OnePlus' $US250 glass-and-metal OnePlus X is finally off its exclusive and restrictive invite system, meaning you can now buy it like any other phone. The OnePlus X packs in some very respectable smartphone guts for an impressively low price, making it a pretty good choice if you're looking for a budget phone and if you're not afraid to do a bit of tweaking to get its software just the way you want.
You can order the phone directly from the company if you use a mail-forwarding service in Australia, at least, although you'll have to pay a little more in shipping to get the US$250 OnePlus X landed on your doorstep. This is because OnePlus still doesn't think Australia is, y'know, a country — the only Asia-Pacific options listed in its online store are Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.
Since the Android-toting OnePlus X is competing with mid-range phones from Samsung, Motorola and LG that are a couple of hundred dollars more expensive, going through that extra hassle could well turn out to be worth the effort for you. [OnePlus]