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Nexus 5X vs. OnePlus X – Which Smartphone Has The X Factor?

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This year, many companies focused less on the appearance of their smartphones and improved their internal specs. Some devices are looking better on the outside, but have mid-range specs, while others have a cheap looking appearance, but their hardware is able to handle intensive tasks, even if they haven’t received the latest generation processors. Let’s see how the OnePlus X stacks against the Nexus 5X.

Designs and Displays

The OnePlus X is not like the other OnePlus smartphones, which come with a plastic back with a fine texture (Sandstone Black or Silk White). This device has a metal and glass (black) design, which looks more premium and it’s smaller than its siblings, as it measures 140 x 69 x 6.9 mm. The screen measures 5inch, being an AMOLED which supports a Full HD resolution at 441, but it doesn’t have bezels on the sides, so the screen seems much larger than in reality.

The Nexus 5X has a soft plastic back, slightly curved on the edges, and has a circular fingerprint scanner below the main camera. With this scanner and using the NFC technology, you can perform mobile payments with Android Pay. You can choose between three variants of colors: Carbon, Quartz and Ice, but the device doesn’t really feel cheap. It’s larger in size, measuring 147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm, and it’s also bigger than its predecessor, the Nexus 5, as this model features a 5.2-inch screen (IPS LCD) with a Full HD resolution at 423ppi. However, the phone is 2grams lighter than the ceramic version of the OnePlus X, which weights 138 grams, while the Glass version weights 160 grams. Also, the Nexus 5X has its charging ports located at the bottom, featuring the newest USB Type-C standard, while the OnePlus X has the old microUSB standard in the same location.

Hardware

The OnePlus X is using a very old 32bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with four cores clocked at 2.3GHz, which is backed by 3GB of RAM, while the Nexus 5X is powered by a 64bit Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 hexa core processor clocked at 1.82GHz, which does a good job with 2GB of RAM. But, the device received the weaker Adreno 418 graphics, while the OnePlus X handles games better with its Adreno 330 GPU. Also, the Nexus 5X doesn’t support a microSD card slot, so you’ll have to choose between the two variants of internal memories of 16GB and 32GB. The OnePlus X comes with an internal storage of 16GB, which is expandable up to 128GB.

Cameras and Batteries

The Nexus 5X taxes sharper photos with its 12.3MP Sony camera with an f/2.0 aperture, a pixel size of 1.55 microns, HDR and dual-LED flash, while for selfies, the 5MP front camera is pretty good. The OnePlus X sports a 13MP camera on the back, which takes softer photos with its features which include phase autofocus, LED flash and HDR, while the front camera is more advanced at 8MP.

The Nexus 5X has a slightly larger battery of 2700mAh, which outperforms the 2,525mAh camera of the OnePlus X.