We have been poring over the OnePlus X for the past week and the full review will go live tomorrow. Meanwhile, many people are considering buying a Nexus 5X, thanks to the fantastic value it offers. But if you want the best value phone currently on Android, I would consider the OnePlus X first and foremost.
OnePlus X has a sultry glass and metal body. It's ultra-thin, light and comfortable. The Nexus 5X can't compete in this sphere. Its rear camera bump is unsightly and the plastic casing just doesn't hold up alongside the OnePlus X. It's rare to find such a premium design as the OnePlus X has on any smartphone. But on a smartphone that costs US$249, it's outrageous.
Both the Nexus 5X and OnePlus X feature a Full HD display, and both look great. But the original Nexus 5 featured such a display when it was released toward the end of 2013. While the Nexus 5 presented exceptional value at the time, selling for US$349, paying more money for the same tech on the Nexus 5X doesn't seem like such a good proposition.
For a sub-US$300 phone like the OnePlus X to include a Full HD display shows significantly better value, particularly when similar screens can be found on devices starting at double the price.
The OnePlus X comes with a Snapdragon 801 processor, while the Nexus 5X comes with a Snapdragon 810. While this should mean the Nexus 5X is far faster, the 3 GB of RAM housed in the OnePlus X (compared with the 2 GB in the 5X) means the difference isn't so stark.
In our independent AnTuTu tests, the Nexus 5X achieved an average performance score of 42,352, which is a decent score, and the OnePlus X achieved around 36,956. That performance difference will go largely unnoticed, however, at least for the next year or two. Only when playing the most high-end games is there likely to be any perceptible difference.
The OnePlus X comes with 16 GB of internal memory, as does the base model of the Nexus 5X. This isn't much, but the OnePlus X memory is expandable via MicroSD card. For people who like to use their phones to store lots of photos, videos and music, 16 GB of internal memory can be crippling. This won't be a concern with the OnePlus X.
People love the stock Android experience that the Nexus 5X provides, but the OnePlus X is very similar. It won’t be updated as quickly, and long-term support probably won’t be as strong, but if your only concern is how the UI feels, the OnePlus X is one of the cheapest almost-stock Android experiences you can get.
The OnePlus X has a sophisticated design, is not limited by low storage and has a Full HD display. The extra features it lacks compared with the 5X, such as a USB Type-C connector and a fingerprint scanner, are generally seen as luxuries to those who are simply seeking a powerful low-cost phone. Overall, the OnePlus X is startlingly good value and perhaps the best value Android phone that's currently available.
That's my take, what's yours? Let me know in the comments.