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OnePlus 2 vs. Zenfone 2 at Php15k: Flagship killers?




The announcement of OnePlus Two earlier today puts another great contender in the mid-range price point. The OnePlus Two joins the venerable Asus Zenfone 2 (ZE551ML) in the Php15,000 range as among the best bang-for-the-buck smartphone.

Asus has dubbed the Zenfone 2 as a flagship killer with its high-end specs (4GB RAM, 64GB storage, Intel Atom quad-core) at a mid-range price. OnePlus has also claimed that the OnePlus Two is a 2016 flagship killer with its 4GB DDR4 RAM, 64GB storage and Snapdrgaon 810 octa-core processor at midrange price.

Both handsets are very compelling for their respective asking price.

So we looked a little closer and see how the two handsets are truly respected in their price category.

 OnePlus TwoZenfone 2 ZE551ML
Display5.5-inch LTPS LCD5.5-inch IPS LCD
GlassCorning Gorilla Glass 4Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Resolution1920x1080 pixels1920x1080 pixels
Screen-to-Body Ratio73.3%70.1%
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-coreIntel Atom Z3580 2.3GHz quad-core
GPUAdreno 430PowerVR G6430
RAM3GB DDR4
4GB DDR4
2GB DDR3
4GB DDR3
Internal storage16GB
64GB
16GB
32GB
64GB
128GB
External storagenone64GB
Cellulardual-SIM, dual-LTEdual-SIM, LTE
WiFi802.11ac802.11ac
Bluetooth4.1, A2DP4.0, A2DP, EDR
GPSwith A-GPS, GLONASSwith A-GPS, GLONASS
NFCNoneYes
Rear camera13MP13MP
Front camera5MP5MP
BatteryLi-Po 3,300 mAhLi-Po 3,000 mAh
OSAndroid OS 5.1 Android OS 5.0
Dimensions151.8 x 74.9 x 9.9 mm152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9 mm
Weight175 grams170 grams
PricePhp14,800 ($329) 3GB/16GB
Php17,500 ($389) 4GB/64GB
Php14,995 (4GB/64GB)

We’re unsure if the OnePlus 2 will eventually be officially released in the Philippines but we’re certain we’ll see a lot of them to be accessible via Lazada.

Based on the line-up of specs in the chart above, both handsets have their respective strengths and weaknesses.

Zenfone 2:
* More specs option with RAM, storage, processor
* Expandable external storage
* Built-in NFC
* Lighter

OnePlus 2:
* Powerful processor and GPU
* Generous base RAM of 3GB
* Faster DDR4 memory speed
* Thinner
* Higher screen-to-body ratio
* Tougher Gorilla Glass
* Higher battery capacity

We’ll definitely secure a unit once this is released so we can test and review it.



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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19 Responses

  1. dvancleef says:

    The lack of NFC renders the new OnePlus a total non-starter.

    • mark says:

      magagamit mo ba yung nfc on day to day basis? eh accessories lng nmn yan sa fon eh.

    • dvancleef says:

      And I do use NFC multiple times daily, my phone is used for access to the company data center and all vending machines at the office are NFC payment only, no cash accepted.

    • mandirigma says:

      non starter your face. why dont you make your own device eh? no one pleases you to buy oneplus two.

    • sailalimngtulay says:

      @mandirigma

      lukaret! eh opinion niya yun. sinabi ba niyang pinipilit siyang bumili?

      while NFC is not a need for the majority of plebes like you, most of the power users who buy flagship phones… you know the people who actually use their smartphones as smartphones and not just mere social media toys actually do use NFC a lot.

      for supposedly claiming as a flagship killer (2016 pa nga daw LOL), not having NFC is a deal breaker especially when Google is starting to integrate the use of NFC in some of their apps and services

  2. Kevin says:

    Invite system sucks laos na kapag wala na invite system parang xiaomi lang they create demand but they cannot supply, that is where asus beats one plus 2

  3. shutter says:

    sana sinama mo sa zenf2 yung lamang nila sa availability. Suggestion lang po. hehehehe

  4. cheeze says:

    oneplus two siyempre..

  5. SvenPlays says:

    You’ve missed;
    Oneplus 2 over Zenfone 2:
    *CAMERA! freaking OIS, Rad Laser autofocus, 2k? :D
    *Legit Fingerprint Scanner.
    *Premium look, damn gorgeous phone! KEVLAR BACK COVER PLEASE.

    Zenfone 2 over Oneplus 2:
    *Fast Charging, too OP.
    *and again, NFC.

    those two features that’s missing on Oneplus 2 is really a bummer, maybe fast charging(though battery is a little smaller, having this feature wins over the bigger battery of Oneplus 2) more importantly but I’ll pick oneplus 2 over zenfone 2 anytime. I don’t care that much about storage expansion since 64gb is pretty good for my usage already anyway, plus memory card tends to slow applications, files, etc. loading time(I’ll just use my flash drive for watching movies :v). Not being a Cyananogen is a little disappointment but Oxygen seems good enough which has near stock android experience over a little bloated ZenUi, or whatever since we can just root it and flash whatever Android OS we like.

    The design. Metal always wins over plastic, because Oneplus is heavier plus metal translate into heavy metal which sounds like a freaking good thing and that would win over your plastic just like you chismosang kapitbahay. It’s a joke.

  6. abcde says:

    let’s just for the release of oneplus2.

  7. pat says:

    THIS IS FOR OP2
    problems i have for this phone:
    1. battery is not interchangeable
    2. no expandable memory
    3. it uses snapdragon 810 which has heating issues (waiting for reviews btw)
    4. support centers and warranties in case something happen
    5. doesn’t support fast charging (takes more than 3 hours to fully charge)
    6. invite and shipping fee

    good points for me:
    1. 3300mah battery
    2. finger print sensor
    3. 4GB RAM
    4. Cheap price
    5. type C usb connector
    6. Corning Gorilla Glass 4

    not a problem for me:
    1. don’t have NFC
    2. screen is still 1080 x 1920 pixels
    3. 13mp R cam 5mp F cam

    great phone for its price but definitely not a “flagship killer” for 2015 and specially for 2016. i will pass for OP2 but definitely looking forward for phones oneplus will be releasing in the future. this company is a wild card. someone that everyone should watch for.

  8. pekto says:

    May libreng lighter ang Zenfone2?

  9. glenn says:

    You forgot the Laser Autofocus in the Oneplus 2 camera. It’s also an advantage :)

  10. Sixsteps says:

    One Plus 2 all the way! I’ve tried gaming with zenfone 2 powervr gpu sucks.. in my opinion it’s not even half as good as the adreno gpu.

  11. Kamen Rider Chaser says:

    Sixsteps is correct. The PowerVR GPU really sucks. dumped by ZF5 before because of PowerVR. I’d rather have Mali but of course Adreno is the best :)

  12. dvancleef says:

    Another standard flagship feature both are missing: Qi wireless charging. Its not a feature that excites you until you’ve had a phone with it, but when you get a phone without it after having one with, its a MAJOR disappointment.

  13. djakko says:

    BLOATWARE!! That’s what i don’t like about ASUS Zenfones… I’m looking to see what the OnePlus built-in apps are..

  14. Mother Confessor says:

    ASUS pa din. It’s more convenient and can pretty much bring the bang for the money. Deal breaker talaga ang walang NFC at external storage. Lalo na yung One Plus Two eh me 4k video recording at high res still camera.

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