With a lot of hype that surrounded the launch of OnePlus 2, the next iteration model to largely-popular OnePlus One, OnePlus had finally unveiled its new ‘Flagship Killer’ recently. What brought OnePlus to the fore is the bargain it brought to smartphone world with an offer to bring the top-notch specs bundled with a bargained, easy-to-afford price. This might surely seem to be the new “Win-Win” formula every new smartphone startup is laying its foundation on, but in order to make it big, you have to have the skills to rise among the competition. What then comes as a strong competition to the fore is the newly launched Moto X Play, that offers an understated design and performance, something that’s otherwise not so reminiscent with the Motorola products, and the Asus Zenfone Selfie that offers the most blusterous front facing camera on a budget smartphone plus the Xiaomi Mi4i that’s still going strong for its beautiful design language and profile. So then, we try and bring to you the most neutral and perhaps, the most unbiased Flagship killer shootout pitting the Moto X Play vs OnePlus 2 vs Asus Zenfone Selfie vs Xiaomi Mi4i to find out which one comes out as the best smartphone in this segment. Take a look!
Moto X Play vs OnePlus 2 vs Asus Zenfone Selfie vs Xiaomi Mi4i – Flagship Killer Face-Off
Look, Design and Feel
Moto X Play : 10.9mm thick, weighs 169g
A textured back, a M moniker in silver/grey accent and sturdy finish makes this Moto device a great one to hold onto. Also, with the prospect of Moto Maker customisation options waiting in the wings for you to set up your phone according to your liking, Moto X Play is sure to fit into everyone’s mold. Additionally, a water-repellent IP52 certification makes up for the added safety option on board.
OnePlus 2 : 9.85mm thick, weighs 175g
The aluminium/magnesium alloyframe with stainless steel accents with the classic sandstone back-cover makes this phone no less than a stellar, capable of making even the high-end flagships go weak in their knees. For those who feel bored of the classic sandstone finish, you can choose from multiple cover options including actual wood built Bamboo, Black Apricot, Rosewood and Kevlar.
Asus Zenfone Selfie : 10.8mm thick, weighs 170g
Asus seems to have settled for the look and feel it offered on Asus ZenFone 2 with the same volume rocker on the back of the phone and the concentric circle pattern on the chin, making it one of the most distinctive looking mid-rangers. But with no backlit feature on the 3 soft-touch Home, Back & Tasks buttons and a bulky weight proportions with awkwardly placed buttons, Zenfone Selfie doesn’t inspire craft.
Xiaomi Mi4i : 7.8mm thick, weighs 130g
The perfectly crafted polycarbonate unibody design makes up for one of the most good looking mid-ranger Android smartphones currently available. The bright color options and a 7.8mm thin profile makes this Xiaomi product one of their best in terms of design.
Winner : It comes down to personal preferences. For those who feel they can handle a 5.5′ screen comfortably enough, OnePlus 2 is the clear winner. For those who rather look for a compact, light and easy-to-handle smartphone should look out for Xiaomi Mi4i.
Moto X Play : 5.5-inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels, ~ 403 PPI
The huge 5.5 inches HD screen on Moto X offers a crisp, vibrant display along with the sturdiness of a Corning Glass 3 protection. Along with this comes a great body-to-screen ratio of ~74.4% which helps Moto X incooperate a large 5.5 inch display into a comparatively smaller body frame, thus making the phone lot more easy to grip and use.
OnePlus 2 : 5.5-inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels, ~ 401 PPI
One of the biggest let-downs that came across the launch of OnePlus 2 for which OnePlus faced a lot of flak was this display setup. Carrying forward the same display from OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 offers a better damage protection with Corning Glass 4 and a body-to-screen ratio of ~73.3%. What further enhances the experience is the fact that OnePlus 2 offer 178 degrees of viewing angles and better sunlight legibility.
Asus Zenfone Selfie : 5.5-inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels, ~ 403 PPI
A Corning Glass 4 protection is the only saving grace here to a display with poor viewing angles. Also, an over-saturated color reproduction further dampens the overall feel of the display, thus making it the least competitive of the lot.
Xiaomi Mi4i : 5 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels, ~ 441 PPI
The best smartphones display you’ll see all along on a budget smartphone comes packed in this beauty from Xiaomi. Be it the boasting Full-HD resolution or the crisp image reproduction, Xiaomi is hitting all the right cords in this humongous smartphone market. What further exaggerates the experience is the unibody glass display setup.
Winner : Similar to the category above, it again comes down to a choice of preference between the larger 5.5′ display on OnePlus 2 that comes with a solid Corning Glass 4 protection or a beautifully crafted 5 incher from Xiaomi that sets the bar higher for these ‘Flagship killers’.
Processor and Performance
Moto X Play : Octa-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615, Adreno 405 GPU
Even as Moto X Play and Xiaomi Mi4i shares the same processor, Moto X Play offers better real world performance than its competitor largely due to pure stock Android OS that comes loaded alongside. While it doesn’t offer the performance that a Snapdragon 810 delivers, Snapdragon 615 looks to focus more on the overall user experience. Also, an on-board 16/32GB of space alongside option to further expand storage upto 128GB makes this phone ready to fit in everything that you make like.
OnePlus 2 : Quad-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 v2.1, Adreno 430 GPU
Touted “Flagship killer” for a cause, OnePlus 2 is a specs monger with the best-in-class Snapdragon 810 processor alongside 4GB of RAM powering the device. What this translates into is the most flawless user experience, surpassing what a phone of this range is expected to deliver. What then curtails the flagship-feel is the restriction laid on the external storage with a fixed 64GB of on-board storage.
Asus Zenfone Selfie : Octa-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615, Adreno 405 GPU
Again a Snapdragon, again a flawless performance churner. Well, it has become quite a norm for the past few years wherein we have seen manufacturers making a shift to Snapdragon processors, letting go of the cheap alternatives such as MediaTek processors. So then, a well configured internal setup results in a phone that deals with all day-to-day tasks easily, until you start multitasking. That is when the phone starts to stutter hopelessly, taking a toll on the overall user experience.
Xiaomi Mi4i : Octa-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 Processor, Adreno 405 GPU
With a Qualcomm Snapdragon under the hood, Xiaomi Mi4i offer optimal lag-free performance during normal use. But once you fire up multiple apps or use 3G or LTE cellular data for longer durations, the phone seems to stutter and offer sudden freezes leaving you with a compromised user experience.
Winner : OnePlus 2, hands down.
Moto X Play : Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
This is where Moto X Play scores largely. With the least bloatware to take care of, stock Android lets the processor work in close tandem with the OS without having to interface with any software layering/tweaks that various other manufacturers offer on their home-grown versions of Android, Moto X Play offer a user experience that’s sure to leave you spell-bound.
OnePlus 2 : Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop) with OxygenOS
Boasting the first version of OnePlus’ home-grown Oxygen OS layering on top of the Stock Android, OnePlus 2 looks to offer pure Android experience with powerful enhancements such as an enhanced keyboard, multiple themes to choose from and personalizing everything from apps to icons according to one’s needs.
Asus Zenfone Selfie : Android, v5.0 (Lollipop) with ZenUI
The Asus’ homegrown software layering called the ZenUI comes alongside the Android 5.0. Just like other layering software topped on stock Android from various manufacturers damper the flawlessness of the stock Android OS, ZenUI is no different. The performance on the phone takes a serious dip due to the excessive bloatware and bunch of useless apps that come preinstalled.
Xiaomi Mi4i : Android, v5.0 (Lollipop) with MiUI 6
Mi4i comes preloaded with Xiaomi’s home-grown MIUI OS that overlays the stock Android to offer a tweaked user experience and offer tons of customization. While the iPhone-inspired UI does offer visual pleasure along with an intuitive & smart UI, the phone does suffer performance lags very occasionally due to the toll MIUI takes on the RAM under-the-hood. The overall experience, thus, seems more of an adulteration of Android OS to appear and behave as iOS but Xiaomi has done well to make the real-world performance good enough.
Winner : Nothing comes even close to the stock Android on Moto X Play, mind it!
Moto X Play : 21 MP rear, 5 MP front with auto-HDR, dual-LED flash
Number-for-number, Moto X Play wins hands-down against its competition. a 21MP shooter with dual LEDs, 1080p HD video recording capabilities at 30 fps and a front 5MP shooter with flash makes up for one of the most complete and compelling camera setup on a smartphone.
OnePlus 2 : 13 MP rear, 5 MP front with OIS, laser autofocus, dual-LED flash
Carrying forward the f/2.0 aperture and 6 lenses setup from OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 offer better autofocus time with an advanced OIS system along with rear-mounted laser technology but falls short on being compared side to side with its competitors.
Asus Zenfone Selfie : 13 MP rear with laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, 13 MP front, 1080p, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
The USP of the phone comes to the fore largely due to its front camera capabilities. A 13MP selfie camera with an f/2.2 aperture and 88-degree wide-angle field of view means you are always ready to capture the most personal moments with this hugely impressive front-camera setup. But what doesn’t impress is the rear camera that even after boasting a five-prism Largan lens and Toshiba sensors alongside laser autofocus and Dual-LED lacks the speed and the accuracy a phone of this capable hardware is expected to deliver.
Xiaomi Mi4i : 13 MP rear, 5 MP front with autofocus
With a blazing fast stutter speed, high quality camera sensors and under the hood tweaks with imaging algorithms, Xiaomi Mi4i is miles ahead of competition in its range. Not only does it produce vivid images with accurate color and detail reproduction, it also offers a balanced low-light Night photography.
Winner : Asus Zenfone Selfie for those who are looking primarily for a great front camera. Otherwise, Moto X Play comes out to be the best overall.
Moto X Play : 3630 mAh battery
A big plus on OnePlus and other flagship killers, Moto X Play comes powered with a humongous 3630 mAh battery. If the company claims are anything to go by, you are to experience 30hours of battery life on a single charge. That’s extra-ordinarily awesome for a smartphone huge as this. Add to this a TurboPower charging capability and you have the best battery powering a smartphone in the current crop of smartphones.
OnePlus 2 : Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery
A 3300 mAh Non-removable battery takes a beating from the battery-hungry Snapdragon 810 processor, ending up in a compromise on the overall battery performance.
Asus Zenfone Selfie : Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
The 3000 mAh seems to be less than sufficient on a phone with such a large display and internals to take care of. Thus, it ends up dying within 9-10 hours on normal usage, a big minus.
Xiaomi Mi4i : 3120 mAH, Li-ion Non-Removable Battery
This is where Xiaomi’s heed to interior designing comes to the fore. With an internal setup done in a manner so as to incooperate a very capable battery on a budget smartphone, Xiaomi has definitely earned some bragging rights. On medium to heavy usage, the phone still managed to last 12-14 hours making it a desirable buy.
Winner : Moto X Play, again. More so because of the Turbo Charging mode.
Moto X Play vs OnePlus 2 vs Asus Zenfone Selfie vs Xiaomi Mi4i – VERDICT
First things first, for all those who think we are doing a Apples and Oranges over here, we are to clarify the fact that the phones we are comparing in this face-off may well belong to different price ranges, but, while all of these devices come from different manufacturers, all of them are pushed into this blusterous smartphone market as Flagship killers- with the famous specs-price trade off in order to woo customers. With all of these smartphones being offered to customers for drastically different USPs, we took it to us to compare all of these smartphones in order to bring a fair reflection of these current state of these cheaper-on-pocket-higher-on-specs smartphones. Thus, on being compared side to side, the Asus Zenfone Selfie seemed to offer very limited capabilities as compared to the competition with just a selfie camera to look forward to on an otherwise sluggish smartphone. With OnePlus 2 being the most expensive of the lot, it brings a lot to the table with a stupendous design and a stellar performance. But where it lacks is where the Moto X Play gains. Be it the availability of option of expandable storage, or the bigger and longer lasting battery life or a camera setup what would be hard to compete with in this segment plus the most flawless UI with stock Android, Moto X Play offers a ton lot of features even though it costs lesser than OnePlus 2. What Xiaomi’s Mi4i then brings to the competition is the beautifully crafted slick profile, amazingly snappy camera and oozing color options, all offered at the lowest price among the smartphones compared herewith. So then, for all those who are looking to get their hands on stock Android with the most flawless performance, a prolific camera setup and easily one of the best batteries in the smartphone market, plus a water-repellent IP52 certification, Moto X Play is THE smartphone you should look forward to. For all others who are looking for raw performance churner and the best looking smartphone in this segment, OnePlus 2 is what you should get your hands on.
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