OnePlus X vs HTC One A9 vs Motorola DROID MAXX 2: specs comparison

The OnePlus X has just been announced, bearing a balance between premium looks, yesteryear hardware, and a pretty alluring price-tag. It's interesting to see how, in the second half of 2015, many manufacturers have taken the “value for money” model, instead of looking to pack as much expensive tech in a smartphone as possible.

The most recent examples of such smartphones are HTC's One A9 and Motorola's DROID MAXX 2. Granted, the One A9 is supposed to be viewed as a flagship device in the US, and it will get its price increased to $500 soon – something that's viewed as a pretty huge asking price for what the A9 is. Still, both of these phones pack midrange processors, and aim to offer users a more affordable high-tier smartphone experience.

The OnePlus X's philosophy is slightly different. Instead of settling for a midrange SoC, OnePlus chose to build the handset with a flagship processor – only it's a flagship from last year. The downside is that the phone will be stuck in the 32-bit era, if this can even be considered a minus so early on in the 64-bit age. On the flipside – a 1-year old flagship SoC is very probable to outclass a brand-new midrange chip.

OnePlus X vs HTC One A9 vs Motorola DROID MAXX 2


Display size

5.0 inches
5.0 inches
5.5 inches


1080 x 1920 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels

Pixel density

441 ppi
440 ppi
402 ppi




71.28 %
66.17 %
74.61 %

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 8952
Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 8939


Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400
Octa-core, 1500 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
Octa-core, 1700 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit


Adreno 330
Adreno 405
Adreno 405


3 GB
2 GB

Internal storage

16 GB
32 GB
16 GB


Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop), OnePlus OxygenOS UI
Android (7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow), HTC Sense UI
Android (7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop)



2525 mAh
2150 mAh
3630 mAh


Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0

Talk time (3G)

16.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1404 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

18.0 days (432 hours)
the average is 26 days (614 h)

Music playback

60.00 hours

Video playback

12.00 hours



Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

13 megapixels
13 megapixels
21 megapixels


CMOS image sensor, Phase detection autofocus
Sapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Phase detection autofocus


Aperture size: F2.2
Aperture size: F2.0
Aperture size: F2.0

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)


Time-lapse video, Video calling, Video sharing
Hyperlapse, Video calling, Video sharing
Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing


8 megapixels
4 megapixels
5 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD)



5.51 x 2.72 x 0.27 inches (140 x 69 x 6.9 mm)
5.74 x 2.79 x 0.29 inches (145.75 x 70.8 x 7.26 mm)
5.83 x 2.95 x 0.43 inches (148 x 75 x 10.9)


4.87 oz (138 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
5.96 oz (169 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)


Back: Glass; Frame: Metal
Back: Metal




Fingerprint (touch)


Notification light

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 249
$ 500
$ 384



1. Kingater

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

Decent phone,looks like iPhone4s…

2. youlookfoolish

Posts: 193; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

The HTC One A9 wins. Gripes about pricing aside, it's flat out the best of these 3 choices. Early adopters get the best deal. It's processor won't overheat like the M9. Marshmallow out of the box, good camera, and reliable fingerprint scanner? I see its only weakness being its very subjective looks which I personally prefer. One handed use and excellent build quality. Droid is limited to Verizon. The One Plus is a niche online market. It's not hard to imagine which will win with American consumers either. T-Mobile weenies can join the party with an unlocked device. Still shocked Sprint ding dongs are getting a carrier specific version. Proud AT&T user, and soon to be

3. youlookfoolish

Posts: 193; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

Early adopter.

4. true1984

Posts: 870; Member since: May 23, 2012

ok.... i'll admit i agree with you somewhat but this is a little much

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