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Affordable flagships compared: QiKU Q Terra vs Moto X Play vs ASUS Zenfone 2

|December 21 2015 |Android Phones, Motorola, Asus, 4G, 4G LTE, Comparisons, Qiku

“We compare the QiKU Q Terra with its closest competitors – Moto X Play and ASUS Zenfone 2”

Gone are the days when high-end features were reserved only for pricey flagships. Now these features are available at affordable price points for the joy of masses. But which one of these attractive offerings is the best buy? With the entry of QiKU's Q Terra in the market, the competition is now wide open. Read on as we pit the new QiKU Q Terra against Motorola’s Moto X Play and the 4GB RAM variant of the ASUS Zenfone 2 and figure out which one deserves your money.

Display and Design

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While all the three contenders utilise full HD displays, the Moto X Play and Zenfone are both set at 5.5-inches in terms of screen size. The QiKU Q Terra on the other hand, boasts a 6-inch screen.

Talking about the design, the Play looks like a typical Moto with its ergonomic design and the patent dimpled logo. But it doesn’t make use of any premium materials. It is made out of plastic, and the back is texturised. The Zenfone 2 too is a plasticky phone with a hint of chrome on the bottom front.

Coming to the Q Terra, the device looks way more premium than the other two. Cased in an aluminium and magnesium alloy, it’s a gorgeous phone. The almost non-existent bezels and chamfered edges add the cherry on this beautiful cake. Incidentally, it is the thinnest one of this lot too.

Performance and Software

Qiku-Q-Terra-05 ASUS ZenFone 2 screenshot (3) Motorola Moto X Play screenshot (19)

 The ASUS Zenfone 2 uses a quad-core Intel Atom processor, while the Moto X Play utilises the Snapdragon 615 chipset. But it’s a Snapdragon 808 that fuels the QiKU, a processor which is generally found in the flagships like the LG G4, Google Nexus 5X and Moto X Style. The Heat Tracker function helps one identify heat-causing apps and the handset also boasts other cooling mechanisms that make the device maintain its cool.

All the three phones run Android Lollipop, but each uses a slightly different approach. ASUS tops it with its ZenUI, which is easy to use, but also chalk-full of preloaded bloatware. The Moto X Play on the other hand, keeps the UI basic and stock. The Q Terra gives you the best of both worlds. While it does come with pre-installed apps, you can choose to uninstall almost all of them if you want. Also, QiKU uses its custom 360 OS platform, which borrows a lot of cool features including Doze (Standby+), App Standby (Freezer) and app permissions from the latest Android Marshmallow. Speaking of Marshmallow, the company has promised an update to Android 6 in the coming months. The incorporation of a fingerprint scanner on the Q Terra also makes it a clear choice for those who want a future-proof phone.


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Coming to the all-important optics, the three phones differ significantly. While the Moto X Play uses a 21-megapixel shooter, ASUS settles for a 13MP rear camera. The QiKU Q Terra however, will be a winner here as it hosts dual 13MP rear snappers, both with lenses from Sony. Moreover, it can record 4k videos like most flagships in town, a feature that the other two challengers lack.

For the selfie fanatics, the Zenfone 2 and Moto X Play both come packed with 5MP snappers. But again, the QiKU Q Terra tops them with an 8-megapixel front shooter.

RAM, Storage, Connectivity and Battery

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The ASUS Zenfone 2 offers 4 gigs of RAM which is necessary to maintain its bloated user interface, while the Moto X Play on the other hand, packs 2 gigabytes of RAM. The QiKU Q Terra sports 3 gigs of RAM, which is more than enough for multitasking, given the snappy software it runs. Coming to the storage, the QiKU Q Terra and Moto X Play have 16 gigs of internal storage, while the ASUS Zenfone 2 comes with 32 gigabytes of memory. All three handsets support microSD expansion, along with dual-SIM support, 4G and USB OTG.

Coming to the battery, The Zenfone 2 sports a 3,000 mAh battery, which is noticeably lower than Moto X Play’s 3,630mAh cell. The Q Terra however, leads this segment with a 3,700mAh battery that promises to last over a day with ease. 

Price and Verdict


This variant of Zenfone 2 is available for Rs 19,999, and Moto X Play costs Rs 18,499. The QiKU Q Terra is priced at Rs 21,999, and can be yours for Rs 19,999 with the Q-Invite system.

Overall, the QiKU Q Terra looks like a clear winner as it steals the show in most of the segments, be it design, software, camera or performance. It brings to the table features found usually in pricier flagships – may it be the hefty processor, the premium build or the all-important fingerprint scanner. While both the ASUS Zenfone 2 and Moto X Play do check a few boxes, in the overall frame QIKU Q Terra trumps the rivals hands down…

QIKU Q Terra vs ASUS ZenFone 2 vs Moto X Play

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