OnePlus 6 Vs Xiaomi Mi 8: Top Notch Flagships

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OnePlus 6 Vs Xiaomi Mi 8: Top Notch Flagships

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If 2017 was all about that dual-camera setup, then 2018 is about that notch. Before MWC 2018, many expected this year’s smartphones to focus on AI and machine learning. However, the iPhone X set the trend of the notch in motion. The OnePlus 6 and Xiaomi Mi 8 are two 2018 flagship devices that have implemented the notch but, in two completely different ways.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 has a wider notch but, it also houses all the tech required for 3D facial recognition. After the iPhone X, the Mi 8 is the first smartphone to feature 3D facial recognition technology, similar to Apple’s Face ID. The OnePlus 6, on the other hand, features a narrower notch which helps the company reduce the size of the bezels and incorporate a bigger display without really increasing the overall footprint of the smartphone.

In a lot of ways, the Xiaomi Mi 8 and OnePlus 6 are similar. Both the devices use an AMOLED display with FullHD+ resolution and run on the latest Snapdragon 845 chipset. Even in terms of pricing, both the devices are much more affordable when compared to the likes of Galaxy S9, HTC U12+ or the iPhone X. The Mi 8 starts at a price of CNY 2,699 (Rs 28400 approx.) while the OnePlus 6 in China starts at a price of CNY 3199 (Rs 33800 approx.). In India, while the OnePlus 6 retails for Rs 34999 (base model), the Mi 8 might never launch.

The Xiaomi Mi 8, design-wise, takes a lot of inspiration from the iPhone X. The presence of a wide notch like the iPhone X and the vertically placed dual camera setup is very similar to Apple’s current flagship. The Mi 8, however, fails to replicate one of the most impressive design features of the iPhone X. The iPhone X doesn’t have a chin, while the Mi 8 has a chin very similar to the OnePlus 6.

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Both the Mi 8 and OnePlus 6 also feature a dual-camera setup on the back. The Mi 8 has a primary 12MP RGB sensor with an f/1.8 aperture coupled with a 12MP telephoto lens with an f/2.4 aperture and 1-micron pixel size. The notch houses a 20MP AI camera with an f/2.0 aperture. Just like the iPhone X, it also has a portrait lighting feature and Xiaomi’s own take on the animojis.

The OnePlus 6 has a 16MP Sony IMX 519 sensor and a 20MP Sony IMX 376K sensor. Both are RGB sensors and have an f/1.7 aperture with OIS, another first for a OnePlus device. The cameras also record 4K videos at 60fps which is a great feature for content creators. To the front of the smartphone is a 16MP Sony IMX 371 sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and EIS which records 1080P videos.

Let’s compare the specifications of the two smartphones!

Specs OnePlus 6 Xiaomi Mi 8
Price Starting Rs 34999 (India) Starting CNY 2,699 (Rs 28400 approx.)
Display 6.28 inch
6.21 inch
Resolution 2280 x 1080 px
402 ppi
2248 x 1080 px
402 ppi
Battery 3300 mAh
Dash Charge
3400 mAh
QuickCharge 3.0
Chipset Snapdragon 845 Snapdragon 845
Storage 64GB/128GB/256GB 64GB/128GB/256GB
Primary Camera 16MP Sony IMX 519
20MP Sony IMX 376K
4-axis OIS
12MP Telephoto
Primary Camera Video 4K @ 60fps
1080P @ 240fps
4K @ 60fps
1080P @ 240fps
Secondary Camera 16MP Sony IMX 371
OS Andrpoid 8.1 Oreo
Android 8 Oreo
MIUI 9.5
Add-Ons Fingerprint Sensor
Face Unlock (not secure)
3.5mm headphone jack
3D Face Unlock
Fingerprint Sensor
Dual GPS
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