Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 and the OnePlus 5 are great phones to consider for a budget of 35K
OnePlus and Xiaomi have been successful in creating a great groundwork for their presence in the Indian market. Not only did they release a number of smartphones; they also managed to grab everybody’s attention and sustain its fan following.
While one OEM focused on catering the entry-level segment by offering smartphones with above average bells and whistles in that range. The other OEM had their eye set on the flagship category with mid range price tag. They too offered more than one would’ve thought of; and went on to become the, “Most trusted phone brand in India.”
In 2017, both the OEMs up their game and have delivered an evolutionary phones when compared to their predecessors.
Today; we’re going to compare the OnePlus 5 and Mi Mix 2 with each other. The OnePlus 5 is priced at Rs. 32,999 for the 64 GB and 6 GB RAM version while the 8 GB RAM / 128 GB storage version comes with a price tag of Rs. 37,999. One the other hand the Mi Mix 2 has a price tag of Rs. 35,999 and comes with 6 GB of Ram and there is 128 GB of internal storage.
The Mi Mix 2 is priced cleverly between both the OnePlus 5 models and making it cheaper compared to the more expensive OnePlus 5. Also, there is Nokia 8 and LG G6 which are selling in the sub 40k price and offer a compelling proposition.
OnePlus has slightly changed the design of the phone when compared to the OnePlus 3. It shed only 0.1mm thickness but that too made a huge difference. Since the “horizon line” as marketed by OnePlus was actually making the phone feel much thinner.
While the back still rocks the solid smooth aluminum body; the front has also seen a minimal change. While, excluding the thick top and bottom bezels; the side bezels have been further slimmed down.
The buttons placement and the headphone jack remain where they were in the last iteration.
Sadly, unlike the other OEM; OnePlus was unable to deliver an 18:9 display ratio. As confirmed by the company themselves, they have the resources of doing it in next year’s flagship.
Mi Mix 2
While the bezel less phones might’ve become a trend this year; it was Xiaomi which made it possible in a smartphone which didn’t sacrifice the list of latest specifications as well.
The Mi Mix was a concept phone and hence was only released in China. Although, this time they’ve decided to have a global launch with their second iteration.
The Mi Mix 2 looks almost the same, it still retains the ceramic back with almost zero bezels up top and sides along with the selfie camera placed at the right bottom corner. This time they’ve used a darker glass for the lens to make it less visible.
Overall there’s no huge change except for the fact that they’ve embarrassed the old school earpiece instead of the, “cantilever piezoelectric ceramic acoustic technology” used last time. Also the smartphone is smaller and easier to hold compared to the original Mi Mix which came with a 6.4 Inch Display.
While, many OEMs have entered the bezel less race; OnePlus have stuck to their guns and have gone with the standard 16:9 display ratio. They’ve also retained the 5.5 inch Full HD Optic AMOLED display used in the OnePlus 3. Although, this time the side bezels are almost absent and looks slightly better than the predecessors.
Unfortunately, there’s a slight jelly effect which is caused when scrolling through pages or any app. This happened because this time; OnePlus have stuck the display upside down and hence this might’ve caused quite a stir between the users.
All in all it’s almost the same and won’t be the talking point of this device for sure. The device comes with a 5.5 Inch Full HD (1920*1080) pixels super Amoled Display.
Mi Mix 2
Xiaomi was one of the pioneers to sport a near bezel less display in their first concept Mi Mix. Although that did make a splash in the water and created a huge stir for other big OEMs to cope up with their technology.
Forward to 2017, most of the OEMs did join the bandwagon and came up with new 18:9 ratio aspect by eliminating the bezels.
It’s all new 6 inch FHD+ display (2160*1080 pixels) with 18:9 ratio makes it look much more appealing than the OnePlus 5.
Both the smartphones share similar specifications making them a worthy flagship of 2017.
The phones are driven by Qualcomm’smost powerful Snapdragon 835 SOC paired with 6GB/8GB of RAM.
They both come with 64GB/128GB of internal storage respectively. Although, Xiaomi has an upper hand over it since it supports expandable storage. Where as OnePlus users are restricted with what storage option they chose.
All in all both of them are able to provide lag free gaming and day to day work experience. They’re also able to compete with each other flawlessly without even breaking a sweat!
Optics have become an integral part of the smartphone line up these days. They can easily make/break the popularity of smartphones.
OnePlus smartphones have always delivered the best performance compared to the expensive competitors out there. Although, it did fall behind in the optics department which somehow gave away the secret of the low it was offered at.
This time OnePlus changed their focus and literally gave articulate attention to the camera section. The all new OP5 now features dual 16MP + 20MP rear sensors; making it currently the highest dual megapixels implemented on a smartphone till date.
The 16 MP, f/1.7 is the primary camera, offering stellar picture clarity with the help of EIS, and also helps in capturing more detailed shots compared to its predecessors which came with f/2.0 aperture instead.
The other 20MP, f/2.4 telephoto lens helps in 2x lossless optical zoom. Also, the user can further zoom in 10x which will change to digit zoom but will also try to keep the details intact in order to get a crisp shot.
It’s somewhat of the same set-up found in iPhone 7 Plus, although there’s one thing where iPhone might’ve an upper hand. The primary camera in the 7 Plus sport OIS; which is sadly missing in OP5. While the front is still sporting 16MP sensor found on the OnePlus 3T.
Overall, the camera does click much better pictures and does provide the best image quality in the OnePlus lineup.
Mi Mix 2
When Xiaomi released their Mi 6 this year with the dual camera set-up; it was somewhat given that the new Mi Mix 2 will also sport the similar setup.
To all our surprise, they went with the traditional single 12 MP sensor with 4-axis OIS to deliver stabilized video. At the front it still comes with 5 MP sensor; which seems to be a lot less, especially when compared to the competition featuring much higher pixels to compete the selfie game.
Overall, Xiaomi isn’t marketing it as the camera centric phone, instead its touted to sport a unique bezel less 18:9 display ratio with all the bells and whistles.
It comes with Android N v7.1.1 out of the box. It still offers a smooth near stock experience with great little features which are smartly tucked in the settings and doesn’t constantly bother the users.
Also, the peculiar attention to software updates and security patches keeps the OnePlus flagship in the league at least for the first year. It’s not too bland and not too skin heavy; basically a perfect combination of features and simplicity and optimization throughout the OS.
Additionally, the OnePlus 5 is expected to get the Android 8.0 Oreo update in next couple of months keeping the buyers ahead of the rest.
Mi Mix 2
Xiaomi is known for it’s MIUI skin across counties with its varied lineup. The Mi Mix 2 is no different and captures the essence of the OS Xiaomi wants to deliver.
Its nowhere near stock Android but also manages to create it’s own set of fans out there. It’s feature loaded and can take a while for users to get used to of it. But once they’re, it’s smooth and stutter free for the most part.
Although, Xiaomi doesn’t have much of a great track record when it comes to simple pushing out updates or even security patches for that matter.
Hence, if one can settle for this sacrifice; the overall experience is enjoyable in the smartphone for every age group.
Honorable mentions – Battery Life and Other Features
The OP5 comes with 3300mAh battery while the Mi Mix 2 comes with slightly larger 3400mAh battery. Both the smartphones sport USB type-C port and can deliver faster charging speeds as well.
They feature Dual SIM capability along with all the necessary sensors. Astoundingly, Xiaomi and OnePlus both have increased their number of compatible cellular network bands which in return also helps them to be a global smartphone.
OnePlus 5 and MI Mix 2 both are super fast smartphones and are also aggressively priced at approx $600 (Rs 35,000) for their top variants. While the OnePlus 5 offers great near stock Android Experience, faster updates, better Dual camera and a robust design.
Choice is tough – Pick the features which you want more from Your Nxt Phone
Mi Mix 2 stands out with a custom MiUi experience, a more catchy and head turning design, incredible display to watch movies and videos. I think both the phones have own merits and shortfalls and you will have to pick one over the other based on what you want more in terms of camera, software experience or a glitzy display.
My own priorities are mostly camera and a more stock Android like experience, so OnePlus is a better choice for me, though Mi Mix 2 is a phone which can definitely make your co-workers envious.
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