The OnePlus X has made some waves in the mid-range smartphone category and customers are keen on purchasing the handset. However, the invite-only sales route is keeping many potential customers away. If you are among those who cannot wait to get your OnePlus X, here's an alternate route. China's online retailer, GearBest, is offering OnePlus X without invites for those who pre-order the device.

As per the product listing online, GearBest is assuring its customers the shipments will start in 3 to 5 working days. The convenience of getting the OnePlus X without invites comes at a cost. The retailer is listing both white and black variants of OnePlus X at $289.69, whereas the original price of the handset in the US is $249. If you are ordering the handset from India through GearBest, the Onyx variant will cost around Rs 19,100, which is Rs. 2,500 more than the original price.

GearBest is offering free shipments of the OnePlus X anywhere in the world, including the US, the UK and India. The handset will be globally unlocked to work with different carriers around the world.

However, if you have already received your invite, you can start using it on to get the OnePlus X. Alternatively, potential buyers can sign up to get an exclusive OnePlus X invite.

If you think demand for the OnePlus X is overrated, check out the specs and features it offers for Rs 16,999, which might change your mind. The OnePlus X is powered by a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 810 quad-core SoC, 3GB RAM, 16GB expandable storage, 13MP primary camera with LED flash, 8MP front snapper and a 2,525mAh battery with Quick Charge 2.0 technology.

Additionally, the handset comes in an exquisite design, which in itself is compelling enough to purchase the handset.

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The handset is based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS but runs OxygenOS on top of it. It has a unique Alert Slider to set different profiles, dual SIM slots and 4G LTE support.