So finally we have two giant Chinese smartphone companies in Nepal who are offering great hardware specs at a very reasonable price. Yes, I’m talking about Xiaomi and OnePlus. And today I will share my thoughts and experience with OnePlus X and Redmi Note 3 as I’m using these two devices as my daily driver for more than a week. So before we begin, let’s compare specs of both devices.
13MP, f2.2 aperture, Phase detection autofocus, Single LED flash
5 MP with aperture f/2.0
8MP with f2.4 aperture
Android v5.1.1 Lollipop with MIUI 7
Android v5.1.1 Lollipop with OxygenOS v2.2.1
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, LE
GPS + GLONASS
3G+4G LTE, Dual-SIM(Hybrid)
microUSB v2.0, USB On-The-Go
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP
GPS + GLONASS
3G+4G LTE, Dual-SIM(Hybrid)
microUSB v2.0, USB On-The-Go
4050mAh non-removable battery with fast charging
2525 mAh non-removable battery
Design and Build quality:
Oneplus X comes with glass and metal body design, whereas Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 comes with full aluminum body design. I really like Oneplus X over Redmi Note 3 when it comes to design. Oneplus X also feels way better than Redmi Note 3 in hand due to the presence of 2.5D glasses on the front and back of the device.
Both devices come with excellent build quality, but OnePlus has put some extra effort on details in volume rocker, power button, notification slider button and the metal frame. The only drawback on OnePlus X, or any other smartphone, which has glass on the back is, the glass on the back can be easily shattered if you drop your phone in hard surface from certain heights. Whereas Redmi Note 3 has an aluminum back, which makes it sturdier and less slippery than OnePlus X.
So everything from its design, build quality and awesome packaging will make you feel that you own a premium device when you purchase OnePlus X. With no doubt, OnePlus X is one of the best looking smartphone we can buy under 30k in Nepal.
Oneplus X comes with 5 inch AMOLED display with 1920×1080 pixels resolution, whereas Redmi Note 3 comes with 5.5 inch IPS LCD display with 1920×1080 pixels resolution. Now in terms of sharpness you won’t able to tell any differences between both devices as OnePlus X’s display comes with 441 ppi whereas Redmi Note 3’s display comes with 403ppi. But you will see differences in color saturation and brightness in both devices. Although Redmi Note 3 comes with good IPS LCD panel, it is no way near to OnePlus X’s AMOLED screen when it comes to color saturation. So video and photos on OnePlus X will look more vibrant and beautiful compared on Redmi Note 3 display (*Keep in mind that AMOLED display on OnePlus X will not show 100% accurate colors)
Now when it comes to using both devices under direct sunlight, you won’t have any problem using these two devices. But I noticed that OnePlus X’s display is a little bit brighter compared to Redmi Note 3’s display.
Now this is the place where you find day and night differences between Oneplus X and Redmi Note 3. Redmi Note 3 comes with Qualcomm’s latest High mid-range chipset called Snapdragon 650 which has four Cortex-A53 CPU clocked at 1.4GHz and two Cortex-A73 CPU clocked at 1.8GHz. Whereas in OnePlus X, we get Qualcomm’s old flagship processor, Snapdragon 801 which has a Quad-core CPU clocked at 2.3GHz. I didn’t find any lags on Redmi Note 3 even playing high graphic games like Asphalt 8 and temple Run 2 on high graphic settings, whereas gaming experience on Oneplus X was not pleasing as in Redmi Note 3. Also I noticed that Oneplus X heat faster and more compared to Redmi Note 3 while playing games.
More surprising for me was when playing videos on YouTube and looking at the photos after taking pictures from native camera apps, I found some lag on OnePlus X. I hope OnePlus will fix this issue with a software update in future.
Redmi Note 3 is still a champ when it comes to performance. So if you want the best mobile gaming experience under 35k budget, then Redmi Note 3 is for you.
Redmi Note 3 and OnePlus X comes with Android v5.1.1 lollipop but makes them different is their own UI. Redmi Note 3 comes with MIUI skin, which some might hate and some might like it. I personally don’t like MIUI as there is no app drawer and UI looks a lot like iPhone UI. But I appreciate the extra features like cleaner, battery saver, anti-virus, app permission, themes store, etc comes built in, which can very useful in day to day usage. Also the software update of MIUI comes regularly to fix bugs on the device.
On OnePlus X, We get OxygenOS skin, which looks very similar to stock android. There are some few customization done by OnePlus but you won’t notice that until you dig into the settings menu. One cool feature I really like on OnePlus X is switching between on screen button and physical buttons. As Oneplus X does not come with backlit physical menu, this feature can be very useful.
The Camera is not the strong point on both devices. Redmi Note 3 comes with the 16MP rear camera with f2.0 aperture, phase detection auto focus and dual-tone LED flash, whereas OnePlus X comes with 13MP rear camera with f2.2 aperture, phase detection auto focus and single LED flash. Now on paper, Redmi Note 3 camera might sound better compared to OnePlus X but in reality OnePlus X camera is a little bit better compared to Redmi Note 3. Now if you know how to use the camera on manual mode, then you can capture some amazing photos with OnePlus X camera, but if you have no idea about how to use manual mode then you might not find much difference on both cameras.
The real difference you will notice when you take selfie with both devices. Redmi Note 3 comes with 5MP front facing camera with f2.0 aperture whereas OnePlus X comes with 8MP front facing camera with f2.4 aperture. OnePlus X front facing camera, takes lot more better selfies compare to Redmi Note 3.
Now talking about video quality both devices can record video up to Full HD resolution as well as slow motion video at 720p from their rear camera.
Redmi Note 3 comes with 4050mAh non-removable battery whereas OnePlus X comes with 2525mAh non-removable battery. Redmi Note 3 battery life is far better compared to OnePlus X. With dual-SIM and Wi-Fi connection, I mostly get around 2.5-3 hours of screen on time on OnePlus X, even after putting the device in dark mode. On Redmi Note 3, I get 6-7 hours of screen on time easily without using any battery saving mode. So with OnePlus X, you have to charge it by the end of the day, even at moderate use, whereas Redmi Note 3 will last for 1 and half days easily.
Now, after the battery dies, it will take around 2.5-3hours to get fully charged on both devices as Redmi Note 3 comes with Quick Charge support whereas OnePlus X does not. (*Because of Quick charge support on Redmi Note 3, device does heat while charging)
OnePlus X and Redmi Note 3, both are better on their own way. I really like the look and feel of OnePlus X. Its size is compact and can be used easily with just one hand. Also the packaging of OnePlus X is so far the best I’ve ever seen at its price range. 5inch AMOLED screen makes content enjoyable and Notification slider button makes switching the phone into silent mode, a lot more easy. But poor battery life and low performance can bother heavy mobile users.
Redmi Note 3 on the other hand, comes with excellent performance and battery life. Fingerprint sensor located on the back of the device is fast and accurate which you can use to unlock the device and apps and take photos. I really miss Fingerprint sensor on OnePlus X when unlocking the device. It is much more convenient and fast to unlock the device with a fingerprint sensor. And like I said in my previous article, Redmi Note 3’s camera is good, but not the best in its price range. So if the camera is more important for you then I’ll suggest you to go with Mi 4.