The OnePlus X is a new mid-range Android smartphone available unlocked and contract-free for a very reasonable $250.

What do you need to know about the newest member of the OnePlus X family? Here are 5 things to know:

5) It’s Still Invite Only

The OnePlus X is still an invite-only smartphone – just like all other OnePlus devices that have come before it.

Call that business model whatever you like – some people hate it, while others think it gives OnePlus owners an aura of exclusivity and an air of superiority.

Most people just think it’s dumb that it’s 2015 and you still need an invite code to give a company money for its products.

In any case, it’s not that hard to find a OnePlus X invite code. Post a thread on Reddit’s /r/Android or ask around.

4) Similar Tech Specs to Last Year’s Flagships

Like many budget phones, the OnePlus X features similar specs to last year’s flagships. Some of the key tech specs include:

-5.0-inch 1080p AMOLED display (441 ppi)

-13MP rear-facing camera, 8MP front-facing camera

-Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset with quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 CPU

-Adreno 300 GPU

-3GB RAM

-2525mAh battery

-Dual SIM slots

At a price of $250, these are some strong tech specs. However, the OnePlus X is right in line with what we’d expect for this price range (although it’s a little higher).

3) It Lasts Longer than the OnePlus 2

Oddly enough, the OnePlus X offers better battery life than OnePlus’s 2015 flagship, the OnePlus 2. According to battery life tests performed by Greenbot, the OnePlus X beat its bigger brother in both PCMark and Geekbench 3.3 battery life testing:

oneplus x battery

2) Oxygen OS (Will Be Upgradeable to Marshmallow in Q1 2016)

OnePlus’s Oxygen OS is pretty similar to stock Android. The OnePlus X specifically runs Oxygen OS 2.1.1, an OS that includes features like individual app permissions despite being based on Android 5.1.1.

oneplus x

OnePlus has also announced that the phone will be upgraded to a Marshmallow-based Oxygen OS in Q1 2016 – so you won’t have to wait long to get the latest Android features.

1) Available Unlocked (But It Won’t Work on All Carriers)

The OnePlus X is available unlocked. That’s great! It means you can use it on all sorts of different carriers around the world. And, with dual SIM functionality, you can easily switch between mobile networks on-the-go.

But there’s one major limitation to the OnePlus X’s unlocked status: it doesn’t support all LTE bands. For example, it won’t support bands 12 or 17. That means the X totally doesn’t work on Verizon or Sprint’s networks, and it will deliver a sub-par experience on T-Mobile and AT&T.

Ultimately, sitting on a waiting list for a $250 mid-range budget Android won’t appeal to everyone. But if you need killer features like dual SIM functionality in a phone that has specs just below a flagship, then the OnePlus X may be your best option.

To learn how to root the OnePlus X in under 10 minutes – even if you’re an idiot with technology – read our rooting guide here.

Photo credit to Greenbot.com and Florence Ion.

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