Xiaomi Mi 8 has just been unveiled and finally, all the important Chinese flagship phones of the first half of 2018 are official. Now there is just one thing left: understanding which one of these devices is worth buying. With Huawei P20 Pro being the most expensive choice among Chinese flagships, Xiaomi Mi 8 and OnePlus 6 are the most suitable devices for a comparison due to their price. We believe that they are currently the best Chinese phones you can get besides Huawei P20 Pro, and this Xiaomi Mi 8 vs OnePlus 6 comparison will shed some light about their differences and similarities.
Xiaomi Mi 8 vs OnePlus 6
|Xiaomi Mi 8||OnePlus 6|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6 mm, 175 g||155.7 x 75.4 x 7.8 mm, 177 g|
|DISPLAY||6.21 inches, 1080 x 2248p (Full HD+), 19:9 ratio, Super AMOLED||6.28 inches, 1080 x 2280p (Full HD+), 19:9 ratio, Optic AMOLED|
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, octa-core 2.8 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, octa-core 2.8 GHz|
|MEMORY||6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 6 GB RAM, 256 GB||6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB|
|SOFTWARE||Android 8.1 Oreo, MIUI 10||Android 8.1 Oreo, Oxygen OS|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS|
|CAMERA|| Dual 12 + 12 MP, f/1.8 + f/2.4, OIS
20 MP f/2.0 front camera
|Dual 16 + 20 MP, f/1.7 + f/1.7, OIS
16 MP f/2.0 front camera
|BATTERY||3400 mAh, fast charging (Quick Charge 4.0)||3300 mAh, fast charging 5V / 4A (Dash Charge)|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Dual SIM slot||Dual SIM slot|
A beautiful design is a must for a flagship to stand out. This is exactly why Xiaomi and OnePlus has put a lot of efforts in the making of the aesthetics of their latest flagships. Both come with an attractive glass back, as well as a notched display which helps to minimize the bezels. Xiaomi Mi 8 ditches the stainless steel frame found on the Mi 6, but it has a 7000-series aluminum frame. On the other hand, OnePlus 6 is a splashproof device according to the company (no IP certification). It is all about tastes: there is no winner when it comes to design, just choose the one you like the most!
Even when it comes to displays, it is a close fight: both these handsets have a notched 6.2-inch display with a Full HD+ resolution and the AMOLED technology. However, Xiaomi Mi 8 seems to be the only one with the HDR10 compliant, which alongside its 60000:1 contrast ratio and its 600 nits max brightness makes it a slightly better display. Note that OnePlus 6’s display is slightly bigger (6.28 inches vs 6.21 inches) and it has a smaller notch. Xiaomi Mi 8 has a bigger notch because it contains infrared sensors for 3D facial recognition which is not present on the OP6.
Both the devices are powered by the top-end Snapdragon 845 SoC by Qualcomm which runs at a max frequency of 2.8 GHz. The SoC is paired with up to 256 GB of internal storage, however, the OP6 is the only one to come in a variant with 8 GB of RAM. So, at least in this variant, we expect better performance in multi-tasking. Further, OnePlus 6 should have a better overall performance as its software is usually better optimized . But on the other hand, Xiaomi Mi 8 has MIUI 10 out of the box, which we define a way better UI than OxygenOS due to its huge amount of additional features and customizations. You will probably have to choose between more features (Mi 8) and slightly better performance (OP6): what is your pick?
Even though we still haven’t shot a photo with Xiaomi Mi 8, we can make some conclusions regarding its camera performance. On the paper, OP6 has better specs. While OnePlus 6 comes with a 16 + 20 MP dual setup with bright f/1.7 and OIS (only 4K videos), Xiaomi Mi 8 has two 12 MP sensors with f/1.8 and f/2.4 apertures. In Gizmochina’s camera comparison, OnePlus 6 has managed to do slightly better than Xiaomi’s previous flagship Mi Mix 2S with its photo quality. However, Xiaomi claims that Mi 8 out-classed the Mi Mix 2S, and DxOMark has placed it in its top 5 best camera phones. So, we believe it will be a very hard challenge. One thing is sure: both are amazing camera phones, so you will not go wrong if you choose them for their cameras.
None of these devices have a very big battery. These devices willl just have a battery which can reach the end of the day with constant use. Since capacities are almost the same (3400 mAh vs 3300 mAh), they both have an AMOLED display and a similar hardware side, we do not expect a big difference between their battery life. Further, both feature a very efficient fast charging technology.
We cannot make any claims on Xiaomi Mi 8’s price in the global market as it has just been launched in China (for now). In the country, the handset carries a price tag of 2699 Yuan (roughly $421/€360), while OnePlus 6 has been launched at 3199 Yuan ($500/€428). With the actual prices, I think Xiaomi Mi 8 has a higher value for money and there is no real need to spend 80 bucks more.
What’s your pick?
Xiaomi Mi 8 vs OnePlus 6: PROs and CONS
Xiaomi Mi 8
- IR facial recognition
- Outstanding cameras
- AMOLED display
- No expansion slot
- Good display
- Nice camera performance
- Amazing hardware
- No micro SD slot