OnePlus 5 vs. Xiaomi Mi 6: Good just doesn't cut it anymore

OnePlus 5 vs. Xiaomi Mi 6: Good just doesn't cut it anymore

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The OnePlus 5 is good, but the Mi 6 is better.

It’s getting harder to justify spending over $700 on a phone — even on a device as good as the Galaxy S8 — when there are alternatives like the OnePlus 5 available that offer 90% of the features for under $500. Then there’s the Xiaomi Mi 6, which manages to undercut the OnePlus 5 while offering similar specs.

Both OnePlus and Xiaomi stepped up this year, introducing dual cameras, sleeker designs, and build quality that’s on par with the best that Samsung and LG have to offer. If you’re in the market for a $500 phone that offers top-notch internals and great value for money, read on.

Hardware

I wasn’t a fan of the Mi 5 last year. The device wasn’t quite as good as the OnePlus 3, but this time around, it’s a much more even contest. That’s all down to Xiaomi sorting out the issues from last year — simply put, the Mi 6 is Xiaomi’s best handset to date. The hardware is stunning to behold, and the software has picked up much-needed polish.

Category
OnePlus 5
Xiaomi Mi 6
Operating System
OxygenOS 4.5, Android 7.1.1 Nougat
MIUI 8.2, Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Display
5.5-inch 1920×1080 AMOLED panelGorilla Glass 5401ppi pixel density
5.15-inch 1080p (1920×1080) IPS LCD panel3D curved glass428ppi pixel density
Chipset
Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835Four Kryo 280 cores at 2.45GHzFour Kryo 280 cores at 1.90GHz10nm
Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835Four Kryo 280 cores at 2.45GHzFour Kryo 280 cores at 1.90GHz10nm
GPU
Adreno 540
Adreno 540
RAM
6/8GB LPDDR4X
6GB LPDDR4
Storage
64/128GB UFS 2.1
128GB/256GB
Expandable
No
No
Battery
3300mAh
3350mAh
Charging
USB-CDash Charge
USB-CFast charging (5V/2A)
Water resistance
No
No
Rear Camera 1
16MP (IMX398), f/1.7, 1.12-micron pixels, EISDual LED flash, 4K 30 fps
12MP camera (IMX386) with 1.25-micron pixels, 4-axis OIS and f/1.8 lensdual-tone LED flash, PDAF4K video recording
Rear Camera 2

Article originally published at: Android Central