When it comes to a budget Smartphone we tend to incline ourselves towards something which is primarily cheap, good looking and boast a ton of the latest hardware and software integrated into one device. But since time’s changing every second, we today get some mind blowing smartphones for cheap or shall I say in our budget which is not only premium looking, couples a lot of the latest industry specifications, but are also flagships of their respective companies. Two such entrants into the India mobile industry is the Xiaomi’s Mi 6 and the most awaited of the all, the OnePlus 5.
Both in terms of look and feel are not only premium phones, but also features the best hardware and software as per the industry standards currently in the market. These are cheap indeed, if not cheap pretty much falls into the budget category and yes people tend to change their mindset for the aforesaid smartphones making them the most selling smartphones in India ever.
In this post we will compare both the phones and will see which one provides us a better value for money. Here we would like to mention that the below comparison is totally as per our thoughts and should not be deemed final or 100% correct.
Mi 6 Vs OnePlus 5 Comparison
Mi 6 – The build on the Mi 6 is no doubt a craftsmen’s legacy framed inside a shell. It looks very beautiful and the way the curved glass on the front sinks inside the rear of the phone is just perfect. On the front, you get the receiver, front camera, sensors and fingerprint sensor on the bottom end of the screen with the multitasking and back button on either side. On the extreme bottom, you get two identical machine grilled vents, one for the spears and another house the microphone along with the USB type C port in the middle. On the right are the power button and the volume rockers and on the left is the dual nano sim slot. On the back you get the dual 12 MP camera, one being telescopic and another being wide angle lenses with LED and autofocus supported by one of the cameras. The back is made up of glass and is completely reflective indeed. It’s just 7.5 MM thick with an overall weight of 168 grams.
OnePlus 5 – On the other hand the OnePlus 5 somehow feels identical to the iPhone 7 Plus and is being trolled for that since long. On the front, you have cameras, sensors, receiver along with the multitasking and back button on the either side of the fingerprint sensor on the bottom. On the extreme bottom, you get the 3.5 mm audio jack, main microphone, USB type-C port and the speaker grills. On the right, you have the power button and the sim tray along with the notification slider and volume rockers on the left. The entire body is shaped and framed with aluminum and metal so looks classy and elegant. On the back are the main cameras, secondary noise cancellation microphone and led flash along with the One Plus logo engraved in the middle. Its 7.3 MM thick and 154 grams in overall weight.
Mi 6 – the display used here is a 5.15“ IPS LCD capacitive touch screen having a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels which produces 428 PPI as pixel density. It’s just a 1080p LCD display hence won’t be that breathtaking when output is concerned but does have a crisp and vivid media generation. Outdoor visibility is good, contrast and brightness have also equal impact on the display. Display protection has to be Gorilla Glass 5 but it’s not sure as of now.
OnePlus 5 – the 5.5-inch optic AMOLED display on the OnePlus 5 is reminiscent of the OnePlus 3T hence carry the exact same quality on 1080 x 1920 screen resolution with 401 PPI as pixel density. The output of this display is again just ok and does not come anywhere close to the S8 or S8 plus in contrast, color reproduction or even brightness. Display protection provided is from Gorilla Glass version 5.
Mi 6 – The Mi 6 comes with highly customized MIUI 8 over Android 7.1.1 which is currently the latest and stable build. Not bloated with factory installed apps and works like any other smartphone running MIUI 8.
OnePlus 5 – With stock vanilla experience and close to stock Android looks the OnePlus 5 comes with One Plus’s personal Oxygen OS build over Android 7.1.1. Is very fast, responsive and brilliantly snappy indeed.
Processor & Memory
Mi 6 – Mi 6 comes with the latest Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 chipset on an Octa-core CPU where 4 cores run at 2.5 Ghz and another 4 runs at 1.9 GHz coupled with Adreno 540 GPU. With the latest processor, everything on the phone is buttery smooth. Playing games, watching a video, using LTE & camera would keep the phone cooler most of the time. Its dazzles around with the heaviest games thrown at it with ease and just comes out undefeated & make it a future proof phone. With Adreno 540 GPU 3D video rendering & highest 3D gaming would be an ease as well. It comes with 6GB of RAM and 64 GB or 128 GB storage option to choose from and no further room for storage expansion due to the absence of a memory slot.
OnePlus 5 – On the other hand the specs here remains the same, the only difference would be the 6GB/8GB RAM options along with 64 GB/128 GB storage. Since no SD card slot is present further room for expansion is not possible. This beast can really take up anything and has an ability to store a number of apps in the background for instant use. The performance here is outstanding and with 8 GB of RAM, this can do wonders to your daily dose of media, gaming, and multi-tasking within a swipe of a finger.
Mi 6 – Camera on the Mi 6 is a dual 12 MP camera where the first one is a 27 mm lenses with f/1.8 aperture, and another being a 52 mm lenses with f/2.6 aperture. Also, features a dual Led flash and 4-axis optical image stabilization. The primary 12 MP camera with 27 mm lenses has got 1/2.9″ sensor size with 1.25 µm & the other 12 MP shooter with 52 mm lenses has got 1.0 µm. Picture taken with the optimum lighting conditions turns out fairly good with a lot of detail, color reproduction. The aperture also lets you click some quality bokeh effect keeping the subject in focus and going out of focus for the rest of things. Enabling the HDR mode will also provide more details to the pictures being clicked, indoors you get picture quality with reduced noise and grains. Portrait mode implemented on camera where one camera takes the subject in focus and another focusing on depth of field and the background. Videos are can be shot with 4K resolution at 30FPS along with slow motion videos at 720p is also present. 4 Axis OIS (Optical image stabilization) renders a more of a stable video footage. Autofocusing is very fast and blazing hence makes it easy for you click pictures when you are in a hurry.
Front facing 8 MP snapper is also worth mentioning where it takes some awesome selfies with great sharpness, depth of field and good color reproduction. Videos can be shot at 1080p which come out to be just ok.
OnePlus 5 – Shooters on the OnePlus 5 are again a dual setup with a primary camera being the 16 MP sensors with f/1.7 aperture, 24mm lenses, gyroscope supported EIS or Electronic image stabilization & another secondary 20 MP shooter with f/2.6 aperture, 36mm lenses, autofocus, 1.6x optical zoom, dual LED flash. Once again the company renders a good and decent camera which works brilliantly when perfect lighting conditions are surrounding. Bokeh effect also did exceptionally well where the object is focused in captured with a lot of depth and detail. Color reproduction, minimal to minimal detailing and dynamic range is optimum. Photos taken inside are pretty decent with a minute level of noise generation and low-level lighting will totally take away the charm but keeps the quality intact.
Front facing camera is a 16 MP shooter having f/2.0 aperture with 20 mm lenses, gyroscope supported EIS or Electronic image stabilization, 1.0 µm pixel size. Pictures clicked are good, detailed; sharp have a good dynamic range as well. Videos can also be shot with the same camera on 1080p and are the amongst the best selfie camera’s out there.
Do check out the following video that compares the Camera capabilities of both these phones in detail.
Mi 6 – The Xiaomi Mi 6 sports a non-removable 3350 mAh battery which pleasantly supports fast charging 3.0 and provides a good battery back on a normal usage. Heavy usage like playing games, watching movies, browsing or even video rendering will get you a day’s charge without any issue. Moreover, quick charge 3.0 is always there to your rescue.
OnePlus 5 – On the other hand this latest flagship from OnePlus features a 3300 mAh battery which supports company’s dash charging functionality version 2.0, which gives you a full day charge with just half an hour of charging. Also battery backup on this one turns down to a day’s charge with average use of the device for almost anything.
Mi 6 – It is priced at Yuan 2499 (~360 USD) and Yuan 2899 (~420 USD) for the 6 GB + 64 GB version and 6 GB + 128 GB versions respectively. For our Indian audience, sadly the phone is not yet launched in India and there’s no official word about its launch yet.
OnePlus 5 – Recently launched OnePlus 5 started retailing at Yuan 2,999 (INR 32,999), and Yuan 3,499 (INR 37999) for the 64 GB and 128 GB variants.
Mi 6 – Mi 6 though is not available in India, you can definitely get it from China and have the first-hand feel of the same. This phone no doubt look mighty and incredibly well built. If shipped with the pricing expected this would make another selling hot cake in India. The camera is good and does provide excellent quality, sharpness, detailing and dynamic range. The entire body is a fingerprint magnet but doesn’t stay there for long once wiped. Build quality as mentioned above is exceptionally well and really gives out a premium feel for a budget pricing. It’s also worth noting that, given the competitive pricing history of Mi Mobiles, we are pretty sure it will give a tough competition to the OnePlus 5 if launched officially in India.
OnePlus 5 – On the other hand the OnePlus 5 is also a snappier device with good ram management which lets you keep a number of apps in the background, which means you can invoke any application from where you have left it. Switching off the device and then expecting the same won’t work in your favor. Lack of OIS had done a lot of damage to the video footage being shot as there is no stabilization at all. EIS, on the other hand, seems good just on papers. Hope future software updates might resolve this issue. All are complaining about them to copy the iPhone 7 build and form factor but we did not feel so since the smartphone as of today is the most powerful Android smartphone with the highest RAM configuration of 8 GB. We feel the camera could have been improved a bit more and display could have been bumped up a bit to justify the new pricing strategy. But then brand endorsements, giveaways, sponsorships and a hell lot of marketing strategies would add up to the advertising and marketing budget of the company which simultaneously increases the price.