After much anticipation, Xiaomi finally launched its Mi MIX 2 bezel-less smartphone in India at a price of Rs. 35,999. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 takes design cues from its predecessor Mi MIX and comes with a 5.99-inch full-HD+ bezel-less display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. Besides, it also packs some top-of-the-line specifications such as Snapdragon 835 SoC, 12-megapixel rear camera, and 128GB internal storage. Another recently launched smartphone, OnePlus 5 also boasts of a Snapdragon 835 SoC inside but comes with dual rear camera setup in the Rs. 30,000-Rs. 40,000 segment. Both the smartphones are flagship devices of the Chinese companies that come with almost similar specifications.
Let's quickly jump to the comparison of both the smartphones to help you make the right choice. Notably, this comparison is only between price, features, and specifications on paper. Our review of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 is coming up soon, and that's when we will be able to give you a detailed comparison with a definitive verdict.
OnePlus 5, on the other hand, was launched in June at a starting price of Rs. 32,999 for the base 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant. There's one more model with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage available at a price of Rs. 37,999. The smartphone is already available to buy via Amazon India as well as OnePlus' online and offline stores. As we can see from this contrast that the top 8GB/ 128GB model of OnePlus 5 has the same storage as the Mi MIX 2, but more memory compared to the latter's 6GB of RAM. Thus, with a slight price difference of Rs. 2,000, users get more RAM as well as a dual camera setup on the OnePlus 5.
The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 is a dual-SIM smartphone that runs MIUI 9 based on Android 7.0 Nougat. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC that's coupled with 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM. The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) smartphone sports a 12-megapixel Sony IMX386 rear camera sensor with 1.25-micron pixels, 4-axis optical image stabilisation, 5-piece lens, an f/2.0 aperture, as well as a facial recognition feature. On the front, it bears a 5-megapixel front camera, also with the facial recognition function that can be used to unlock the smartphone.
Coming to OnePlus 5, it supports dual-SIM cards (Nano-SIM) and runs the company's own OxygenOS skin, based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. It features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) Optic AMOLED display with a pixel density of 401ppi (pixels per inch) and 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The OnePlus 5 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC (four cores clocked at 2.45GHz, and four cores clocked at 1.9GHz), coupled with either 6GB or 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM.
As we discussed, the cameras are one of the highlighted features of OnePlus 5. The OnePlus 5's dual rear camera setup supports EIS and bears a 16-megapixel main camera with a 1.12-micron pixel Sony IMX398 sensor and an f/1.7 aperture. This is clubbed with a 20-megapixel telephoto camera featuring a 1-micron pixel Sony IMX350 sensor and an f/2.6 aperture. The OnePlus 5 front camera on the other hand bears a 16-megapixel Sony IMX371 sensor with 1-micron pixels, an f/2.0 aperture, and EIS.
Both the smartphones come with the standard set of connectivity options, including 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v5.0, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, and USB Type-C (v2.0). However, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 comes with support for up to 43 LTE bands across the globe, while the OnePlus 5 supports 30 LTE bands.