Our Opinion

The OnePlus 5 (8GB RAM, 128GB) is a much better phone, but the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 64GB is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Probably the OnePlus 5 (8GB RAM, 128GB), if your budget allows for it.

OnePlus 5 (8GB RAM, 128GB)  Xiaomi Mi Max 2 64GB 
OnePlus 5 Xiaomi Mi Max 2
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Excellence Score
74.1
38.2
Value for Money Score
66.0
71.7
Price ₹ 37,999 onwards ₹ 15,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2017 Jul, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 Oreo Android 7.1 Nougat
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 344 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features Optic AMOLED, 2.5D Curved Glass, DCI-P3 Colour Coverage, sRGB, Reading Mode, Night Mode, Lift Up Display, Ambient Display 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight Display, Night Display, Reading Mode, Color Temperature Adjustment
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.45 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
GPU Adreno 540 Adreno 506
RAM 8 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 16.0 MP 12.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (16MP + 20MP), Camera 1: Sony IMX398 Sensor; F/1.7 Aperture; 1.12um Pixel Size; Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), Camera 2: F/2.6 Aperture; Sony IMX350 Sensor; 1.0um Pixel Size; Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF); 2X Optical Zoom, Slow Motion Video, Portrait, Pro Mode, Panorama, HDR, HQ, Dynamic Denoise, Clear Image, RAW Image F/2.2 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Sony IMX386 Sensor, 1/2.9" Sensor Size, 1.25 um Pixel Size, Panorama, HDR, Burst Mode, Face Recognition, Real-time Camera Filters
Secondary Camera 16.0 MP 5.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features Sony IMX371 Sensor, 1.0um Pixel Size, F/2.0 Aperture, Electronic Image Stabilisation, Full HD Video Recording, HDR, Screen Flash, Smile Capture, Face Beauty F/2.0 Aperture, 85-degree Wide-angle Lens, Selfie Timer, Facial Recognition
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.25 mm 7.6 mm
Weight 153 gm 211 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh 5300 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A 57.00 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes, Dash Charge Yes, Quick Charge 3.0
Other Battery Parameters N/A Video Playback Time: 18 hrs, Gaming Time: 9 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 240 hrs, Reading Time: 19 hrs, Navigation Time: 21 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features UFS 2.1 Internal Storage; Fast Battery Charging (Dash Charge); Support AANC; Dirac HD Sound; Dirac Power Sound; Face Unlock; DLNA; NFC; WiFi Direct; WiFi Dual-band; USB Type-C; USB Audio Support; Noise Filtration Fast Battery Charging (Quick Charge 3.0); Parallel Charging; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; MIMO; USB Type-C; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Top-notch build quality, with the ergonomics, handling, and aesthetics of a true high-end premium device
  • Good AMOLED display with great color rendition, and an excellent in-built Kindle-like "reading mode"
  • OxygenOS continues to be an excellent blend of stock Android and light but useful touches in all the right places - it is, without doubt, one of the best Android UIs around
  • Performance is blazing fast all round - matching and sometimes even beating other Snapdragon 835 powerhouses like the Galaxy S8 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium - and not just in benchmarks, but in real-life use
  • The 8GB of included RAM is simply astounding, and unmatched by any other phone till date - making the phone as future-proof as is possible - although any differences in real-life performance relative to the 6GB version may be hard to notice at present
  • Very good dual camera setup - giving arguably the best camera phone in this price bracket - overall it's pleasing color rendering and good dynamic range - the portrait mode is pretty nice too - overall the camera is fast and reliable
  • Videos shot are also pretty decent (although it misses out on video stabilisation, which was present in the OnePlus 3/3T)
  • Good loudspeaker - improving significantly over the OnePlus 3/3T
  • Very solid battery life - offering a significant improvement over the already very good OnePlus 3T in real life use
  • OnePlus's proprietary dash charging technology continues to provide industry leading fast charging speeds
  • On the whole, leaving aside the camera, which is good but not comparable to the best in business, the OP5 matches other premium flagships in all other areas - and delivers this at a fraction of the price - continuing OnePlus's tradition of offering great performance at excellent value for money
  • Premium, high-quality design - 2.5D curved glass at the front and smooth flowing curves round the back, along with a unibody anodized aluminum build
  • The curves at the back and the sleek 7.6mm profile make the Mi Max 2 relatively easier to hold, for a device of this size
  • Fast, accurate fingerprint sensor located at the back
  • Gigantic 6.44in display - pleasant, bright, viewable in direct sunlight, accurate colors, and excellent viewing angles - you can adjust the contrast levels, and there's also the option to toggle sRGB mode - the large screen is great for viewing video and playing games
  • MIUI is a light and clean Android UI, with a lot of customization options
  • Additional software features include a screen shrinker, blue-light filter, built-in video editor in the gallery, scrolling screenshots, and Quick ball to launch apps with ease - all useful stuff
  • Performance is good and smooth too - powered by the Snapdragon 625 and comes with 4GB of RAM, along with 64GB of storage - does a good job of crunching through everyday tasks (the only place where you'll notice the odd stutter is the most visually demanding games)
  • Decent rear camera - especially in daylight conditions - takes detailed images, and Auto HDR makes a noticeable difference - the camera is a definite step-up from the first-gen model
  • Decent front camera too, in daylight conditions
  • The dual speaker combination is well done and gets sufficiently loud, without distortion at high volumes
  • Infrared sensors have been a mainstay on Xiaomi phones for several years now, and that hasn't changed with the Mi Max 2, allowing you to control your TV, air conditioner, or set-top box with the phone
  • Amazing battery life - with a giant 5300mAh battery into the chassis - easily lasts 2 days with moderate use - this is tablet-class territory, and the Mi Max 2 is in fact better than most 7-inch tablets when it comes to battery life - the battery combined with the large screen makes for a potent combination, particularly if you're interested in viewing a lot of multimedia content
  • Also has Quick Charge 3.0 over USB-C, allowing you to charge up to 68% of the battery's capacity in just over an hour, or enough juice to last an entire day
  • On the whole, with a 6.44-inch display and a massive 5300mAh battery, Xiaomi's latest phablet is the ideal device for consuming multimedia on the go, and an excellent option if you are looking for a combined phone-tablet experience, and don't mind carrying around a large device in daily use - it is a portable all-in-one that allows you to comfortably watch videos and movies, play games, and read books on the go
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The design is aesthetic but nothing original, or distinctive
  • The phone's display is pretty good but doesn't pack the same punch as the (admittedly higher priced) premium Android flagships
  • The camera is again excellent for the price, and an improvement over the OnePlus 3/3T, but doesn't match up to the level of the premium flagships like the Galaxy S8, the Google Pixel, the HTC U11, and iPhone 7 & 7 Plus
  • This is of course a big phone, so if ease-of-carrying or one-handed use are primary concerns, then you want to look at other options
  • Both the rear and the front camera, while good in day-light conditions, are not that great in low-light conditions, and in video-recording quality
Expert Reviews
  1. Still mighty good value for your money
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  2. The OnePlus 5 is outstanding, especially for the price; no other phone gives you the same bang for the buck
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  3. The OnePlus 5 comes with class-leading specs, for half the price of an iPhone 7
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  1. No stunts, no trickery, not even split screen multi-tasking - just a sensible design, big screen and a big battery.
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. It certainly isn't for everyone, but it rewards those who can handle its size with a quality build, adequate performance, decent cameras, and exceptional battery life and multimedia experience.
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Mi Max 2 builds upon the success of its predecessor and represents the best of Xiaomi
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. We would recommend the Mi Max 2 to anyone looking for a great display and battery performance in a smartphone in this segment, if they don't mind its size
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