You want to get a flagship smartphone at an affordable price? Then you must have heard of OnePlus 5, which was launched four months ago. With OnePlus 5 you will have high-end specs, a great software and a dual camera setup. If you’re looking at the read design, OnePlus 5 looks like the iPhone 7 Plus, with large bezels in the front, at the top of the display.
But let’s say you want a different experience and you want to try something else than the OnePlus 5. You could choose Mi Mix 2, which is similar to its predecessor, and will show you a nice design, with narrow bezels and high-end specs.
Let’s see what are the same features that you will find in both Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 and OnePlus 5.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 versus OnePlus 5: Common Features
Both devices are affordable, allowing users to get high value smartphones at smaller costs.
As for internals, both smartphones have a Snapdragon 835, coming in more variants in terms of RAMs. The base variant for both phones have 6 GB RAM. If you get these phones in India, you can get them with 128 GB internal storage. If not, they come with 64 GB. They have global LTE connectivity, Wi-Fi, NFC, and long-lasting batteries.
The operating system is Android 7.1.1 Nougat, running on both devices.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 and OnePlus 5 have a fast response and as far as we tested them, there was no difference in normal tasks.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 versus OnePlus 5: Where Mi Mix 2 Wins
Let’s look at the design and choose a winner. Mi Mix 2 has the frontal camera moved at the bottom, so Xiaomi made a smartphone that has only one thicker bezel than the rest.
Here is where OnePlus 5 loses ground, as it has two thick bezels: at the top and at the bottom of the display.
Mi Mix 2 has a different rear than the OnePlus 5, sporting a glossy finish – that gathers way too many fingerprints – but a good fingerprint sensor positioning for a faster unlocking action.
The front of Mi Mix 2 shows us a 5.99-inch LCD display, unlike the OLED panel that we see at OnePlus 5.
This makes the Mi Mix 2 a great smartphone if you love watching videos in full vivid colors.
Another difference OnePlus 5 is that Mi Mix 2 has a single 12 MP camera setup, whereas OnePlus has a dual camera setup. With OnePlus 5 you will have the Portrait Mode feature, whereas Mi Mix 2 cannot offer it. However, Mi Mix 2 has a better primary sensor than OnePlus.
Mi Mix 2 takes better photographs, with true-to-life colors, where OnePlus over-processing some shots done in the outdoors.
Mi Mix 2 also has a better battery life, having a 3400mAh battery, which combined with the aggressive memory management, an average user will have 4 or 5 on-screen-time and a whole day without charging it.
These are the differences that will make Mi Mix 2 the winner. Let’s see where OnePlus 5 has the upper hand.
This is Where OnePlus 5 Wins the Competition
OnePlus 5 gives users an uncluttered software, with their OxygenOS, providing us with a great user experience. Talking about user experience, the OnePlus has a jack for headphones, unlike the Mi Mix 2 that requires a dongle for inserting a jack.
The frontal camera position in OnePlus 5 is better than the one for Mi Mix 2, with users no longer needing to hold their phones in an awkward position.
OnePlus 5’s operating system – the OxygenOS 4.5.8. is a lot more up to date than the Mi Mix 2 operating system – MIUI 9. The MIUI 9 is in need of a change, as it looks a little too outdated, when you put it next to the OxygenOS 4.5.8.
Which One Should You Buy?
While making a comparison between these smartphones is pretty easy, when it comes to buying a smartphone, there are more things that you have to consider.
The Mi Mix 2 has a durable case, amazing camera and great battery life.
The OnePlus 5 is better if you look at software experience and a headphone jack.
When it comes to pricing, the Mi Mix 2 is found in Asian markets at around $550, similar in price to OnePlus 5. The Midnight Black variant of Mi Mix 2 that has 8GB of RAM and 128GB is $585. In India there is a 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant available too.
If prices are not a priority when you want to get a smartphone, then you have to consider what’s best for you.
If you love the idea of having a clean and smooth software experience with fast updates and you want it to come with that 3.5mm jack, then you should get OnePlus 5.
If you look for a different device that will show you a new design, a better camera sensor and a great battery life, then your best choice is getting a Mi Mix 2.
If you have made up your mind and chose the Mi Mix 2, then you should also know that Xiaomi has their phones on sales this month and that they will soon make Mi Mix 2 available worldwide.