The OnePlus X has just been unveiled at an event which AndroidPIT attended in London. Ahead of our hands-on review arriving shortly, we’re taking a look at how the 5-inch OnePlus X compares to a similar “small” handset, the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact. Here is our OnePlus vs Xperia Z5 Compact comparison.
The OnePlus X is a low-cost handset, but it looks great. It's a black device with a glass rear and metal, chamfered edges which are more commonly found on "premium" devices. A “Ceramic” version of the OnePlus X is also available as a limited edition, but it costs a little more.
The plastic design of the Xperia Z5 Compact looks cheap by comparison. The Compact is smaller at 127 x 65 x 8.9 mm compared to the 140 x 69 x 6.9 mm dimensions of the OnePlus X.
The Xperia Z5 Compact is water-resistant and houses a physical camera button on the side for taking photos or launching the camera app, while the OnePlus X features the "alert slider" like on the side similar to the OnePlus 2.
OnePlus X vs Xperia Z5 Compact: Display
The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact houses a 4.6-inch high-definition (1280 x 720 pixels) display while OnePlus X has a 5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution screen. With the higher number of pixels, the OnePlus X should be your first choice if you wish to watch movies or games at high resolutions.
OnePlus X vs Xperia Z5 Compact: Camera
The OnePlus X comes with a 13 MP rear camera with auto-focus and 8 MP front-facing camera. The Xperia Z5 has a 23 MP Sony sensor with phase detection autofocusa and LED flash.
On paper, the Z5 Compact should have the stronger camera. Sony produces its own camera sensors which are featured on many smartphones, and its latest version of this on the Z5 Compact is extremely capable.
OnePlus X vs Xperia Z5 Compact: Software and performance
The OnePlus X has a Snapdragon 801 processor, while the Xperia Z5 Compact comes with a Snapdragon 810. The 801 arrived early in 2014 (a long time in smartphone terms), but the OnePlus X does house 3 GB of RAM compared to the Z5 Compact’s 2 GB of RAM. Still, the Xperia Z5 Compact is likely to have the fastest processing and smoothest performance.
The OnePlus X comes with 16 GB of internal storage and the Z5 Compact has 32 GB, but both feature expandable storage via microSD cards.
OnePlus X vs Xperia Z5 Compact: Battery
The Xperia Z5 Compact battery has the slightly bigger capacity than the OnePlus X, coming in at 2,700 mAh compared to 2,525 mAh. Sony’s Xperia devices have reputation for strong battery performance, and giving that it has the larger cell, and the OnePlus X has to power a Full HD display, we think the Z5 Compact battery performance will be better once again. We'll find out for sure once we complete our full OnePlus X review.
OnePlus X vs Xperia Z5 Compact: Price and conclusion
The OnePlus X will be on sale from November 5 at a price of £199 in the UK (we don't have US price and availability information at this time) but, sadly, you will need an invite to purchase one. The Ceramic version of the OnePlus X will go on sale November 24 for £269 and only 10,000 of these devices will be available. The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact starts at £449.
The Z5 Compact is likely to be the superior device in battery life, camera tech and performance, but you have to pay a premium for it – it's far more expensive than the OnePlus X. Where the Z5 Compact just can’t compete is in the display, so if you want a bigger Full-HD experience on a device that's less than half the price, the OnePlus X is phone for you.
Which device would your prefer to own? Let me know in the comments.