Last year was an interesting one for smartphone fans, where two giants from the east brought their best to the market at extremely affordable prices and left consumers in a big confusion on whether to buy Xiaomi’s Mi 4 or the OnePlus One. Each phone had flagship grade specs and offered great value for money. Come 2015, and we’ll see the successors to these phones battling it out again. Let’s take a look at their rumored specs and see which one has an edge against the other.
Early rumors point that the Xiaomi Mi 5 will be coming with a 5.3 inch display, up from 5 inch on the previous model. Also, Xiaomi will supposedly up the resolution on the screen to 1440 x 2560 pixels from 1080 x 1920 pixels on the Mi 4. On the inside, the phone is expected to pack a brand new – never seen before Snapdragon 820 from Qualcomm, which is expected to be the top dog at the time of its launch. The CPU will be paired along with the next gen Adreno 530 and 4GB RAM. On the camera front, the phone is expected to pack a 16MP module on the back and a 6MP front facing camera. Other features include a Type-C USB connector.
On the other hand, OnePlus Two has been confirmed to sport a Snapdragon 810. We’ve heard about the overheating issues on the chip and are hoping that they’ve been sorted in iteration 2.1. On the display front, OnePlus Two will be bigger than its predecessor, sporting a 5.7 inch 1440 x 2560 pixels display. Other rumored specs include 16MP main camera, 5MP front camera and 4GB of RAM. The phone could also pack a 3,300mAh battery and a fingerprint scanner.
From these specs, it seems like the two phones will go head to head again. While Mi 5 might eventually come out with a better processor, it is expected to be announced in January. On the other hand, OnePlus Two’s launch is imminent in the coming weeks. Three months time could help OnePlus up the ante against Xiaomi.
In the end, both the phones are expected to be great value for money and even a price difference of $50 could make a huge difference in which one goes on to sell more. As for consumer, the happy times will be here soon.