An invite is no longer required for the OnePlus X

You can now get your hands on a pretty solid budget phone for $249.

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Another OnePlus device has dropped the requirement that you stand in a digital line for a chance to buy one.

This time it’s the OnePlus X, which we found to be a good, inexpensive phone with a solid build quality. OnePlus announced that you’ll be able to get your hands on the Onyx or Champagne color, with both devices starting at $249. 

OnePlus founder Carl Pei hinted that this could finally become the norm for a company who typically uses an invite system for its phones.

“Unlike its predecessor, the OnePlus 2 was invite-free approximately four months after its release. With the OnePlus X going invite-free in even less time, this is a trend that we mean to continue,” he said in the forum post. 

There’s a price drop on various accessories like cases, which you can explore at the OnePlus online store.

He did drop in some bad news: the OnePlus Power Bank price is going up from $15 to $19. He said the device was originally sold at a small loss. 

The impact on you: If a budget device is in your future, you could do a lot worse than the OnePlus X. If it’s a pure Android experience you’re after, another attractive option is the Nexus 5X, which recently received a permanent price drop to bring the base cost down to $299.

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