OnePlus X vs Nexus 5X

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The number of great Android smartphones priced between $200 and $400 is growing. Today, two examples of smartphones that users can get from that price range would be OnePlus X and Nexus 5X. These two phones have a price difference of approximately $130, because OnePlus X is priced at $249, while Nexus 5X is more expensive, having a $379 price tag. Despite the evidently tangible price differences, both phones deliver solid performance that users can enjoy.

Specs

Nexus 5X

Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 (Marshmallow)
Display5.2 inches (1080 x 1920 / 423 ppi) IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
ProcessorQualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808: 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53 & 1.82 GHz Cortex-A57
Storage16/32 GB / 2 GB RAM
Rear Camera12.3 MP / f/2.0 / laser autofocus / dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Front Camera5 MP / f/2.0 / HDR
Network GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac / dual-band / Wi-Fi Direct / DLNA / hotspot
SensorsFingerprint / accelerometer / gyro / proximity / compass / barometer
BatteryNon-removable Li-Po 2700 mAh battery
Dimensions147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm
Weight136 g
ColorsCarbon / Quartz / Ice

OnePlus X

Operating SystemAndroid 5.1.1 (Lollipop)
Display5.0 inches (1080 x 1920 / 441 ppi) IPS LCD
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 801: Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400
Storage16 GB / 3 GB RAM / microSD up to 128 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Rear Camera13 MP / f/2.2 / phase detection autofocus / LED flash
Front Camera8 MP / f/2.4
Network GSM / HSPA / LTE
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac / dual-band / Wi-Fi Direct / DLNA / hotspot
SensorsAccelerometer / gyro / proximity
BatteryNon-removable Li-Po 2525 mAh battery
Dimensions140 x 69 x 6.9 mm
Weight138 g / 160 g
ColorsOnyx / Ceramic / Champagne

Design and build

oneplus x design

OnePlus X is slick and elegant

When it comes to style and external hardware, OnePlus X clearly wins that first impression. It has solid glass panes that flow perfectly into the metallic frame, which makes it one step above the expectations for the price of $249. It has tight tolerance and simple design that is well-executed.

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Nexus 5X is made fully of plastic

Talking about Nexus 5X, this phone is pretty much like its predecessor, Nexus 5, as far as the materials and modern engineering are concerned. It is made fully out of plastic. This makes it desirable, considering its price point, but overall, users do not have much to be excited about the phone’s design. Both phones have weak speakers, but Nexus 5X has a clear advantage when it comes to having smooth fingerprint sensors. As for the radio bands, OnePlus X has a weak AT&T support, while Nexus 5X features LTE radio bands.

Display

Nexus 5X has a slightly bigger screen of about 5.2 inches compared to OnePlus X, which has a screen size of exactly 5 inches. Both phones have great screen resolutions of 1080p, their screens providing fine colors, nice viewing angles, and brightness that perfectly fits the bill.

nexus 5x display

Nexus 5X’s pixel-less display

OnePlus X uses an AMOLED display, while Nexus 5X settles on using an LCD one. With regular use, users will see that the display of Nexus 5X is tuned slightly warm, while OnePlus X is tuned a bit cool.

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OnePlus X’s screen is no less impressive

Usage

Both phones have similarities as far as specifications are concerned. They both use the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, but Nexus 5X has an a bit older version (801 quad-core at 2.3 GHz) which is surprisingly very capable unlike the OnePlus X’s newer version (808 hexa-core version at 1.8 GHz).

nexus 5x usage

Nexus 5X

OnePlus X also boasts 3GB of RAM and a storage capacity of 16GB that is expandable up to 128 GB, while Nexus 5X has 2GB of RAM and same storage capacity of 16GB. Users can also buy Nexus 5X that has 32GB storage capacity for an added cost of $50.

oneplus x usage

OnePlus X

In this department, OnePlus X’s advantage is its larger RAM and its SD card slot that can be used as another SIM card slot. Meanwhile, Nexus 5X has its own edge over the OnePlus X as well. With its larger battery capacity of 2700 mAh compared to OnePlus X’s 2524 mAh, newer Wi-Fi specifications, an USB-C port, and the rapid charging feature, Nexus 5X clearly has the upper hand.

Camera

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Nexus 5X’s has a 12.3 MP rear camera

If you have a hard time choosing what phone to buy between these two, then compare the quality of the photos taken from the rear and front cameras of Nexus 5X and OnePlus X. Even if Nexus 5X only has a 12.3-megapixel rear camera compared to OnePlus X’s 13 megapixels, it still manages to produce the same high-quality photos that OnePlus does.

Plus, the quality of pictures taken from Nexus 5X blows away all its predecessors. However, the only downside is the camera speed. It takes a bit of time before it gets opened and operated. Furthermore, HDR+ photos are taking significantly more time to process.

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OnePlus X is slightly more hi-res at 13 MP

Meanwhile, the 13-megapixel ISOCELL sensor back camera of OnePlus X is ideal for taking pictures in good lighting conditions. However, poor quality images are achieved when photos are taken with dim lights. In addition, the Clear Image and HDR modes of OnePlus X do nothing to fix this issue and may even contribute to making it worse sometimes. Unlike Nexus 5X, the overall camera speed of OnePlus X is super-fast. Users can count on OnePlus X’s camera speed whether capturing, processing, and sharing photos.

For the selfie takers, the front camera of OnePlus X has a clear advantage over Nexus 5X. The former is equipped with an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, while the latter has a 5-megapixel camera in the front.

Software & performance

The OnePlus X runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop operating system, while the Nexus 5X uses the brand new Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Both phones have similar features, which are provided by their respective operating systems: customization options, lock screen gestures, dark modes, etc. However, Android 6.0 Marshmallow clearly has the edge when it comes to latest Google security updates, new design changes, animation settings, and runtime apps permissions.

Conclusion

By looking at the comparison, it is easy to say that Nexus 5X is the superior smartphone, having extra features like the fingerprint sensor, rapid charging, latest version of Android, etc. All these play an important factor in the making of a modern phone. But with regard to value for money, users can go for the OnePlus X, which is also a great deal.

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