While smartphones with minimal bezels are nothing new, having been seen on phones as far back as 2014. Yet again this year has seen this particular trend become mainstream.
After Samsung, Xiaomi, Honor, LG, Apple, and other Chinese OEMs, OnePlus has now stepped into bezel-less arena with OnePlus 5T. So we decided to compare OnePlus 5T with LG G6 and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2.
The newly announce OnePlus 5T is basically the OnePlus 5 with an edge-to-edge display and improved cameras with affordable price. More handset manufacturers are pricing flagships closer to $1000 mark then ever before, making sub-$500 handset a bit of rarity. So how does the OnePlus 5T stand against the competition, and who exactly is it competing against? Good question.
OnePlus 5T vs LG G6 vs Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
While the OnePlus 5T competes against today’s more expensive flagships fairly well, the real race will be between OnePlus and other Chinese OEMs, as well as older flagships from the first half of 2017.
I would consider LG G6 and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 its direct competitor. Despite being well over a half year old, the LG G6 is still a great handset with a continuous dropping price. On other hand Mi Mix 2 a second generation of bezel-less phone by Xiaomi with many improvements did a fair enough job.
So how do the OnePlus 5T and LG G6 and Mi Mix 2 compare? Let’s find out.
These three smartphones have extremely premium designs. The aluminium clad OnePlus 5T carries forward the design language introduced with the OnePlus 5.
The only change is display with minimal bezels and subsequent movement of fingerprint sensor to the back panel.
The OnePlus 5T sports rounded corners and edges to make it sit better in the hand.
The back of the device more or less looks identical to the OnePlus 5, as you’ll find a dual-camera setup in the upper left corner along with the flash module. You’ll find a power button on the right and a volume rocker with an alert slider on the left.
The Mi Mix 2 on the other hand comes with a four – sided curved ceramic body and a frame made out of 7000 series aluminium. While the luxurious ceramic body of the Mi Mix 2 feels more solid and premium, the OnePlus 5T is sleeker and more refined.
Ceramic body of the Mi Mix 2 makes it quite resistant to scratches, it is also more brittle than metal. The OnePlus 5T on the other hand has an all-metal chassis which means the phone is carved out of a single block of aluminium.
The LG G6 is also a stunner with it’s bezel-less design. The front of the device isn’t as clean looking due to the LG logo below the display. Unlike the OnePlus 5T and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, the handset has a glass back which looks and feels just as premium as metal. Of course, using glass could lead to durability issues if you drop the phone. The G6 is also a fingerprint magnet, so you’ll have to wipe it down often to keep it looking clean.
It’s got a dual-camera setup on the back along with a flash module and a fingerprint scanner that sits below it. The scanner doubles as the power button, which is something that takes getting used to. The volume keys are on the left side, while the right edge only features the SIM card slot.
LG G6 come in Ice Platinum, Mystic White and Astro Black colors while OnePlus 5T and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 offers only black.
As always, there’s no real winner when it comes to design. G6 and 5T smartphones have gorgeous bezel-less designs, but are very different. If glass is your thing, you’ll love the G6. If you are more into metal, than go with the OnePlus 5T. Whereas the Mi Mix 2 has almost zero bezels atop the display.
To achieve the same, Xiaomi has moved the front camera to the bottom bezel and included a ‘hidden sound-guided speaker’ on the miniscule top bezel. The Mi Mix 2 has a 5.99-inch Full HD+ LCD display with a pixel density of 403ppi. The OnePlus 5T on the other hand has a 6.01-inch Full HD+ AMOLED panel which results in slightly punchier colours and deeper blacks.
Specs and features
The OnePlus 5T is similar to its predecessor when it comes to specs. The major differences are a larger 6-inch Full HD+ display — up from 5.5 inches — and the popular 18:9 aspect ratio we’ve seen on a lot of smartphones this year.
Processor & Storage
OnePlus 5T is powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset and comes with either 6 or 8 GB of RAM. It offers 64 or 128 GB. A 3,300 mAh battery keeps the lights on and supports the company’s Dash Charge tech, which promises a day’s power in half an hour. It’s one of the fastest charging technologies on the market and should get the battery up to 100 percent in around 90 minutes.
Just like OnePlus 5T, Mi Mix 2 is extremely powerful smartphones. At the heart of this lies the Snapdragon 835 processor as well, along with Adreno 540 GPU. The Mi Mix 2 on the other hand is available in 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
While 5T and Mix 2 does not support expanded storage, while G6 support McroSD card up to an additional 256 GB.
LG G6 packs in slightly less poweful Snapdragon 821 chipset and 4 GB of RAM. The G6 sports 32 or 64 GB of storage — depending on the market.
The device is also offers a dual-camera setup, which is different than the one found on the 5T. It features a 13 MP standard angle lens with an f/1.8 aperture and 71-degree field of view. another 13 MP sensor that sports an f/2.4 aperture and 125-degree field of view for capturing more in your images. There’s also a 5 MP selfie snapper on board.
Like the OnePlus 5, the 5T is equipped with 16 and 20 MP cameras on the back that allow you to take those fancy bokeh images. However, the second sensor now sports a larger f/1.7 aperture for improved low-light performance. The front-facing camera remains the same at 16 MP but should capture better selfies at night, as the screen can flash to provide additional light.
The OnePlus 5T also has dual-SIM capabilities and supports facial recognition, which gives you another way to unlock the device. Of course, it’s probably not faster than fingerprint scanner because you have to turn on the screen before using it.
The LG G6 comes with a smaller 5.7-inch 18:9 display that has a higher QHD+ resolution. The handset comes with high-end specs but has less power than its rival. Nevertheless, it should handle anything you throw at it.
G6 is IP68 rated, so it will survive in up to five feet of water (1.5 meters) for 30 minutes. It also supports wireless charging, although the feature is limited to the US version of the device.
The G6 supports expandable storage, is resistant to water and dust, has a higher resolution display, and offers a standard/wide angle camera combo that’s popular among many. The 5T’s perks include a larger display, faster charging technology, facial recognition, and dual-SIM support. Xiaomi Mi Mix offers higher screen to body ratio than G6 and 5T along with dual-SIM phone supports 4G LTE, NFC, 128GB ROM and USB OTG.
The OnePlus 5T, Mi Mix 2 and LG G6 run Android Nougat. However, each device comes with a custom UI on top of the OS that has a few unique features on-board.
OnePlus’ OxygenOS is a light skin that preserve pure look and feel of Android. It does offer many useful customization options to improve user experience. One of the best tweaks is that you can switch between capacitive buttons under the display and on-screen software buttons with a simple tap in the settings menu.
There are also various screen-off gestures available. You can double tap the display to wake up the device or draw an O, V, S, M, or W to open specific app. Additionally, OxygenOS offers a Reading Mode that filters out blue light for a more enjoyable reading experience. Gaming Do Not Disturb Mode which turns off unnecessary notifications while gaming, and much more.
MIUI 9 on Mi Mix 2 brings with it many new features like split screen multitasking and Google Assistant support. However, compared to stock Android and Oxygen OS, MIUI still feels a bit heavy.
LG’s UX 6.0 doesn’t offer as many customization features, but there are a few gestures and other tweaks possible. The LG UI is much lighter than older LG skins but still heavier than Oxygen OS. By default, it doesn’t have an app drawer, but you have the option of enabling it in the settings. The app icons have a dark background with rounded corners for a uniform look, some one may like or not. If you’re not a big fan of the design, you can thankfully remove the dark backgrounds in the settings.
One of G6’s best features is Grid Shot, which lets you combine four images captured with the camera into one. You can also select various pictures from gallery to create unique wallpapers, with a new one appearing on the screen each time you wake it up.
Other features include Double tap to wake and Extended Screenshots to take screenshot of long article with a single tap.
The LG G6 comes with always-on display that shows the glimpse of what’s going on without turning on the display.
|Device||OnePlus 5T||Xiaomi Mi Mix2||LG G6|
|OS||Android (7.1), OxygenOS UI||Android (7.1), MIUI||Android (7.1)|
|Dimension||156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm||151.8 x 75.5 x 7.7 mm||148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm|
|Weight||162 g||185 g||163 g|
|Material||Aluminum||Ceramic and Metal||Glass and Aluminum|
|Display||6.0 inches||6.0 inches||5.7inches|
|Resolution||1080 x 2160 pixels||1080 x 2160 pixels||1440 x 2880 pixels|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998 2.45 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998 2.45 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro 2.35 GHz|
|Battery||3300 mAh||3400 mAh||3300 mAh|
specifications source: PhoneArena.com
It’s hard to proclaim one as the ultimate winner. OnePlus 5T and LG G6 will get Android 8.0 Oreo, but no confirmation about Mi Mix 2’s Oreo update.