OnePlus X vs OnePlus 2 vs Moto X Play : Budget Smartphone Face-Off

For a smartphone manufacturer that first broke onto the scene for the bargain it brought to smartphone world with an offer to bring the top-notch specs bundled with a bargained, easy-to-afford price, OnePlus, surely has come a long way. While 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, one needs to possess some influential skills to rise among the competition. Talking of skills, while OnePlus has ever since its inception launched all of its devices with a strange invite-only mechanism that was criticized of being implemented more so to create a hype around the launch and availability of the product, what has made OnePlus the kind of success it is in this colossal smartphone market is the evolution OnePlus has tried to make not only in this blusterous smartphone market but also within its own range of products. Such has been the case with the launch of OnePlus X, a stellar looking younger sibling to the OnePlus 2, after plethora of leaks hinting towards its launch, specs, price and what not. But then, while the OnePlus 2, or the OnePlus One for the matter of fact, were pushed as ‘Flagship-killers’ with top-of-the-line hardware, OnePlus has brought along a compelling variation to its smartphone range with a mid-ranger offering, the OnePlus X. What then comes as a strong competition is the mid-ranger offering from Motorola, the Moto X Play, that offers an understated design and performance, something that’s otherwise not so reminiscent with previous Motorola products. Thus then, to help all those who are feeling a pain in their head trying to decide the best of these 3, we bring to you the most neutral and even-minded review, pitting OnePlus X vs OnePlus 2 vs Moto X Play against each other. Take a look!

OnePlus X vs OnePlus 2 vs Moto X Play(2)

OnePlus X vs OnePlus 2 vs Moto X Play : Budget Smartphone Face-Off

Look, Design and Feel

OnePlus X : 6.9mm thick, weighs 138g

A ‘design-centric device’ from OnePlus that seems to be inspired somewhat from iPhone 4/4s with beveled glass on the front, onyx glass or baked ziroconia ceramic back and rounded metallic bezel, OnePlus X brings along a whole new design language to the OnePlus smartphone range. The much-popular ceramic back, with only 10,000 models to be produced globally, brings along a hefty weight to the overall phone aesthetics with the overall weight of the phone increasing to 160 grams as compared to 138 grams on onyx glass version. But then, with no physical home button, no Fingerprint scanner and no USB-C Support on both of its onyx glass and ceramic variants, OnePlus X does cut the corners as compared to the OnePlus 2.

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 : 9.9mm 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. With a curved, textured back and a slick profile, OnePlus 2 feels sturdy in hand as compared to the glassy finish on the OnePlus X. Also, 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 and customize your device in the go.

Winner : OnePlus X for those who want a lighter, smaller smartphone. OnePlus 2 otherwise.


OnePlus X : 5-inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels, ~ 441 PPI

With a smaller 5inch display on board, OnePlus X boasts of 441ppi, the best of the 3 devices compared herewith, thanks to smaller screen size. What then sets it apart from the competition is the fact that it uses a AMOLED display that produces deeper black pixels, higher saturated colors and higher screen contrast. What’s more impelling is the fact that X’s display comes out to be the most power-efficient of the lot, thus taking lesser toll on the battery consumption and overall performance.

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

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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.

Winner : OnePlus X for those who prefer a 5inch display. OnePlus 2 otherwise.

Processor and Performance

OnePlus X : Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 CPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Chipset with 3 GB RAM

A processor that featured on its last year flagship, Snapdragon 801 makes up the heart of a compelling device that offers smooth, stutter-free user experience largely due to 3GB of RAM on-board that makes multitasking a charm. Add to this the option for expandable storage and you have a device that surely can’t complete the likes of its bigger sibbling, the OnePlus 2, but it certainly performs above-par for the price it comes at.

Moto X Play : Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Chipset with 2 GB RAM

Even with a processor that stands no chance to compete in front of its competitors, 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 1.56 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 1.82 GHz Cortex-A57 CPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Chipset with 3/4 GB RAM

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.

Winner : OnePlux 2, hands-down!

Operating System/Software

OnePlus X : Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop) with OxygenOS

Boasting OnePlus’ home-grown Oxygen OS layering on top of the Stock Android, OnePlus X 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, keeping the flawlessness and the generic feel of the UI more so like the stock Android.

Moto X Play : Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop), upgradable to v6.0 (Marshmallow)

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

Similar to as that on OnePlus X.

Winner : Nothing comes even close to the Stock Android experience on the Moto X Play.


OnePlus X : 13 MP rear camera with phase detection autofocus, LED flash, 8 MP front camera

OnePlus X bloasts of a rear-camera setup that looks similar to the one on OnePlus 2 out the outside but has certain minute internal differences. Be it the narrower f/2.2 aperture as compared to f/2.0 aperture on OnePlus 2 or the Phase Detection AutoFocus(PDAF) making way to Optical Image Stabilization(OIS) as that on OnePlus 2, X’s camera does feed second best to the X’s camera. But then, X does have its upper hand on 2 with a better 8MP camera on the front, thereby translating into better, cleaner, crisper selfies for sure.

Moto X Play : 21 MP rear camera with phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, 5 MP front camera

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 with OIS, laser autofocus, dual-LED flash, 5 MP front camera

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 that not only helps it come out with a super-fast camera but also some breath-taking image reproduction with crisp, saturated and well lit-up colors, thanks to internal imaging algorithms. Not only does it stand the best in between the 3 devices compared here with, but also gives the likes of Samsung’s Flagship Galaxy S6 and Apple’s iPhone 6 a run for its money with some superlative images.

Sample 1 : OnePlus 2 on Left/Galaxy S6 on RightOnePlus-2-vs-Galaxy-S6-1

Sample 2 : OnePlus 2 on Left/Galaxy S6 on RightOnePlus-2-vs-Galaxy-S6-4

Sample 3 : OnePlus 2 on Left/iPhone 6 on RightOnePlus-2-vs-iPhone-6-1

Sample 4 : OnePlus 2 on Left/iPhone 6 on Right OnePlus-2-vs-iPhone-6-4

Winner : OnePlus 2

Battery life

OnePlus X : Non-removable Li-Po 2525 mAh battery

With a significantly smaller battery on-board, OnePlus X does offer a compromise battery performance as compared to the competition, only to be revived by a quick-charging technology that goes missing on its bigger sibling, the OnePlus 2.

Moto X Play : Non-removable 3630 mAh battery

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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.

Winner : Moto X Play

OnePlus X vs OnePlus 2 vs Moto X Play : VERDICT

Well then, 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, 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, especially for day-light photography 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. So then, for all those who are looking to get their hands on stock Android experience with one of the best battery performance 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 and best performing smartphone in this segment, OnePlus 2 is what you should get your hands on. What OnePlus X 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. 


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