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Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro vs OnePlus 6T: What's the difference?

12 November 2018 5

Last month was full of announcements as almost all OEMs took the stage to unveil their new offerings. The flagships killer manufacturer also took the stage on October 29th to announce the "6T" model of their OnePlus 6. As expected being the T-model it doesn't bring overhauled design instead of the company stick to the basics which they introduced with OnePlus 6. However still the OnePlus 6T brings a lot of goodies to attract buyers who didn't buy OnePlus 6.

OnePlus is known for bringing the top of the line hardware at the affordable price tag. The OnePlus flagships are mostly hundreds of dollars cheaper than the flagships from Samsung, Apple, and other companies. However, in the past few years, other Chinese OEMs also brings new premium phones at aggressive price tags. Huawei's sub-brand Honor and Xiaomi is continuously bringing flagships at the cheaper price tag to rival OnePlus flagships. Same will be the case with the OnePlus 6T it will have to face stiff competition from Xiaomi's latest Mi 8 Pro.

Both the Mi 8 Pro and OnePlus 6T are featuring stylish design, solid hardware, and cameras to attract buyers. Today we will put the latest OnePlus 6T against the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro to know in detail which smartphone is better amongst the two in what aspects. Without any further delay, let's kick off with the design.

74.9 x 157.5 x 8.2 mm
6.41 inches - 2340x1080 px
74.8 x 154.9 x 7.6 mm
6.21 inches - 2248x1080 px
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Design

Following the latest trend, both the devices have aluminum chassis with glass covering the rear side. In terms of looks, both are ultra premium phones. The Mi 8 Pro rear is protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 whereas OnePlus opted Corning Gorilla Glass 6 for the 6T. On the rear side, the Mi 8 Pro dual rear sensors are aligned vertically on the top left corner with LED flashlight between two sensors. The 6T also has dual cameras on the rear side, the sensors are placed vertically in the center.

Both the devices don't have rear fingerprint scanner instead the companies opted in-glass fingerprint scanner. The OnePlus 6T is only available in Mirror and Midnight black variant whereas the Mi 8 Pro comes with transparent back. It certainly distinguishes it from the rest of the phones in the market.

The OnePlus 6T features a waterdrop notch whereas the Mi 8 Pro comes with a standard notch like the iPhone X. Apart from under-glass fingerprint scanner, the 6T comes with a facial scanner whereas the Mi 8 Pro has advance IR facial scanner. Both the devices lack 3.5mm headphone jack instead rely on the USB-C port for connectivity and charging. The OnePlus 6T dimensions are 157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2mm and weigh 185g whereas the Mi 8 Pro is slightly smaller at 154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6mm and weighs 177g.

Display

The OEMs are slowly shifting from LCD to OLED displays. Last year Apple opted OLED display for the iPhone X whereas this year two variants have OLED display. OnePlus is using Samsung's AMOLED display from day first, same is the case with the 6T. Xiaomi also opted AMOLED for the Mi 8 Pro because it is required to embed the under-glass fingerprint scanner.

The prominent difference between the two displays is the top notch. Xiaomi sticks to traditional notch whereas OnePlus refined it further by putting a waterdrop for the selfie camera. The Mi 8 Pro features a 6.21-inches display screen with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2248 pixels and the pixels density is 402 pixels-per-inch. The aspect ratio is 19:9.

The OnePlus 6T has so far the largest display on any Oneplus phone yet. The display panel is of 6.41-inches with a Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 20:9 and the pixels density is 402 pixels-per-inch. Considering both have OLED displays with same pixels density both are on par to each other in terms of colors accuracy, saturation, and deep blacks

Hardware

Being the latest flagship phones both are packed with the latest Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset like most of the latest Android flagships which cost way higher than these two phones. The base model on both the phones have 6GB RAM with 128GB native storage whereas the top of the line variant has 8GB RAM, the 6T also has 256GB native storage whereas Mi 8 Pro sticks to 128GB only. Both the devices lack support for memory expansion via MicroSD.

Both the phones have Bluetooth 5.0 on board for connectivity. In terms of performance, both the devices are amongst the best in the market. The Snapdragon 845 chipset is built on the second gen 10nm process that's why it isn't as fast as the latest Kirin 980 or Apple's A12 Bionic chipset. The Snapdragon 845 chipset successor is due in the next few months. However, considering the current gen flagships, both have the latest best ultra fast chipset to handle heavy multi-tasking and HIFI games.

Specs Mi 8 Pro OnePlus 6T
Display 6.21-inches 6.41-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2248 pixels 1080 x 2340 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845 Snapdragon 845
RAM 6,8GB 6,8GB
Storage 128GB Non-Expandable 128.256GB Non-Expandable
Rear cameras Dual 12MP 16+20MP
Front camera 20MP 16MP
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack NO NO
Software Android Oreo with MIUI 9 Android Pie with Oxygen OS
IP68 NO NO
Battery 3,000mAh 3,700mAh

Battery

The OnePlus 6T is packed with a fairly large 3,700mAH battery cell. One of the major upgrades with the 6T was indeed the larger battery cell as opposed to OnePlus 6. The Mi 8 Pro comes with a significantly smaller 3,000mAH battery. Despite having glass rear both the devices lacks support for wireless charging.

The Mi 8 Pro features the Quick charge 4.0+ for fast charging whereas the 6T comes with company's own fast charging tech which was dubbed as Dash charging in past. Thanks to a larger cell on board the 6T perform much better than the Mi 8 Pro.

Cameras

As far as cameras are a concern both the phones are featuring dual sensors on the rear side. Both the sensors are pretty good considering the phone pricing. The Mi 8 Pro primary sensor is 12MP with f/1.8 aperture and pixels size is 1.4µm whereas the secondary sensor is 12MP zoom sensor with f/2.4 aperture and optical zoom up to 2x. Both the sensors have optical and electronic image stabilization.

The OnePlus 6T's primary rear snapper is 16MP with f/1.7 aperture and pixels size is 1.22µm, the secondary sensor is a depth-sensing 20MP sensor with f/1/.7 aperture. Only the primary sensor in the 6T has optical image stabilization.

Thanks to large pixels the Mi 8 Pro camera is capable to capture more light in low-light scenarios. Xiaomi is utilizing AI to enhance the capturing experience for quite some time, same is the case with the Mi 8 Pro. The 6T comes with a new Nightscape mode which enhances the device low-light capturing capabilities.

Up front, the selfie snapper on the 6T is a 16MP module with f/2.0 aperture. On the other hand, the MI 8 Pro comes with a 20MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture. Despite having a single snapper on the front both are capable to capture portrait shots using software prowess to capture depth-sensing info. Despite the fact, both have solid camera hardware but still, both lack the grunt like the latest iPhones and Samsung flagships.

Software

Both the companies strategy of rolling updates and custom UI is different. OnePlus custom Oxygen OS is quite thin over the stock version of Android OS whereas the Xiaomi's MIUI is quite thick with a lot of bloatware. The OnePlus custom version of OS is specially optimized to enhance the performance. The 6T is pre-installed with Android Pie with Oxygen OS skin over it.

Oneplus utilizes most of the Google services with minimal bloatware that's why its custom UI is quite close to the stock version of Android OS. If you like clean UI with minimal bloatware the 6T will certainly attract you. The Mi 8 Pro is running on the Android Oreo 8.1 with MIUI 9 layer over it.

As mentioned above the Xiaomi's MIUI skin is quite heavy that's why it looks distinctly different from stock Android. Xiaomi brings few more additional apps and also duplicates most of the Google apps. Another important aspect is OnePlus rolls out new software quite quickly whereas the Xiaomi's track record of rolling new updates isn't pretty great.

Conclusions:

The Mi 8 Pro and OnePlus 6T emerge as one of the best alternatives for those who want the premium phone but don't want to spend a hefty amount. The 6T base variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage can be purchased at $549 whereas the Mi 8 Pro base model is available at £499.99. Both the phones have glass and metal sandwich design, however, the placement of cameras and size of the notch is different. Both have OLED displays with Full HD+ screen resolution. In the display, design and hardware department both the devices are on par to each other.

The 6T takes lead in the battery and software department due to the larger battery cell, clean UI and fast new updates. In the end, the pricing won't be a factor because of both falls in the same category of budget-friendly flagships.

In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding OnePlus 6T vs Mi 8 Pro in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

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