The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE was the first smartphone to come with a Snapdragon 710 chip, which is considered to be a pseudo-flagship mobile chip. Later, other models joined this marathon. Among them, the 360 N7 Pro and the Smartisan Nur Pro 2s coming with identical features and pricing. So we can write down though there are not that many smartphones powered with this chip, the competition is too high.
First, let’s take a look at the basic information of these three phones. The 360 N7 Pro, the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE, and the Smartisan Nut Pro 2s all adopt the Snapdragon 710 mobile platform, of which the N7 Pro’s storage combination starts at 6+64GB, which is priced at 1999 yuan ($293). The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE starts at 1799 yuan ($264), while the minimum configuration is 4+64GB. The 6+64GB version costs 1999 yuan ($293). The lowest price of the Pro 2s is 1798 yuan ($264). It is set for the 4+64GB, while the 6+64GB model is available at 1998 yuan ($293).
In terms of configuration and price, these phones are basically at the same level. But in terms of functions, these phones have different highlights. So we are going to find out what the factors are that will affect our customers’ purchase decision.
All three phones use a ‘sandwich’ structure with a metal mid-frame + double glass panel. At the same time, on the front of the fuselage, these three handsets use a comprehensive screen design. But as you guess, they adopt quite different full-screen design styles.
On the front side, the 360 N7 pro and the Smartisan Nut Pro 2s sport a full-screen with narrow frames. The Smartisan phone puts the earpiece on the top frame and uses the consistent centered camera design. So the visual integration is very strong. The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE uses a comprehensive screen with a notch. The advantage of the bangs screen is that it can enlarge the screen ratio. However, some users with obsessive-compulsive disorder do not like notch screens. This is a matter of opinion.
On the front bottom, all three phones have a narrow chin design. The Smartisan Nut Pro 2s simulates the touch of a physical button thanks to the virtual key + linear motor interaction. The remaining two phones use traditional narrow chin designs that save space.
On the back of the fuselage, all three devices carry a dual-camera. The Smartisan Nut Pro 2s and the 360 N7 Pro come with a camera placed on the left upper side. The only difference is that the Nuts sports one large and one small sensor, while the 360 N7 Pro’s sensors are equal in size. As for the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE, it uses the same design as the iPhone X.
On the frame side, Xiaomi and 360 Mobiles use the same approach. The power button and the volume rocker are placed on the left side. The Smartisan Nut Pro 2s has a multi-function button on the left side, and its buttons are all round.
Finally, on the bottom, all three phones sport a USB Type-C port. But the 360 N7 Pro also comes with a 3.5mm audio jack.
As all three phones come with the same platform, the capturing effect may differ only because of the CMOS, lens, and relatively metaphysical tuning means. The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE and the Nut Pro 2s use the IMX363 sensor as the main camera. As for the 360 N7 Pro, it comes with an IMX386 sensor.
As we can see, the Xiaomi and Smartisan phones take better photos. However, the Mi 8 SE occasionally has an overexposure, while the Nut has a color cast.
On the system side, all three phones run on systems based on Android deep customization. Since these three handsets are the latest products of each brand, they are basically equipped with the latest customized systems.
The Smartisan Nut Pro 2s is powered by Android 8.1-based Smartisan OS, and the newly added bullet SMS, infinite screen, and long-awaited TNT workstation that makes it unique in software.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE comes with the MIUI 9.5 system based on Android 8.1. Thanks to years of optimization, MIUI 9.5 has a good performance on this phone, both in terms of overall functionality and system fluency. However, it is a pity that the MIUI has not yet pushed the stable version of MIUI10 after it has been released for two or three months. It is really disappointing.
The 360 N7 Pro is powered by a 360 OS system based on Android 8.1. However, the 360 OS does not have too much pre-installed software, and a few third-party applications can be freely uninstalled. Thanks to the technical support of the ‘antivirus software factory’, the performance of this phone is still very good, and the response speed of the system has been greatly improved.
360 N7 Pro is equipped with a 4000mAh large-capacity battery. The Smartisan Nut Pro 2s comes with a 3600mAh, while the smallest capacity belongs to the Mi 8 SE, 3120mAh. So seems the 360 Mobiles’ representative should have a dominance.
It can be seen that the 360 N7 Pro really performs well in the endurance test, and 53% of the battery power still remains after the 5-hour heavy use. The power consumption of the Nut Pro 2s is also good, with 49% of remaining power. And the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE only has 36% of the remaining power. So we can write down the initial assumptions were true.
As for the charging speed, the 360 N7 Pro reaches 43% of power in 30 minutes. For the same time period, the Smartisan Nut Pro 2s reached 50%, and the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE reached 52%.
The Smartisan Nut Pro 2s has an exquisite design and a good overall performance. It is also the most cost-effective of the three, and many innovations at the software level make it quite attractive. The infinite screen and TNT should be one of its biggest selling points, but the current supply is slightly insufficient, and there is still some regret that it still needs to be snapped up.
The 360 N7 Pro excels in performance and battery life, especially at the endurance level – it can last for 2 days of normal use. On the whole, the 360 N7 Pro is suitable for playing mobile games. At the same time, it is the only one of the three that retains the 3.5mm headphone jack and gives away headphones.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE has a general performance from this comparison test. But the small screen and poor battery life make it not particularly competitive. However, it was released earlier, so it is able to be purchased more easily, which is an advantage.