“Xiaomi Mi 9 and OnePlus 6T are the two best choices for any consumers looking for a flagship-class smartphone that doesn’t burn a hole in the pockets”
For the past few months, the OnePlus 6T has faced little competition owing to its top-notch specs and its affordable nature. With the Xiaomi Mi 9 having been launched now, there’s much to worry about for the said phone. The new Mi 9 handset has a number of ‘firsts’ going for it – it is the first to offer 20W wireless flash charging, has a premium design, and the powerful Snapdragon 855 SoC. And there’s plenty more on offer with this phone than just these. Let us compare the Mi 9 price and specifications with those of OnePlus 6T to give you a detailed breakdown of how they fare against each other.
Mi 9 vs OnePlus 6T price
The Mi 9 starts at RMB 2,999 (about Rs 32,999) for the variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, while the 8GB + 128GB option costs RMB 3,299 (roughly Rs 35,000). On the other hand, the OnePlus 6T price for the 6GB + 128GB, 8GB + 128GB, and 8GB + 256GB variants are RMB 3,399, RMB 3,599, and RMB 3,999, respectively. In India, the three OnePlus variants are priced at Rs 37,999, Rs 41,999, and Rs 45,999.
Mi 9 vs OnePlus 6T specifications, design, features
Trying to offer as much estate to the screen as possible is one trend that has given us some gorgeous smartphones. Both the Xiaomi Mi 9 and the OnePlus 6T are among these phones. They come with teardrop notches on their screens, and have their displays stretching from edge to edge. Their rear surfaces are made of glass, but while the Mi 9 carries three cameras on its back, the 6T only offers two. One thing that sets the Xiaomi handset apart is its gradient back panel with a holographic effect. And there’s even a special Transparent Edition of the phone with a back surface that gives you a look at everything inside it. Only the Thunder Purple colour variant of the 6T delivers a gradient effect. Both the phones come with in-display fingerprint scanners placed on their fronts, and only the Xiaomi device delivers an IR blaster. One thing that both the phones are missing though, is the headphone jack.
The Mi 9 adopts a Samsung-made Super AMOLED panel that’s sized at 6.39 inches, and bears a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The 6T on the other hand, carries a 6.41-inch Optic AMOLED panel with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. Both are advanced displays that support the DCI-P3 colour gamut.
The Mi 9 is the first phone in the world to come with the Snapdragon 855 chipset at its heart. This 7nm SoC offers a 2.84GHz octa-core processor with the latest Kryo cores and an Adreno 640 GPU. This setup is accompanied either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, with both models offering 128GB of storage. The OnePlus 6T runs the Snapdragon 845 platform, which is still one beast of a chipset, yet not as powerful as the 855 model. It features a 2.8GHz octa-core processor and an Adreno 630 GPU. Its 128GB storage model can be purchased with 6GB or 8GB of RAM, whereas its 256GB storage model comes with 8GB of RAM. None of the two phones grab microSD card slots.
The user interfaces that both these phones offer are polar opposites. The Mi 9 runs the heavily loaded MIUI 10.2 ROM, while the 6T kicks in the OxygenOS 9 software, which is very close to stock. That said, Android 9.0 Pie is the base software for both the phones. One of the main highlights of MIUI 10.2 is a system-wide dark mode aimed at saving battery life. Oxygen OS 9 is all about its tiny customization options that make a huge difference. This software also comes with a nifty video-editing tool, among other things.
Camera and battery
The triple camera setup of the Xiaomi handset is represented by a 48MP f/1.8 main snapper, a 16MP f/2.2 secondary snapper with an ultra-wide lens and a 12MP f/2.2 camera with a telephoto lens for optical zooming and portrait shots. Moreover, the Transparent Edition of the Mi 9 will apparently have its aperture opened up to f/1.47 for allowing the capture of more light. This really is unprecedented, and it’s a pity that the model will only be made available in China. As for the front camera of the Mi 9, it’s a 20MP sensor. The camera setup on the OnePlus device includes a 16MP f/1.7 main snapper and a 20MP f/1.7 secondary snapper for delivering portrait effects. Its front camera is a 16MP unit.
The Xiaomi Mi 9 is truly behind the curved with its modest 3300mAh battery. But it’s trying to make up for that with its 27W fast charging support. And it’s also the world’s first phone to offer 20W fast wireless charging. The 3700mAh cell inside the 6T is granted support for 20W fast charging, while its premium McLaren Edition benefits from super fast 30W fast charging support. There’s no wireless charging functionality on this handset.
By all means, the Xiaomi Mi 9 is a better phone compared to the 6T, what with its three cameras, its faster processor and its attractive appearance. That said, the OnePlus handset is a flagship of last year, so there’s plenty to expect from its successor that will be launched later this year.