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OnePlus 6T vs Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro: Which flagship smartphone to buy?




Two more flagship devices will arrive in the country and will most likely divide the hearts of Filipinos — we have the OnePlus 6T and the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro. Which one to choose given their respective prices? Find out below:

Before we dive in, here are their specs:

SpecificationOnePlus 6TXiaomi MI 8 Pro
Display6.41-inch 19.5:9 Full Optic AMOLED @2340 x 1080px, 402ppi, sRGB and DCI-P36.21-inch 18.7:9 Samsung AMOLED display @2248 x 1080px, 402ppi, sRGB and DCI-P3
GlassCorning Gorilla Glass 6 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 845 2.8GHz octa-core CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 845 AIE 2.8GHz octa-core CPU
GPUAdreno 630 GPUAdreno 630 GPU
RAM6GB / 8GB LPDDR4X6GB / 8GB LPDDR4X
Storage128GB UFS 2.1 2-LANE128GB UFS 2.1 2-LANE
Rear Camera16MP f/1.7 + 20MP Sony IMX 519/376K OIS + EIS rear cameras, LED flash12MP f/1.8 wide-angle + 12MP f/2.4 telephoto rear cameras, OIS, Dual-Pixel AF
Front Camera16MP f/2.0 front camera20MP f/2.0 front camera
Expandable Storagen/an/a
SIM SlotDual-SIMDual-SIM (Nano)
Connectivity- 4G LTE Cat. 16/13 5CA, 42 Global Bands
- 4x4 MIMO
- 4G LTE Cat. 16/13 5CA
- 4×4 MIMO
Wi-FiWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2x2 MIMOWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2×2 MIMO
NFCYesYes
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0
GPSGPS/A-GPS, GLONASS, BDSGPS/A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, QZSS
Features- Face Unlock
- In-Display Fingerprint Scanner
- IR Face Unlock
- In-Display Fingerprint Scanner
3.5mm Audio Portn/an/a
PortUSB Type-CUSB Type-C
OSOxygenOS (Android 9 Pie)MIUI 10 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
Battery3,700mAh battery w/ 5V4A Fast Charge3,000mAh battery w/ Fast Charge (QC 4.0+)
ColorMirror Black, Midnight BlackTransparent Titanium

Here are the advantages of each smartphone:

OnePlus 6T

  • Smaller notch
  • Larger screen size
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 6
  • Higher main and secondary rear camera resolution
  • Larger aperture for main rear camera
  • Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box
  • Larger battery capacity

Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro

  • Wide-angle main rear camera lens
  • Higher front camera resolution
  • IR Face Unlock
  • QZSS support

The OnePlus 6T definitely overwhelmed the Mi 8 Pro in many aspects so let’s discuss them.

OnePlus 6T has the overall advantage in terms of display specs. Aside from the smaller notch design, it has a larger screen size that is covered with a Corning Gorilla Glass 6. For users who are fond of watching movies or videos, this is the better pick over the Mi 8 Pro. In case you’re wondering, the Optical AMOLED panel of the former doesn’t have a significant difference over the Samsung AMOLED ones since it is basically just a rebranded panel.

No issues with the overall performance of both smartphones as they have the same Snapdragon 845 flagship chipset, which means we can expect a smooth experience on both phones whether they’re basic tasks or gaming.

In terms of cameras, the OnePlus 6T has higher rear main and secondary camera resolutions while the Mi 8 Pro has a higher front camera resolution. Do note that the quality of the photos produced DO NOT solely depend on the number of pixels a camera has. We’ll know more once we have both devices on hand.

While both smartphones didn’t change their camera configurations from their predecessors, both companies said that it improved its features and capturing capabilities. Unfortunately, we don’t know how will they perform yet so that’s something to look forward to in our review.

The Mi 8 Pro is better than OnePlus 6T when it comes to the Face Unlocking feature. The former’s IR Face Unlock is better than the latter’s normal unlocking technology since, from the term itself, the former uses infrared sensors to fully scan the user’s face which works even in dark environments.

Last but not least, the OnePlus 6T has a larger battery capacity than the Mi 8 Pro. At 700mAh difference, that’s a lot, so we can expect the former to have a longer battery life.

If you’re a smartphone user who loves to watch videos, plays games, and is eager to experience what Android 9 Pie has to offer, then OnePlus 6T is the right pick. However, if you are fond of taking selfies, better face unlock technology, and fancy transparent back panel, go with the Mi 8 Pro.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro is available in Transparent Titanium for PHP 32,990 while the OnePlus 6T 6GB + 128GB is priced and PHP 31,990 and PHP 33,990 for the 8GB + 128GB variant. What do you guys think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.



Vaughn is your go-to person when it comes to comparing gadgets especially smartphones. He's also a gamer by heart and the "Hackerman" of the team.

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2 Responses

  1. Jason says:

    I think it would be nice if you also use the price as the benchmark of comparison since they are almost similar in terms of their specification

    • Vaughn Chua says:

      Hi Jason, I think that the value for money is already implied in this comparison due to the listed advantages in the article.

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