We present you two awesome phones which compete on the Asian market, even one year later after their launch. OnePlus’ first phone is fighting against the Xiaomi Mi 4, a much cheaper device, but which has the same processor. Let’s see if there are more similarities between them and let’s discover which one has more aces up its sleeve.
Design and Displays
The OnePlus One is a phablet with a floating arc design and two variants of textures on its plastic back – Silk White (soft to touch but not slippery) and Sandstone Black (more rough), which really look unique. The device is 8.9mm thick and has a weight of 162grams, the screen measures 5.5-inch and it uses the LTPS LCD technology, which offers a full HD resolution of 1080×1920 pixels with 401ppi.
The Xiaomi Mi4 is also available in white and black options, but its design is simpler, featuring a glossy plastic back with a metal frame with beveled edges, but it has the same thickness as the OnePlus One, only that it’s smaller and lighter at 149grams. The screen is an IPS LCD with a diagonal of 5-inch and supports also 1080×1920 pixels, but the resulted pixel density is higher at 441ppi and the images are considerably sharper.
As we were specifying in the introduction, both phones are using the same processor, which is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 with four cores running at 2.5GHz. The processor is paired with an Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM, and even the two variants of internal memories identical and unexpandable: 16 and 64GB.
The interesting thing is that the results in benchmark tests aren’t similar, as the OnePlus One obtained a higher score in the AnTuTu CPU-intensive test (45,372 points opposed to 32,264) and in the Quadrant test (23,057 points vs 15,344). Also, in the GFXbench, the OnePlus One scored 28.8fps opposed to 28.0fps.
The OnePlus One has the newer Bluetooth 4.1, while the Mi4 came with Bluetooth 4.0, but the latter device has an Infrared LED which works with the remote control app.
The battery of the OnePlus One has a capacity of 3100mAh, being 20mAh larger than the battery of the Mi4.
Both phones have a 13MP rear camera which record 2160p videos @30fps and take great quality photos in daylight, but the quality decreases in low light conditions. It seems that the Mi4 takes brighter and more colorful photos, while the OnePlus One captures more detail, but the colors are duller. The front camera of the OnePlus One is 5MP, being outperformed by the 8MP secondary camera of the Mi4.