The Moto X Play was announced right about the same time as the OnePlus 2, but we didn’t know that the two devices would eventually go up against each other in the mid-range mobile market segment. If you are looking forward to choose between the OnePlus 2 and the Moto X Play, this article may help you with the decision. The smartphone is now available for purchase.
Motorola has announced the Moto X Play in India at Rs 18,499 and Rs 19,999 for the 16 and 32 GB models respectively. The OnePlus 2 on the other hand costs Rs 24,999 for the 64 GB model, which is relatively steep compared to the Motorola offering. But are you getting something extra for the additional money spent. Lets find out.
We tested the Oneplus 2 couple of days back and the Moto X Play recently here is what we feel about both the devices.
OnePlus 2 Vs Moto X Play: Moto X Play weighs 169 g and has the following dimensions: 148 x 75 mm, with a curve between 8.9 mm and 10.9 mm. OnePlus 2 weighs 175 grams and has the following dimensions: 151.8 x 74.9 x 9.85 mm. Both the smartphones feel a bit heavy if you are used something as light as a iPhone 5s or a Nexus 5. But if you are a 5.5 inch or larger mobile user, you won’t feel it.
Both devices look great regarding design, but the OnePlus 2 is the more premium-looking handset, as you might expect given the build material and price variation. The Moto X Play’s most distinctive feature is the bar on the rear that houses the signature Motorola icon and encapsulates the camera, and the Dual LED flash with CCT technology.
Keep in mind Moto X Play will also get Moto Maker customization options when it launches later this summer.
As for the OnePlus, it has an aluminum/magnesium alloy frame with stainless steel accents, which makes the phone look premium. Another nice touch is that the OnePlus 2 comes with new “Style Swap” covers called Black Apricot, Kevlar, Bamboo, Rosewood, and Sandstone Black. They allow you to change look of your device.
OnePlus comes with the fingerprint sensor which is good but not as great as we have seen on the iPhone 6. The Moto X Play misses on the finger print scanner which is cool to have these days.
OnePlus 2 further introduces USB Type-C charging port, which means it will be reversible for easy connection. The OnePlus charging cable uses patented technology making the Type-A side reversible as well.
The Moto X Play is armed with a 5.5 inch IPS display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, thus offering a pixel density of 403 ppi. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
The OnePlus 2 is equipped with a 5.5 inch LTPS display with the same resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) but has much better Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
OnePlus 2 Vs Moto X Play: OnePlus 2 has a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper, while the rear camera is 13-megapixels. The f/2.0 aperture remains from the previous device, as do the six lenses. The main difference is the introduction of an advanced OIS system, along with rear-mounted laser technology, which sharpen and focus the camera in just 0.33 milliseconds as claimed by OnePlus.
OnePlus also claimed the OnePlus 2 offers “larger pixels,” allowing the phone to take better photos in low-lighting conditions.
It’s not enough to take on the Moto X Play though, which sports a 21-megapixel rear camera as well as a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with a front-facing flash. One Plus One rear camera is quite close to the Moto X Play but definitely Moto X Play scores a little higher here.
The front camera is excellent on both the smartphones and not much to differentiate here.
OnePlus 2 Vs Moto X Play: One of the great things about Motorola is that it offers a very close to pure Android experience when it comes down to the software. There are only a few Motorola-specific apps that have been added on top so you get a very clean experience like the Moto Assist, Migrate and a Gallery App.
Moto X Play runs on the latest version of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and has the Motorola’s new Moto app(which allows you to use voice commands and more).
The OnePlus 2, for instance, with the company’s own Oxygen OS, which OnePlus has developed after the ties with the Cyanogen soured. The OS is butter smooth, and we didn’t feel any lag while opening Apps and couple of basic games we tried. The user experience is good, and the OS is quite stable, no crashes or glitches observed so far.
The OnePlus 2 is armed with a 3300 mAh battery, while the Moto X Play has a 3630 mAh battery. Both the smartphones can help you sail through the day. But if we have to go by the numbers and our limited experience,the Moto X Play is definitely the winner here.
Processor and Memory
The OnePlus 2 is armed with the top of the line Snapdragon 810 chipset that has a 64-bit octa-core processor running at 1.8 GHz. It has 4 GB of RAM and huge 64 GB non-expandable internal memory. However, the OnePlus 2 doesn’t have expandable storage.
The Moto X Play too has an octa-core processor, but it is the mid-range Snapdragon 615 clocked at 1.7 GHz. This Motorola handset also has 2 GB RAM which is sufficient but of course isn’t as good as future proof 4 GB RAM. The Motorola Moto X Play has huge 32 GB of internal memory (the model that costs Rs 19,999), to which you can add another 128 GB via a micro-SD card. The 16 GB version is priced at Rs 18,499.
The OnePlus 2 is clearly the better choice out of the two phones regarding processing power and storage capacity.
Verdict – OnePlus 2 Vs. Moto X Play.
The Moto X Play can be purchased exclusively from e-commerce retailer Flipkart, while the OnePlus 2 is an invite-only product and an exclusive with Amazon India. There’s a price difference of approximately Rs 6,500 between the base model of the Moto X Play and the OnePlus 2, which is quite a lot when you think about it.
You can definitely go for the Moto X Play, if you are restricting your budget to 18K, you are not missing much compared to the One Plus 2.
But if you want ultimate performance smartphone and can spend higher, then you may have to wait for the golden invite to come.