Announced today, the OnePlus X will be charged next week, 269 euros. A price that puts it on the segment of mid-range, now crowded with more or less success depending on the brand. Facing him in particular, the 7 Honor launched it a few weeks ago, and, for an additional 30 euros, delivers solid arguments. Face to face between two smartphones at attractive value.
Who says new smartphone also asks what competition it comes rub. In the case of OnePlus X, things are not quite obvious, since the device is positioned as a high-end smartphone of 2014 – that’s more or less a OnePlus One slightly more compact – and displays a midrange price.
All things considered, it’s probably the Honor 7, currently charged 299 euros (through almost permanent promotions), we naturally compare this newcomer. Same type of format, even positioning focused on value: the devices are comparable in many ways to find in the table below.
OnePlus Model X 7 Honor
Android version Android 5.1.1 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop Lollipop
Oxygen OS overlay software Emotion UI 3.1
Screen Size 5 inches AMOLED 5.2 inch IPS-Neo
Display resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels 1080 x 1920 pixels
Screen resolution 441 dpi 423 dpi
Gorilla Glass Gorilla Glass Protection 3 3
Snapdragon SoC 801 to 2.3 GHz Kirin 935 octo-heart (2.2 GHz)
Adreno 330 GPU Mali-T628 MP4
RAM 3GB 3GB LPDDR3 LPDDR4
16GB internal memory 16 GB
Port microSD Yes Yes
13 megapixel back camera (Isocell), f / 2.2 21 megapixels
Aperture f / 2.0 – Flash flop
front camera 8 megapixels to 8 megapixels
2525 mAh battery 3100 mAh
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, ambient light Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, ambient light
Fingerprint reader No Yes
4G LTE 800/1800/2600 MHz (compatible with all French 4G frequency bands) 800/1800/2600 MHz (compatible with all French 4G frequency bands)
Wi-Fi 802.11b / g / n 2.4GHz 802.11b / g / n 2.4 GHz
802.11a / n / ac 5GHz
NFC No No
Bluetooth 4.0 4.1
GPS Glonass, GPS, GLONASS BDS, GPS
USB 2.0 Micro-USB Micro-USB 2.0
2 x SIM Nano SIM (Nano-SIM or 1 + 1 microSD) 1 x Nano-SIM + 1 x micro-SIM (or microSD)
Dimensions 140 x 69 x 6.9 mm 143.2 x 71.9 x 8.5 mm
Weight 138 grams (160 grams for the Ceramic Version) 157 grams
Price € 269 Onyx Version € 369 or € 349 Ceramic version (but almost permanent promotions at 299 euros)
Design and screen
It is probably these two points that these smartphones stand out the most. Featuring a 5.2-inch screen or larger than 0.2 inches as the OnePlus X, the Honor 7 also displays a Full HD resolution for a mechanically weaker than twenty pixels per inch . But above all, this screen is of type IPS-Neo, whose black tend to be as profound as those of AMOLED, and the colors are usually bright, but not garish, sometimes suffer the problem that poorly calibrated AMOLED. Conversely, OnePlus placing on the type of tiles popularized by Samsung, which allows it to provide functionality Ambient Display: notifications can be displayed in white on black (the black pixels corresponding to off) by not consuming little energy. As long as the AMOLED panel is of high quality, we can expect great results.
For the rest of its design, the Honor 7 is based on a chassis entirely in aluminum, without buttons below the screen. especially found there a dorsal fingerprint sensor, optional acclaimed by those who have had the chance to test it. The OnePlus X, meanwhile, combines a metal rim and a glass back (or ceramic, for the version to 369 euros), with a slightly convex screen. So hopefully good comfort in hand, accentuated by the thinness of the phone (6.9 mm against 8.5 mm in Honor). Small point to note: the presence of a “slider” button on the side of OnePlus X as the OnePlus 2, to switch from one mode of communication to another.
This is definitely one of the highlights of this OnePlus X. When the Honor 7 runs on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop dressed Emotion UI 3.1, a superset rather heavy and very questionable aesthetics, OnePlus X adopts Android 5.1.1 handset OxygenOS, ROM OnePlus. This one, close to Stock Android, put on the light, and draws some good ideas from the old crony of OnePlus, Cyanogen. We can also hope for quick updates, OnePlus has already promised to his OnePlus 2 (in the same software version) to Marshmallow. Honor to concede that it is already a matter of Marshmallow beta next month.
One thing is certain, to see the choice made by OnePlus: the Snapdragon 801 is a safe bet in terms of performance, especially since it is here combined with 3GB of RAM. We expect better stability than the Snapdragon 810, less heat, brief results not far from the chip it above. For its part, put on SoC Honor Huawei house, here a Kirin 935 associated with 3GB of RAM (DDR3 LPDDR4 not). He who is near the top end of range of the moment, even if it remains in the background, risk of serious competition to Snapdragon 801, even if we already know that it is sometimes to the death on the graphics.
Autonomy and communications
communications side, we note that the two smartphones are not compatible with the 4G +, which is little used in France, but both phones support all the bands hexagonal frequencies. A good point for both. The GPS Honor 7 is also efficient, and knowing the good performance of the Snapdragon 801, no doubt that the OnePlus X does not disappoint on this.
However, the radius of autonomy, we see that OnePlus opted for a battery 2525 mAh when Honor chose to go up to 3100 mAh. The capacity is not everything, since 7 Honor does not have as long of enormous autonomy, but there is only a little smaller and a similar definition screen, the OnePlus X loses 575 mAh compared to OnePlus One . We can only cross our fingers for a correct autonomy.
OnePlus promises a Samsung ISOCELL camera sensor of 13 megapixels, with an aperture of f / 2.2 and a phase-detection autofocus. It will rub a 21 megapixel IMX230 (f / 2.0) at the Honor 7, which also combines a flash it to flop. It provides very clear shots, obviously, and offers good results in HDR. The Samsung sensor, he is supposed to provide low-light interesting results, we will arrange to test as soon as possible.
The segment of high-end smartphones, or at least performing at less than 300 euros is now responsible. It contains the Honor and 7 now OnePlus X, whose availability announced for November 5 will be accompanied by a system of invitations – yet. This is certainly his main handicap, since OnePlus has already shown its difficulties in ensuring prompt deliveries, the imminence of the end of year festivities ask yet. Also worth remembering that the Snapdragon 801, overshadowed by the S810 in 2015, made a comeback in Chinese brands preferring to rely on a reliable chip aging if it is, which allows them to make substantial savings. This is the technique implemented in the Zuk Z1 which Lenovo, the radius of performance, nothing wrong. Hope to be said that OnePlus X after a test properly.