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Difference between Onyx and Ceramic variants of OnePlus X

One of the USPs of the OnePlus X, the latest smartphone from OnePlus, is its design and build. The company even went ahead to have two variants, depending on the material used to build the exterior of the device.

We’ve seen metal, plastic, glass and even leather external layers, but OnePlus has gone ahead to come up with a ceramic variant, a special one alongside the standard Onyx one. We aren’t talking about the value of the phone for the money asked, because it is too early for that.

The difference in pricing of Onyx and Ceramic variants of the OnePlus X is quite high – Rs. 16999 for the Onyx one, while it is Rs. 22999 for the Ceramic one. Why is there so much difference in the price? Let’s see what OnePlus has to say.

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The OnePlus X is a work of art. OnePlus has created two separate editions inspired by the exquisite handiwork behind two timeless fields of art – glassware and ceramic.

The OnePlus X Onyx is fashioned from black glass on a metal bezel, giving the phone a premium feel in your hand. Every glass backplate is cut to size and polished repeatedly until it achieves a smooth, glossy, mirror-like finish.

The ceramic used on the OnePlus X is said to go through a process for about 25 days, and that is similar to how ceramic crowns for teeth are made. Not that it seems funny, but being in the same profession, I’ve learned how good a quality zirconia is, and how pricey it is, against the other materials.

OnePlus X ceramic makingScratch resistance is one thing, and breakproof is another. We’ve seen tooth crown breaking and chipping off under force, and thus expect the Ceramic variant to see some breakage if the OnePlus X falls, but still, the Ceramic variant will be better in scratch resistance than the Onyx one.

The Ceramic version is crafted in a process totaling 25 days. Starting with a zirconia mold just 0.5 mm thick, the ceramic is fire-baked up to 1480ºC for more than 28 hours before cooling for two full days. Each individual OnePlus X backplate undergoes three meticulous methods of polishing before it is flawless enough for use. Scratch-resistant with a hardness of 8.5H on the Mohs scale and weighing 160 gms, the ceramic build is a feat of engineering and design.

Precision is key. With a methodical laser-cut procedure using the same techniques as cutting gemstones, the razor-thin zirconia mold is perfected and incised with an opening for the camera lens. This is when the zirconia is still delicate, therefore each piece is carved with meticulous care.

Before the journey ends and it is finally set in the metal frame of the device, the ceramic is subject to only the most rigorous quality inspections, ensuring that if you’re holding one in your hands, it is completely free from imperfections. We don’t think you deserve anything less.

Again, we aren’t justifying the price for OnePlus, because that can be judged only after using the device for a considerable amount of time. But yes, the Ceramic one would’ve been quite costlier than the glass variant, for a smartphone from any brand. Looking forward to get the Ceramic OnePlus X?

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