If the OnePlus X is the next best thing for you and you’re already wondering how to get your hands on an invite, we’ve got an alternative solution for you. The OnePlus X is only available in limited quantities and for the first month of its life, it will only be available via the invite system. You can sign up for an invite, but who knows how long it will take until you get one. That being said, OnePlus still has retailer contracts in place, which allows those who can’t get OnePlus X invite to buy the handset without one. At the same time, these contracts help those in countries to which OnePlus doesn’t deliver get their hands on the new experimental smartphone.
GearBest already has the OnePlus X on sale, and you don’t need an invite to buy it. The problem is, or rather the trade-off for the no invite purchase of the OnePlus X is paying a premium price. While the OnePlus X costs only $250 on OnePlus’ site, GearBest sells it for $296 unlocked, which is a bit higher, but still leaves the handset in the affordable sector of smartphones. The site is also stocking the China version of the OnePlus X, with 2 GB RAM, which you can buy for only $280 unlocked. If you do end up ordering, make sure to review your purchase and calculate any customs or import fees that you might be paying – these depend on your country so they’re up to you.
There are subtle differences between models of the OnePlus X, most notably LTE bands supported and battery size, so keep those in mind when ordering. Make sure to verify band compatibility with your carrier and with the site to ensure that you get the device that you will be able to use in your country. Otherwise, the phone is the same as on the OnePlus website. It features a 5-inch FHD Super AMOLED panel, a Snapdragon 801 CPU, 2 or 3 GB RAM, 16 GB Internal storage, OxygenOS on top of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, 13 MP camera on the rear, 5 MP camera on the front and Gorilla Glass 4 on all that sleek glass.
The specs for the OnePlus X are the same on both variants, aside from the obvious RAM differences. The devices sold by GearBest have slightly larger batteries than the ones you will get from OnePlus, so don’t be surprised by that detail. The phone however is the same, sporting the same glass design that we’ve seen on the handset. If you’re comfortable with these differences in price and specs, here’s your chance at getting ahead and buying the OnePlus X without an invite. The presale period lasts until November 28, so you’ve plenty of time to decide. Any takers?