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OnePlus X vs Xperia Z5 Compact comparison: small change

The OnePlus X has just been unveiled at an event that AndroidPIT attended in London. Ahead of our hands-on review, which will be arriving shortly, we’re taking a look at how the 5-inch OnePlus X compares with a similarly small handset, the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact. Here is our OnePlus X vs Xperia Z5 Compact comparison.

How does the Xperia Z5 Compact (above) stack up against the OnePlus X? / © ANDROIDPIT

OnePlus X vs Xperia Z5 Compact: Design

The OnePlus X might be a low-cost handset, but it looks great. It's a black device with a glass rear and metal, chamfered edges, the sort of features that are more commonly found on more premium devices. A limited edition Ceramic version of the OnePlus X is also available, but it costs a little more.

The plastic design of the Xperia Z5 Compact looks cheap by comparison, despite it being more expensive. The Z5 Compact is the smaller of the two phones: 127 x 65 x 8.9 mm compared with the 140 x 69 x 6.9 mm 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' also found on the OnePlus 2.

OnePlus X vs Xperia Z5 Compact: Display

The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact houses a 4.6-inch high-definition (1,280 x 7,20 pixels) display while OnePlus X has a 5-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) resolution screen. With the higher number of pixels, the OnePlus X should be your first choice if you want to watch movies or games at high resolutions.

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The OnePlus X features a Full-HD display. / © OnePlus

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, and a 5.1 front camera.

On paper, the Z5 Compact has the stronger camera. Sony produces its own camera sensors, which are used in many other smartphones, and the latest version, found 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 is powered by a Snapdragon 810. The 801 arrived early in 2014 (that's a long time ago in smartphone terms), but the OnePlus X does house 3 GB of RAM compared with the Z5 Compact’s 2 GB. 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 offer expandable storage via microSD cards. Both currently run Android Lollipop.

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Both the Xperia Z5 Compact (above) and OnePlus X arrive running Android Lollipop. / © ANDROIDPIT

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. We'll find out for sure once we complete our full OnePlus X review.

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The OnePlus X has a 2,525 mAh non-removable battery. / © OnePlus

OnePlus X vs Xperia Z5 Compact: Price and conclusion

The OnePlus X Onyx will be on sale in the UK from November 5, for price of £199 and will be available in the US two weeks later, on November 19, for US$249. There's also a Ceramic version of the OnePlus X, on sale from November 24 for £269. Only 10,000 will be made. You will need an invite to purchase either model. The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact starts at £449 (approximately US$683), and anyone who wants one can buy one.

The Z5 Compact is likely to be the superior device in battery life, camera tech and performance, but the trade-off is that it's far more expensive than the OnePlus X. The Z5 Compact just can’t compete with the OnePlus X on the display though, so if you want a bigger Full-HD experience for 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.


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  • The obvious answer would be the Sony Z5C. It ticks all the right boxes of performance, camera, etc. But there's one thing that the Oneplus X has that, to me, overshadows it's many shortcomings. It has soul. The first time I read the review about it, it reminded me of the once great Nokia N9. That phone's usability experience made you forget it's many many letdowns.
    So, it shall be the Oneplus X for me without hesitation. The notification slider is enough to admire. The custom OS is pleasing to the eyes without the clutter many android phones appear to be blighted with. It has personality. It has class. It's very affordable. You can't go wrong there.

    • PETRISOR M 10 months ago Link to comment

      I took side by side photos with both phones, the X took sharper pictures. the z5 has excellent build quality but overheated so much the touch screen was unresponsive. I wasn't running benchmarks, I was just browsing and going in and out of apps to test he phone.

      my Z3 compact never did that and runs flawlessly.
      Any phone with 810 is a failed phone.

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