OnePlus 3 vs. Google Nexus 5X: Which Midrange Smartphone Should You Buy


If you are currently on the lookout for a new midrange, Android smartphone to buy, then look no further than OnePlus' new flasghip device named OnePlus 3 or Google's Nexus 5X.

OnePlus has officially lifted the veil off of its new flagship device, which many are already regarding as an "Android flagship killer."

Google, in the meantime, released the Nexus 5X in the latter part of 2015, along with its bigger sibling Nexus 6P. Built by LG as the successor of the Nexus 5 the company rolled out in 2013, the new midranger comes loaded with a ton of impressive aspects that have wowed quite a few Android lovers across the globe.

In this post, we are going to take a look at how OnePlus 3 compares with the Nexus 5X to help you decide in choosing which of these two handsets will give you more bang for you buck.


Nexus 5X rocks a 5.2-inch screen with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (424 ppi). OnePlus' new phone, in the meantime, sports a 5.5-inch screen along with a 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (401 ppi). For those who prefer a larger screen, then there's no doubt OnePlus 3 takes the crown in this particular arena.


Those who favor a lighter smartphone should know that 5X is a little lighter than the OnePlus 3. The former weighs 136 grams or 4.8 ounces while the latter has a weight of 158 grams or 5.6 ounces.

Memory And Internal Storage

In terms of internal storage, Nexus 5X is equipped with a 16 GB. The phone is crammed with a 2 GB of RAM. OnePlus 3, however, is packed with a whopping 64 GB of internal storage (though it is said that a 32 GB version may be offered in a few other markets) and is loaded with a 6 GB of RAM.

Obviously, OnePlus' smartphone is the winner in this arena.


Again, OnePlus 3 has a more humongous battery, which is 3,000 mAh, as compared with Google's device. The 5X only houses a 2,700 mAh.


The Nexus 5X sports a 12-megapixel main shooter and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for selfie and video conference. The OnePlus 3 has a 16-megapixel main camera and an 8-megapixel selfie shooter.

It is worth mentioning, though, that the megapixel count alone does not tell the whole story.


With regard to the price, the Nexus 5X is more affordable than the OnePlus 3. The 5X costs $379 while the OnePlus 3 carries a price tag of $399.

Operating System And Processor

Both of these smartphones run Android Marshmallow. The Nexus 5X comes with a Snapdragon 808 chipset while the OnePlus 3 is fitted with a Snapdragon 820 — a similar processor that is incorporated into many top-end smartphones these days.


Meanwhile, in terms of long-term support, it appears that Google's device will fare better as opposed to the OnePlus' phone. This is because the former is part of Google's own line of Nexus devices, thus, rolling out of Android updates should not be a problem.

The Bottom Line

Choosing from these two handsets depends on consumers' preferences. If they wish to have a phone that is lightweight and has a better long-term software support, then they should pick Nexus 5X. However, if they want a phone with a bigger battery, more internal storage and RAM and possibly greater camera, then they should opt for OnePlus 3.

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