Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 vs. Moto G4 vs. OnePlus X – Which one is the best?

Moto G4

The 2016 mid-range family is full of choices, especially with devices flooding the market from the likes of Oppo, Huawei, Vivo, ASUS and ZTE, just to name but a few.

Still, this doesn’t write off the likes of last year’s OnePlus X as well as this year’s Samsung Galaxy J5 and Lenovo’s Moto G4. These three are arguably the best smartphones you can find around in their price category. While the newly launched Moto G4 has yet to receive an official price tag, based on the price of the high-end Moto G4 Plus, the phone should be priced somewhere between $150 and $200. If this is the case, the phone will have it tough as the likes of OnePlus X and Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 are in the same category.

To help you put them apart, here is a closer look at the Galaxy J5 2016 vs. Moto G4 vs. OnePlus X in terms of their display quality, specs, camera as well as battery life.


The 2016 Samsung Galaxy J5 comes with a screen size of 5.2 inches. The Super AMOLED panel has a 720p HD resolution and a pixel density of 282ppi. As for the Moto G4, you get a huge 5.5-inch screen that is based on IPS LCD technology. The 1080p Full HD panel manages a pixel density of 401ppi, which is way above what the Galaxy J5 2016 offers. On the other hand, you get a slightly smaller 5.0-inch AMOLED screen on the OnePlus X. In addition, the Full HD panel has a resolution of 1080p, which translates to a superior pixel density of 441ppi.

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)

In terms of quality, the Galaxy J5 2016 lags behind the other two handsets.

Performance specs

Of the three smartphones, it is only OnePlus X that comes with a flagship processor, although not from the current generation. The phone has a Snapdragon 801 SoC as compared to the Snapdragon 617 SoC and Snapdragon 410 for the Moto G4 and Galaxy J5 2016 respectively.

As for the memory options, you get a Galaxy J5 2016 with onboard storage of 16GB and a RAM of 2GB while the Moto G4 has two variants of 16GB and 32GB, but both have the same RAM of 2GB. On the other hand, the OnePlus X comes with 16GB of onboard storage, but with a superior RAM of 3GB. All three handsets have room for expanding the ROM via a microSD card.

Software-wise, you get the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 and Moto G4. However, OnePlus X comes preinstalled with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, with no clear details of whether it will be receiving the Marshmallow update like with the case of the OnePlus 2.

Galaxy J5 2016 vs Moto G4 vs. OnePlus X

Camera specs and battery life

Coming onto the camera specs and battery life of these three phones, you get a 13MP rear snapper on the Moto G4 that features f/2.0 aperture, dual-tone LED flash, and autofocus. The front part has a 5MP selfie sensor with a slightly smaller aperture of f/2.2. The only noticeable difference between the camera specs of the Galaxy J5 2016 and Moto G4 is that the former’s sensors have a larger aperture of f/1.9 as compared to the f/2.0 and f/2.2 aperture used on the latter.

As for the OnePlus X, you also come across a same size rear snapper of 13MP, but with an aperture of f/2.2. Even though the front part has a lens with more megapixel count – 8MP – it still lags behind when it comes to aperture. It has f/2.4 aperture, which is the smallest of the three.

In terms of battery life, the Galaxy J5 2016 seems to be better positioned than the rest of the pack. This is true because the phone packs a decent 3100mAh battery capacity, yet it has a less power-intensive 5.2-inch 720p HD screen. This is contrary to the 5.0-inch Full HD 1080p display screen that is found on the OnePlus X, yet the phone has a mere 2525mAh battery unit. There is no doubt that the former will give you a longer battery life than the latter.

It gets even better for the 2016 Samsung Galaxy J5 as far as the Moto G4 is concerned. This is because the latter still trails the former with a battery size of 3000mAh, yet it a similar Full HD 1080p panel as the OnePlus X, but with a larger display size of 5.5 inches. The larger screen size also means more battery power is used to keep the device in use.

However, you only get to fast charge the Moto G4 thanks to its Turbo charger technology that enables the phone to stay alive for up to 6 hours with a charge of just 15 minutes.

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