“The Lenovo Z2 Plus packs a similar set of specs as the OnePlus 3 but retails for a much cheaper price”
“The king is dead, long live the king.” The traditional proclamation which is used to signify the ascension of a new king holds true for this smartphone comparison as well. As humans, we have an affinity for wanting more while spending less and one smartphone company – OnePlus – has delivered on that front over and over for three smartphone generations now. The latest OnePlus 3 (review) smartphone has been revered as the best budget flagship to buy this year, thanks to the inclusion of 6GB of RAM and dash charging, which can charge the device completely in 45 minutes. That is, until the introduction of the Lenovo Z2 Plus (first impressions). The Z2 Plus is the cheapest smartphone in the market right now to come with a Snapdragon 820 processor. It definitely poses a threat to the OnePlus 3’s popularity. Let’s compare.
Design and Display
While OnePlus played it safe and opted for a unibody metal design, Lenovo was feeling adventurous and decided to go with a fibre glass roll cage design. Going over the OnePlus 3 first, the device definitely feels premium. The chamfered edges and the sleek profile amalgamate to give the phone a great in-hand feel but thanks to the slippery body, it is prone to drops. The camera bump is probably the only design flaw that the OnePlus 3 has, which makes it very difficult to use when kept flat on a surface. The Lenovo Z2 Plus, on the other hand, comes equipped with a roll cage design as seen on the company’s ThinkPad laptop series. The design basically has the processor resting on a separate frame, thereby reducing the damage dealt to the delicate components if someone accidentally drops the device.
An added bonus of this design is better thermal management, which means that the end user will not face any heating issues as the SoC is on a completely different frame inside the smartphone. Both the smartphones have been furnished with full HD displays however, the Lenovo Z2 Plus is slightly smaller coming in at 5-inches, which in turn gives it a higher pixel density and therefore, a marginally sharper screen. Although the 5.5-inch display on the OnePlus 3 is a Super AMOLED pane, which means that it offers deeper contrasts and a better colour saturation. The Lenovo Z2 Plus weighs less than the OnePlus 3 owing to its fibre glass design, with the former weighing a comfortable 149g and the latter weighing 158g. Both the devices have a fingerprint sensor on the front below the display.
The processor powering both the devices is a Snapdragon 820 quad-core chip with two Kryo cores spinning at 2.15Ghz, and the other two running at 1.6GHz. In the RAM department, the OnePlus 3 features 6GB of RAM compared to the 4GB of memory found on the Lenovo Z2 Plus. In terms of mere specs, the OnePlus 3 wins this round by an extra 2 gigs of RAM. However, the benchmarks are rarely indicative of the real world performance, which is why the performances of both the devices could be on par. The 6GB of RAM provided by OnePlus is greatly appreciated, but we feel that it is still an overkill by today’s standard.
In the camera department, the Lenovo Z2 Plus is decked with a pair of 13MP and 8MP sensors on the back and the front respectively, while the OnePlus 3 is stocked with a 16MP sensor on the back and an 8MP sensor on the front for selfies. While the megapixel count is relevant when judging the performance of a camera, it is not the only parameter one needs to take into account. However, while the OnePlus 3’s camera has support for optical image stabilisation, the same is absent in the Z2 Plus. Hence, stills with moving objects captured using the OnePlus 3 will pan out a lot better with lesser motion blur compared to the ones captured by Lenovo Z2 Plus. Both the devices should offer a similar level of details in the selfie department. It is also interesting to note that the OnePlus 3 allows users to record 720p videos in slow-mo at 120fps, a feature which isn’t present in the Lenovo Z2 Plus.
Storage and Battery
For storage, the two smartphones feature 64GB of internal storage with no room for further expansion. The OnePlus 3 contains a 3,000mAh unit, which comes with dash charging where as the Z2 Plus comes with a beefier 3,500mAh unit which in theory, should last longer than the competition.
Software and Connectivity
The software provided on both the devices are nearly stock with each vendor adding some nifty features to their respective ROMs, which run on top of Android Marshmallow. The OxygenOS on the OnePlus 3 is extremely customisable allowing users to change the look of the menu bars and toggles, where as the ZUI on the Lenovo Z2 Plus comes preloaded with a host of health and fitness features. The benefit of Oxygen ROM over its competition is that it receives regular updates and will get continued support even in the future. Since this category boils down to personal preference, we’ll leave it up to our readers to judge which one is better. On the connectivity front, both the smartphones feature support for dual-SIMs, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, mobile hotspot, Bluetooth, and A-GPS.
Pricing and Availability
This is where it gets really interesting. While the OnePlus 3 retails for Rs 27,999 the Lenovo Z2 Plus is available for a much competitive and affordable price tag of Rs 19,999. With both the smartphones offering identical specifications, the Lenovo Z2 Plus is a no brainer for someone on the budget. However, if you do have some extra money to burn, going with the OnePlus 3 for its superior camera, better UI updates, and a much beefier RAM could be a viable option.