Lenovo Z2 Plus vs Xiaomi Mi 5 vs OnePlus 3: War Between Affordable Flagships

Recently, in an exclusive story, we reported you that Lenovo will be unveiling the Z2 Plus around September 20. And the day has finally come, Lenovo has finally pulled the wraps off the Z2 Plus at an event in Delhi today. Priced at Rs. 17,999 for the 3GB/32GB variant and Rs. 19,999 for the 4GB/64GB model, it will be exclusively available on Amazon.in starting from September 25.

Lenovo Z2 Plus vs Xiaomi Mi 5 vs OnePlus 3

In addition to the stellar hardware it packs, (yes, the Snapdragon 820 chipset and 4GB of RAM) aggressive pricing is what makes this phone a great deal for the India consumers.

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But, how does it fare against the current king of budget flagships, the OnePlus 3 and Xiaomi's Mi 5? Read more to find out.

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The Z2 Plus is slightly behind in terms of design

Both, the Z2 Plus and Mi 5 share a similar design language - a blend of glass and metal which makes them look attractive apart from adding the premium quotient. However, visually the Mi 5 looks better than the Z2 Plus thanks to its run-of-the-mill design.

On the other hand, OnePlus 3 features a full metal body and looks absolutely stunning. In fact, we'd even go on to say it's the best design the company has ever produced.

So, which one is the best, you ask? It's a tough call to decide between these three phones when it comes to design. All we can say is that the Z2 Plus slightly lags behind the other two. Now, it's up for you to decide which one to choose.

Display on the Z2 Plus is rich in pixels

All the three phones come with a Full HD (1080x1920 pixels) display. While the Z2 Plus flaunts a 5-inch screen, the Mi 5 and OnePlus 3 feature a 5.15-inch and 5.50-inch screen sizes. What this essentially means is that the former comes with more pixel density hence more sharpness.

On the other hand, OnePlus 3 uses an Optic AMOLED display as opposed to the IPS LCD panels on the rest, meaning the blacks are really deep on the former.

All said and done, all the three phones have a good display and you won't be disappointed on choosing any of these.

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OnePlus is a no-brainer in terms of hardware

As far as the specifications go, OnePlus 3 has the best among the three. It's a no-brainer. All the three come with Snapdragon 820 SoC under-the-hood with different clock speeds.

However, don't underestimate the Z2 Plus, it packs 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage space and all of this at just Rs. 19,999. On the flip side, Xiaomi's Mi 5 packs 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage space.

All the three phones come with a fingerprint scanner at the front, the one on Z2 Plus offers you more functionalities other than just unlocking your phone, thanks to the UTouch 2.0.

What about performance, you ask? Well, all the three should handle whatever the task you throw at them with ease minus few software issues on the Mi 5.

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow is the norm

While the Mi 5 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 8 on top of it, both Z2 Plus and OnePlus 3 offer almost stock Android experience. Both these devices are also based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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The Z2 Plus lags behind in terms of pixel-count

While both the Mi 5 and OnePlus 3 come with a 16 MP camera at the back, the Z2 Plus sports a 13 MP camera for the shutterbugs. However, the Xiaomi's flagship has a 4 MP front camera as opposed to the 8 MP selfie camera on the rest.

We haven't tested the camera performance of the Z2 Plus yet but, camera's on these three phones shouldn't disappoint you unless you expect DSLR-level images from them.

Bigger battery on Z2 Plus

While Lenovo's latest offering depends on a 3,500mAh battery for juice, a 3,000mAh battery provides fuel for the Mi 5 and OnePlus 3. Generally, the latter two should last you easily for a day with the former lasting slightly more than a day.

Verdict

What Lenovo misses out on the design mostly makes it up with great hardware and aggressive pricing.

On the other hand, Xiaomi's Mi 5, with the slashed price, is a good deal but the few software niggles it's got is what ruins the overall experience.

Of course, if you are willing to shell out the extra amount OnePlus 3 makes a good bargain. However, we'd choose the Z2 Plus for the kind of value it offers for Rs. 19,999.

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