OnePlus is back at it again with another flagship killer, this time, the OnePlus 3. The phone comes packed with top-end specs and features, but as usual, the price is meant to kill the household flagships from Samsung, LG, HTC and even Google, among other companies.
Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5, HTC 10, Huawei P9 and last year’s Google Nexus 6P are all priced well above the $600 price tag, with the HTC 10 appearing on the higher end thanks to its $699 price tag. However, the $399 price tag of OnePlus 3 means that the phone falls in the same price category as many other mid-range smartphones, including last year’s Google Nexus 5X (32GB), which is now valued at $289.48.
So, how does the OnePlus 3 flagship compare against the LG-made Nexus 5X?
Design and display
From a distance, you might be forgiven to think that the OnePlus 3 is a product of HTC. It takes after the new HTC 10 thanks to the anodized aluminum unibody design that has said goodbye to the glossy plastic chassis the company has previously favored. The phone also comes with a large camera unit at the back whereas the antenna lines are visible on the phone’s back. The body has curved edges and excellent finish that give the phone a nice, smooth look.
On the other hand, the Google Nexus 5X features the same polycarbonate chassis you may have noticed on quite a number of LG-made smartphones, for instance, last year’s LG G4 and 2014’s LG G3. Unlike the OnePlus 3 flagship that features a metallic unibody, you only get a metallic frame on the corners of the handset.
On the display side, the Nexus 5X has a smaller 5.2-inch IPS LCD screen that features a Full HD resolution. This is the same resolution you find on the 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display fitted on the OnePlus 3 smartphone. Although AMOLED panels are considered generally better than LCD panels, you will be promised of crispier images on the smaller screen as compared to what you get on the phablet.
Specifications, camera, and battery
Under the hood, the OnePlus 3 is a monster. In fact, the Nexus 5X is nowhere near this phone when it comes to raw power. This is true because where the latter packs a Snapdragon 808 SoC and 2GB of RAM, the former comes with a Snapdragon 820 SoC and a RAM of 6GB. This is 4GB more than the Nexus 5X, something that should translate to even better performance for the OnePlus flagship.
It gets even better when it comes to storage options. The Nexus 5X comes with two options of 16GB and 32GB whereas the OnePlus 3 has 64GB of storage. Both handsets have no room for microSD cards, however, they are all based on Google’s Android Marshmallow OS.
Camera-wise, the OnePlus 3 is way better than the Nexus 5X thanks to the fact that the former is a flagship phone while the latter is a mid-ranger. OnePlus went for a 16MP rear snapper while LG went for a 12.3MP snapper, however, both handsets come with an LED flash on board. On the contrary, you will only get OIS on the flagship phone.
The secondary cameras also differ, where OnePlus 3 has an 8MP sensor compared to the 5MP found on the Nexus 5X. There are further differences when it comes to battery capacity, with the former coming in with a slightly larger 3000mAh unit as opposed to the 2700mAh found in the latter. The newer handset comes with fast charging technology in the shape of Dash Charge, something that is missing on the 5X. Still, both units support USB Type-C connectivity and have a fingerprint scanner. You can also use the OnePlus 3 phone with two SIM cards, something that is not possible with the Nexus 5X.