OnePlus is now selling its "X" smartphone to anyone that wants it. The budget Android device had previously been part of OnePlus' much maligned invite-only policy, which makes buyers wait for a code before purchasing. (As if buying a $249 phone makes you part of some sort of exclusive club). Announcing the decision, OnePlus says this is the fastest a phone has moved from invites to general availability, and notes that this is a trend it hopes to improve upon in the future.
The X has received generally positive reviews. We gave it a score of 73, praising its build quality and raw performance, but not enjoying its weak camera or lack of US-friendly LTE bands. Our review roughly lines up with the critics' average of 75. About the LTE bands issue: it's missing support for Band 12 and Band 17, which makes it almost entirely a 3G-only phone on AT&T and T-Mobile (and of course it doesn't support Verizon either). For those in Europe or elsewhere, though, the OnePlus X might be the compromise between price and features you've been waiting for.