Lenovo Vibe X3 vs OnePlus 2: Which is the affordable smartphone of your dreams?


The new Lenovo Vibe X3 has launched and, of course, we were looking for another phone to compare it to. Unfortunately, I seem to have drawn a blank. There’s just no other phone in this price range that does what the X3 is capable of. The closest parallel I can draw is the older OnePlus 2, and even that is a bit of a stretch. So, before we dive into specifications, let’s get one thing clear.

The Vibe X3 is a go-getter if I ever saw one. It knows its limitations, embraces them, and does what it’s best at; giving you a theater in your home. Spec for spec, the X3 is very close to the OnePlus 2. They both have a 5.5-inch full HD (1920×1080) display at 401ppi. The major difference here is that the X3 boasts a 100 percent NTSC colour gamut with a 1500:1 contrast ratio, and a 178-degree viewing angle. That’s important, but I’ll get to it in a second.

The OnePlus has a 3000mAh battery, whereas the X3 has a 3500mAh; a margin that could be overlooked, if not for the fact that the OnePlus2 doesn’t have battery optimisation as good as Lenovo’s smartphones. Not to mention the fact that the former uses the now older Snapdragon 810, as compared to the X3’s 808. Both clock the same 1.8GHz speed, but the 808 has much better battery optimisation.

As far as cameras go, it’s the X3’s 21MP/8MP setup to 13Mp/5MP on the OnePlus 2. Not a deal breaker for most, but still putting it out there. In favour of the OnePlus 2 is its 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage (non-expandable); perfect for gaming enthusiasts. Not so much for the X3 which has a slightly lower 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. On the other hand, it IS expandable up to 128GB. And that’s where my earier point comes in.

The X3 is all about the theater experience. Not only does it have a stellar display, that positive is amplified by the fact that this phone, like the Lenovo K4 Note we talked about earlier, is compatible with Lenovo’s new TheaterMax headset, which lets you watch movies or play games (with a controller obviously) on a virtual large screen.

Now, add that to the fact that Lenovo has also prioritised sound on this baby. It runs a 32-bit ESS Sabre 9018C2M Hi-Fi DAC (Digital Audio Convertor). This little thingamabob is basically a specialised audio processor that takes a digital audio signal, and converts it into analog, before sending it out through your headphones or speaker. The result is sound clearer than what you’re used to hearing on a smartphone by leaps and bounds. In addition, the X3 also has Dolby Atmos, meaning you’ll get some great directional audio when watching a movie on speakers or headphones, particularly one with sound tailored for Atmos. Yet, despite all the specialisation, the Lenovo X3 will set you back Rs 19,999, in comparison to the OnePlus 2 priced at Rs 24,999.

And that’s why the Lenovo Vibe X3 stands tall above the OnePlus 2. Sure, the OnePlus 2 looks great (the X3 isn’t too shabby either), clicks great pictures, and runs games smoothly, but the X3 is just something else. It’s the difference between a comfortable set of casuals and a tailor-made suit. One is great for most anything, but the other is meant for one thing in particular, and it does it with style. And damn it, the Lenovo X3 just wants to rock your movies!