OnePlus X Vs OnePlus One Review

OnePlus X Vs OnePlus One

After a slew of leaks and speculations, OnePlus has finally introduced an affordable handset in its prestigious smartphone lineup. 

The new phone aka OnePlus X is a low cost smartphone in a high-end disguise. It packs an alluring design with a powerful processor, and has all essential elements to call itself one of the finest phones in the sub 20k category. But, the fun does not end here!
We all know that OnePlus X is not the only beast in the mid-range segment, and there are players like OnePlus One and Xiaomi Mi4 as well.  You can pick any of these beauties, but the fact is they all are very close in terms of hardware and software specs.

We already assume the stellar OnePlus X can go against the Mi4, but, it still remains to be seen how the new phone takes on its elder sibling, the original flagship killer, OnePlus One. So, let’s have a look on the spec of sheet of both devices, and see which one comes on the top.

Design and Build
The design of OnePlus One and OnePlus X is a real piece artwork. Both phones look fairly well crafted, and are way better than several mid-range phones rolling in the market. Last year, OnePlus One marked the sway of big screen phones with a humongous display and good looking sandstone finish, but this time around, the new “X” variant gives reminiscence of the iPhone 4, and brings a compact setup of metal and glass. It feels more premium than smartphones coming at the double of its price, and is fairly sleek and compact as well. Specifically, the new handset is 2mm thinner than the OnePlus One, and will come in two different finishes: Onyx and Ceramic.

The Black Onyx variant will flaunt rounded metal bezels with glass on the back, while the limited edition Ceramic variant will add a little more elegance with its beveled edges. OnePlus One, on the other end, came in two rear panel finishes, Sandstone Black and Silk White.

Display Quality
While the viewing experience remains exceptional, screen size creates a small line of difference between OnePlus One and OnePlus X. The new Glass built OnePlus X features a 5-inch AMOLED panel, while the old flagship killer OnePlus One sports a slightly bigger 5.5-inch LTPS LCD capacitive touchscreen. They both feature an identical screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, and produce vivid colors and better contrasts without any issues. Pixel Density is a minor difference, but that doesn’t really counts as both phones produce best results, indoors as well as outdoors.

Hardware and Performance
Under the hood, it’s a close call between OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X. The powerful OnePlus One powers up a quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset clocked at 2.3GHz. It pairs up with 3GB RAM, and performs quite nicely without any lags or glitches. However, the irony is OnePlus X also powers up by the same processor. Despite coming one year later after OnePlus One, the new “X” variant features the same chipset without any upgrades. It clocks at 2.5GHz and pairs up with 3GB RAM for maintaining better performance standards than the recently launched Snapdragon 617 mediocre SoC.

As expected, there is a big difference between the OS of both smartphones. OnePlus One runs Android Lollipop-based CyanogenMod OS, while OnePlus X operates under the proprietary Android Lollipop based Oxygen OS, the same that comes with the OnePlus 2. Many of us also expected Android 6.0 Marshmallow this time, but looks like, OnePlus is the big thing for its next high-end smartphone. However, the update for Marshmallow will be up and running on these phones as well.

OnePlus finally has a good news for selfie lovers. The rear camera OnePlus X is the same 13-megapixel shooter that comes with OnePlus One, but the front-facing snapper of the new phone brings a quintessential upgrade. The front-facing camera of OnePlus X features an 8-megapixel sensor, which is slightly better than the 5MP shooter of the OnePlus One. So, whether it’s a daytime or night time selfie, you’ll best results with enhanced pixel count and excellent color reproduction from this device.

Battery Support
Although both phones offer quite powerful, on-paper battery capacity still marks a major difference between them. The 3100mAh battery equipped with OnePlus One serves as a powerhouse and offers full day battery backup without running out charges. It’s absolutely perfect for heavy users, and can easily outperform several high-end phones without any issues. But, the case with OnePlus X is slightly different. The newly launched handset from the company houses a smaller 2,525mAh battery, and might not last for an entire day. It will do just fine on standard usage, but would need an external power source on heavy usage.

In the Indian market, the 64GB variant of OnePlus One is hitting the shelves successfully at Rs. 19,999. The device is available on Amazon India, and does not require an invite to be purchased.
On the other side, the Onyx variant of OnePlus X will start rolling from November 5 exclusively via Amazon India. The device will be purchased through Invite system initially, but the company will hold occasional open sales as well. Its limited edition Ceramic variant with a better look and feel will come at a slightly higher price tag of Rs. 22,999 respectively.

Final Verdict
You can expect smooth performance from both phones, but the fact is, small differences add up and make OnePlus X slightly better than OnePlus One. Apart from battery capacity, there is no legitimate reason makes OnePlus X weaker than its predecessor. The new handset packs a better design and faster processor which, according to us, is more than enough to declare OnePlus X as a better option. And, not to forget, affordable pricing also plays a significant role in making of this handset.

So, if you’re feeling puzzled between OnePlus X and OnePlus One, as which one to pick, we suggest you to go with the new handset instead of the old one.

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