Customers who are hunting for a good midrange smartphone to buy have three options to choose from – Nexus 5X, Honor 5X plus OnePlus X.

In the past year, we have witnessed the arrival of OnePlus X and Nexus 5X in the overcrowded market of unlocked, low-cost smartphones. It wasn’t too long ago, Honor 5X has finally made its way to the United States.

Even though these phones boast noteworthy features and hardware, there exists a slew of drawbacks as well.

Let’s put these three smartphones toe-to-toe and check out what’s the best midrange phone to grab in 2016.

Let’s do the rundown.


All three phones have a 13-megapixel rear snapper, and they are good examples that it's not necessary to splurge huge cash to get hold of a phone carrying spectacular camera specs.

After reviewing Honor 5X and OnePlus X, a report claims that Honor 5X takes a slight lead in “overall quality.”

“While you’ll be hard-pressed to take a nice photo in low light situations with either phone, the Honor 5X offers better dynamic range and clarity in good lighting conditions,” says the report.

Furthermore, it underscores that while the Honor 5X’s 5-megapixel front-facing camera is smaller than the OnePlus X’s 8-megapixel snapper, the former also has a slight advantage as compared with the latter as it takes smoother plus more accurate photos.


Price-wise, it appears that Honor 5X takes the crown as the most affordable handset among the three – it only has a $199.99 price tag. OnePlus X, meanwhile, is priced at $249 and Nexus 5X is the most expensive among the three, as you need to fork $349 out from your pocket to grab it.

Operating System
In this arena, there isn't any denying Nexus 5X takes the top spot, as it boasts Android 6.0 Marshmallow (stock). OnePlus X features Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (OxygenOS) while Honor 5X also runs an Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (EMUI 3.1).

Honor 5X features the most humongous display among three phones, with 5.5-inch screen size. Nexus 5X, however, has a bigger display (5.2 inches) than OnePlus X (5 inches). All of these phones come with the same 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution.

We expect that Nexus 5X outpaces the performance of its two other competitors, with its hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor under its hood. OnePlus X, in the meantime, is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 801 while the Honor 5X houses an octa-core Snapdragon 615.

In terms of storage, OnePlus X and Honor 5X lead the race as they both pack in 16 GB plus support for microSD card up to 128 GB. Nexus 5X, however, has either 16 or 32 GB internal storage.

When it comes to their RAM, both Nexus 5X and Honor 5X tout 2 GB of RAM, while OnePlus X has a 3 GB of RAM.

Honor 5X steps ahead in this area, with 3,000 mAh battery capacity. Nexus 5X homes in on the second spot, with 2,700 mAh, and OnePlus X has 2,525 mAh.

Bottom Line
Determining the right midrange smartphone to buy will depend on your particular requirements. If you are after the affordability, go for Honor 5X (with its $200 price tag). Should you prefer a phone with the best performance among the three choices, grab the Nexus 5X. Meanwhile, if you are the type of person who needs more storage space to burn and a bigger RAM, then opt for OnePlus X.

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