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Android Fanclub: “the OnePlus X is the real flagship killer”

I had a feeling about the OnePlus X – I just knew it. OnePlus sent us a review unit around the time the device was announced in late October last year. I was smitten the first time I held it. It’s not the best phone ever made but, in my opinion, this was the best phone of last year. Let me introduce you to the OnePlus X fanclub.

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Give me a OnePlus X over the OnePlus 2 (left) any day. / © ANDROIDPIT

Joining the club

The OnePlus X was my daily driver for about six months after I began using one last December. Here's my overall summary of it: the OnePlus X is as good, if not better, than practically every phone I’ve used. And it costs $199.

It was only $50 more expensive at launch. That’s phenomenally cheap for what you’re getting. Constructed from glass and metal, and with its minimal design characteristics, the OnePlus X was a phone I'd been waiting for for years. I’d take one over a Galaxy S6, or even the bigger brother OnePlus 2, any day.

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The OnePlus X...welcome to the fanclub. / © ANDROIDPIT

I tried hard to find fault with the X. I really did. Sure, Oxygen OS is a little buggy (try switching on flight mode). The glass body is so smooth that a whiff of air can send it slipping from a desk. Although not necessarily a fault, the screen feels a little cheap as you tap the keyboard. But considering its ludicrous price, these imperfections are minor. Totally acceptable.

The OnePlus X is the most complete Android phone I’ve ever used

It’s just how much you’re getting for the price that makes the OnePlus X so astounding. It’s the most complete Android phone I’ve ever used, the 'real' flagship killer. It has beautiful hardware design, a near-stock Android experience, resplendent display and laughably low price. A package that I can’t believe took so long to be built. But it took an unconventional manufacturer like OnePlus to do it.

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Compared to the budget Honor 5X, the OnePlus X is ridiculously good looking. / © ANDROIDPIT

X appeal

After the OnePlus X was announced, I wrote an opinion piece about how it was too good-looking for the price. OnePlus decided that was worth tweeting and, in the weeks following, I noticed a steady surge in interest for this device.

It didn’t end there. After using it for several months, I realized that a compact display renaissance would eventually emerge after seeing how adequate the OnePlus X’s 5-inch display was. Part of this came down to its capacitive buttons, which allow you to remove navigation controls from the display entirely. That feature led to this article.

The OnePlus X just has a kind of rockstar appeal. I had a meeting with a OnePlus publicist at Mobile World Congress this year, where we conducted a sit-down meeting. I mean, there were no free chairs at the outdoor cafe so we sat on the ground.

The OnePlus X just has a kind of rockstar appeal

We chatted for a while and at some point I received a WhatsApp notification. I unlocked my phone and read the message, telling the publicist that I was using a OnePlus X. He smiled. “I’m using the OnePlus X as well,” he said, even though the OnePlus 2 was the brand’s flagship. Perhaps it's not just me.

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A solid 13 MP camera for the price. / © ANDROIDPIT

Raising a lower standard

Let’s be clear about something – the OnePlus X does not have the greatest specs. This comes down to its Snapdragon 801 processor, the main flagship processor of 2014. It was a beastly chip in its day, but including outdated hardware like this was a way to keep the price low.

This was a genius move. I wish more manufacturers would do it, namely because there is little difference between a Snapdragon 801 and a Snapdragon 820 in everyday use. Facebook Messenger and Chrome work just fine with the 801, obviously helped along with that 3 GB of RAM. The OnePlus X made me realize that I don't need a flagship. But if you are looking for high-end hardware, the price should be a clear signal that this phone is not for you.

Using the Snapdragon 801 was a genius move

It’s not just the processor. There’s another feature that OnePlus didn’t need to give the X, but which makes it so much better than other phones in its price range – the display. The oversaturated AMOLED HD panel with its vantablack blacks, was so good that Marques Brownlee couldn’t help but say it was by far the phone’s best feature.

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The X next to the Honor 7 (right). / © ANDROIDPIT
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So there you have it – this is why I'm part of the OnePlus X fanclub. Let me know what you think, or which phone fanclub you're part of, in the comments below.

Editor's note: Android Fanclub is a series from the editors of AndroidPIT on phones they're obsessed about. Their opinions are not a reflection on final review scores.


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  • I love the one plus X, but my back camera has never worked always blurry ! Front camera is fine

  • joost 4 months ago Link to comment

    I agree with Chuck, you and others of Android PIT must be on OP's playlist. How can a flagship killer NOT have the latest Android update? How can it be shipped with an silicon cover and a screen protection if this supposes to be a flagship killer? (Obviously the makers don't trust their own beautiful designed THIN body). How can we believe we buy a price winner if we have to pay top nodge for shipping costs..?
    Android PIT makes itself unbelievable by writing this kind of articles.
    Warning: you are on the brink of losing me as a daily reader!

    • Thanks for leaving a comment, Joost. These Fanclub articles are a series from staff on phones they're crazy about. I mentioned that in the editor's note. The reasons why each phone was chosen are a matter of personal taste and opinion. As such, not everyone will agree with the reasons. But then again, everyone has their own personal preferences, and AndroidPIT is a forum for sharing them.
      Also, if any content is sponsored we always label it as such. These articles are not sponsored.

      • Oh C'mon, you and everyone that reads this BS article know it's paid for by Oneplus. No one in their right mind would call the failed X a 'Flagship Killer'. You would have to be more than crazy about the X to even think that. 'not everyone will agree', more like no one would agree. Where's the support from Oneplus for the MM update?

  • That's true that OpX is once again a flagship killer. I m a constantly using oneplus brand since the launch of oneplus one, I gat earlier on Invite ststem with lots of struggle and later on OpX on d day of launch through open sale on Nov 5, I didn't find other brand which is closed to oneplus.
    Thankx a lot and congratulations to to entire team of oneplus that I m proud to b associated with it.
    Keep it up.

    • joost 4 months ago Link to comment

      Hey Rajesh, try the Motorola G latest generation, you will want to rewrite this comment.

  • I have lenovo k3 note smart phone and lastly upgrade Android version 6 , after upgrade version 6 , application Tango free vedio calling not work and after reinstallation give me error 62. Can I able to re install tango in this version6?

  • Pranav 4 months ago Link to comment

    First it was about Honor 5x and now this. Both these handsets were Flop in India. This seems like an article written by Oneplus Employer.

    • Oh really, go read the article where it says that the Honor 5X sales are actually good in India.
      I use the Honor 5X and it's the best phone you could buy for that price.
      And it has CM13 support too. What more could you ask for??!!

  • Joe 4 months ago Link to comment

    Currently, yes! I am seriously considering an X. My current OPO and the upcoming OP3 are just too big. Without an SD card, 32GB storage for the currently leaked price makes me hesitate. If OP releases an X2 this year, only slightly tweaking it and adding band 12, I will be ecstatic. Also, this phone has PDAF which is not mentioned a lot. Isn't this supposed to be awesome but relatively rare right now?

  • I disagree for the design. It should be similar to the Nexus 6(but with harder and stronger metal). But i like the camera positioning. It's NOT a flagship killer AT ALL. But a flagship VALUE killer. For me, at least.

  • andy 4 months ago Link to comment

    OnePlus one still my best phone ever and still rocking it now on marshmallow😉😉

  • storm 4 months ago Link to comment

    If your flagship was from three years ago, sure. Compare the specs to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The X is just a few years late to the game.

  • OMG, this is the most insane biased article I've seen! How much money were you paid from Oneplus for this drivel?
    No one in their right mind would EVER consider the X as a flagship killer. I has two year old hardware with a very buggy O.S. At most it's a low-level phone. Tell me, what flagship does this actually kill?
    Crazy review, and 9 months late.

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