The first time we’ve heard about OnePlus was when the company released an attractively priced, yet quite powerful smartphone in the form of the OnePlus One. It was hard to get your hands on one in Europe or the US, but slowly, the phone gained international attention and had become generally available. OnePlus followed up with a sequel to the One, but the second version of the phone is still hard to get to this date.
That isn’t stopping the company from preparing yet another launch, this time to be held in London, which would suggest broader availability for the company’s next phone. Called simply the ‘X’, OnePlus is providing yet another smartphone which is more than likely going to be cheap while bringing key features and specs found in much more expensive flagships. The announcement came from the official OnePlus Twitter page, with a simple image and very few details, revealing just the name of the phone and the date and time when the company is aiming to release it, mainly the 29th of October, in London.
— OnePlus (@oneplus) October 14, 2015
Apart from the ambiguous “powerfully beautiful” description, we wouldn’t have much to go on. However, just days ago, the X popped up briefly on Amazon India, so we have an idea of what to expect. However reliable the source for the leak is remains debatable, but here’s what it revealed: the phone will have a 401 PPI, 5 inch full HD display, will be powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6795 processor and 2 GB of RAM, and will sport a 2450 mAh battery. The phone is also rumored to run on Android 6.0 out of the box. It was also hinted that the OnePlus X would have some nifty design changes, with a full metal frame finish and the side-touch feature, which will allow users to start up apps or the phone’s camera using the edges of the screen. It’s not much to go on, but given that OnePlus is describing its upcoming phone as “powerfully beautiful”, these specs seem to fit the bill.
Keep in mind that OnePlus makes affordable phones, cramming in as many high-end features as possible, while keeping the end-product’s price reasonably low. We’ll surely know more after the unveiling in London, but so far, this seems to be one phone worth keeping an eye on. The only barrier now seems to be OnePlus’ management of shipping and retailers. As long as they can make sure the phone is easy to come by, it should be a success.