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OnePlus 5T vs Mi Mix 2: How do they differ?

28 November 2017 5

The flagship killer smartphone manufacturer OnePlus announced their latest premium smartphone last week as OnePlus 5T. The latest OnePlus 5T is bringing the futuristic design with the top-notch hardware under the hood. The internals of OnePlus 5T is pretty much capable to challenge the existing big players which are available at double of its price tag. Being a flagship killer the OnePlus 5T will challenge the Samsung, LG, Apple, HTC, Google flagships. We already put the OnePlus 5T head-to-head against the Galaxy S8, Pixel 2 XL, iPhone X and predecessor OnePlus 5.

Without any doubt, this year will be remembered as the year when bezels of the smartphones removed and almost all smartphone manufacturers jumped into this arena. The bezel-less smartphones aren't new at all but instead, we have seen first bezel-less smartphone back in 2014 but it wasn't adapter by mainstream manufacturers until this year. Last year Xiaomi was the first company to introduce bezel-less flagship smartphone with the edge-to-edge display. The device success for sure prompted other companies to join in this race with their bezel-less devices.

This is one of the reasons we have seen bezel-less flagships from LG, Samsung, HTC, Apple, Google, Honor, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi and recently OnePlus also released their first bezel-less device. Today we will put the OnePlus 5T in head-to-head competition against the Xiaomi's Mi Mix 2 on the basis of specs sheet. We are hopeful this comparison will certainly help you decide which device is better amongst the two in terms of design, display, hardware, software, cameras, battery, and pricing. Without any further ado, let's start with the design of both the devices.

75 x 156.1 x 7.3 mm
6.01 inches - 2160x1080 px
75.5 x 151.8 x 7.7 mm
5.99 inches - 2160x1080 px
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Design

Both the devices are featuring premium design language, however, the build material is different on both the devices. The OnePlus 5T is once again featuring a unibody metal-clad design which they introduced with the predecessor OnePlus 5, the only prominent change in the design is full front-facing display. The dual rear snappers are placed in the top left corner horizontally with dual LED flashlight. Another change in the design is the change of fingerprint scanner position which is now on the rear side of the center below the dual cameras.

Its good to see the fingerprint scanner is placed exactly the same position where usually forefinger is when user hold the device so you won't smudge on the camera like Galaxy S8. Due to metal design, it doesn't attract fingerprints like glass rear. The edges are round so that the device can be grabbed easily with the single hand. Once again OnePlus opted a 3.5mm headphone jack and USB Type-C for connectivity and charging. Unfortunately once again the device lacks IP-ratings.

On the other hand, the Mi Mix 2 is featuring 7000 series aluminum chassis with ceramic rear body. All four edges are curved which makes it an easy device to hold. The Ceramic rear of Mi Mix 2 looks more premium as opposed to the metal rear of OnePlus 5T. In terms of refinement and sleekness, the OnePlus 5T takes lead. The metal rear of OnePlus 5T is more prone to the scratches as opposed to Mi Mix 2. It is also not water and dust resistant.

The Mi Mix 2 is still featuring a single camera module in the center with dual LED flashlight right next to it. The fingerprint scanner is placed on the camera sensor. Unfortunately it lacks the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack but instead, you will either have to use Type-C headphones or Bluetooth headset.

Display

The key selling aspect of both the device is their edge-to-edge display with minimal bezels on top and bottom. Both the devices have ultra-thin bezels but the Mi Mix 2 takes lead in this section due to no bezel on top and edge. The Mi Mix 2 front-facing camera is placed on the bottom bezel whereas the earphone speaker is also hidden on the top.

The OnePlus 5T is featuring a 6.01-inches display with 2:1 aspect ratio. The display screen resolution is 1080 x 2160 pixels. Its an AMOLED display panel with punchy colors and deep blacks. The display pixels density is 401 pixels-per-inch. It is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glas 5. On the other hand, the Mi Mix 2 is featuring a 5.99-inches display, it's an LCD display with same Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The display pixels density is 403 pixel-per-inch. It is bright with great contrast ratio but not as good as OnePlus 5T's AMOLED display.

Hardware

Being the latest flagships both the devices are packed with the latest hardware. The OnePlus 5T is powered up by the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 835 SoC with Adreno 540 on board as Graphics processing unit. The base variant comes with 6GB RAM and built-in native storage is 64GB which isn't further expandable via MicroSD card. The top of the line variant comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB memory.

The Mi Mix 2 is also running on the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC with Adreno 540 GPU. The Mi Mix 2 is available only in the single variant of 6GB RAM with 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage. Its storage is also not expandable via MicroSD card. Both the devices are powerful enough to handle multi-tasking and HIFI games. You won't disappoint with the performance of the aforementioned smartphones but the 8GB RAM variant of OnePlus 5T is more future proof and it is also the first Android smartphone in the market which beats the iPhone X in performance, So if you are looking for a future-proof device the OnePlus 5T 8GB RAM variant is better choice amongst the two.

Specs OnePlus 5T Mi Mix 2
Display 6.0-1inches AMOLED 5.99-inches LCD
Screen resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels 1080 x 2160 pixels
Chipset Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835
RAM 6/8GB 6GB
Storage 64/128GB Non-Expandable 64/128/256GB Non-Expandable
Rear camera 16MP+20MP 12MP
Front camera 16MP 5MP
Battery 3,300mAh 3,400mAh
USB Type-C Type-C
IP-ratings None None
OS Android Nougat with Oxygen Android Nougat with MIUI 9
Software

The software section of both the devices is totally different as both are bringing different UI layers over the stock Android OS. The OnePlus 5T is pre-installed with the Android Nougat 7.1.1 with Oxygen OS layer over it. The Oxygen OS is bringing a number of features which are not available on the stock OS but the good thing is it still remains fluid like the stock Android OS.

Another new feature which OnePlus introduced with the 5T is the inclusion of facial recognition feature which used the device selfie-camera to identify the user. The OnePlus 5T camera identifies the user on the 100 points and it is pretty fast, once your face is in front of the camera it will unlock the device in a blink of the eye. However, it doesn't work in low-light conditions and during the night.

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is running on the Android Nougat 7.1 with MIUI 9 layer over it. The new MIUI version brings support for the split window as well as Google Assistant. The MIUI brings a number of features that's why it looks heavy and also it isn't as smooth as Oxygen OS. OnePlus already confirmed they will be rolling out Android Oreo 8.0 in January 2018 whereas Xiaomi is so far silent regarding their plan of updating Mi Mix 2 with Android Oreo.

Camera

As far as cameras are a concern, both the devices are bringing different camera setup. The OnePlus 5T is featuring dual cameras on the rear side whereas the Mi Mix 2 is featuring single rear camera lens. The OnePlus 5T primary rear snapper is the 16MP module with f/1.7 aperture and pixel size is 1.12 um, the secondary camera sensor is the 20MP module with f/1.7 aperture and pixel size is 1 um. Both the sensors are the color lens, the company ditched the telephoto lens which they introduced with the OnePlus 5. The dual rear cameras have large aperture to capture good light even in low-light conditions. The secondary sensor on the OnePlus 5T merges four pixels to bring more light.

The Mi Mix 2 is featuring a single camera Sony IMX 382 sensor of 12MP with OIS and the pixel size is 1.25 um. The Pixel size of Mi Mix 2 rear snapper is larger than OnePlus 5T. The OnePlus 5T owners can enjoy Bokeh effect which allows the user to blur the background while focusing solely on the subject. The Mi Mix 2 camera performs average in daylight, however, it struggles badly in low-light conditions whereas the OnePlus 5T dual camera setup main aim is to bring better quality images even in low-light conditions.

The front-facing selfie camera on the OnePlus 5T is the 16MP module with f/2.0 aperture whereas the selfie-cam on the Mi Mix 2 is the 5MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture.

Price

As far as Price is a concern both the devices fall into the same category of bringing top-tier hardware at an affordable price tag. The OnePlus 5T base variant comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage at $499 whereas the top of the line variant with 128GB storage can be grabbed for $559. The Mi Mix 2 all variants have 6GB RAM, the only difference is in internal storage. The base variant has 64GB storage, it can be purchased for $505, the 128GB memory variant costs $555 whereas the top of the line model with 256GB memory will cost you $615.

The Mi Mix 2 is widely available in most of the regions whereas the OnePlus 5T pre-orders kicked off in many regions with an immediate release. In both cases, you don't have to wait much to grab any one of the aforementioned variants of OnePlus 5T and Mi Mix 2.

Battery

The OnePlus 5T lights are kept on by a 3,300mAh battery cell, it comes with a USB Type-C port for connectivity and charging. Like most of the flagships it comes with fast charging support, the company's own Dash Charge tech is on board which quickly charges the device even faster than Qualcomm's Quick Charge3.0. A 30 minutes charge brings you juice for the whole day. So if your device is 100% charged it easily last one day on normal to heavy usage.

The Mi Mix 2, unfortunately, packs with a slightly smaller battery cell of 3,400mAh as opposed to original Mi Mix which features 4,400mAh battery. It supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 for fast charging. Both the devices are featuring Full HD+ display that's why both the devices easily last one day on normal usage.

Conclusion

Without any doubt, both the devices are bringing striking design, top-tier hardware, good battery cell and affordable price tag. The design language is different on both the devices. The OnePlus 5T will attract who like unibody metal-clad design whereas the Mi Mix 2 is the only premium flagship in the market with 2:1 display and ceramic rear. The OnePlus 5T dual rear snappers are far better than Mi Mix 2 single camera lens, the front-facing snapper on the flagship killer is also better than Mi Mix 2. In battery section, the fast charging tech on OnePlus 5T is better, however, the Mi Mix 2 battery cell is slightly larger.

In terms of software, the OnePlus 5T features a clean UI whereas the Mi Mix 2 has bulky UI software. The Mi Mix 2 lacks facial recognition feature and it also doesn't support double social apps like OnePlus 5T. At the end the price tag of both the devices is pretty similar, however, OnePlus 5T is more widely available than Xiaomi Mi Mix 2. Feel free to share your views regarding the OnePlus 5T vs Mi Mix 2 in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons and previews.

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