The year 2016 has been a treat for flagship lovers. Not just one or two but all smartphone makers have managed to impress us with their leading beauties. LG and Samsung swayed us with the masterclass of G5 and S7, while HTC and Sony did exactly what they have been doing all this time, unleashed an ideal mix of stunning looks with top-notch internals.
Clearly, in a short span of time, we’ve seen some of the finest phones with mind-boggling specifications. Nothing less than a party, but there’s more to come. One player is still under the wraps and is eagerly awaited by all of us, the OnePlus 3!
While OnePlus One, 2, and X continue their smooth run in the low-to-mid end category, OnePlus plans to bring the next big change with the likes of OnePlus 3. The device is touted to pin down any smartphone in the sub-30k category, and will be going live just in a matter of days.
But this time, it will not be a smooth run for OnePlus 3. Xiaomi’s Mi5 is up and running and is pitting straight against all flagships, even the upcoming OnePlus 3. So, considering OnePlus and Xiaomi battles have always been close, we expect this one to be another close contest. OnePlus 3 will clearly include a number of upgrades, but will it be enough to pin down a well-settled Mi5? Well, let’s find out!
Design and Build Quality
The design language of OnePlus 3 and Mi 5 is pure class and meticulous craftsmanship. The two phones, though built in a completely different way, look very premium and alluring. OnePlus 3, according to suggested rumours and leaks, will come with a metal unibody with antenna lines on the back. The device will follow the lines of previous HTC phone and will ship with a curved metal back featuring a protruding camera, an oval-shaped fingerprint scanner on the front, and speaker grilles on the sides. On whole, it makes up a beautiful phone with an HTC like form-factor.
On the other side, Xiaomi Mi5 is a masterpiece in disguise. The device packs a Galaxy S7 like profile at almost half of its price. It makes up a sandwich of metal and glass, is available in three colour options, Black, Gold, and White. The overall look and feel of Mi5 is just spectacular and its gets even better with the dash of bezel-less display and a slightly curved back, which gives a better grip while holding the phone with one hand. No doubt, if someone can take OnePlus 3 on, it has to be the Mi5.
Display and Visual Experience
As for visual experience, OnePlus 3 might just make a better package than Xiaomi Mi5. The device, as per suggested rumours, may ship with a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED panel, which looks a whole lot punchier and sharper than a standard LCD display. The idea of sticking with a full-HD instead of Quad-HD display does not come as a surprise to any of us. It actually makes quite a lot of sense considering OnePlus’ low to high-end pricing strategy. If it really happens, this display, protected with Gorilla Glass 4, will make an ideal package for movie-buffs and outperform Mi5’s full-HD IPS LCD panel.
Hardware and Internals
From where we see, OnePlus will hardly make any changes in the suggested internals for OnePlus 3. The device is likely to come with Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 820 quad-core SoC with two variants featuring 32 and 64GB of internal storage and 4 and 6GB of RAM. It is still looks quite early to see 6GB of RAM, but considering an upgrade from the previous OnePlus, we can at least expect this one to feature 4 gigs of memory with support for memory expansion via microSD card. Just like OnePlus X.
Even on the other end, the Standard as well as Pro Edition of Mi5 delivers snappy performance with hardly any sign of lagging or heating. The device makes a decent package with Snapdragon 820 paired with 3GB and 4GB of RAM, but OnePlus might just take a lead with its clean and snappy OS. MIUI 7 on Mi5 is highly intuitive but not at par with stock Android 6.0. It works at the disadvantage of Xiaomi, especial against someone like OnePlus who has a habit of combining strong internals with vanilla Android.
Up here, it will be interesting to see how OnePlus pits against the super-cool cameras of Xiaomi Mi5. The impressive flagship ships with a 16-megapixel shooter on the back with 1.12 µm pixel size, four axis optical image stabilization, and an aperture as wide as f/2.0. It delivers vibrant and vivid shots in all environments and also includes support for 4k video capture at 30 frames per second. It clearly makes an ideal companion for on the go photography and gets even better with a 4-megapixel front-facing shooter, promising picture-perfect wide angled selfies.
For OnePlus 3, things are still unconfirmed, but we expect the device to show with at least 16-megapixels on the back with OIS and laser autofocus and 8-megapixels on the front with wide angle and support for 1080p video capture!
The rumoured spec-sheet for OnePlus 3 clearly suggests that the device will make headlines in the global smartphone market. OnePlus, being a leading phone maker with just four phones, has huge expectations to live up to. It has to deliver the “flagship killer” all smartphone lovers are waiting to see, and that too at a price which transcends all the price of all other players in the category, even Mi5.
This face-off gives you a small idea of what is to come. OnePlus and Xiaomi rivalry will go to a whole new level with these two flagships pitting against each other with their irresistible looks and mind-boggling performance. However, as of now when we only rumoured specs, the situations are pretty much in balance between the two phones!