Xiaomi Mi 11 vs OnePlus 8T: Which should you buy?

(Pocket-lint) – For most individuals, shopping for the newest flagship normally means shopping for an iPhone or shopping for a Samsung Galaxy. However, there are some equally compelling highly effective telephones from different manufacturers available on the market too. Two of these are the newest from Chinese language manufacturers, Xiaomi and OnePlus. These are – after all – the Mi 11 and the 8T. 

Look down the spec sheet numbers and also you would possibly simply conclude a simple win for the Xiaomi. However as many people properly know: numbers on spec sheets do not inform the entire story, and there is value to contemplate. Xiaomi’s premium mannequin is costlier. So which must you purchase? 


  • Xiaomi: 164.3 x 74.6 x 8.1 mm – 196 grams
  • OnePlus: 160.7 x 74.1 x 8.4 mm – 188 grams
  • Xiaomi: Corning Gorilla Glass Victus on the entrance
  • OnePlus: Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the entrance
  • Xiaomi: Horizon Blue, Cloud White, Midnight Grey, Particular Version Blue, Gold, Violet
  • OnePlus: Aquamarine Inexperienced, Lunar Silver, Cyberpunk 2077 Version

One factor that may be mentioned about Xiaomi’s design is that the producer has pushed the envelope relating to making its cellphone at the least look totally different to others available on the market. That triple layer digital camera housing with the contrasting ring and black pill-shaped below layer makes it immediately distinctive towards the OnePlus, with its comparatively normal rectangle housing. 

Within the hand, they do not really feel all that totally different although. Each function an analogous curved glass again, however the texture between the 2 particular fashions within the video above is totally different. Xiaomi’s frosted glass is softer to the contact, though it’s ever so barely longer, wider and heavier than the OnePlus, there’s not loads in it, not sufficient to make an enormous distinction every day.

Flip them over to the entrance and you may discover a couple of extra variations. Primarily Xiaomi’s curved glass on the sides. OnePlus went for a very flat show, with solely delicate curving on the bezel, which is equally slim on each gadgets.

Saying that, wanting intently you may discover that Xiaomi’s bezels are skinnier and that the punch-hole digital camera takes up rather less house within the panel. 

Whereas curved screens are technically extra superior than flat ones, Xiaomi’s implementation does imply it suffers from unintended touches.

Holding the cellphone in panorama we regularly discovered ourselves struggling to get deliberate touches to register as an unbeknown to us a part of our palm was touching the sting of the display screen. 

Each telephones assist twin SIM setups, and neither cellphone has a microSD card tray, so that you get the storage within the cellphone and that is it. Which, in each circumstances is beneficiant. You will get both 128GB or 256GB. 


  • Xiaomi: 6.81-inch 20:9 ratio AMOLED show
  • OnePlus: 6.55-inch 20:9 ratio AMOLED show
  • Xiaomi: QHD+ (3200 x 1400) decision – 515ppi
  • OnePlus: FHD+ (2400 x 1080) decision – 402ppi
  • Each: HRD10+ suitable and most 120Hz refresh price

Take a look at the show specs and there is certainly one winner right here? Nicely.. not fairly. Xiaomi’s is the extra superior, technically, and has a sharper most decision. That pushes it to greater than 500 pixels per inch, in comparison with the 400 pixels per inch on the OnePlus. It’s QHD over FHD in spite of everything. 

Meaning on finer particulars if you look intently, the Xiaomi does look crisper. Regardless of comparable peak brightnesses nonetheless, the OnePlus display screen does appear just a little brighter and extra vivid with each pushed to most brightness. 

The 2 telephones provide loads of calibration instruments although, so it is best to be capable of get them wanting the best way you need.   

There’s actually not an enormous quantity in it and – whereas Xiaomi’s is technically higher general – we might be completely pleased to recreation and watch films and television reveals on both show. In actual fact, typically the flatter show is preferable. If solely as a result of none of your pictures are curved round an edge. 

Each provide tremendous clean 120Hz refresh charges, so you may get clean, sharp animation no matter you are doing. Offering the content material is optimised to run at these speeds.

Software program

  • Xiaomi: MIUI 12 – primarily based on Android 11
  • OnePlus: Oxygen OS 11 – primarily based on Android 11

In the case of software program, we now have to say OxygenOS 11 is a extra dependable and fewer intrusive model of Android. Each are equally fluid and quick with comparable options like at all times on show when your cellphone is in standby. 

Nonetheless, Xiaomi has this behavior of double-checking your Play Retailer apps are secure earlier than putting in, which is usually a ache in case you’re downloading apps within the background whereas doing one thing else.  A popup display screen takes over, interrupting no matter you are doing. 

Extra obtrusive nonetheless is that every one apps are pushed to order battery mode by default, that means except you go into settings and provides them unreserved entry, you may miss notifications. When you do not tinker in settings to permit them everlasting skill to run, you must bodily open the apps to test you probably have messages and updates. 

Equally, OnePlus appears just a little extra suited to one-handed use with its default apps at the least, bringing controls all the way down to a extra thumb-able stage. 

Efficiency and battery

  • Xiaomi: Snapdragon 888 processor
  • OnePlus: Snapdragon 865 processor
  • Each: 5G assist
  • Xiaomi: 8GB/128GB, 8GB/256GB and 12GB/256GB RAM/storage choices
  • OnePlus: 8GB/128GB and 12GB/256GB RAM/storage choices
  • Xiaomi: 4600mAh – 55W wired and 50W wi-fi charging
  • OnePlus: 4500mAh – 65W wired Warp Cost

With efficiency there’s not an enormous quantity to say, besides that each telephones are actually fast and in a position to run essentially the most demanding video games and apps and not using a fear.


Xiaomi has the higher hand, because it’s utilizing Qualcomm’s newest 888 processor, however with comparable reminiscence and RAM ranges and velocity, you doubtless will not discover an enormous quantity of distinction every day. Run a benchmark and also you most likely will, however you may by no means have to fret about demanding video games with both cellphone. 

Equally, battery life will comfortably get even essentially the most demanding customers by a full day. You get comparable battery capacities – it is 4,500 vs 4600 mAh – on the 2 telephones, though, OnePlus is the smaller of the 2. Nonetheless, with its decrease decision show, it does not appear to make use of it up fairly as shortly when doing visually intensive actions. So with comparable display screen time, the OnePlus lasts just a little longer. 

In the case of quick charging, OnePlus wins this one with its 65W warp cost that may utterly refill the battery in below 40 minutes.

Nonetheless, Xiaomi’s no slouch and never solely can it do a full cost in 45 minutes, it has quick 50W wi-fi charging too, offered you get Xiaomi’s bespoke suitable wi-fi charger. OnePlus options no wi-fi charging. 


  • Xiaomi: triple digital camera system
    • 108MP f/1.9 vast fundamental digital camera w/OIS
    • 13MP f/2.4 ultra-wide
    • 5MP f/2.4 macro 
  • OnePlus: quad digital camera system
    • 48MP f/1.7 vast fundamental digital camera w/OIS
    • 16MP F/2.2 ultra-wide
    • 5MP f/2.4 macro
    • 2MP depth
  • Each: 4K as much as 60fps
  • Xiaomi: 8K as much as 30fps
  • Xiaomi: 20MP 1080p selfie digital camera
  • OnePlus: 16MP 1080p selfie digital camera

Whereas decision and sensor sizes are totally different, the make-up of the 2 digital camera methods are comparable. There is a main lens alongside the ultra-wide and macro lenses. OnePlus additionally has a depth sensor, which is actually ineffective by itself. It is only for additional information. 

Now, neither cellphone has a telephoto lens, however each will allow you to zoom additional utilizing a digital zoom. Xiaomi’s enables you to go fairly far too, however when you push both over the 5x zoom mark the outcomes can fairly ropy. 

The one factor we did discover was that – whereas each take sharp, vivid footage in daylight – the Xiaomi’s had been persistently darker and extra contrast-heavy. Generally that made them seem too darkish and crushed, with the OnePlus wanting extra life-like and pure. Different instances, the OnePlus seemed comparitively washed out. 

As for macros – it is tough getting a pointy in-focus shot with the Xiaomi, however it may well take incredible wanting macros in case you rise up shut. Xiaomi’s tends to magify the macros much more, however extra importantly, the macro shot on the Mi 11 persistently had a a lot nicer and smoother background blur. OnePlus was noisy and grainy and simply seemed harsh quite a lot of the time. 

As for night time time, each telephones have an evening mode you should utilize on the first and extremely vast cameras, however the ultra-wides are nowhere close to as efficient at drawing in gentle on both digital camera.

Outcomes had been just a little inconsistent, with the OnePlus typically struggling to focus and night out the minor hand shake. However when it did, it typically delivered higher color, dynamic vary and element than the Xiaomi. Nonetheless, the Mi 11 was extra typically higher at focussing and producing the sharper picture when the sunshine ranges received significantly low, even when the colors are just a little cooler and washed out. 

As for selfies, the Xiaomi appeared usually softer and rather less pure wanting than the OnePlus in each daylight and at night time utilizing the display screen as a flash. 

Pricing and availability

  • Xiaomi: Pricing round €750/£750
  • OnePlus: Pricing from €549/£549

The fascinating a part of this comparability is taking a look at pricing. Xiaomi’s newest flagship – resulting from its greater spec in a couple of locations – means you pay extra for it. In actual fact, round £200/€200 in some locations. Even the upper spec 12GB/256GB OnePlus mannequin is cheaper than Xiaomi’s. 


Xiaomi’s cellphone is model new too, so it’s possible you’ll battle to search out it as simply accessible in quite a lot of markets. OnePlus’ newest flagship has been available on the market for a couple of months already and may be discovered direct by OnePlus or by accomplice carriers in quite a lot of nations. And even by Amazon. 


All in all, Xiaomi could have some options higher than the OnePlus. The show for one stands out however – in quite a lot of ways in which matter – the OnePlus greater than matches it. The much less intrusive software program expertise for one is a motive to decide on it, as is saving cash.

Nonetheless, the Mi 11 is a really succesful flagship filled with potential. There is not any doubt it has a greater show and digital camera system and possibly – simply possibly – the software program expertise will enhance when MIUI 12.5 arrives. 

Writing by Cam Bunton.