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Who is better: Xiaomi Mi6 vs Oneplus 5

Written by Tyler Rondman

Who is better: Xiaomi Mi6 vs Oneplus 5

At the end of 2017, two popular modern flagships – Xiaomi Mi6 and Oneplus 5 came out. If you are having a tight budget and can’t afford Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or iPhone 8, let alone the iPhone X, then it’s pretty cool to choose between these two models. Confused about which one is better? Is it Xiaomi Mi6 or Oneplus 5? Not to mention, the question needs a deep discussion to be answered. Let’s do it.

Feature Comparison

Take a look at the following table, it’ll be easier to navigate through the parameters hereon.

Xiaomi Mi6

Oneplus 5

Display

5.15 inches, 1920×1080, IPS, glass Gorilla Glass 5

5.5 inches, 1920×1080, AMOLED, glass Gorilla Glass 5

Rear camera

Dual: 12 Mp (f / 1.8) + 12 Mp (f / 2.6). Main module IMX 398

Dual, two modules: 16 Mp, f / 1.7, 20 Mp, f / 2.6. The main IMX371 module

Frontal

8 Mp

16 Mp, f / 2

CPU

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, graphics processor Adreno 540

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, graphics processor Adreno 540

RAM

6 GB

6 GB

Disk

64 GB

64 GB

Battery

3350 mAh, fast charging

3300 mAh, quick charge function

From the characteristics it becomes clear that the phone parameters are approximately the same. Differences are only in the cost, cameras and screens. The rest of the phones are almost equal to each other. At least their performance will not be exactly different.

Displays

Xiaomi Mi6 screen

Quite frankly, the Xiaomi Mi6 display is a bit worse. It offers the classic IPS screen, which was previously used in the Mi5s model (the previous flagship). But there are improvements in the new display. The level of minimum and maximum brightness is higher, which is quite good. Surprisingly, in the improved color rendition (juicier and brighter), there are no red halos.

A noteworthy feature of the screen – its minimum brightness is 1 nit (equal to the brightness of one candle). The Chinese (developers) argue that most of the time the user uses the phone in bed in the dark, so a similar brightness setting will provide comfortable reading and save battery power. Indeed, at night it is more pleasant to use the phone.

Also, the new display received an improved reading mode, when activated, the image does not go into yellow tones. Otherwise, there are no revolutionary changes.

Oneplus 5 screen

Oneplus 5 applies a fairly good AMOLED-matrix, previously used in other models of this manufacturer. The Chinese are trying to buy a matrix from Samsung, which causes some enthusiasm for the consumer. Once this matrix was used in the phone, and the display was no worse than that of Samsung. In fact, Samsung sells obsolete technology to its Chinese friends, and its new flagships use advanced materials. The same thing happened with Oneplus 5. Yes, the phone uses a good screen, but it should not be compared with AMOLED-matrices of the latest flagships from Samsung. They are less bright, and while dealing with warm colors, they do not provide advanced power saving modes. In general, a 5.5-inch display with FullHD resolution gives a pixel density of 401 pieces per inch, which is not bad. The image looks clear and detailed. The viewing angles are large, but not maximum. Under the sunlight, it behaviors quite well too.

In terms of the two matrices – IPS in Xiaomi and AMOLED in Onleplus, the latter one wins.

Performance and “iron”

For this parameter, both smartphones will be approximately equal since both models use 8-core chips Snapdragon 835 manufactured by Qualcomm. This processor is currently the latest development of the mentioned company and now they are trying to “shove” it into any more or less worthy flagship. Like the Snapdragon 821, the 835th model is also performing good as per the requirement. With the video accelerator Adreno 540, the newest chip shows excellent results at the time of testing. Despite the fact that having an equal amount of RAM, the “hardware” in the phones is the same, we present the results of comparing phones in the popular benchmark Antutu.

Test result of Xiaomi Mi6:

It achieved 181836 points – a decent result for the modern flagship. If you can remember, the previous smartphone Xiaomi Mi5s scored 121,000 points. Undoubtedly, there is an obvious increase in performance.

Below is the result of testing Oneplus 5:

The phone is slightly inferior in performance, but the backlog is so small that it will be almost invisible to the average user. Since because the phones use different shells, it is necessary to take into account some errors also. So, with a clear conscience we can say that the accessories in the phones, as well as their performance, are equal.

Camera comparison

Camera on Oneplus

Let’s start with Oneplus. With merely the Sony IMX 371 sensor, that makes excellent pictures of high quality, the front camera fails to grab our interest.

The main camera consists of two modules:

1. Sony IMX 398 with aperture f / 1.7 and a resolution of 16 mp.

2. Sony IMX 350 with aperture f / 2.6 and a resolution of 20 megapixels.

One of the lenses is wide-angle, another is designed to create an optical zoom x1.6. In a pair of lenses, it works well. Zooming occurs without loss of quality during daylight, but in the evening when the image approaches, the poor photosensitivity of the 20-megapixel matrix makes it little bit noisy.

Fans will not notice any imperfection in quality. Some drawbacks may be visible through the professionals’ eyes. Certain areas of the image lightning and less wide dynamic range are some of the shortcomings we enlisted so far. Apparently, the camera capabilities of the OnePlus 5 will be enough for the average user. And although the level of the camera of the new flagship is high, the popular dxomark resource does not include it in its rating at all. So, in the face of the Top-level cameras of Google Pixel 2, iPhone 8, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and even the iPhone 7, it clearly does not hold out.

Camera on the Xiaomi Mi6

On the back side of the Mi6 there are also two modules with resolutions of 12 Mp each

3. Wide-angle lens with aperture f / 1.8, module Sony IMX386.

4. Telephoto lens with aperture f / 2.6, module Samsung S5K3M3.

Similar solutions have already been successfully applied in the iPhone 7 Plus, Honor 8 Pro, Huawei P10. Optical stabilization is available only for the basic optics. Since the secondary camera offers an increased image, you will need to get some support with a stabilizer.

The camera in this smartphone is not bad, but obviously not a top-notch quality also. Due to its low points, Dxomark also did not include it in its rating. When photographing in the afternoon, you can expect good and quality images. The software sometimes “pulls out” the frame when shooting in a dimly lit room, though. Night frames are noisy, with low detail and the presence of artifacts.

The background blur is available in both smartphones – a nice bonus, indeed. By the way, in Mi6 only software background blur is available.

Autonomy

The autonomous operation of telephones is another important criterion for comparison. It’s not that the battery capacity always determines the autonomy although in this parameter gadgets are approximately equal.

Offline work of OnePlus 5

In this flagship, as it is supposed, fast charging is supported. In addition, a 100% charged 4 amps battery is sufficiently powerful enough to run up to 65-70 minutes. Refilling 30% of the charge requires just 15 minutes. If suddenly in the morning it is found that the phone battery is lying dead, and you already getting late for work, you’ll find this feature extremely convenient.

A small capacity of 3300 mAh makes it clear that the phone will operate in autonomous mode for a short time. Under normal load, the smartphone works for two days when the display is kept on for 5-6 hours. So, it’s clear that it all depends on the brightness of the screen. As the power consumption of components and particularly, AMOLED-display is small, the phone is evidently chubby.

Autonomous work Xiaomi Mi6

The battery capacity of this Chinese flagship is also similar. At the presentation, the developers seemed to justify themselves and often talked about the fact that most manufacturers use 3500 mAh batteries in their flagships, although at least 4000 mAh is required.

Though the power consumption of the accessories of this phone is almost similar, it does not have the same autonomy as the OnePlus 5. Perhaps the IPS-display consumes more energy. However, you can make the phone charged from zero to 56% in just half an hour and up to 90% in an hour, thanks to QuickCharge 4.0 technology. Capable of taking a lot of workload during the day.

Extra options

The wireless interfaces of phones match with each other. Both of them support the standard 4G (b1 / b3 / b7 / b20 / b38), NFC technology. The phones are equipped with a fingerprint scanner, but do not have any protection from water and dust. We didn’t get any solid information about this. These are all we found worth considering, or we may say, worth comparing.

Conclusion

Comparing the two phones with each other, we can witness a definite victory of Oneplus 5. With a slightly better camera, the smartphone has a good AMOLED display, as well as a higher autonomy. The disadvantage compared to “Xiaomi” is its higher price.

About the author

Tyler Rondman

When he isn't enjoying the beautiful Northwest outdoors, you can find Tyler on business and tech sites, writing about the latest news, analyzing trends, and generally making the Internet a more interesting place.