OnePlus 6 vs Xiaomi Mi 8: Flagships On A Budget, Which Is Better?

OnePlus 6 vs Xiaomi Mi 8

OnePlus 6 vs Xiaomi Mi 8 flagship face-off is about to begin guys. These affordable flagship smartphones have a lot in common and they will be going head to head in this specs comparison. After the success of the OnePlus 5T, OnePlus introduced the OnePlus 6 in May. A month later Xiaomi introduced the Mi 8 during its eight years anniversary in China.

These two smartphones give you everything you need in a flagship smartphone. Compared to other flagships from Apple, Samsung, Sony, Huawei, LG and other big guns, the Mi 8 and OnePlus 6 gives you flagship features on a cheap. But which of these smartphones gives the best value for money? Which is the best to buy? All your questions will be answered in a bit.

OnePlus 6 Vs Xiaomi Mi 8 – Design

The OnePlus 6 had an aluminium body and frame, with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top. The positioning of the dual rear camera on the OnePlus 6 isn’t what we will consider as trendy compared to the Mi 8. Nonetheless the Mi 8 sports an exquisite aluminium from the 7000 series with the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top as well.

OnePlus 6 vs Xiaomi Mi 8

The OnePlus 6 measures 7.8 mm in thickness, while the Mi 8 is slimmer, measuring just 7.6mm in thickness. The OnePlus 6 is also heavier, weighing 177g while the Mi 8 is more lightweight at 175g. The OnePlus was launched in Midnight Black, Mirror Black and a limited edition Silk White, while the Mi 8 gives you more colour options, it’s available in Black, Blue, White and Gold colour.

OnePlus 6 Vs Xiaomi Mi 8 – Display

Both of the devices come with the trending notched screen no doubt. But we have to give it to the OnePlus 6 for having a tiny notch compared to the massive notch on the Mi 8. The OnePlus 6 has a 6.28-inch Optic AMOLED screen that has 1080 x 2280 pixels in resolution and 402 ppi density.

While the Mi 8 has a 6.21-inch Super AMOLED screen boasting of 1080 x 2248 pixels in resolution and the same 402 ppi density. Both screens have DCI-P3 and a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top. It’s a close call in the Display department but we love the tiny notch on the OnePlus 6.

OnePlus 6 Vs Xiaomi Mi 8 – Camera

If there’s one thing flagships are known for, it’s their photography prowess. The Mi 8 debuted at number 5 on DXOMARK, thanks to its dual 12MP + 12MP cameras with f/1.8 and f/2.4 aperture respectively. The camera boasts of 1.4µm pixel size, 4-axis OIS, dual pixel PDAF, 2x optical zoom and dual-LED flash in between.

While the OnePlus 6 sports dual 16MP + 20MP rear shooters, both has f/1.7 aperture, 1.22µm, gyro-EIS, OIS and a dual-LED flash as well. The OnePlus 6 and Mi 8 both shoot 4K videos @ 60fps. The OnePlus 6 has a 16MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture, while the Mi 8 has a 20MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture, both support Face ID.

Buy OnePlus 6 on Gearbest @ $509 

Buy  Xiaomi Mi 8 on Gearbest @ $569

OnePlus 6 Vs Xiaomi Mi 8 – Hardware and Software

Both devices are powered by the Snapdragon 845 chip from Qualcomm and clocks at a fast speed of 2.8GHz. The graphics are also the same on both, the Adreno 630 does its job in that department. However, the Mi 8 won on so many benchmark results in terms of performance.

In the storage and RAM department, both devices are identical as well. They both have a 6BG RAM variant, with 64/128/256GB storage variants as well. However, the 128/256GB storage variant on the OnePlus 6 has 8GB of RAM. They both run on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box as well.

OnePlus 6 Vs Xiaomi Mi 8 – Battery

The OnePlus 6 is powered by a 3300mAh non-removable Li-Po battery with support for fast charging technology (Dash Charge). Whereas the Mi 8 houses a bigger 3400mAh non-removable Li-Po battery with fast charging technology as well (Quick Charge 4.0+).

OnePlus 6 Vs Xiaomi Mi 8 – Price Comparison

Of course, each storage variant has a different price tag but the 64GB storage and 6GB RAM of both devices are what we will be comparing. The Mi 8 has a starting price of $399 on shopping stores, while the OnePlus is more expensive with a starting price of $499.

 Conclusion

These devices are quite competitive with each other even on benchmarks, it’s so difficult to pick a winner. However, when we look at the price, the Mi 8 offers more value for money.

Posted by Joseph Young

Africa's most sought-after Mobile Reporter.

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