Would you buy the OnePlus One over the Xperia Z2?

by XB on 23rd April 2014

in Xperia Z2

OnePlus One_13A new entrant looking to shake-up an already saturated Android market announced its new smartphone today – the OnePlus One. We reported on the phone recently when the company teased some if its key specifications versus the Xperia Z2, but today saw its formal launch so we now know its full specs, design and pricing.

The key thing that the OnePlus One has going for it versus current Android flagships from Sony, HTC and Samsung is its price. The actual hardware is pretty much on par with the best Android handsets on the market, but it will cost less than half these handsets on launch.

It is quite a tall handset with a length of 152.9mm versus 146.8mm for the Xperia Z2, but the OnePlus One does house a 5.5-inch display versus the 5.2-inch display in the Xperia Z2. It also has a similar weight of 162g (Xperia Z2: 163g) and sealed battery capacity of 3100mAh (Xperia Z2: 3200mAh).

The phone runs CyanogenMod 11S (based on Android 4.4) and CyanogenMod has promised two years of software support. The phone is due to launch next month through a vague invite system, no doubt to handle the demand there is likely to be for such a phone at this price point.

The question we have for you today is would you happily buy the OnePlus One over the Xperia Z2? Does the price point make it a no-brainer, or are you willing to pay a premium for the Xperia Z2’s design and glass/aluminium construction? We’d love to hear your thoughts below.

Specifications compared: Sony Xperia Z2 versus OnePlus One

PhoneXperia Z2OnePlus One
Display size (inches)5.2-inch IPS with Live Colour LED5.5-inch IPS with Gorilla Glass 3
Screen Resolution1080 x 19201080 x 1920
ConstructionGlass with metal framePlastic
Water ResistantYes (IP55/IP58)No
Infrared (IR Remote)NoNo
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8974-ABQualcomm MSM8974-AC
Processor2.3GHz Quad-core2.5GHz Quad-core
GPUAdreno 330Adreno 330
Android version4.4.2CyanogenMod 11S based on Android 4.4
Storage16GB (12GB usable)16GB / 64GB options
Expandable storageYesNo
SIMmicro SIMmicro SIM
LTEBands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 20 (D6503 model]Bands 1, 3, 4, 7, 17, 38, 40
Size (mm)146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm
Weight (g)163162
ColoursBlack, Purple, WhiteSilk White, Sandstone Black
Cost (€Euros)€ EUR 599EUR €269 (16GB), EUR €299 (64GB)
Rear Camera sensor20.7MP Exmor RS13 Megapixel - Sony Exmor IMX 214
LED FlashYesYes (Dual-LED)
HDRYes (photo/video)TBC
Video Recording4K4K
Front camera sensor2.2 MP5.0 MP
Dedicated camera buttonYesNo
Other camera features4K video, Timeshift video, Movie CreatorSlow Motion: 720p video at 120fps
Battery capacity (min)32003100
Sealed BatteryYesYes
Other featuresStereo speakers; Noise cancelling; Lifelog; USB 2.0Stereo speakers (both on bottom); Tri-microphone; USB 2.0
SensorsAccelerometer, Ambient light, Barometer, Game rotation vector, Geomagnetic rotation vector, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Step counter, Step detector, Significant motion detector, ProximityAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity and Ambient Light
Wi-FiDual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 b/g/n/acDual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 b/g/n/ac
BluetoothBluetooth 4.0 (aptX)Bluetooth 4.1
PlayStation CertifiedYesNo

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OnePlus One pricing

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