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The U.S. smartphone industry has been receiving a lot of serious competition from Chinese manufacturers thanks to their cheap smartphones that come with high-end specs.

Among the two common Chinese brands are OnePlus and Xiaomi and for sure, these companies have succeeded in catching the attention of smartphone users not just from the U.S., but also from other parts of the world.

As noted above, Xiaomi and OnePlus are well-established in the lower-end market, offering users with the best smartphones at very affordable prices. However, this does not mean these companies haven’t given it a go in the high-end niche. They are equally doing well in this market with amazing smartphones that are giving top dogs such as HTC, Samsung and Apple a run for their money. The most common flagships from these two companies are the OnePlus 2 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 2.

OnePlus 2

When matters of brand names are set aside, you will find no reason as to why you shouldn’t ditch your high-end smartphone for any of OnePlus 2 or Xiaomi Redmi Note 2. The features and specs installed in these phones are no doubt high-end and for sure, these devices are a worthy replacement for your top-end gizmo. Here is a detailed look at the two Chinese flagships.

Display screen

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is equipped with a screen size of 5.5 inches with full HD and a resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels. This screen eventually gives you a pixel density of 401ppi, which is no different from what you get with the iPhone 6 Plus. The OnePlus 2 also comes with similar screen display specifications, which means that the display quality you get is the same on both devices. You will also enjoy multi-touch as well as 16M colors on both handsets.

Hardware specs

The Redmi Note2 has a better hardware configuration than that of the OnePlus 2. You will come across two 8-core Cortex-AS53 processors that are clocked at 2.2GHz and 2.0GHz on the former phone while the latter is installed with two quad-core processors, a Cortex-A53 that is clocked at 1.56GHz and a Cortex-A57 that is clocked at 1.82GHz.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 vs. Redmi Note 3

All of these cores are embedded in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset and unlike the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2; the OnePlus 2 does not change the internal storage along with the processor configurations. The Redmi Note 2 is equipped with a MediaTek Mt6795 chipset.

Internal storage and RAM

As noted above, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 changes the internal storage by the processor configurations. There are two variants with 16GB and 32GB of internal storage. On the former variant you will find a 2GHz processor while the latter variant is equipped with a 2.2GHz processor. However, it is only the Chinese model of the former phone that comes with an expandable memory slot of up to 32GB.

On the contrary, the OnePlus 2 smartphone has two variants of internal storage offering 16GB and 64GB. The former model comes with a RAM of 3GB while the latter model is equipped with an amazing RAM of 4GB. There is no room for expanding internal storage using a microSD card.


The two Chinese flagships have the same rear camera of 13MP, and both have an LED flash. When it comes to recording videos, the OnePlus 2 model is better equipped with its ability to record up to 2160p videos at 30fps as well as 720p videos at 30fps. On the other hand, the Redmi Note 2 only manages 1080p videos at 30fps. The front-facing camera on both devices is 5MP.

Battery life

Battery life has become a crucial element of smartphones and manufacturers are looking at all possible ways to address this issue. Batteries with larger capacities are constantly coming out, and we have seen Google introduce the Doze feature in the new Android 6.0 M OS, just to work on the battery life of Android phones.

The new Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 has a battery unit of 3060mAh that can manage up to 11 and a half hours of 3G talk time. The unit you get on the OnePlus 2 is much better at 3300mAh, but there is no info on the average talk time it offers.

Pricing and release date

Pricing of Chinese smartphones is what makes them quickly gain ground in this highly competitive handset market. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is currently available in China only, and it exchanges hands at a mere $125. On the other hand, the OnePlus 2 is currently available on an invite basis. However, the handset can also be bought from third party online sellers who value it at $359.