Looking ahead to 2021, OnePlus and Xiaomi have wanted to make an important leap in terms of their high-end range, trying to make it very difficult for the competition. Both brands already have a large gap in the market and hope that with the OnePlus 9 and with the Xiaomi Mi 11 , their reception among users will be greater with some compelling reasons among everything they offer us.
In both cases, they are usually called to be the revolution in terms of quality and price, often achieving a minimum price for everything they offer us. Although in recent years both brands have seen their prices increase and have matched with the competition, it will be an important point in which we also look to make a purchase decision that is not expected at all easy.
High level design and displays
The first similarities that we find start from its construction, where both terminals are composed of glass and aluminum alloy to achieve a high-level feeling. In the back, the camera module changes slightly, with a vertical position in OnePlus and with a square format that seeks to be recognizable on Android for the Xiaomi Mi 11, which we have already seen throughout the series.
When we look at the screen we can see how Xiaomi opts for a more impressive panel given that it has a slight curvature and the OnePlus 9 remains practically flat. They share a position through the hole of the selfie camera and also Amoled technology on the screen, although in measurements the OnePlus 9 stays at 6.55 with Full HD + resolution and Xiaomi makes it grow to 6.81 inches along with 1440 x 3200 px.
We can also see how both have HDR10 + and 120 Hz refresh rate , improved in Xiaomi with a touch frequency of 480 Hz. Regarding protection, Xiaomi opts for the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 7 Victus and the OnePlus model remains in Gorilla Glass 5.
Tied for power
The hardware of these two models is very similar, since we find the recognized Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor in both cases. In addition, both the OnePlus 9 and the Xiaomi Mi 11 opt for the maximum technology in their memories such as LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. Accompanied by refrigeration systems to get the maximum potential.
The memory options are also very similar, taking into account that the high-end OnePlus offers us 8 GB of RAM along with 128 GB of memory, just like Xiaomi does. To this is added another option of 256 GB in each model, where OnePlus endows it with 12 GB of RAM and Xiaomi keeps it at 8 GB. In neither case do we have expansion through MicroSD, a point that both lose.
Duel in high-level photography
Both Xiaomi with its improvements in camera and image processing, as well as OnePlus with the integration and collaboration of the Hasselblad brand, have taken a big step forward when it comes to cameras. They have the two triple cameras, but with great versatility that begins with the main lens where the OnePlus 9 has 48 Mpx in the hands of the recognized Sony IMX 689 sensor that has to compete with the 108 Mpx of the Xiaomi Mi 11 before those results are disputed.
The second of the cameras is the wide angle, which with 50 Mpx on the part of OnePlus and 13 Mpx on Xiaomi, we again have serious similarities. The third of the lenses has different uses, on the OnePlus side it is intended to improve the portrait with 2 Mpx and Xiaomi has a 5 Mpx for macro mode. Selfie cameras are not far behind and we ran into good results even in difficult situations, OnePlus with 16 Mpx and Xiaomi with 20 Mpx.
In video recording, Xiaomi adds up and wins against the OnePlus 9 by integrating an optical image stabilizer, which will achieve much better results, but it is also important to see its possibilities:
- 8K at 30 fps
- 4K at 30/60 fps
- 1080p at 30/60 fps
- Slow motion video: 480 fps
Xiaomi Mi 11:
- 8K at 30 fps
- 4K at 30/60 fps
- 1080p at 30/60 fps
- Slow motion recording: 480 fps
Nothing is missing in connectivity
Starting by looking at the batteries, where the Xiaomi Mi 11 integrates a 4,600 mAh battery and 55W fast charging with wireless and reverse charging. The OnePlus 9 does not wrinkle and they also feature a large 4,500 mAh cell accompanied by 65W and wireless charging.
Continuing we can see that of course we have 5G to navigate at maximum speed along with Bluetooth 5.2 L, Dual SIM, NFC and all GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou and Galileo positioning systems. Also finding infrared in the Mi 11.
OxygenOS 11 vs MIUI 12
Although Android 11 is pro behind the layers, the relevance of both this time makes them go over the top. We are faced with two very different styles where OnePlus presents in OxygenOS a fluid system that few can compete in response speed. On the MIUI side we have a layer with as many additions as we can imagine and a diversity of options that moves away from lightness.
Prices and final decision
We have seen many similarities throughout the comparison and the price was not going to be less, so we observed that the OnePlus 9 in its option with 8 GB + 128 GB is at 709 euros, while the Xiaomi Mi 11 with the same configuration, you can get for 699 euros. A difference of just 9 euros that is not very relevant.
If we had to make a decision, we would opt for the Mi 11 from Xiaomi since it integrates the OIS stabilizer that can be very important when creating content with the mobile, we also have a slight extra autonomy and MIUI 12.5 is considered a great revolution in terms of to the performance of the layer. Despite this, the OnePlus 9 is a safe option and in the coming weeks its price could show a drop that makes us prefer it for savings.