Before we start off with the recommendations, let us have a quick look at how the price points of the phones currently stand. Xiaomi Mi 4 is priced at Rs 14,999 for the 16GB variant and Rs 19,999 for the 64GB variant. OnePlus One is priced at Rs 18,998 for the 16GB variant and Rs 19,998 for the 64GB variant. Now while the OnePlus One price is valid on Amazon and on the Flipkart app till Wednesday June 24, the Xiaomi Mi 4 offer stays.
For many consumers, the price points may seem like a no brainer, considering both the phones come with similar specifications. But for others, who are left wondering if they should buy the OnePlus One or Mi 4 over the next two days, here are some points you need to consider.
What we loved in the Xiaomi Mi 4
When we had reviewed the Xiaomi Mi 4, the 16GB variant was priced at Rs 19,999. At that time, we were disappointed with the price, since for Rs 2,000 more you could get the OnePlus One 64GB variant. But now the Mi 4 64GB variant is selling for Rs 2,000 less than OnePlus One 64GB variant (barring the special offer days till June 24).
Xiaomi Mi 4 comes with a 5-inch full HD display, so for those who do not want a large screen device, the Mi 4 makes sense. In terms of performance, the Mi 4 offers the goods and is great with heavy apps as well as 3D gaming. We did not face issues such as slowing down or random shut down of apps when using the device.
The camera on the Mi 4 has a slight edge over the OnePlus One, especially during the low light conditions. Agreed, the Mi 4 does not offer the best low light photographs, but in comparison with the OnePlus One, the image quality is relatively better. So if you are a photography enthusiast, between the two the Mi 4 is the better option.
Xiaomi also has more service centres than OnePlus across various states in India. Also if you are a fan of accessorising your phone, the Xiaomi has a wider range than OnePlus.
What we loved in the OnePlus One
The OnePlus One was launched at a wonderful price point for its specs. In our review, we were quite impressed with the overall performance and value proposition as well. While a lot of people were annoyed with the ‘invite-only’ model of ordering the device, the OnePlus has now made it an open sale platform. The price of Rs 21,999 for the 64GB variant has remained constant with special price of Rs 19,998 staying on since the last week.
If you are a fan of the phablet form factor, OnePlus One is the phone to go for. You also get a choice between operating systems: Cyanogen OS 12 or OnePlus’ own OxygenOS. This gives you a lot of tweaking options to customise the looks of your phone to your liking. With the Mi 4, you will get a MIUI 6, a custom skin, atop Android 5.0, which really does not have much design elements from the Android 5.0 material design. To put on another skin, you will have to root the device. Although Xiaomi does not void the warranty on rooting its devices.
One of the biggest advantage that the OnePlus One has over the Xiaomi Mi 4, is the fact that it supports 4G LTE. So if you are someone who is living in one of those 4G activated cities in India and are planning to opt for the faster 4G plans in the near future, then One is the phone to go for. Mi 4 unfortunately does not support 4G.
The Sandstone Black variant comes with a unique texture on its rear cover surface, something which the glossy plastic back of the Mi 4 does not offer. Also, thanks to the metallic frame on the Mi 4, in the high performance mode that does get warm. We faced no such issues with the OnePlus One, although it also does get warm on heavy usage. But the OnePlus One has its display slightly raised which can be problematic if you drop the device on the edges. The Mi 4 thanks to its metallic frame is more capable of absorbing the shock if the phone drops on the edge.