OnePlus stirred up quite the controversy by not including NFC connectivity in its second flagship’s bag of tricks, arguing very few One owners frequently used it, but as far as prospective US buyers of the X are concerned, a much more distressing omission just came to light.
To be fair, we heard about the mid-ranger’s scanty LTE support off the bat, but we initially refused to believe the OnePlus X would only connect to high-speed networks on bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, and 8. In contrast, the North American OnePlus 2 came with 4G LTE compatibility on bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, and 8, as well as 12 and 17.
Why are the latter two so important? Because T-Mobile uses 2, 4, and 12 frequencies, and AT&T relies on 2, 4, and 17 grids. Technically, this means the OnePlus X does provide LTE features stateside, but the blazing fast browsing may be limited to certain regions and randomly act out while traveling.
Especially in AT&T’s case, it could be awfully difficult to find an area where the OnePlus X will offer a reliable, consistent and speedy service, and we can probably all agree that’s an issue due to affect way more users than the NFC absence.
In case you were holding out hope the Chinese startup manufacturer would perhaps somehow fix the “glitch” with a miraculous software update, or launch a separate GSM unlocked version tailor-made for AT&T and T-Mobile’s LTE networks, OnePlus crushed everyone’s dreams by confirming “the bands listed on the spec sheet are correct” and “we have no plans for adding more bands right now.”
Such a pity when the $250 phone looked so awesome on paper from all other standpoints, with a 5-inch 1,080p display in tow, quad-core Snapdragon 801 chip, 3GB RAM, 16GB ROM, microSD card slot, 13 and 8MP cameras, and 2,525 mAh battery.