Xiaomi Mi 5 vs OnePlus 3: Which flagship smartphone you should buy under Rs 30000

OnePlus launched the much-awaited flagship OnePlus 3 on June 14. However, Xiaomi Mi 5 is also a popular device among tech enthusiasts. In this article, we will compare and contrast the features and specifications of both smartphones in detail.


While OnePlus 3 is equipped with a 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED FHD display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4, the Xiaomi Mi 5 offers a 5.15-inch ultra-bright FHD display with 428PPI, which is higher than 401PPI offered by OnePlus 3. With support for latest AMOLED display technology coupled with a large screen, you will be able to experience images and content in stunning quality.


OnePlus 3 ships with a Snapdragon 820 processor, Adreno 530 graphics, 6GB LPDDR4 RAM, coupled with 64GB UFS 2.0 storage. Xiaomi Mi 5 also comes with Snapdragon 820 processor, Adreno 530 graphics but with 3GB LPDDR4 RAM paired with 32GB internal storage, which is comparatively lower than what is offered by OnePlus 3. In terms of storage, OnePlus 3 is a definite advantage since the device offers ample storage by default with the latest UFS 2.0 technology.


OnePlus 3 ships with an enhanced 16MP rear camera with Sony IMX 298 Sensor paired with f/2.0 aperture, OIS, autofocus and PDAF including face detection, panorama, and HDR. Moreover, it is also possible to capture HD slow motion videos in OnePlus 3. The Mi 5 also offers 16MP rear camera with all standard features in addition to two-tone flash.

Talking about front-facing snapper, OnePlus 3 includes an improved camera of 8MP with Sony IMX179 sensor, which is higher than 4MP in Mi 5.


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Even though both OnePlus 3 and Mi 5 ships with 3000mAh battery, the OnePlus 3 provides support for dash charging technology, which enables you not only to charge the battery faster but also doesn’t overheat your phone. The integration of dash charge is an added advantage in OnePlus 3 and plays a core factor in the purchase decision. The Mi 5 also ships with fast charging capability via the standard Quick Charge 3.0 technology, which of course heats up the device.

Operating Platform

OnePlus 3 offers Oxygen OS based on Android Marshmallow out-of-the-box. This means you will be able to enjoy all the features of Android M like Doze, Now on Tap, and including new Launcher. Moreover, the particular night mode enables you to make use of special hardware to filter blue light and reduce eye strain in the dark. Meanwhile, Mi 5 also offers Android 6 Marshmallow but with MIUI 7, which is, of course, upgradeable to MIUI 8 upon availability.

Advanced Features


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OnePlus has integrated dual microphone with noise cancellation, OnePlus Music, coupled with Dirac HD Sound in the latest release. OnePlus 3 also offers on-screen navigation support, alert slider, custom icon packs, gesture control, OnePlus Shelf, in addition to vibration motor. With the help of dash charging technology, you will be able to charge the device is less than 30 minutes without major heating problem. Manufactured using 14nm manufacturing process, both OnePlus 3 and Mi 5 offers cooler performance even while gaming, when compared to other competing devices.


Xiaomi Mi 5, currently available in 32GB storage variant in White, Gold and Black color variants is priced at Rs. 24,999. OnePlus 3, available in 64GB storage variant in Graphite color is available at Rs. 27,999. You can also activate Mi Protect for Rs. 699, which gives you protection from accidental and liquid damages. However, OnePlus 3 comes with damage protection for one year from the date of purchase.


OnePlus 3 is better than Mi 5 because of its larger 5.5-inch display than Mi 5, which offers only 5.15-inch display. Moreover, you will also get 6GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage in OnePlus 3, which is a big plus point for gamers. As you can observe, there is not much price difference between the two devices.

If you can spend an additional Rs. 3,000 for OnePlus 3, you will be able to experience large screen, increased RAM and storage and an enhanced front-facing shooter for selfies coupled with the latest dash charge technology. Hence, we recommend OnePlus 3 over Mi 5 based on all factors even though you need to spend an additional amount. You will not regret the purchase of OnePlus 3 once it reaches your hands.


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