Earlier today, Lenovo launched its flagship smartphone, called the Vibe X3. Priced at Rs 19,999, it is set to go on sale starting tomorrow at 2PM, exclusively via Amazon India. Besides the specifications, Lenovo is focusing on certain experiences including a high-fidelity audio experience, VR and camera. At this price point, the Vibe X3 will compete with the likes of Motorola’s Moto X Play and HTC Desire 828, all of which are similarly priced. We pitted these smartphones based on their price, specifications and features, and here’s how they fare. Also Read - Moto Play X to soon get Android Nougat, Motorola India confirms
Price: The Vibe X3, Moto X Play and HTC Desire 828, all are aggressively priced at Rs 19,999. While the Vibe X3 will be available exclusively via Amazon India, the HTC Desire 828 and Moto X Play are available exclusively via Flipkart. Also Read - 10 smartphones under Rs 20,000 you can buy this Diwali
Design: The HTC Desire 828 comes with a unibody design and polycarbonate shell, the Moto X Play comes with a metal frame and soft textured back, whereas the Vibe X3 has a metal frame with diamond cut chamfered edges, curved back with smooth polycarbonate back. It’s clear that along with the hardware that goes inside the smartphone, manufacturers are also looking to make use the best materials to make their smartphones sturdy and attractive. Also Read - Gionee S6s vs Oppo F1s vs LeEco Le 2 vs Lenovo Vibe X3: Price, specifications and features compared
Software and UI: For the Desire 828, HTC has employed its Sense UI on top of Android 5.1 Lollipop OS. The Sense UI brings a host of features such as HTC Music, Video Player, HTC Camera apart from stock Google apps. It also includes the BlinkFeed interface which brings news feed from your social networks right on the homescreen.
The Moto X Play, on the other hand comes with stock Android 5.1 Lollipop and an Android 6.0 Marshmallow update is already rolling out for the handset. Motorola has tried to keep the interface close to Google’s stock UI, which also makes it easier for the company to quickly rollout latest software updates.
The Vibe X3, on the other hand, comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop OS, wrapped under Lenovo’s Vibe UI. The interface is very minimal; there aren’t many bloatware apps, and the customizations that go under the hood include themes, Dolby Atmos audio enhancement, Hi-Fi stereo, split screen view for ANT VR headset and more.
Specifications and features: On the hardware front, all three smartphones flaunt a 5.5-inch full HD (1080p) display and covered with Corning Gorilla Glass protection to keep scratches at bay. The Vibe X3 runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core SoC paired with 3GB of RAM. The Desire 828 runs on MediaTek’s MT6753 64-bit octa-core chipset clocked at 1.5GHz and paired with 2GB of RAM, whereas the Moto X Play is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz and paired with 2GB of RAM.
In terms of internal storage, Desire 828 comes with 16GB onboard storage, whereas the Moto X Play and Vibe X3 comes with 32GB of storage. All three smartphones also feature a microSD card to further expand it up to 128GB (Desire 828 supports cards up to 2TB).
In terms of camera, the Vibe X3 and Moto X Play sport a 21-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, whereas the Desire 828 sports a 13-megapixel camera with OIS (optical image stabilization) and LED flash. The Vibe X3 also supports 4K video recording and slow motion video recording. Up front, the Desire 828 is equipped with a 4-UltraPixel selfie unit, whereas the Moto X Play and Vibe X3 sports a 5-megapixel and 8-megapixel front-facing cameras respectively.
On the connectivity front, all smartphones support 4G LTE, dual-SIM card slots, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11n and GPS. In terms of battery, the Desire 828 is equipped with a 2,800mAh non-removable battery, whereas the Vibe X3 and Moto X Play are equipped with 3,500mAh and 3,630mAh, respectively (Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 2.0 is also supported).
On paper, the Lenovo Vibe X3 seems to be a better smartphone, even if we compare them just on the basis of their specifications. The Vibe X3 also comes with a fingerprint scanner at the back. Add to it the additional audio hardware like the three Texas Instruments OPA1612 amplifiers and a high-end Sabre 9018C2M DAC chip, we believe it would have a clear advantage over the other two. However, we will reserve our verdict till we review the smartphone.
|Features||Lenovo Vibe X3||Moto X Play||HTC Desire 828|
|Display||5.5-inch full HD (1080p)||5.5-inch full HD (1080p)||5.5-inch full HD (1080p)|
|Processor||Snapdragon 808 hexa-core 64-bit||Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor||MediaTek MT6753 64-bit octa-core processor|
|Storage||32GB (expandable)||32GB (expandable)||16GB (expandable)|
|Rear camera||21-megapixel (4K video recording, PDAF)||21-megapixel camera with dual LED flash||13-megapixel with LED flash and OIS|
|Battery||3,500mAh (Quick Charge 2.0)||3,630mAh (Quick Charge 2.0)||2,800mAh|
|Connectivity||Dual-SIM, 4G LTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi||Dual-SIM, 4G LTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi||Dual-SIM, 4G LTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi|
|OS||Android 5.1 Lollipop with Vibe UI||Android 5.1.1 (upgradable to Android 6.0 Marshmallow)||Android 5.1 Lollipop with Sense UI|
|Price||Rs 19,999||Rs 19,999||Rs 19,990|