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OnePlus X is the rumored second phone, set to launch in October







How about this for a conundrum – buyers of the OnePlus 2, the second phone coming out of China from OnePlus, haven’t even begun to receive their new phones and yet somehow there’s still talk of a second midrange phone from the Chinese outfit to come out maybe just a couple of weeks from now. OnePlus’s second phone for the year – their third in total – is rumored to be named the OnePlus X, which is supposedly set to compete with other brands in the upper midrange market.

OnePlus CEO Carl Pei did confirm earlier in the year that there may be two devices coming out of OnePlus this year. Now the main problem really is, can OnePlus handle the demand? They have admitted to screwing up the manufacturing and shipping schedules for the OnePlus 2 – partly because of the huge demand and their manufacturing (and probably cash flow) just can’t handle it. What will adding another product to handle do to their workforce?

The OnePlus X looks to be a midranger. Rumors say it will use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, not particularly new, but also still very usable even if it’s a year old. This will help cut down on costs and should probably enable OnePlus to launch this midrange phone at a price point of around USD$250. These pictures we’re using are leaked, and they show a very sleek design, not like the somewhat conservative and dated approach to the OnePlus 2.

Rumors were that OnePlus had to do a redesign after the less than warm reactions to the OnePlus 2. Hopefully this will not cause any design-slash-heat issues, especially since the SD801 was a pretty stable chipset to begin with. It’s already October a few hours from now, so we should be getting more news about this new smartphone soon.
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OnePlus Mini Detailed Specs And Pricing Info Leaks





OnePlus has announced their OnePlus 2 flagship back in July. This is the company’s second device, and a new flagship at the same time. That being said, the company has confirmed that they’re working on a new device which will launch before the end of the year. Reports have indicated that this will be a mid-range device, and that it might be called OnePlus Mini or OnePlus X. We haven’t had much specific info when it comes to this phone, well, at least thus far. A new report surfaced sharing quite a few OnePlus Mini details, read on.
According to an anonymous source, the OnePlus Mini (still not sure if this will be the final name) will feature a 5-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) display along with 2GB of DDR3 RAM running at 933MHz. The phone will pack in 32GB of expandable internal storage (eMMC 5.0), and a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 or 4 will be placed on top of the phone’s display. MediaTek’s Helio X10 64-bit octa-core processor will fuel this smartphone, and a 3,000-3,100mAh Li-Po battery will also be a part of this package. The 13-megapixel camera (Sony’s IMX258 sensor, f/2.0 aperture) will be available on the back of this phone, and a 5-megapixel (wide-angle) snapper will be located on the phone’s front side. The dual-LED, dual tone flash will also be available on the back of the phone, which was to be expected.
The Type-C USB 3.0 port will be placed on the bottom of this phone, and you’ll also get the Quick Charge 2.0 capability here. Interesting enough, the report says that OnePlus Mini will be water and dust resistant thanks to the IP67 certification. The display will use PSR (Panel Self Refresh), as well as CABC (Content Aware Backlight Control) or ‘Smart Screen’ as MediaTek calls it. The MT6630 wireless SoC will also be a part of this package, and same can be said about Bluetooth 4.1, an IR Blaser, and a 1.2W front-facing speaker. The phone’s NFC chip will support Android Pay, and a fingerprint scanner will be placed on the phone’s back.
The OnePlus Mini will reportedly be able to render 3D games in 720p resolution in order to compensate for Helio X10’s not-high-end GPU. The device is expected to be launched in November or December, and will reportedly cost $250.
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OnePlus promised we’d get a 1 hour sales event for the OnePlus 2 after they were slow to get invites for the phone rolling out, and they’ve followed through with details on that. We now know it’ll happen October 12th, and here are the times you can expect to get in on it for each region:
  • Asia: 12:00-13:00 HKT
  • Europe: 12:00-13:00 CEST
  • North America: 12:00-1:00 pm PDT
  • India: 12:00-1:00 pm IST (India’s event will happen exclusively on Amazon, so simply add the phone to your cart and checkout during the 1-hour period listed here.)
Note that the sales times will only apply for your region. If you’re in North America, you won’t be able to order during Europe’s designated sales window. Makes sense.
Folks can buy up to 2 phones per order, though you can make as many orders as you want, apparently. Shipping times will also be varied, so OnePlus will give you an estimated shipping date when you go through checkout. As usual, those with invites can skip the line and get their shipment sooner than anyone else, so be sure to get yours that way if you’re fortunate enough to have one.
With that, OnePlus has also started teasing an October 12th announcement. The company’s co-founder and CEO went to Weibo with this image:

It’s a fitness app, and it’s showing a map with an interesting series of running routes drawn over an intersection. It’s either the most boring series of routes ever known to man, or a deliberate attempt to create an “X”.
We’ll opt to go with the latter, especially since their second 2015 phone is rumored to be named the OnePlus X. This phone has been in the rumor mill as of late, boasting decent specs for a $250 price tag. Highlights would include a 5-inch display, Snapdragon 801 chipset, and even the inclusion of NFC (which the more expensive OnePlus 2 can’t even boast). Of course, those are just rumors so we’ll have to wait for official word before we know how accurate they are.
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OnePlus E1001 Gets Certified, Is This The OnePlus X?





OnePlus news are all over the place today. The company’s CEO has more or less confirmed the existence of OnePlus X earlier today, and it’s possible that the device will launch on October 12th when the company has scheduled an event in India. That being said, OnePlus has also announced that they’ll hold an ‘Open Sales’ event on that very same date, you’ll basically be able to purchase OnePlus 2 without an invite. You’ll have one hour to make your purchase, and the timing will depend on where you live. Click here if you’d like to find out more.
Anyhow, let’s get back to OnePlus X news, shall we. It seems like the device was certified in China, on China’s 3C certification website. The OnePlus E1001 surfaced on the 3C website, and it is quite possible we’re looking at the upcoming OnePlus X device here. Now, as far as specs go, the OnePlux X is rumored to sport a 5-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) display along with 2/3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The device will reportedly going to be fueled by MediaTek’s Helio X10 (MT6795) 64-bit octa-core SoC, and a 3,000mAh battery will be available on the inside. The 13-megapixel shooter will be available on the back of this device, and a 5-megapixel snapper will be located up front. The OnePlus X will ship with Oxygen OS pre-installed, and the latest rumors also claims that the device will sport IP67 certification for water and dust resistance. This handset is also rumored to cost around $250.
We still don’t know what will this device look like, but it seems like we might find out soon. As already mentioned, the company is holding an event in India on October 12th. The name of this event is ‘The Next Big Step’, and it might as well be the OnePlus X launch event. Keep in mind that this is not confirmed just yet, it is also possible that OnePlus intends to join the ‘Make in India’ project on said date, and not announce new hardware. Considering the amount of OnePlus X news leaks and reports lately, new device launch is to be expected. Either way, stay tuned for more info.
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Unannounced OnePlus phone pops up at the FCC



A new phone from OnePlus has just put in an appearance at the FCC. The model name for the handset is One E1005. The phone measures 5.5 x 2.2 x 0.27 inches, and its maximum processor speed is 1.9GHz. It supports LTE bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, and features GSM frequency support at 850, 900, 1800, and 1900MHz. The phone also appears to feature a Micro USB connector, and a metal band around its edge.
This device may be related to OnePlus' upcoming announcement in India on October 12. Recent reports have indicated that the company plans to announce a couple of new devices in the near future, possibly including a OnePlus Mini and a OnePlus X.
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TENAA Leaks out the OnePlus Mini/OnePlus X





This morning, there is a report that the OnePlus Mini or the OnePlus X would be getting its own version of Force Touch in ClearForce, as well as Side-Touch. We also already know a number of the specs for the OnePlus Mini, which include a 5-inch 1920×1080 resolution IPS display, and a 13MP camera on the back. Now, the Chinese TENAA (think the FCC, but in China) have leaked out some images of the OnePlus Mini. Well not so much leaked out, but we have pictures now. And it actually looks a lot like the Fire Phone from Amazon.
One the front of the phone, you can see there are three buttons. Which all look to be capacitive. With the circle for the home button in the center and dashes on either side for the recents and back keys, which likely will be customizable in the software like the OnePlus Two’s buttons are. It’s a bit tough to tell, but it looks like we have pretty small bezels on the left and right side of the display. On the back, it looks like glass, but we can’t be sure until OnePlus announces the smartphone. We also have the camera in the upper left-hand side. Which is supposedly a Sony sensor, 13-megapixels. The sides look like there’s a metal frame there, similar to the OnePlus Two. You also see that switch that was on the OnePlus Two, also coming to the OnePlus Mini/OnePlus X. One of the more talked about features in the OnePlus Two, so it’s nice to see it coming to its little brother.
The OnePlus Mini is intended for the Indian market, which means it’s going to be very cheap. The Indian market really likes smartphones under Rs. 10,000, which converts to around $154 USD. That’s roughly less than half of what the OnePlus Two costs. So don’t expect the highest-end specs in the OnePlus Two, and I wouldn’t expect it to be available outside of India, but stranger things have happened. It will likely come to China though, considering it’s passed through the Chinese TENAA. We’ll know more when OnePlus makes it official, which hopefully, won’t be much longer.
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Rumored OnePlus Mini to Feature Side-Touch and More





The OnePlus Mini or the OnePlus X is slated to be OnePlus’ third smartphone, and it appears to be made for the Indian market. As it’s supposedly going to be a really cheap smartphone, which would do really well in India. Not to mention, OnePlus and other Chinese OEM’s have been expanding into India quite a bit lately. Now we’re hearing rumors about the features that are coming in the OnePlus Mini, which include Side-Touch and ClearForce.
What exactly is ClearForce? Basically it’s like Apple’s 3D Touch, Synaptics S3708 is the first touchscreen controller for ClearForce, and it is quite likely that OnePlus will be using their controller for ClearForce in the OnePlus Mini. In addition to that, OnePlus is also adding a feature known as SideTouch. This is advanced hover-detection at up to 25mm. This is a feature that is included on the recently announced Xiaomi Mi4c.
While it’s likely that OnePlus will be using this controller from Synaptics, it’s unknown whether OnePlus will take full advantage of it. Although it is highly likely. In addition to possibly have side-touch and ClearForce, The OnePlus Mini is also going to be sporting a 5-inch 1920×1080 IPS panel. It’ll be covered in 2.5D Gorilla Glass, the same Gorilla Glass that Xiaomi used on their Mi Note/Mi Note Pro, as well as Samsung on the Galaxy Note 5 earlier this year. It’s also rumored that the OnePlus Mini will sport two front-facing 1.2W stereo speakers. For the camera, rumors are pointing to a 13MP sensor from Sony in the form of their IMX258. It will not have Optical Image Stabilization, but it will have Phase Detection Autofocus and Electronic Image Stabilization.
OnePlus had sent out invites for an event on October 12th (which is today), where many had thought that the company would unveil the OnePlus Mini, but it turns out that OnePlus was announcing the fact they are joining the “Made in India” campaign, and setting up a factory in India for making their products. Thanks to a partnership with Foxconn. So we are still unsure of when OnePlus will announce the OnePlus Mini, or if it will even be in 2015.
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New Image Seems To Show Hugo Barra Holding OnePlus X / Mini





There has been a lot of talk of late around what OnePlus will announce next. It has been long known that the company will be unveiling a third device in their arsenal, a second for this year. Although, beyond the initial confirmation announcement, little else has been confirmed. That said, there has been a lot of assumptions based on the information which has come though so far.
The first assumption is that this will be a mid-range device and as such, will come with an umber of more mid-range specs including 2GB RAM and a 2,450 mAh battery. There is also a common assumption that it will either be called the OnePlus X or the OnePlus Mini. This morning, a new report came out detailing that an Amazon listing seemed to be confirming a number of the specs, which besides the RAM and battery mAh, also seemed to confirm the 5-inch display, the Full HD resolution and the use of additional features like SideTouch technology. In terms of the design, before this week, there were next-to-no images of the upcoming device. Although, the last few days saw the arrival of images on an FCC listing which were then followed by clearer images from a TENAA listing. Now, another image has appeared which does seem to show what is probably the OnePlus X/Mini.
The image is of OnePlus CEO, Pete Lau along with Xiaomi’s Global VP, Hugo Barra. As you can see from the image, Lau is holding a Xiaomi device and Barra is holding an unknown device. However, due to the images which have come through from the FCC and TENAA recently (TENAA image below for comparison), the camera placement and the general design of the smartphone does indeed look like the OnePlus X/Mini. Even the logo placement seems to make sense, although, it is obviously covered up with the logo you can see in the image above. If this is the new OnePlus X/Mini, then as well as the other emerging details, it does look like there will be a white variant on the way, as well as the black model we have seen in the recent FCC and TENAA images.
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OnePlus X Launch Event Confirmed For October 29th





There have been much speculation over the last few weeks with regards to the latest device to come from OnePlus. As per usual, with this company, everything has been speculation upon including the name of the device with the two leading contenders being the OnePlus X and the OnePlus Mini. It has long been assumed that this will be a smaller and most likely mid-range device and as such, the name Mini seemed to be the most appropriate name for the company to go with.
Well, ending all the speculation, OnePlus has now made it clear and confirmed that the name of the next OnePlus device will indeed be the OnePlus X. Likewise, the image shown above, does now end another aspect of speculation by confirming when we will get to see the device. OnePlus has now stated that the launch date for the OnePlus X will be October 29th. Interestingly, there has been some debate as to whether this would be a region-specific device, like for instance, India. Well, that does not seem to be case as OnePlus has been spamming all regions with the same image. As such we currently have confirmation that the OnePlus X will be launched (or at least unveiled) on October 29th in New Delhi, New York, San Francisco, London, Beijing, and Jakarta. Therefore, it seems logical that it will be available in at least all of these regions.
So what is to be expected? Well, the most consistent rumors around the OnePlus X suggest it will come with a 5-inch display with a Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. Inside, it will come sporting 2GB RAM and most likely be powered by the Snapdragon 801 processor. The rear camera will be a 13-megapixel camera, while the front facing camera will be a 5-megapixel camera. Everything will be powered by a 2,450 mAh battery and the device will come running on OxygenOS. It also does seem likely that the OnePlus X will come sporting the same notification feature as the OnePlus 2 and may also come sporting either Force Touch, Side Touch or both. Either way, October 29th is now the date all the details for the OnePlus X will become known.
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OnePlus X Full Specs Listed On TENAA





This week has seen an abundance of reports coming through in relation to the upcoming OnePlus device, the OnePlus X. While most of the early reports were extremely speculative and based on a number of rumors, since then, more solid information has been coming slowly through. For instance, the name of the device was all but confirmed when the company announced the launch event which is now known to be scheduled for October 29th. Then there was the look of the device. Prior to this week, many images and renders had been doing the rounds, although a recent TENAA filing showed relatively clear images of the device.
Well, the latest on this, is that yesterday it seems the TENAA listing was updated with some more information and that information is the specs for the OnePlus X. As such and providing the TENAA listing is accurate (which it should be), here are the OnePlus X specs.
The OnePlus X comes sporting a 5-inch (4.99-inch) screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. Moving to the inside and the OnePlus X comes equipped with 3GB RAM and powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor (clocking at 2 GHz). In terms of cameras, the OnePlus X comes loaded with a 13-megapixel rear camera which is coupled with an 8-megapixel front facing camera. In terms of storage, the OnePlus X will come with 16GB internal storage and will offer the option to expand, thanks to the inclusion of a microSD card slot (up to 128GB). The battery was not specifically listed, although it has been highly rumored that the OnePlus X will come sporting a 2,450 mAh battery. In terms of the operating system, the OnePlus X is listed as coming running on Android 5.1.1., presumably with OxygenOS over the top. Last up, the OnePlus X measure 140mm × 69mm × 6.9 mm and weighs 138 grams.
Of course, the one thing the TENAA listing cannot provide any information on is the actual price of the OnePlus X. It had been believed that the OnePlus X would land around the $250 marker, although a report which emerged this morning now suggests the OnePlus X might be even cheaper and somewhere around the $220 marker.
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OnePlus X Images Leak, Black & White Colors Shown Off





After releasing the OnePlus 2 flagship, OnePlus has said that this won’t be the only smartphone they’ll announce this year. The company has said that the second phone will arrive before the end of the year, and it seems like that will happen on October 29th. The company has already teased this event via social media and has included a huge letter ‘X’ in their teaser. This actually suggests that the OnePlus X smartphone, which was rumored and leaked intensively over the last few weeks, will be announced at said event.
The OnePlus X has been certified by TENAA (China’s equivalent to the FCC) quite recently, and the phone has also surfaced on OppoMart (China’s reseller) as well. Thanks to those two listings, we were able to find out which specifications will this smartphone sport, and we’ll talk about those in a minute. Let’s first tackle the newly leaked news, shall we. If you take a look at the gallery down below, you’ll be able to see the alleged OnePlus X smartphone in the flesh. As you can see two variants of the phone are showcased, the black and white image. It seems like the device will sport glass on both its front and back side, and you also get to see the metallic trim which goes around the device, along with the rear-facing OnePlus logo. It seems like the loudspeaker will be located on the bottom of the device along with a Type-C port which will be placed in between speaker grills.
According to the recently surfaced listings, the OnePlus X will feature a 5-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) display along with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable internal storage. The device will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 quad-core SoC along with an Adreno 330 GPU for graphics. The 13-megapixel shooter will be available on the back of this phone, and an 8-megapixel snapper will be placed up front. The device will offer 4G LTE connectivity, of course, and according to the latest leaks, it might cost around $220 in China. The 2,450mAh battery has also been mentioned, and you can expect the phone to ship with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS with OnePlus’ OxygenOS available on top of it. The device will measures 140 x 69 x 6.9mm, while it will weight 138 grams.
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New Security & Bug-Fix Update Incoming For OnePlus One





The first generation OnePlus flagship, the OnePlus One, has now reportedly got a new update coming its way. The Cyanogen OS 12.1 YOG4PAS2QL update is reportedly being rolled out to the device “in select regions”, and is said to come with a number of bug-fixes and security patches. While the update will arrive OTA to OnePlus One devices at some stage, the 18 MB zip file is also available for manual installation, for users unwilling to wait for the OTA update. While the full changelog is yet to be made available by either OnePlus or Cyanogen, the update is believed to include a patch for the latest vulnerability found in Android’s Stagefright multimedia library. The OnePlus One had already received updates earlier to patch up the original vulnerability found in Stagefright.
It bears mentioning that OnePlus One devices on Cyanogen OS got the Android 5.1 Lollipop update back in August this year, when the device was updated to Cyanogen OS 12.1. As part of that update, the smartphone got the Truecaller and Truedialler features, as the twin apps now come baked into the Cyanogen software as an integral part of the Cyanogen experience, thanks to a deal between Cyanogen Inc. and True Software Scandinavia AB, makers of the two aforementioned apps.
As a quick refresher of the OnePlus One hardware specs, the device is the first generation flagship from Chinese startup OnePlus, and was released last year as the original “flagship killer”. The device features a 5.5-inch LTPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which gives it a pixel density of 401 dpi. The smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 801 SoC from American chipmaker Qualcomm. The phone is offered in two storage variants of 16 and 64 GB but both come with 3 GB of RAM. The primary camera on the back of the device comes with a 13-megapixel sensor, while the selfie-cam on the front comes with a 5-megapixel sensor. The phone originally shipped with Android 4.4 KitKat-based Cyanogen OS 11, but OnePlus has since developed and released its own Oxygen OS after an acrimonious fallout with Cyanogen Inc. last year. The phone can be updated to either OnePlus’ Oxygen OS or Cyanogen OS in accordance with user preference.
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OnePlus 2 Invites Will Now Expire In 3 Days





OnePlus is mostly known for two things: their powerful and sleek affordable flagship phones and their really annoying invite system. Differently from what 99% of other smartphone makers do, instead of just selling their devices online or in physical stores in the regions they serve, the company uses an invite-only system that requires people to sign up for a waiting line and then, when the time comes, they get an invitation by email to allow them to buy the OnePlus 2. If, having to wait for an invite isn’t bad enough, it was typically only valid for 24 hours. As a result, sometimes the code would have already expired when the invitee noticed he or she got a spot, which is even more enraging. Today the company has made an announcement which makes things slightly better for OnePlus fans: their invites will last for 3 days now, giving users more time to purchase the phone when they receive the long-awaited email.
On a Facebook post on their official page, the company wrote “Quick update: You now have 3 days instead of 24 hours to claim your #‎OnePlus2 invite. Thanks for your feedback, we’ll keep improving! #‎NeverSettle”, meaning you won’t need to punch the wall if your invite expired. There were several users with alleged invites commenting on the post, with some even posting codes, although the ability to use these may have been redundant as OnePlus 2 invites are normally only usable by those who receive the invite. To try to compensate the limitations of the invite-only system, the company held online contests to give out free invites and even an ‘Open Sale’ period during a few hours on October 12th. Additionally, they have promised a delivery time of just 60 minutes for OnePlus One (yes, the 2014 one) purchases in Bengaluru (India), or the phone will be given for free, just like a pizza delivery.
If you are unfamiliar with it, the OnePlus 2 offers solid specs for a considerably lower price than similar devices. Its 5.5-inch screen comes with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and is powered by the octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, coupled with 3 GB of RAM on the 16 GB version and 4 GB of RAM on the 64 GB model. Additionally, there’s a fingerprint sensor on the front and a 13-megapixel main camera on the back. Starting at $329 for the 16 GB version, this is almost half of what you would have to pay for a current flagship device.
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Android Headliner: Will the OnePlus X Be A Hit Or A Miss?





So, this week brings with it another OnePlus event. The second for 2015 and the third in their history. It does sort of feel like there has been more than two major product launches from OnePlus already. The company is in the headlines so frequently, that it feels as though they should have more than two products on the market. That is, excluding the likes of this. In reality, this just highlights the effect and impact OnePlus has had on the market overall. Their debut device started so strongly and built up such a fan-base (myself included), that the expectations have become extremely high for the company.
At least, they were high prior to the unveiling of the OnePlus 2. Their second device was one which saw an almost hysteria level of speculation prior to its launch. This was partly due to the existence of the OnePlus One and the consumer-belief that the OnePlus 2 would be the true successor to the One. In fact, OnePlus thought it was so good that they believed it would still be relevant this time next year. Of course, that is simply not going to be the case. Too many, including a portion of the OnePlus community, are already finding it difficult to see its relevance now. These heightened expectations were always going to be an issue with the OnePlus 2 and a point I made the weekend before the OnePlus 2 event took place.
Either way, we have now reached the week when the OnePlus X will be announced. It does seem to be confirmed now that this will be the name of the device. While, in terms of the specs, these are largely believed to now be understood as well – thanks to the number of leaks that have passed through. To (very) briefly recap, the OnePlus X should come with a 5-inch 1080p display, 3GB RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor (maybe a MediaTek), 16GB (maybe 32GB) storage, 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel (maybe 8MP) front-facing camera and a 2,450 mAh battery. If these pan out to be correct, then in reality this is pretty much a OnePlus One, but in a smaller body. Which raises the question, will the OnePlus X be a hit like the OnePlus One or a miss like the OnePlus 2?

In truth, it is difficult to know. At the moment, it does feel like it will be a miss. Interest does seem to have died down with OnePlus and in fact, if anything, it is starting to seem as though people are becoming turned off by the company lately. Which is in stark contrast to six months ago. This in itself is a bit of a tell. Even the expected low price is not something that is attracting as much attention as would have been expected, which is a BIG tell. However, OnePlus do have the ability to surprise and sometimes, lowered expectations can work in your favor. Take a look at the Nexus 6P for instance. Prior to the launch of the 6P, very few people seemed interested. That is, by Nexus standards. The industry just did not seem that enlightened by the device and especially were rather skeptical of its looks, the bump and the general presentation. In fact, prior to the Nexus event, everyone seemed far much focused and interested in the Nexus 5X, which looked certain to be the hit device. Now that they have both been outed, the Nexus 6P is the only Nexus in town. So lower expectations can and do work.
Then there is also how and where OnePlus will choose to market the OnePlus X. This will be a massive factor in deciding whether or not it is a success. At launch, the OnePlus One was only available in a select number of markets. If this is the case for the OnePlus X, then choosing these markets will be integral to its success. Many have speculated that this is a device which is designed for certain budget-to-mid oriented markets. This could be quite possible and will offer a decent level of specs for the cost. However, these markets are already becoming saturated at the budget-to-mid level. It is currently one of the most highly fought areas of the smartphone market and whether the OnePlus X can insert itself in the market, without any local carrier affiliations, remains to be seen.
Not forgetting, the big elephant in the room…

Invites. This is likely to be one of the biggest hurdles OnePlus will encounter. If the OnePlus X is to be a success and any sort of killer, then it will need to be readily available for consumers to buy, when they want to buy. The invite system did create a level of exclusivity for the OnePlus One, which did in turn, help to build the brand they now have. BUT, the invite system has failed in helping the OnePlus 2 and if anything, is now hurting the brand. This factor will be the single most significant aspect which will determine the success or failure of the OnePlus X. The invite system has to go.
So, will the OnePlus X be a hit?
It has the potential to be. The OnePlus X will be a good, solid, reliable device and will arrive at a fantastic price-point. But that is not always enough. The device has done all it can now and the success of the OnePlus X will be solely in the hands of OnePlus.
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OnePlus X Pricing And Specs Revealed In New Leak





The newest addition to the OnePlus family, the OnePlus X, has had relatively little so far in the way of full, extensive leaks. That changed recently when some promotional images made it into the wild touting a mostly full feature set and a price that seems fairly spot-on.
The newest member of the OnePlus stable is already alleged to sport Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box, a 5″ 1920×1080 display, along with 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, 3GB of RAM, either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 or some variant of Mediatek processor, a healthy 13-megapixel rear camera paired with a selfie snapper of either 5 megapixels or 8, and a 2,450 mAh battery to keep the show running. This leak pretty much confirms some of these details, but also manages to reveal pricing and what seems to be the final design.
The price tag is touted as 1699 Yuan, or about $267 USD, making it their cheapest device yet. It is unknown which storage variant this will be for, as there seem to be two versions; one with 16GB internal storage and another with 32GB. Both come with a MicroSD slot made to accept up to 128GB cards. The design is revealed to be a luxurious, but somewhat plain affair, a rectangular black slab with a silver lining that may be aluminum or plastic. The back looks to be smooth, either aluminum or glossy plastic as well. Given the somewhat small price tag, it’s an easy assumption to make that these parts are plastic. Nothing was shown as to whether or not the back was removable, so it’s also an easy assumption that the battery is meant to stay put, allowing SIM and MicroSD access from the sides.
Among the previously suspected specs that have been confirmed, we only have the Android version, 5.1.1 Lollipop, the processor, which will be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, the RAM, which will be 3GB, and the storage, which will be a 16GB variant or a 32GB variant with the only slightly surprising addition of a MicroSD slot. A camera sample was leaked, showing fairly good quality, but a megapixel count was not given. This basically puts the device in line with the flagships of 2014 such as the LG G3, Sony Xperia Z3 and the company’s own OnePlus One, but at a much lower price point, more than low enough to compete with even the well-priced Mediatek-carrying Chinese powerhouses such as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2.
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The OnePlus X is a low-cost Android phone in high-end disguise

The X is for experimental


The OnePlus X is many things. It’s a 5-inch phone that feels like it should be $500, but costs only $249. It’s a device with the aesthetic quality you might expect from an established tech brand, but it’s made by a Chinese startup less than two years old. It’s also a shameless tribute to the design of older iPhones you can only buy with an invitation.

One thing it’s not, insists OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei, is a mid-range smartphone. "We still don’t have a good way of categorizing this type of device,” he tells me. "We’re never going to make a phone for $100 or $150. Our goal is always to make really great products, and at that price point it’s not possible. You can't afford to make it using these materials.” The materials he’s referring to are the OnePlus X’s glass back, as well as the components inside that put the X closer to last year’s high-end smartphones than the devices you can buy today for a couple hundred bucks.


If you pay attention to Chinese upstarts in the handset business, you may be wondering why OnePlus would release a phone with last year’s components when it just began shipping its "flagship killer" OnePlus 2 to US customers in August. Essentially, OnePlus wants the X to be its own version of the iPhone 6S or Nexus 5X — a device that trades off a bit of power, battery life, and screen size in exchange for a design that fits comfortably in your hand.
If you don’t want a huge phone like the OnePlus 2 or Nexus 6P, you have the option of downsizing at a cheaper price to reward your willingness to sacrifice performance. For OnePlus, its flagship line (denoted by numbers at the end) will feature top-of-the-line components and more future-proof technology like USB Type-C connectors. "The X line will always be the line where we can experiment a bit more."
For the first time, OnePlus is using an 5-inch AMOLED display with 1080 x 1920 resolution, instead of an LCD one. The X will also pack 3GB of memory, a 13MP back-facing camera and a 7.6MP front-facing one. It also contains a microSD slot, a first for OnePlus, for expandable storage up to 128GB. The disappointment on the spec chart is its Snapdragon 801 processor, which was used in flagship phones as far back as 18 months ago, but is downright ancient in today's world. The OnePlus X also lacks a fingerprint sensor.
"The X line will always be the line where we can experiment."
OnePlus is betting on the idea that customers will get sticker shock now that the iPhone's $649 price tag is more exposed. As phone subsidies begin to recede in Western markets, Pei thinks the allure of OnePlus' low prices will trump the need for the most cutting edge gadget. Of course, device makers like Apple and cell carriers in the US have found a way to lessen the blow of a full-price smartphone by selling it through monthly installments that include trade-in options and warranties. OnePlus can’t offer either of those, which limits the appeal of the product to the smaller percentage of customers now accustomed to buying unlocked devices. That number is growing, but it still represents a minority in the mainstream smartphone market.



At $249 for a 16GB model — there won't be a 32GB or 64GB version — OnePlus thinks the X will sell more than the company's previous two phones, despite its old components. "The incremental benefit of adding super high specs on a phone is decreasing," Pei adds. While the average consumer may not notice a Snapdragon 801, it still lags behind the more standard 808 and even further still from the 810 inside the OnePlus 2.
With the X, it’s clear OnePlus is trying to cater to a crowd of design geeks that are willing to sacrifice being at the bleeding edge for a cheap phone that feels far superior than its price tag suggests. While the standard OnePlus X will be called Onyx, the company is also releasing a limited edition ceramic version sometime before Christmas for European customers.
OnePlus X Onyx for the everyman The ceramic version won’t offer anything of substance over its cheaper counterpart save the nicer manufacturing materials. Yet OnePlus is reaching nonetheless to position it as a device of unreasonable excess. It uses sand imported from Australia, which may or may not be better than sand from elsewhere, and OnePlus says only 20 out of 100 ceramic bodies meet quality standards. OnePlus is only making 10,000 of them starting at €379 (about $414). Don’t expect to see this device … well, ever — unless you’re an eager Europe OnePlus fan who knows they can snag an invite.

The OnePlus X features a notification slider that changes frequency from "mute" to "priority" to "all."
Still, a significant amount of care went into the ceramic OnePlus X and it feels fantastic to hold, with a considerable heft and nearly two dozen so-called micro-cuts in the side of the phone that make it easier to hold. These aesthetic qualities trickle down to the Onyx version, which carries a sensation of superior build quality comparable even to the iPhone 6S. Of course, the phone also resembles mashup between the famous boxy design of the iPhone 4 and the more modern traits of Google's Nexus line.
The question with any OnePlus device, however, is when exactly consumers can get their hands on it. The company is putting the X behind an invite system, as it has for past devices, so you’ll need to receive one from OnePlus by signing up starting today or from a lucky friend to even put down money for a preorder. But Pei says the company is trying to address demand, so it’s limited its invite system to one month. After that the company will open orders to the public for a limited time every week as it ramps up production.
The invite system will only last one month There's no telling if OnePlus will meet that deadline. The OnePlus 2, which suffered from a three-week shipping delay earlier this summer, is available only through an indefinite invite system. The OnePlus X will start its own one-month invite process on November 19th when sales open in the US (November 5th for India and the EU).
Pei insists the velvet rope system is still a function of managing demand with the confidence that it can match supply. "A lot of our competitors have had to write down a massive inventory of unsold devices," he says. "If we had to write off inventory, we’d probably go bankrupt."




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The OnePlus X Invite System



In just a couple of months, OnePlus will be celebrating its second anniversary. During these two years our mission has stayed the same – we want to bring the best products to users around the world. The invite system has helped us tremendously in keeping us lean as a company.
We’re continuously improving and listening to our fans. We’ve heard your feedback, and we think it’s time for a change in the invite system. Here are two things which we are doing differently this time:
Invite-only for the first month
For the first month, the OnePlus X is available through invites only. In November, we’ll distribute invites much faster to our most loyal users, those who sign up for the reservation list, and shareables for your family and friends.
More opportunities to buy the OnePlus X
After the initial month, you’ll have many more opportunities to buy the OnePlus X. Every week we will have open sales. After making sure that our production can keep up with the demand, the OnePlus X will be available without invites forever!
We sincerely hope you like these changes. As always, we’ll be looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

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Hands-on with the smaller, cheaper OnePlus X

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From the moment you pick up the OnePlus X, it's hard not to think about the iPhones of yesteryear. There's no denying it: there's a whiff of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 to this new handset. But that's not necessarily a criticism. It's been a while since those phones were Apple's crème de la crème, and there's a certain sophistication to the X's glass back and rounded corners. Turning it over in my hands, it certainly doesn't feel like a $249 phone. OnePlus has paid attention to the details: the metal frame, for instance, has 17 "micro-cuts" to make it a little grippier. The alert slider, which lets you switch between three notification profiles, has a different finish so you can find it in your pocket without looking.
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That's not to say the phone's industrial design is without its faults. The glass back is a fingerprint magnet and, after barely 10 minutes with a handful of journalists, I spotted some scratches on the front and back of a few handsets. Phones like the iPhone 4 and Nexus 4 were prone to this too; if you're the type that regularly knocks their smartphone off the kitchen table, you might want to consider slightly more rugged alternatives. There's little difference between the glass and limited-edition ceramic models of the OnePlus X. In terms of look and feel, they are practically identical, with the ceramic version only distinguishable by its more chamfered edge and slightly lighter hue.

The OnePlus X runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, which was common in Android flagships last year. It feels snappy and responsive, and I blitzed through a few rounds of Crossy Road and never noticed any stuttering or slowdown. The seemingly solid performance can be partly attributed to OxygenOS, which is a light, clean take on Android.
For $249, you would expect more compromises on the X's spec sheet. The 16GB of internal storage is a little concerning (thankfully there's a microSD card slot) and I'm keen to see how the 2,525mAh battery performs in everyday use. An immediate worry is the OnePlus X's camera -- the 13-megapixel sensor is supposed to be a highlight of the device, but I wasn't all that impressed. On the 28th floor of a tower in central London, the photos it spat out looked a little soft and noisy. With large windows on either side, the room wasn't exactly dark or dingy, so low-light performance could be an issue.

Given its price-tag, the OnePlus X shows plenty of promise. The design isn't original or adventurous, but it's certainly slicker than most handsets in its class. It's not a top-tier flagship like the OnePlus 2, but that was always the company's intention. The X is the beginning of a new smartphone line aimed at people that aren't too fussed about bleeding-edge performance. If you're more interested in the overall experience, and how a phone makes you feel -- similar to how Motorola pitched the original Moto X -- then this a device to keep on your radar. Provided you can get one of those pesky invites, that is.
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OnePlus goes lower cost OnePlus X hands-on




OnePlus hits a lower price point, and brings along much of what made its previous phones great.
Just over three months after the unveiling of the OnePlus 2, we're getting yet another OnePlus model — but this isn't replacing the flagship killer, it's going after a new market entirely. This is the OnePlus X, and it slots in comfortably under the previously-announced model at just $249 unlocked — and even though the price has dropped, OnePlus is putting plenty in the X to keep it interesting and a good value at the same time.
Let's take a look at the third smartphone offering from OnePlus, and see if it has what it takes to find a spot in the increasingly competitive low-cost unlocked phone market.


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A quick video hands-on with the OnePlus X

We really hope you'll check out our full hands-on impression of the OnePlus X below, and the rest of our coverage of the phone, but for a solid wrap-up of what this phone's all about be sure to check out the video above.



Metal and glass at $250

OnePlus X hardware Offering more for less

So let's get it out of the way right from the start — everything we're talking about here is coming in at just $249 unlocked, and that in itself is pretty great. Smartphones in this price range have increased in quality dramatically over the last two years, and OnePlus is following the trend. While the OnePlus 2 starts at $329 its most sought-after (and more likely to actually be in stock) configuration comes in at $389, and the X lands comfortably below that as to provide some separation.
There isn't much flair — this is all about a simple, well-executed design for a budget phone.
The OnePlus X doesn't exhibit much flair, but it does offer plenty of quality. Borrowing from the OnePlus 2, the X has a metal frame running through it that's exposed to form a continuous band around the entire outside of the phone. Where the design differentiates is in the finish of the metal, with a set of fine horizontal lines — 17, in fact — etched around the entire exterior, giving it a subtle glint when the light hits it, but more importantly offering tons of grip on an otherwise slippery phone.
The slip comes from having full panes of Gorilla Glass 3 on both sides of the phone, much like the Galaxy S6, exhibiting the now-standard "2.5D" style of glass that rounds off nicely from the flat portions down into the metal edges. On the front the glass is protecting a 5-inch 1080p AMOLED display, which looks quite good in my limited time with it — plenty pixel dense, and colors seem to pop just the right amount. Just below the display OnePlus is still offering optional capacitive keys (co-founder Carl Pei says 70 percent of OnePlus users use them), but on this lower model they aren't backlit so there's a better chance you'll just go with the on-screen nav bar.


Beyond the awe of nice metal and glass formed together in a proper way, there isn't too much to be excited about here. You can have the OnePlus X in just one color and configuration, and the edges are simply adorned with the standard assortment of switches and ports — headphone on the top, volume and power on the right, alert slider (same as the OnePlus 2) on the left, and a MicroUSB port and speaker on the bottom.
Some will be drawn to the compact size, and be thoroughly impressed if they buy one.
Well, I shouldn't get too carried away — there are actually a couple ways to help your OnePlus X stand out from the crowd. Much like OnePlus offers StyleSwap Covers for the 2, you can buy one of five different slim plastic or wood cases for the X. They're the same materials, actually, and they'll set you back a cool $25 each (or $20 for the Sandstone Black one) while both protecting and adding some style to your otherwise bland and monolithic new phone. There are also bright-colored silicone cases, costing $15 each, with a bit more protection. (And if I'm honest they strike me as glorious reproductions of those available from Apple for the iPhone 6S.)
OnePlus is also offering a special edition X in a limited run of 10,000 phones with a specially-crafted ceramic back instead of glass. While it doesn't look much different at a distance it's immediately noticeable up close, with sharper beveled edges, a wonderful platinum-like sheen and extra heft from the material — as well as dramatically higher damage resistance. Each ceramic back is baked at 2700 degrees fahrenheit and takes 25 days to create, with a production yield rate of just 20 percent, so no wonder OnePlus is charging an extra 100€ over the base price and limiting its release primarily to Europe.


Something adding to the appeal of this device is the size. With a 5-inch screen, really small bezels and just 6.9 mm of thickness it's amazingly easy to maneuver in one hand, which is in stark contrast to the OnePlus 2. Sure the size won't appeal to those who are looking for the biggest screen they can get for the smallest amount of money, but considering the groundswell of folks looking for a smaller device, this could be a hit with them.
Beyond the design, there are a few more details to make note of here in the hardware space. Remember we're talking about a $249 unlocked phone, so there are a few things "missing," if you will, compared to more expensive phones. There's no NFC, wireless charging, quick charging, USB-C port, fingerprint sensor, advanced camera features, ac Wifi speeds or fancy powerful speakers. But OnePlus has listened to feedback a bit and added in a MicroSD card slot, and also includes a protective plastic case in the box with each phone.
The specs

The internal specs on the OnePlus X round out to a rather simple equation. Rather than go with a newer, cheaper processor OnePlus has stuck with a relatively old Snapdragon 801 — the same chip as the OnePlus One, if you'll recall — and paired it with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. That should be plenty to power the aforementioned 1080p display, and the only real initial concern I have about this package is how well it can manage battery life with just 2525 mAh to work with.
Operating System OxygenOS, based on Android 5.1.1 Display 5-inch 1920x1080 AMOLED (441 ppi)
Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core @ 2.3 GHz
Adreno 330 GPU Storage 16GB eMMC v5.0
MicroSD expandable up to 128GB SIM Dual SIM slots or single SIM + MicroSD card RAM 3GB LPDDR3 Rear Camera 13MP ISOCELL 3M2 CMOS, f/2.2
1080p resolution video; Slow Motion: 720p video at 120fps Front Camera 8MP OV8858, f/2.4 Network (U.S.) GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
HSPA: B1/B2/B4/B5/B8
*LTE: B1/B2/B4/B5/B7/B8 Connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, FM radio
GPS, GLONASS, BDS Battery 2525 mAh LiPo Charging Micro USB
5V/2A charger included Colors Onyx (glass) or Ceramic More: Complete OnePlus X specs
Given my short time with the phone I wasn't able to test the camera much, but it seems like this will be a pretty basic affair. We're looking at a 13MP ISOCELL sensor — the same you'll find in an Oppo R7 and not far off from the Galaxy S5 — with an f/2.2 aperture and phase detection auto focus, but no OIS or advanced features. Given the mixed camera results we saw from the OnePlus 2 despite its great hardware chops I'm hesitant to plant a stake and say this will be a capable shooter, so we'll just have to see when I have more time with it.



Simple and customizable software.

OnePlus X Sticks with OxygenOS

The software story hasn't really changed from the OnePlus 2, and considering how closely together these phones were announced that's not surprising. This is OxygenOS, which is built on Android 5.1.1 and keeps the feel of that stock system while adding some useful tweaks and customization options.
You get a customizable home screen, notification shortcuts and themes, as well as some optional gestures and quirky new FM radio app. There's also a dark mode for the entire interface to take advantage of the power savings on an AMOLED display, as well as a new ambient mode that will pulse and give you glanceable information on your locked screen.


Beside that it's all routine here — the Snapdragon 801 and 3GB of RAM should be capable of pushing this interface around just fine, and OxygenOS is going to be super familiar if you've spent time on a Nexus or recent Motorola phone. OnePlus isn't dropping any kind of information on a forthcoming Marshmallow update, unfortunately.



Enough to be a winner?

OnePlus X A serious value proposition

I have to say I'm super impressed by what you're getting from the OnePlus X at the price of $249. While some missing features and specs may be issues at the higher price point of the OnePlus 2, when you drop down to this price range you just can't complain about what you're getting. And it seems as though OnePlus has spent the money in the right places here — great build, a good screen, capable internals and a few key specs to give it some aspirational qualities. Pair that up with lightweight software, and you have yourself a really solid package that's a clear considerably less than the next tier of devices.
Of course with OnePlus there's always a catch — well, you guessed it, there are invites. In Europe OnePlus is kicking off the invite process on November 5, with the U.S. following two weeks later on November 19. OnePlus is moving in the right direction this time, though, and is setting a one month time frame for needing an invite — after that month is gone (presumably on December 19), things will open up for anyone who wants to drop $249 or 269€ on the phone without getting in line for an invite.
And if you have both a need for an inexpensive — but solid quality — phone and the opportunity to do so, I recommend you give it a look. The OnePlus X seems to get really close to a winning recipe.
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OnePlus releases its own photography app called Reflexion



The team at OnePlus are busy launching the OnePlus X, utilizing special events around the world to offer a unique purchasing experience. The company has also been busy working on a new photography app called Reflexion, which is now available for download.
The app isn't a OnePlus exclusive. In fact, it's available on both iOS and Android, allowing those on said platforms to explore contrast and harmony in moments captured throughout the day. All that's required is for you to take a shot using both the front and rear cameras on your smartphone and the app will work some magic.
Essentially, what the app does is takes the two captured shots and allows you to stitch them together. You'll be able to drag the photos or the "X" on-screen to create customized compositions. Like most apps these days, there's an easy social sharing option within to release your work to friends and family.
Interested to learn more? There's an official Reflexion website for that, not to mention the Google Play Store listing.
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First Updates Rolling Out For OnePlus X






The OnePlus X, the newest member of the OnePlus family, has barely even released and it’s already receiving its first update. Whether this is a sign of trouble or of good support from OnePlus well into the future, it’s a bit too early to tell. The little OnePlus that could hasn’t exactly steamrolled the competition in public popularity, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great deal or hasn’t sold well. It’s using the same invite system as previous handsets, which OnePlus came out and admitted is being used to slow growth down a bit to keep things manageable.
All that said, the first OTA has begun rolling out, bringing some camera and HDR optimizations, battery life tweaks to aid that underwhelmingly sized cell, home and lock wallpaper orientation tweaks and a number of under the hood tweaks that weren’t listed. For some early adopters, the OTA came in a 160MB part and a 17MB part after rebooting, but future rollouts should have it all as one package to download and install, cutting down on install time and at least a little on how much the device will heat up during the update process. Our source reported the phone got a bit hot under the collar during the first update and even more so when the second one came immediately after, but cooled to normal levels during use. Apparently, there have been no related anomalies to report just yet.
This update doesn’t change the Android version or bring any new apps and software, so it should be a fairly easy rollout for all variants in all markets. Interestingly, the Hydrogen OS and Oxygen OS versions of the device should both receive the update in the same time frame with little to no variant-specific tweaks, however there are ways to convert to Oxygen OS, should a Hydrogen OS user decide to do so. This kind of flexibility and support sounds great on paper, but it could easily create a software and support nightmare down the road, especially if the phone takes off. Hopefully, given OnePlus’ history and the normal wave of adoption for these devices, that won’t be the case.
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Unread 2015-11-09, 10:15 PM   #122
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Android Headliner: Why Can’t OnePlus Just Get Things Right?





Yes, the OnePlus One was right. It came at the right time, it came with the right specs and features and it was overall a right smartphone. One which I still have and use today and one which I would still happily (and do) recommend to people to pick up. So yes, the existence of the OnePlus One does already disprove the sentiment made in the title. But the title is not a form of clickbait. Being lucky, which unarguably OnePlus was with the OnePlus One, is not the same as getting something right. At the time, the market was crying out for a break from the status quo and lazy upgraded models like the Samsung Galaxy S5.
Yes, we had the One M8 from HTC and yes, the G3 from LG was on the way. But these were high priced ticket items and ‘high price’ was another aspect which the market was crying out to depart from. Then, the OnePlus One came in all its 5.5-inch 1080p glory, boasting 3GB RAM and a Snapdragon 801 octa-core processor. Equipped with a market-relevant 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Topped off with NFC (we will get to this later), great sounding speakers, Cyanogen OS (CM11 at the time) and of course, a great-feeling Sandstone back. In fact, it even came in two storage sizes, 64GB for those who wanted the storage and 16GB for those who did not mind so much. Not forgetting of course, it came with that beautiful $350 price tag. Undercutting the Samsungs, the HTCs, the LGs and pretty much every other flagship you can think of. A seriously good phone, at a seriously good price and most importantly, most luckily, at the EXACT right time.
So although the One worked out for the company, since then, they have just gone from bad to worse. More specifically, one epic fail to the next. It is hardly even worth bringing up their marketing strategy with the likes of the Ladies Only event and their routine what would you do for an invite mentality, and the mysterious device which teased us for weeks, only to end up being this…

So although, it is hardly worth bringing up those points, in discussing why they cannot get things right, they do unfortunately need to be mentioned, again. But OK, so the company is a little eager to take advantage of their social media presence they find themselves with. Understandable. But then there is the issue with their hardware. Since the One, they have just continually been off the mark. It is hard for any company to follow up a device like the OnePlus One, but if the OnePlus 2 had been the smash hit it could have been, OnePlus would have cemented their place in smartphone history. Two for two. But the OnePlus 2 is not the successor to the One. It is in terms of the range, but it is far from being (or achieving) what the One did. It is a device which is continually seeing user issues with its software, with its home button/fingerprint sensor functionality and from a personal standpoint (yes, I own a OnePlus 2), it is just a really buggy experience.
Not forgetting the elephant (that is NFC) in the room. OnePlus can say what they like, but bringing out a device which does not contain NFC at the same time as Google is gearing up to release Android Pay was a mistake. To be fair to OnePlus, this was probably more to do with the time of designing than anything. At the time, they were more than likely unaware that Android Pay was coming. It is no secret that cost-checking is literally one of the reasons why OnePlus are able to offer decent-spec devices at great prices and as such, changing the design once they did find out about Android Pay, was probably more costly than they could (or want to) handle. It was just unfortunate that OnePlus happened to be releasing the phone literally at the same time (give or take a month or two). Which goes back to my initial point about timing – the One worked because it was the right time. The 2 unfortunately, came at the wrong time…NFC-speaking.

However, the physical act of not containing NFC was only part of the issue. Instead of just holding their hands up and saying “our bad”, the company goes on the defensive and claiming that no-one wants or uses NFC. Again, right around the time when Google are saying “here is Android Pay, use it with your NFC-enabled device”. Instead of just accepting the faux pas and moving on, they continue to defend the action and justifying what they claim is an intentional move.
Of course, the difference with this year, is that OnePlus introduced two new smartphones. As well as the OnePlus 2, they also brought to market the OnePlus X. Initially, this device (again) had everything going for it. In fact, as it had long been rumored that OnePlus would release two devices, when the 2 came, many were still holding out for the X. When the X was announced, it came with an EVEN cheaper price tag than both the One and the 2 – which is certainly saying something, as both the One and 2 were extremely well priced. However, then the criticisms came. Firstly, there is the uncanny resemblance the X has to the One. Yes, it is smaller and yes, it has a different back. But, it comes boasting the same resolution, the same 3GB RAM, the same 801 processor and the same 13-megapixel camera. The front camera did get a boost, but, is this enough? Well, to a lot of people, not really.
Then there was the additional repeat criticism that the OnePlus X also does not support NFC. Again, from the OnePlus perspective, this was of course intentional. Although, again, in reality, it is probably just a case of can’t change it now. More recently though, other more ‘minor’ issues are starting to pop up with the OnePlus X. The most recent being that some owners in the U.S. might struggle with their LTE connection. Now, to be fair, “struggle” is the key word here as the OnePlus X does not support bands 12 and 17, which are commonly used by AT&T and T-Mobile and often for their LTE connection. So, you still will be able to make an LTE connection, although, it might not be as solid or as stable as you would like, or would find on another device which caters for the U.S. So although, it is not an earth-shattering issue, it just continues what is becoming an unfortunate consistency with OnePlus – delivering a device which is good, at a good price and problem-free.

Of course, we have yet to even stumble on to the whole Invite thing and in all honestly, I am as tired writing about OnePlus and invites as you are probably tired of reading about it. However, the coverage keeps coming as OnePlus did not learn the first time, nor the second time and will probably not learn this time round either. Invites are not wanted. No one wants to ask for permission to buy something or wait until their number is called to be invited to buy a product. It is just a very arrogant way to do business and certainly one which is not a consumer-determined strategy.
Of course, reading through this you might think that I am just purposefully hating on OnePlus and OnePlus will certainly think so – if they read this. But nothing could be further from the truth. If you haven’t already picked up from the content so far, I do currently own a OnePlus One and a OnePlus 2 (the latter now being used as my daily driver). I won’t be picking up the OnePlus X, but that’s just because I do not see the point and especially considering my OnePlus One still runs like a dream. The issue with OnePlus, is not my issue. It is a real concern for a company whose devices, many consumers, like me, are buying. It was only this week that the company admitted that they are purposely trying to ‘slow their growth‘ so that they can grow more organically…more naturally…more healthily, which is ludicrous to say the least. There is nothing more organic, more natural or more healthy for a company then the demand they currently have. If you are in-demand, then the trick is not to try and slow the demand, but to capitalize on it. OnePlus are keenly aware that companies will not maintain their position in the smartphone market in years to come, but seem to fail to understand that with each piece of news that comes through, each media snippet and off-hand remark made, they are adding to the frustration their consumers are feeling. The details we have gone over here are not designed to infuriate, bait or otherwise, they are all pieces which when brought together highlight that even after the immense attention, crazy number of headlines and massive social media presence, they still cannot get things right. And in truth, I fail to understand why anymore.
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Unread 2015-11-12, 02:53 PM   #123
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Cyanogen Working on $75 Hardware, CM13 Coming by the Holidays





Since its forming in 2013, Cyanogen Inc. has been in a constant state of evolution, and for 2016 the company plans to continue that progression. Cyanogen Inc. is a company that was founded in 2013 by Steve Kondik and some of the core members of the community that formed around Kondik’s Android ROM called Cyanogen. Today Cyanogen Inc. oversees the development of the open-source OS CyanogenMod, as well as a proprietary offering for strategic business partners called Cyanogen OS. The company keeps a clear line between the community fed CyanogenMod, and the revenue driven OS, but Cyanogen Inc has also worked hard to be sure that neither group of users feels they are missing out.
Today, Steve Kondik, who’s official position is the company’s CTO, outlined some of Cyanogen’s plans for 2016 at the Big Android BBQ in Europe. A popular Android developers’ gathering being held for the first time outside of the US. A bullet point from Kondik’s presentation that read: “High performance, no compromise software on inexpensive hardware,” pretty much sums up the company’s focus going into the next year. CM13, the next release of Cyanogen was announced in October, and Kondik expresses how important APIs will be to the system. Through creating APIs for everything, Cyanogen can provide the building blocks that make development easier and more extensible—at the system level for CyanogenMod and for apps on Cyanogen OS.
The software was not all Kondik had to talk about. The Company’s 2016 device strategy is to showcase Cyanogen by using it to turn really cheap android hardware, into really good handsets. The CTO touted the company’s long history with working to put Cyanogen on the multitudes of android devices over the years. He says the company learned a lot from those experiences, and it has taught them how to get the best performance out of low-level hardware. The company believe that should help position its software as an attractive and viable option for the budget phone manufacturers.
Kondik also teased the desire to see a flagship phone the company can affix its brand too. But details about what and when were not given. Cyanogen has maintained a loyal user base and community that has continued to expand over the years—amongst whom the excitement for CM13 is palpable. Kondik says they plan to ship a stable release before the holidays, ensuring 2016 will be a key step in the continued evolution of Cyanogen.
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I feel like this company could be so badass if they got rid of their damn invite system.
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I feel like this company could be so badass if they got rid of their damn invite system.
I agree, OnePlus seems to "fall" back on the old way of doing things the 2 was supposed to "change" that but didn't. The X is released and in Dec. it is supposed to go to an open buying format. I am eyeballing it along with the 5X and 6P
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