When we speak of flagship models, we think of HTC, Samsung, Sony, LG but not one mind wavers to Chinese models. Well, here they are! Chinese manufacturers Xiaomi & OnePlus are taking a stronghold onto the global market with Xiaomi Mi4 and OnePlus One respectively.
These phones have a lot in common; both being manufactured in China, both comparatively new to the smartphone industry and most importantly sharing similar marketing strategies.
Although there are similar issues that both face; keeping up with the growing demand.
Check out the comparison between xiaomi Mi4 vs OnePlus One below to understand who has managed to gain an edge over the other.
1. Look and feel
The looks and feel of a phone helps it by giving an edge over other phones, it helps create an impression.
Xiaomi Mi4 has a metal frame which makes it look classy and elegant but also adds to its weight. And thanks to the even spread of the metal framing, the weight is limited to a handy 145 g.
Xiaomi Mi4 Gallery
Whereas the OnePlus One sports a plastic coating making it look sleek and a curved back portrays it evenly crafty. The OnePlus One also enables the user to choose between on-screen or capacitive keys.
OnePlus One Gallery
My final input in the comparison of mi4 and oneplus one would be that choice of the look and feel depends on the user whether he prefers capacitive or onscreen keys over single-handed use.
Both phones are equipped with powerful processors scoring them superb performance benchmarks. Xiaomi Mi4 and OnePlus One are powered by Snapdragon 801 chipset, 3 GB RAM, and a non-expandable memory of 16 or 64 GB.
Xiaomi Mi4 has an edge over OnePlus here that it supports IR blaster helping you replace your TV remote with it.
So, these phones have very similar hardware with the few exceptions. The first one is as you read above and the second one is the fact that OnePlus One has a third microphone and supports NFC. The single speaker in Mi4 is outperformed by OnePlus One’s dual mono speakers.[table id=Oneplusone-mi4 /]
The picture quality is of prime importance when one goes on to phones boasting a screen size of 5 inches and above.
The Mi4 furnishes a 5” full HD screen whereas The OnePlus One comes with a 5.5” full HD color IPS LCD from the same manufacturer as Mi4’s display. The One utilizes Corning Gorilla Glass for protection in comparison to the Concur Glass found on Xiaomi Mi4.
In comparison, Mi4 has the better display with the contrasts playing off much brilliantly than in OnePlus One.
4. Battery Life
Both phones have non-removable batteries embedded with considerable juice to last a day or more.
Xiaomi Mi4 on light-moderate usage lasts the day with little juice left to spare while the OnePlus One manages to steal away this section with battery lasting almost 2 days with similar usage patterns..
Both phones sport the same Sony IMX214 sensors having a 13 MP resolution.
Xiaomi Mi4’s wider aperture provides a lesser blurring effect with autofocus. Picture quality is more vivid and the shutter speed is better comparatively. The secondary camera of Xiaomi Mi4 scored more due to its better software stabilization.
While the OnePlus One hosts a F2.0 aperture making it great for clicking sharp quality pictures. Pictures clicked with OnePlus have a natural vibe to them. The OnePlus One has a 5 MP secondary camera capable of taking good quality pictures.
Xiaomi Mi4 and OnePlus One both share similar marketing strategies with affordable price tag creating much hype and prospect among the buyers. In any comparison, it all comes down to the pricing. Similarly in this segment of Xiaomi Mi4 vs OnePlus One, pricing is critical.
Xiaomi Mi4 is priced at $325 for the 16 GB variant while the 64 GB variant is valued $400.
OnePlus One, 16 GB variant is stocked at $299 while the 64 GB variant is at $349.
In India, OnePlus One is available through invite-only basis at Rs. 21,999 for the 64 GB version which is considerably great for the power packed performance at such price.
Buy OnePlus One.
I personally have loved both these models, but my inclination is more towards OnePlus One not just because of its excellent pricing but because of its CM 11S UI which has been consistently providing regular software updates unlike Xiaomi which shall be facing a lag phase for a year or so. If you have something to add to this comparison of Xiaomi Mi4 and OnePlus One then please post a comment.