OnePlus hit the news last week with their announcement of the OnePlus X, a new $249 budget smartphone. The unlocked device is designed for the global market, but it seems US customers might have a tough time with this one. Bands 12 and 17 are both not supported by the OnePlus X, two bands which are prominently used by AT&T and T-Mobile here in the States. Bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, and 8 are all supported.
For T-Mobile customers the device should work OK, but coverage will not be as good as on other smartphones. However AT&T customers are going to have a really tough time. The OnePlus X does include support for Band 4, which AT&T does use, but the majority of that network’s LTE relies on Band 17.
The OnePlus X is an international device, so normally this wouldn’t be an issue. However since OnePlus is pushing this device in the US market as well, it seems a bit strange that they wouldn’t give the device better support for one of the country’s biggest carriers.
Droid-Life has reached out to OnePlus and confirmed that they company has no plans to add support for this band either. So if you’re an AT&T customer, it’s probably not a very good idea to pick up this phone.
Pre-orders for the OnePlus X kick off on November 19th (with an invite), but considering this news, US customers might want to steer clear and instead consider phones like the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, Idol 3 4.7″, or the 2015 Moto G.Via: Droid-Life