Xiaomi Mi 6 vs OnePlus 3T: Best Smartphone Under Rs. 30,000?

Xiaomi has unveiled its latest Mi 6 smartphone in China. Few months back OnePlus launched its latest flagship OnePlus 3T in India.

The Xiaomi Mi 6 packs a lot of improvements over its predecessor, the Mi 5. The smartphone’s all-new design, latest Snapdragon processor, dual-camera, improved under-glass fingerprint scanner, and improved battery performance are few highlights of the Mi 6. OnePlus 3T, on the other hand, is premium mid-range smartphone with features which won’t be easy to find on many other devices. The latest OnePlus flagship is the current performance titleholder in the sub-Rs. 30,000 range, and the Mi 6 looks set to overthrow it very soon.

[alert variation=”alert-info”]NOTE: We’ll be calculating points at every step and lastly finalize in the verdict. For every category winner will be awarded 1 points.[/alert]


Both the smartphones are completely different in design. With 3D glass back design with dual size curved edges on Xiaomi Mi 6 makes it look more rich and good. It is not comparable in terms of build and quality.

If we talk about portability, the Mi 6 beats the 3T, because of it’s smaller screen size and slim form factor. The Mi 6 sports a 5.15-inch display, 7.45 mm thickness and weighs 168 grams while 3T sports 5.5-inch display, 7.3 mm thickness and weighs 158 grams.

Design is something every person look before buying any smartphone but when it comes to flagship smartphone, one doesn’t need to compromise. The OnePlus 3T looks good but not good as the Mi 6.

[alert variation=”alert-warning”] Winner – Xiaomi Mi 6
(Points – Mi 6: 1 | 3T: 0)


The Xiaomi Mi 6 is said to bring improvements to its display panel which will feature reduced glare for eye care. The Mi 6 features a 5.15-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixel) display, but the company has not detailed the exact display technology used. Its maximum brightness is 600 nits, but the brightness can be reduced automatically down to as low as 1 nit to reduce eye-strain. The OnePlus 3T sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Optic AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection.

On paper, the OnePlus 3T definitely looks more promising compared to the Mi 6 because of Optic AMOLED Display.

[alert variation=”alert-warning”] Winner – OnePlus 3T
(Points – Mi 6: 1 | 3T: 1)


The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC under the hoods of Xiaomi Mi 6 will of course completely outperform the Snapdragon 821 SoC on the OnePlus 3T. To compare, the Xiaomi Mi 6 is powered by Snapdragon 835 SoC (2.45GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad) coupled with 6GB RAM. The OnePlus 3T is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC (two cores clocked at 1.6GHz and two cores clocked at 2.35GHz) coupled with 6GB RAM.

For starters, the latest Snapdragon 835 processor is built on 10nm FinFET architecture while the Snapdragon 821 is built on the 14nm FinFET. In terms of graphics performance, the Adreno 540 GPU on the Xiaomi Mi 6 can be expected to outperform the OnePlus 3T featuring Adreno 530.

[alert variation=”alert-warning”] Winner – Xiaomi Mi 6
(Points – Mi 6: 2 | 3T: 1)


Xiaomi Mi 6 sports dual camera setup at the back. It features a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens and another 12-megapixel telephoto camera for 2x lossless zoom. The Mi 6 camera features phase-detection autofocus, and four-axis anti-shake functionality to ensure blur-free images.

The OnePlus 3T sports 16-megapixel cameras at the front and back. Other camera features include phase detection autofocus, OIS, and LED flash.

On paper, the Xiaomi Mi 6 looks more promising than OnePlus 3T because of its dual camera setup and four-axis anti-shake functionality.

[alert variation=”alert-warning”] Winner – Xiaomi Mi 6
(Points – Mi 6: 3 | 3T: 1)

Battery Life

Xiaomi’s Mi 6 ships with a 3350mAh battery which is bigger than the 3000mAh battery seen on the Mi 5. The smartphone packs a USB Type-C, and also supports Quick Charge 3.0.

The OnePlus 3T packs a 3400mAh battery which is bigger compared to the 3000mAh offering on the OnePlus 3. It supports the company’s Dash Charge (5V 4A) fast charging technology. On paper, it looks like the Mi 6 wins, with a more energy efficient 10nm SoC being powered by a battery that’s similar in size to the OnePlus 3T.

[alert variation=”alert-warning”] Winner – Xiaomi Mi 6
(Points – Mi 6: 4 | 3T: 1)


Both smartphones excel in the software department with both Xiaomi and the OnePlus bringing unique variations of Android, so choosing one depends on the type of user you are. With the most current version of Android and just the bare essential apps present, it’s left up to the user to download and customize what apps they want for particular tasks.

On the other hand, if you’re the type of person who wants the customize every single thing on the phone like themes, then you should be looking at Xiaomi Mi 6 which runs on MIUI 8 on top of Android 7.0 Nougat. The OnePlus 3T comes with OxygenOS on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. However, it does have many very useful features which the others lack and also gives you feel of Stock Android.

[alert variation=”alert-warning”] Winner – Depends on your taste
(Points – Mi 6: 5 | 3T: 2)


Both the phones ships with 64GB model which should prove enough for storage. Both are non-expandable.

[alert variation=”alert-warning”] Winner – Both
(Points – Mi 6: 6 | 3T: 3)


The Xiaomi Mi 6 has been currently launched in the company’s homeland – China. Its pricing starts at CNY 2,499 (roughly Rs. 23,500) for the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage variant, and goes till CNY 2,999 (roughly Rs. 28,000) for the Ceramic variant.

Coming to the OnePlus 3T, it has been priced at Rs. 29,999 for the 64GB inbuilt storage model, and Rs. 34,999 for the 128GB storage model, making it the most expensive OnePlus device yet.

Based on the Mi 6’s China pricing, the smartphone is priced around the OnePlus 3T. So is Xiaomi Mi 6 worth the wait as it should offer performance equivalent to the Samsung Galaxy S8 at a price of OnePlus 3T? Only time will tell. But as of now at Rs.23,500 with Snapdragon 835 SoC is better deal than OnePlus 3T.

[alert variation=”alert-warning”] Winner – Xiaomi Mi 6
(Points – Mi 6: 7 | 3T: 3)


It is expected that Mi 6 will launch in India near about June and till then the OnePlus 3T will be of 5+ month old device.

If we talk about our points comparison, Mi 6 completely beats 3T with 7:3 ratio. The OnePlus 3T is a fantastic handset already said by thousands of reviewers as the best smartphone under Rs. 30,000. But we’re also now in April and new chipsets and major upgrades already appeared in Mi 6 and till June more major upgrades will come in action. So for how many months OnePlus 3T will be the best smartphone under Rs. 30,000.

So, If you desperately need a smartphone now, Go with OnePlus 3T as Mi 6 is currently unavailble in India and If you can wait for 1-2 Months then Xiaomi Mi 6 is the best bet.

According to us, Xiaomi Mi 6 beats OnePlus 3T in this comparison.

[alert variation=”alert-warning”] Winner – Xiaomi Mi 6

Let us know whether you are excited about the new Mi 6 or not via the comments section. Do you feel that the OnePlus 3T with its dated Snapdragon 821 processor can compete against the Xiaomi Mi 6 in performance on reality? Do let us know.

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Shubham Mishra

Founder and Chief Editor at PaidFreeDroid. Shubham likes to keep on top of the tech world and loves to help people around him who face day to day trouble with technology.

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