OnePlus 3 vs. Xiaomi Mi Note 2: Which Chinese Flagship Wins the Battle?

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 got unveiled yesterday, offering dual-curved screen and flagship hardware for a competitive price. OnePlus 3 is a “flagship killer” device sporting a 5.5-inch screen (a bit smaller than the one featured on the Mi Note 2) and a solid hardware. Let’s see how the two devices compare, and what the biggest differences between the two are.

Xiaomi Mi Note 2

Design, Dimensions

The Mi Note 2 features a design very similar to Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Dual-curved screen with a Home button placed under it, main camera placed in the upper middle part of the backside, and a glass coating on the front and back are the main features of the Mi Note 2 design. The model measures 156.2 x 77.3 x 7.6 mm, making it larger than the OnePlus 3, which measures 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.4 mm. OnePlus 3 looks much better live than on photos. Its design is characterized by two antenna bands on the back, a large Home button placed on the front, under the 5.5-inch display, and the main camera lens placed on the upper middle part of the backside.

Both models look attractive, but the winner of the design clash is the Mi Note 2; it looks exquisite.

Hardware, Display

OnePlus 3 packs a Snapdragon 820 SoC (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo along with Adreno 530) coupled with 6 GB of RAM. The 820 is still a very potent processor, and although it’s not the newest offering coming from Qualcomm, the CPU has enough power for any kind of usage scenario. Multitasking is swift, all apps will launch in a second, and there’s no game that will be too demanding for the Adreno 530 GPU. The phone has 64 GB of internals storage, without an SD card slot.

The Mi Note 2 features the latest Snapdragon 821 chipset (2×2.35 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo). The processor can chew through anything you throw at him without breaking a single drop of sweat. The Mi Note 2 comes in two flavors; one has 4 gigs of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage, the other comes with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of built-in storage. You won’t find an SD card on Xiaomi’s latest flagship model.

The Mi Note 2 packs a huge 5.7-inch, dual-curved, 1080p AMOLED screen, perfect for movies, surfing the web, gaming, reading; it’s perfect for everything, with its rich colors and deep blacks. The only problem you might face is one hand usage.

OnePlus 3 features a 5.5-inch 1080p Optic AMOLED display. It’s just a .2 inches smaller than the one featured on the Mi Note 2, but still a great solution for gaming, movies, and web surfing.

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OnePlus 3

Camera

The Mi Note 2 main snapper counts 22.5 MP (f/2.0) and supports EIS, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash, and HDR. The main camera is able to record 2160p@30fps videos. The selfie camera has 8 MP (f/2.0) and supports autofocus.

OnePlus 3 features 16 MP (f/2.0) main camera, which supports phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash, and HDR. It is capable of recording 2160p@30fps videos as well as 720p@120fps slow-motion videos. Front facing camera has 8 MP (f/2.0) and is capable of recording 1080p videos.

Battery, Software

OnePlus 3 packs a 3000 mAh battery; not too large, the battery has enough capacity to enable you one whole day of use. The Mi Note 2 comes with a massive 4070 mAh battery that should last for at least two straight days.

Both phones support Quick Charge, and they both come with a fingerprint sensor. OnePlus 3 works under Android Marshmallow coated with Oxygen OS; The Mi Note 2 also runs Android Marshmallow, along with Xiaomi’s MIUI.

Conclusion

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is the perfect choice for all Galaxy Note fans. The phone offers a fantastic camera, an incredibly attractive design, glass coated body, and a large and bright display. The 4/64 GB model should cost around $415, while the 6/128 GB model should come with a price of around $490. If you like a huge screen, Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is a perfect choice for you.

OnePlus 3 is relatively affordable phone that offers large screen, quality metal body, solid camera and a pretty powerful processor. It costs $399 and can be bought directly from the OnePlus 3 official site. If you look for a mix of solid hardware, strong build quality, and a large display, OnePlus 3 is a device for you.