our reviews of these phones.I personally will be buying the 10L for myself. They both seem like amazing devices for their price point, but something about $250 for a smartphone these days just screams “buy me.”What about you? Will any of you be buying either of the new TCL phones? Let us know in the comments!

5 great alternatives to Google’s Pixel Buds 2

We are all excited by the newly announced wireless earbuds from Google with the Pixel Bud 2. The previous generation was received by just OK critical reactions and Google had some ground to catch up with another iteration.Perhaps the $180 price tag is just outside your reach? Or, maybe you just don’t like the Pixel Buds 2?Here we offer up some of our favorite alternatives to Google’s new earbuds.Soundcore Liberty Pro 2 from AnkerAnker’s audio sub-brand, Soundcore, has been making amazing products for the price a few years now. We recently reviewed the Liberty Pro 2 from the company and came away very impressed. Honestly, they match up with most of the bullet points of Google’s Bud 2 with as good or sometimes better options.The Soundcore Liberty Pro 2 comes with Grammy award-winning audio optimization, USB-C quick charge, Qi charging, 11mm drivers with aptX, Bluetooth 5.0, and soft-touch earloops for a comfortable fit. You’ll also need that comfort for the 8 hours of extended listening per usage. Top that with 3 extra charges from the case and you have 32 hours of total playback.The Liberty Pro 2 also has IPX4 water and dust resistance. This should shield your earbuds from most elements while outside. Either on a job or at the worksite, you have added assurance to know you’re covered.Anker’s Soundcore Liberty Pro 2 earbuds offer great value too. For $50 less than Google’s offering, you can have a very comparable experience by heading over to Amazon and choose between the black or white models.iFrogz AirtimeiFrogz is another sub-brand of a popular name you may recognize: Zagg. The audio subsidiary makes good, budget-minded options for those looking to not break the bank. The Airtime wireless earbuds definitely fall into this category and had to make this list.Again Bluetooth 5.0 is onboard with quicker pairing and better connections. The Airtime also has silicone loops to help secure the buds in your ear while keeping you comfortable. iFrogz rates the Airtime for IPX2 water resistance which should get you through light rain or sweaty workout but I wouldn’t stand in a downpour.You won’t get the long-lasting playback time you will with the LIberty 2 Pro, but you can achieve 3 hours of battery on each charge with 4 recharges via the case. You can get fast-charging for 50% battery with just five minutes of plug-in time. Unfortunately, you won’t find Qi wireless charging and there’s the dreaded micro-USB port.It does come with limitations in comparison to the Pixel Buds 2 or others on this list, but iFrogz has a pretty decent package for less than $60. You can snag four different colors of black, blue, white, and peach on Amazon. Weirdly, they all have slight variations in price.Creative Outlier AirMany of you may not be old enough to remember, but Creative was once a hot startup back in the late 90s and early 2000s. With it’s Sound Blaster audio cards for PCs, the company really had a moment where its name was synonymous with inventive audio solutions in tech.While Creative has seen several iterations since that time, audio is still at the heart of the company. With the Outlier Air, Creative has a truly wireless option that deserves your consideration.Key features include 5.6mm drivers, 10-hour battery life per charge, USB-C charging case, Bluetooth 5.0, and aptX support. You’ll also get IPX5 water-resistance and 2 more charges via the case for a total of 30 hours of playback.Our Matt Adams called them the best wireless earbuds he’s used in our official review. And for $80 on Amazon, you should strongly consider giving them a shot if Google’s Pixel Buds 2 is just too rich for the wallet.Tronsmart Onyx NeoAnother name you may not have heard of is Tronsmart. The Chinese company is a newer player in the wireless audio market, but they have quite the lineup. Not to be outdone, the Onyx Neo truly wireless earbuds are worthy of our list.Tronsmart’s Onyx Neo has a similar design to the Creative Outlier Air headset but has slightly less premium feel. On the inside, however, you have some recognizable specs. There’s IPX5 resistance rating for water and USB-C charging with the case.Pair the case with the 7 hours of on-time with the earbuds and you can get up to 24 hours of full usage of the Tronsmart Onyx Neo headphones. This above average for the market segment and something that the Neo really excels at.You’ll also find 6mm drivers, aptX, and passive noise cancellation. This makes the Onyx Neo one of the cheapest options you can find with Qualcomm’s audio chip included. Sound is nice with a perhaps a bit of a lean on the bass, but for casual listening on the go, they are a solid, budget option at just $23.Jabra Elite 75tAll the other models on this list are of lower value than the new Google Pixel Buds 2, but we’d be a fool not include at least one true equivalent. The Jabra Elite 75t are a direct competitor in features and price to Google at $180.As you can see, there’s a similar design with the Jabra Elite 75t with a pear-shaped earbud with comfort grip silicone inserts. Internally, you have Bluetooth 5.0, IPX5 water resistance, and four noise-canceling microphones for clear phone calls.Endurance is also not a problem with the Jabra Elite 75t. The earbuds will survive 7.5 hours of runtime on its own. Add that to three full recharges by the included case, and you can be away from the charger for around 28 hours. When you do need an outlet Jabra quick charge USB-C onboard.These features make the Jabra Elite 75t, while at the same price point, a compelling alternative to the Google Pixel Buds 2. You get a much better battery life, similar design, and USB-C charging for the same price of $180. The one main omission is wireless charging, but overall, Jabra has an excellent premium option with the Elite 75t.Options are greatWhether you decide to buy the Pixel Buds 2 is completely up to each of the buyers out there. However, if you don’t decide to go that route, there are many wireless earbud options out there and we hope that this list can narrow the field for those shoppers. Have an awesome alternative already? Let us know in the comments!

19 new Game Ready titles added to the list for GeForce Now

GeForce Now is Nvidia’s answer to many cloud gaming services. What makes GeForce Now stand out is the ability to play games on the highest settings and enable ray tracing (RTX) on applicable games. All of this is done with the help of the cloud. You don’t need to own the powerhouse PC to play the games, just pay for the games and you’re good to go!GeForce Now adds to its growing Game Ready libraryGeForce Now is steadily growing its library of games offered by the program. Under the Game Ready banner, Nvidia constantly adds new games to the mix that players can buy and immediately play with the help of the cloud on Nvidia’s computers.Nvidia did expand its library last week, and they have added more games to their collection.ATOM RPG Trudograd (released Monday, May 11)Super Mega Baseball 3 (releasing Wednesday, May 13)Aven ColonyBattlestar Galactica DeadlockBomber CrewChildren of MortaDanganronpa V3: Killing HarmonyDead Island: Riptide Definitive EditionThe Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SCEuropa Universalis III CompleteFate/EXTELLAGoat SimulatorThe King of Fighters XIVKingdom: New LandsMen of War: Assault SquadParty HardRisen 2: Dark WatersSurgeon SimulatorThe Wild EightThe new games make up a lot of older and newer games, with classics like Surgeon Simulator and Goat Simulator making the cut as well.Nvidia’s GeForce Now is a great way to play games while saving money and more. The physical space is otherwise taken by a desktop PC and will also consume power if the hardware in it is especially beefy.With the power of cloud gaming, you can enjoy all of the perks of a high-end PC without the need of buying the hardware, assembling a PC or troubleshooting any of the problems of a normal PC.If you haven’t already, you should definitely give GeForce Now a shot. It is well worth your money if you’re looking into a good alternative for Google Stadia. Albeit the library might not be the size of Stadia’s yet, but you have way more options in terms of performance.What do you think of this week’s additions to Nvidia’s Game Ready series? Let us know in the comments section below!

Nokia 6.3 could get improved CPU and quad-cameras

The first details of the Nokia 6.3 have surfaced at NokiaPowerUser, and while the phone has only had its camera and processor revealed, the other aspects of the phone are still a looming mystery.Coming to the Nokia 6.3, NPU’s tipsters have reported that the phone will either come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 or 675, but another tipster which is the highlight of their coverage, has reported that the processor is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730.In addition to a slightly stronger processor, the part of the leak that NPU does trust is the camera details shared with them. The leaker claims that the Nokia 6.3 comes with a quad-camera setup.The phone is said to have a 24MP main sensor, 12MP ultra-wide lens, 2MP Depth, and an unspecified macro sensor.For security, it’s said that the phone will have a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, on the power button. Making it optimal for single-hand usage.From the looks of things, the Nokia 6.3 offers a mid-range processor with the camera setup of an entry-level phone. It’s going to be difficult to decide the market the phone is for unless we find out the ROM, RAM, screen size, and other pertinent details regarding Nokia’s handset.Nokia is also working on the Nokia 7.3 and Nokia 9.3 PureView 5G. The 7.3 is expected to have a 5G and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 variant which could be the prototype the leaker has talked about.The Nokia 9.3 PureView 5G is looking to refresh the Nokia 808 PureView, one of Nokia’s better-known phones released in 2012. The phone is best remembered for its magnificent camera, it seems Nokia is looking to bring the PureView back but with a 5G capable processor in the mix.While COVID-19 is still affecting companies all over the world and impeding their launch schedules, NPU hopes that Nokia holds an event in Q3 of 2020 to launch the phones and shed some light on the official specs of all 3 phones.What are your thoughts on the rumors? Let us know in the comments section below!