OnePlus X vs Moto X Play: Which smartphone should you buy?
OnePlus X vs Moto X Play: Which smartphone should you buy?IBTimes India / Anirban Roy, Sami Khan

Oneplus X is the company's latest smartphone in the mid-range segment competing against the rivals in the same category. The handset has been praised ever since it was launched and continues to sell with invites only. That said, OnePlus X isn't the only option in its category as rival companies offer devices with great price-to-performance ratio. In this article, we are going to compare the specs and features of OnePlus X and Moto X Play, which is also on the top of the list of worthy mid-range phones.

Design and Display

Starting with OnePlus X, which we are currently reviewing, the design of the handset is simply exquisite. It has a polished metal frame and glass back that adds to the premium feel. OnePlus X is quite delicate and must be handled with a little extra care. The handset features a compact 5-inch Full HD display with 441 pixels per inch that brings out the true colours of the images.

While the screen resolution on the Moto X Play is same as OnePlus X, the handset has a slightly bigger screen measuring 5.5 inches. The deisgn, however, is entirely different and attracts a different set of audience. It is sturdy and made of textured rubberised curvy rear panel, metallic finish plastic bezel, which gives a better grip but loses on a fresh styling perspective.


OnePlus X boasts a 13MP rear-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture with ISOCELL technology for sharp images and true colours. On the front side of the device is an 8MP shooter with f/2.4 aperture that delivers great selfies. The camera is equipped with PDAF among several modes including Clear Image, Slow Motion, Time lapse, HDR, Beauty mode and further customisations using ISO, shutter speed and white balance.

Comparatively, Motorola packs a 21-megapixel rear facing camera with superfast autofocus and dual-tone LED flash in the Moto X Play. There is a 5MP front snapper to take great selfies. When we reviewed the handset, we found the camera quality among our top favourite features of the Moto X Play.


OnePlus X is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocking speeds at 2.3GHz coupled with 3GB RAM and 16GB expandable storage. The handset runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop based Oxygen OS, which brings a wide range of customisation options to the table. Using the handset for almost a week, we did not find any lags or freezing screens and we are betting for a similar continued experience.

On the other hand, Moto X Play is also a pro in terms of performance. Powered by a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core CPU, Moto X Play gets Adreno 405 GPU for graphics, 2GB RAM and 16GB or 32GB expandable storage options. The handset runs on near-stock Android 5.1.1 OS and smart detection to activate features such as hands-free while driving and more.


OnePlus X packs a 2,525mAh battery and easily pushes you through the day with mixed usage on a single charge. Moto X Play packs a bigger 3,630mAh battery with fast charging ability and also manages to survive more than a day with select settings.

Pricing and availability

OnePlus X comes in two variants. The Onyx (glass) variant costs Rs. 16,999 while the limited edition ceramic variant costs Rs. 22,999. Both models are available only via invites exclusively through

In the case of Moto X Play, the handset's 16GB variant costs Rs. 18,499 and the 32GB model costs Rs. 19,999. Moto X Play is available on Flipkart and does not require invites.


Both phones have their own pros and cons. If you are looking for a sturdy phone with good battery, camera and performance, Moto X Play serves the purpose. However, if style is on your priority list, OnePlus X bags better performance, decent camera and battery. Also, OnePlus X is cheaper than Moto X Play but sells only via invites.