It was one of the worst-kept secrets in an industry full of them, and now OnePlus's latest budget take on the premium smartphone space is ready for its time to shine. And first impressions are pretty good.

Once again the Chinese manufacturer has thrown smartphone pricing models to the wind with a low price with a design and specs that belie its entry-level pricing. The OnePlus X eschews many of the current design cliches, with versions crafted from zirconia ceramic, with a glass backing.

The display clocks in at 5-inches. Here the company's throttled things back a bit, opting (no doubt for budgetary reasons) to keep things at a middling 1080p. Inside is quadcore 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801, 3 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage (expandable to up to 128).

The rear-facing camera is a 13-megapixel unit, with an 8-MP sensor around front.

Even more against the grain is OnePlus' continued reliance on an invite-only system, though perhaps it's to be expected given that the OnePlus X Ceramic will be limited to 10,000 units. Those are anticipated to ship in time for Christmas and will be available to consumers in Europe and India.

Here in the U.S., the less limited Onyx model goes on sale Nov. 19, priced at a tempting $250.

Source: OnePlus

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