While OnePlus 3 is the latest flagship with powerful specs onboard, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is an upper-mid-range device with equally impressive configurations and design.

Chinese OEMs, in general, offer their devices at affordable price. While OnePlus 3 has the latest processor onboard and it commands a mid-range price, the Xiaomi handset, released in January 2016, is now available at a dirt cheap price, thanks to the promotional sale. Hence, it’s time to compare the two powerhouses based on configurations, price and design.

OnePlus 3 vs. Redmi Note 3: Display, Design

Both OnePlus 3 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 feature the same 5.5-inch display, complemented by 1,080 x 1,920 pixels Full HD resolution. This translates to a pixel density of 400+ ppi. The display technology used by OnePlus and Xiaomi is Optic AMOLED and IPS LCD, respectively.

When it comes to design, interestingly, the OnePlus 3 looks identical to the recently released HTC 10, mainly thanks to the unibody design. The similarity doesn’t end here. Both HTC and OnePlus handsets carry a big camera sensor with antenna lines plying through the back panel.

OnePlus has made use of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 panel to protect the screen. According to Trusted Reviews, the body of the handset is made of anodized aluminium, complete with curved edge design.

Speaking of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, this affordable handset offers great value for money. The Note 3 features a full-metal design, complete with smooth matte finish, according to NDTV. Unlike the predecessor, the metal chassis is not prone to fingerprints. Even though there are many color choices available online, the gold variant reportedly beats the other models in aesthetics.

OnePlus 3 vs. Redmi Note 3: Under The Hood

This is where the OnePlus 3 beats the Redmi Note 3 hands down. While the Xiaomi handset comes powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 650 SoC, the OnePlus 3 makes use of the powerful Snapdragon 820 chipset.

To top it off, the OnePlus 3 comes backed by a whopping 6GB of RAM, whereas the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 gives a choice of 2GB or 3GB, depending on 16GB or 32GB of internal storage option. The OnePlus handset, on the other hand, comes equipped with 64GB storage with no option to expand. But the Note 3 supports microSD card with capacity of up to 256 GB, by making use of the SIM 2 slot.

Speaking of software, the OnePlus 3 runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow based Oxygen OS, while the Note 3 runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop based MIUI 7.

OnePlus 3 vs. Redmi Note 3: Camera, Battery

Both smartphones sport the same 16-megapixel sensor. While the OnePlus 3 comes with a regular LED flash, the Redmi Note 3 has a dual-LED flash onboard. Nevertheless, OnePlus handset supports OIS, but the Xiaomi device doesn’t. In addition, there is a generous 8-megapixel selfie-clicker in the OnePlus 3, while the Redmi Note 3 settles for a 5-megapixel shooter.

When it comes to battery, the Xiaomi handset beats the OnePlus fair and square. While the OnePlus handset comes housed with a non-removable Li-Ion 3,000 mAh cell, the Redmi Note 3 features a much-better Li-Po 4,000 mAh non-removable cell.

OnePlus 3 vs. Redmi Note 3: Additional Features

  • Key common features include support for fast charging and fingerprint sensor.
  • While the OnePlus 3 supports Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, the Xiaomi handset doesn’t.
  • Both handsets support dual-SIM cards.

OnePlus 3 vs. Redmi Note 3: Price, Availability

The 64GB variant of the OnePlus 3 is priced at $399 in the U.S. The 32GB model of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (also referred as “Redmi Note 3 Pro”), on the other hand, is now available at a massively discounted price of $200 (for a limited period of time) via the prominent international seller “Geek Buying.” It is worth noting that this seller offers free shipping service to the U.S.