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Moto X Play Vs. OnePlus Two

This article is for the confused ones, who want to know the differences between two of the phones with the best value for the money. Here’s how the mid-range Moto X Play stakes against the mighty OnePlus Two:

Moto X Play Vs. OnePlus Two Specs:

Model OnePlus Two Moto X Play
Display 5.5 inches HD Display 5.5 inches HD Display
Memory 16/64 GB 16/32 GB (up to128 microSD)
Processor 1.8 GHz Snapdragon 810 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 615
GPU Adreno 430 Adreno 405
Camera Rear 13 MP f/1.9 with OIS 21 MP f/2.0
Camera Front 5 MP 5 MP
Battery 3300 MAh 3630 MAh
Water Repellent No Yes
OS Oxygen OS Android Lolllipop 5.1.1
Other features Fingerprint scanner, Alert Switch Water repellent and front firing speakers

There’s no doubt here. Specs wise OnePlus Two has the upper hand. Except for the battery and camera in the Moto X Play. But the OnePlus Two has OIS in it’s 13 MP shooter, which gives an edge over the Moto X Play’s 21 MP rear shooter. The Play isn’t far behind either, with Snapdragon 615 and 2 Gb RAM, it can keep up with all your daily activities with ease.

Display: Both OnePlus Two and the Moto X Play have 5.5 inches 1080p display. But the Moto X Play is much better in terms of handling, thanks to the curves on the side, the device feels smaller than it actually is.

Design: The Moto X Play is a well-designed phone like any other Moto X. It doesn’t look cheap. But the rugged back makes this device look hard and the metal frame is solid, and yeah we still love the dimple on the back. The OnePlus Two has the same sand-back like the OnePlus One with a metal frame. The front firing speakers make the Moto X Play looks complete.

Performance: The OnePlus Two with no doubts is a clear winner here. The Snapdragon 810 is capable for anything you want to do with your phone. The Moto X Play is running with Snapdragon 615 under the hood. Which should be okay if you’re an average smartphone user with less gaming.


OnePlus Two comes with their own version of Android Lollipop 5.1 with OxygenOS 2.1 on top. Which is similar to the pure Android experience on the Motorola. Both Motorola and OnePlus does a similar job, giving little but very useful features that can actually improve the user experience rather than filling your storage with bloatware like Samsung and LG.

Motorola has a clear edge when it comes to software. The Moto Display and Moto Voice can be a deal breaker some hardcore fans. For those who don’t know about these features, we’ll have to draft a separate article, they are that cool! once you use them, it’s very difficult going back. Even the Moto Assist and Moto Actions are very useful. They make our lives easier. The Moto Assist for example automatically turns off your calls and notifications when you’re in a meeting or sleeping!

The OxygenOS OnePlus Two is no mean feet either. It is highly customizable, an experience which is very close to Android M and it is getting better with every update.

Camera: Motorola has never been good with cameras on their devices. But they promised that they’ve done better this time. Well, reasonably. The Moto X Play has a significantly better camera than the previous Moto Xs, but it’s not there yet. The camera performs well in good lighting conditions. But low light photography is a far cry. The Moto X Style has a much better camera in the low light, hail Phase Detection Auto Focus.

OnePlus Two, on the other hand, has done a lot of hard work, and so they have done it. There’s no doubt here that the OnePlus Two has much better overall camera performance.

Battery Life: The one thing every smartphone user has been crying for is the battery life on their phones. The Moto X Play is built just for that. The 3630 MAh battery will easily see through a day and a half. With a likely Android M update, the phone could be a winner in terms of battery. OnePlus Two on the other hand, also has a huge battery of 3300 MAh, which could see through a day with ease. But, there’s no doubt the Moto X Play is a clear winner when the battery is concerned.

Availability and Price in India: Getting a OnePlus Two right now is as close to winning a jackpot. The so-called improved invite system is almost the most hated trend of marketing right now. The OnePlus Two costs Rs. 24,999/-. in India.

Moto X Play can be bought online via Flipkart for Rs. 18,499/- for the base model.

Verdict: Each device has their own advantage. If you’re looking for a flagship phone with high-end specs and reasonable price, then the OnePlus Two is the way to go. Well, if you can wait for an invite. If you’re stuck within the 20K budget and need a better than mid-range phone, then the Moto X Play is the device to die for. The availability, solid build, a killer battery and a reasonable price makes the Moto X Play the phone to buy right now.

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Poovendhiran Mohanan

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