Xiaomi Mi 6 has just been launched, with the official availability in global markets set to happen starting next month.
Like last year’s Mi 5, the updated Xiaomi Mi 6 has top-of-the-table hardware specs, same as what you find in the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ – or maybe better. But as usual, the phone is not here to compete with the S8 family, rather, it’s here to completely kill the flagships, just like how OnePlus 3T did in late 2016 and is still doing it!
Released late last year, the OnePlus 3T has been praised by many as the ultimate flagship killer thanks to a combination of a premium design, high-end hardware specs and an unimaginable price tag. Well, this is exactly what Xiaomi has done with the Mi 6 – coming in with a premium design and top-notch specs, yet priced way below the OnePlus 3T. The 3T sells at $439 for the base model and $479 for the high-end variant whereas Xiaomi Mi 6 price starts at $363 for the base model and goes all the way to $435 for the ceramic back high-end variant, although the standard high-end model is valued at around $420.
So, how do these two flagship killers compare in other aspects? Let’s take a closer look.
Design and display
As far as design is concerned, it all comes down to individual preferences. However, these two are up there, with the OnePlus 3T featuring a premium metallic unibody whereas the Xiaomi Mi 6 comes in with a new design featuring rounded and curved edges on all sides of the phone. There’s a metallic frame joining the front and back glass panels and on the front, you’ll come across significant bezels on the top and bottom ends, just like OnePlus 3T.
Both phones have a front-mounted fingerprint scanner located on the bottom bezel, which also doubles as the Home button. You get dual speakers on the Mi 6 for better audio output, but there’s no 3.5mm audio jack like with the case of OnePlus 3T. To listen to audio music on the Mi 6 via headphones, you’ll need the USB-C port, which also doubles as the charging port. The 3T, on the other hand, has a USB-C port that is only meant for charging and PC connectivity.
When it comes to the display, these two phones are quite different. Where the Xiaomi Mi 6 ships with a 5.15-inch Full HD screen, the OnePlus 3T has a bigger 5.5-inch Full HD panel. Due to the smaller size of the Mi 6, you get more crystal clear views as opposed to the larger 3T, but you might never notice this with your naked eyes.
Hardware specs and software
These two phones are monsters when it comes to specs under the hood. Both share the same memory specs – 6GB RAM and 64GB/128GB storage options with no microSD card slot. However, the Xiaomi Mi 6 edges the OnePlus 3T when it comes to the processor, where the former has a newer and more powerful Snapdragon 835 running the show as opposed to the Snapdragon 821 that powers the latter. If anything, it is on this aspect that the Mi 6 starts beating the 3T.
Another area where the Xiaomi Mi 6 wins the battle is software, where you get the latest Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box as opposed to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow that powers the OnePlus 3T out of the box. On the brighter side, the 3T has already received the update to v7.1.1 Nougat and is waiting for the latest v7.1.2 to be released in the coming days. As you may know, both handsets have customized versions of Android.
Camera and battery capacity
On paper, the Xiaomi Mi 6 wins the camera battle, but as you know, it’s only real world tests that can determine how good the cam is when compared to the proven OnePlus 3T. Where the latter has 16MP sensors on the front and back cameras, the former ships with a dual-lens 12MP+12MP camera on the back and an impressive 8MP lens for selfies. One of the main sensors is a wide-angle lens, the other is a telephoto lens. When the abilities of these two sensors are combined, the results should be mind-blowing, so at least to say.
Both devices’ rear cameras have everything that you can dream of for a smartphone camera, be it PDAF, OIS, dual LED flash or even support for 4K video recording. Still, it’s the software optimizations that might determine which camera is better.
As for the batteries, OnePlus 3T has a decent 3400mAh unit that is supported by fast charging technology. However, the Xiaomi Mi 6 should deliver better battery life with its 3350mAh unit thanks to the smaller screen size and enhanced optimizations courtesy of the new Snapdragon 835 processor.
So, now that you know the details of these two, which one do you think deserves your money? OnePlus 3T or the new Xiaomi Mi 6?