If you’re after a smartphone bargain, OnePlus has taken out its price-cutting scissors

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On the look out for a new phone, and want to make your budget stretch as far as it can possibly go? OnePlus has always been a good bet in that situation, but it’s now worth your consideration even more, having dropped the price of the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X. Why has it taken out the price-cutting scissors? There’s a little rumor the OnePlus 3 may be right around the corner.

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Don’t let this put you off though, as the new phone will be full price when it eventually arrives, and these end-of-line models represent strong purchases for anyone wanting a combination of style, performance, and specs. Your wallet will need to contain $300 for the 64GB OnePlus 2, which is $50 less than before, and the OnePlus X is also down $50 to just $200.

In the U.K., the prices have also been reduced. The OnePlus X is yours for £190, but we’d say spend a little more and pick up the limited edition Ceramic model for £210. The rear panel has a different look to the Onyx glass model, and the material is notoriously difficult to work with, making this a special smartphone. The OnePlus 2 with 64GB of memory is £250.

Which of the two should you buy? The OnePlus 2 is the more technically capable of the pair, with a Snapdragon 810 processor, 4GB of RAM on the 64GB model, a fingerprint sensor that’s incredibly speedy, and a decent 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilisation and laser autofocus on the back. The OnePlus X is more mid-range with a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 13-megapixel rear camera; but it looks beautiful, and feels great in the hand. However, U.S. buyers should be aware that the phone isn’t compatible with all 4G bands, so connectivity at the fastest speeds may not be possible.

It’s not a secret the OnePlus 3 is coming very soon, and the reduction in price of these older models will help make way for the new smartphone. For anyone not that bothered about owning the latest-and-greatest, it’s an ideal opportunity to pick up a great phone at a good price.

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