In the wake of OnePlus launching its OnePlus X, we wanted to compare OnePlus’ latest to the original OnePlus One and see how the two fair.

In this comparison we will be comparing the Onyx variant of the OnePlus X(INR 16,999) to the 64GB OnePlus One. The X Ceramic is purely a style and polish upgrade over the Onyx. If you’re the customer who values style, your choice is clear anyway- go for the Ceramic variant. Now that that’s out of the way, lets head right in.

OnePlus X

Pros

  • Better build
  • Higher pixel density
  • Expandable storage
  • Better one-handed use
  • Notification Slider

Cons

  • No fingerprint scanner
  • No NFC
  • Invite-only(for the first month)

OnePlus One

Pros

  • Bigger screen
  • Stellar battery life
  • Excellent for media consumption
  • No longer invite-only

Cons

  • Not apt for one-handed use
  • No expandable storage

 

Now that a quick overview of the pros and cons of each phone is taken care of, let’s move on to some specific comparisons to see which of the two OnePluses fares better.

Camera

While the sensor size might be the same on both the phones, the OnePlus X will undoubtedly be a better camera. With its Phase Detection Autofocus, the X will focus way faster than the One in photo and video mode(video mode seeing a greater benefit out of the two). The isocell sensor on the X will help it produce better pictures overall in a head-to-head comparison with the One.

Front cameras have the One beat, with an 8 MP unit on the X, compared to a 5 MP one on the One. Colour reproduction is on point with both these phones. While there is a difference among these two contenders, it isn’t large enough to be a deal breaker.

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Performance and Build

Performance on both these phones is exactly the same snappy experience. Both phones feature a Snapdragon 801 and 3 GB of RAM. Software does have an impact on the general performance of a phone and you can bet the X would get faster software updates than the One since it is the newer device.

Build quality favours the OnePlus X by a long-shot. A metal frame sandwiched between Gorilla Glass panels on both sides is sure to appease most users. The OnePlus One, comparatively has a dull, ergonomic design. Additionally, an inclusion of a notification slider on the One is a boon.

Screen

The major differentiator between these two phones is their screens. The OnePlus X includes a 5-inch AMOLED display and the OnePlus One has a 5.5-inch LCD– both pushing 1920 x 1080 pixels. The draw here, is that the OnePlus X clearly has a higher pixel density and a more vibrant display – owing to the roots of an AMOLED display. However, if you indulge in a lot of media consumption, the One’s screen is no slouch either.

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Miscellaneous

The two phones are priced almost equally for the worth you get out of them. The battery-life on the One has almost become the benchmark for 1080p phones; and while the X will certainly measure less numbers, its battery is nothing to scoff at either. The X also has support for dual-SIM cards, of which, you can sacrifice one to be able to house a microSD card of any size up to 128 GB.

Conclusion

The conclusion here is absolutely simple: if battery life is a deal breaker for you or if you’re heavily into media consumption, shell out the extra INR 3,000 and get the OnePlus One. For every other use-case, get the OnePlus X. It’s an excellent choice and a stylish one at that. Let us know your pick in the comments bellow.

Key SpecsOnePlus XOnePlus One
Display5 inches AMOLED5.5 inches IPS
Screen ResolutionFHD (1920 x 1080)FHD (1920 x 1080)
Operating SystemAndroid Lollipop 5.1.1Android Lollipop 5.1.1
Processor 2.5 GHz Quad-core2.5 GHz Quad-core
ChipsetSnapdragon 801Snapdragon 801
Memory3 GB RAM3 GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage 16/32 GB16/64 GB
Storage UpgradeYes, upto 128 GB via microSDNo
Primary Camera13 MP with LED flash13 MP with LED flash
Video recording1080p@30fps1080p@30fps
Secondary Camera8 MP5 MP
Battery 2525 mAh 3100 mAh
Fingerprint SensorNoNo
NFCNoYes
4G readyYesNo
SIM card typeDual SIMSingle
WaterproofNoNo
Weight138 g/160 g162 g
Price INR 16,999/ INR 22,999INR 19,999