There are crazy phones that come with excellent design and hardware but will cost a fortune to you. So for many customers, there is nothing better than the cost-effective smartphones. Many customers can afford themselves to get their hands on them. And as for performance, due to the software and hardware optimization, those handsets will provide an outstanding experience. So we decided to compare three flagships that are considered to be the most cost-effective models coming our way from top brands. They are the Xiaomi Mi 8, the OnePlus 6, and the Meizu 16 Plus.
In terms of the basic information, they all are packed with a Snapdragon 845 chip. But the Meizu 16 comes with a 6+128GB storage combination and is priced at 3198 yuan ($467); the OnePlus 6 comes with a 6+64GB combination and is available at 3199 yuan ($467); and finally, the Xiaomi Mi 8 comes with a 6+64GB combination as well and costs 2699 yuan ($394).
Xiaomi Mi 8 vs OnePlus 6 vs Meizu 16 Plus: Appearance
They all follow the trend of using a double-glass + metal frame sandwich structure. On the front, they adopt a full-screen design. But each of them has its own philosophy of what the term ‘Full-Screen’ means and how it should look.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 and the OnePlus 6 are using the much-popular notch screen. But the bangs of the OnePlus 6 is narrower than that on the Mi 8. Of course, if you don’t like bangs, it can be hidden in the settings. As you guess, this will affect the usable screen area.
As for the Meizu 16 Plus, this handset uses more regular narrow forehead and narrow chin symmetrical full-screen design.
All three handsets have chins on the bottom. They have abandoned the three Android traditional buttons and use gesture interaction. The Meizu 16 Plus is equipped with a linear motor mEngine as well as a unique mBack interaction. Therefore, the interactive experience of the whole machine has a unique sense of grade.
On the back of the fuselage, these three smartphones carry a dual-camera. The Meizu 16 Plus and OnePlus 6 put the dual camera in the center of the back. It looks very regular. But the difference is that the Meizu 16 Plus has a ring-shape flashlight below the sensors, while the OnePlus 6 also comes with a fingerprint scanner.
Unlike this handset, the Xiaomi Mi 8 puts the rear dual-camera in the upper left corner of the fuselage and places the fingerprint recognition reader in the center of the back.
The frames of the Meizu 16 Plus and the Xiaomi Mi 8 are the same. Both carry the SIM card slot in the left frame of the fuselage, while the volume button and power button are placed in the right border.
The OnePlus 6 has placed the SIM card slot and volume rocker in the left side, while in the right side, we can see the special three-state button as well as the power key.
Finally, at the bottom of the fuselage, the Meizu 16 Plus and the OnePlus 6 have the same elements – a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB Type-C interface, and a speaker. The only difference refers to the layout of these elements. As for the Xiaomi Mi 8, it has canceled the headphone jack and has placed symmetrical speaker openings at the bottom, with a centered USB Type-C interface.
Xiaomi Mi 8 vs OnePlus 6 vs Meizu 16 Plus: System
All three smartphones run on a system based on Android deep customization, in which Meizu and Xiaomi are laid out earlier on the system, and the functions and UI design are perfect. OnePlus uses a minimalistic approach.
The Meizu 16 Plus is based on the Flyme 7.1 system developed by Android 8.1. In addition, thanks to the buck of the linear motor mEngine, the Meizu 16 Plus offers various vibrations. This kind of feedback greatly increases the enjoyment of using your phone.
The OnePlus 6 runs on Hydrogen OS based on Android 8.1. As mentioned above, OnePlus 6 doesn’t come with any extra functions. The overall interface is also close to native Android, which won’t require any time to adapt to various options.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 comes with MIUI 9.5 system based on Android 8.1. After many years of an iterative update, the MIUI system has no major disadvantages in terms of functions and interaction. But there are some users who still criticize this system.
Xiaomi Mi 8 vs OnePlus 6 vs Meizu 16 Plus: Camera
They all come with a dual-camera on the back. The Meizu 16 Plus sports a 12MP + 20MP sensors combination, the main camera of which has an aperture of f/1.8. The OnePlus 6 is packed with a 16MP + 20MP sensors combination, the main camera of which has an aperture of f/1.7. And finally, the Xiaomi Mi 8 features a dual 12MP camera with an aperture of f/1.8.
As the daytime photo samples show, the Meizu 16 Plus and OnePlus 6 reproduce more natural colors, while the Xiaomi Mi 8 tries to provide shots pleasant to the eye. No one says any of these algorithms are right or wrong. We just write down the facts.
In low-light conditions, they all shot nice photos with no obvious noise.
Also Read: Xiaomi Mi 8 Camera Review
Xiaomi Mi 8 vs OnePlus 6 vs Meizu 16 Plus: Performance
As we said, they all are packed with the Snapdragon 845 chip. The latter has a clock speed of 2.8GH. The Adreno 630 GPU is capable of providing quite satisfactory graphics performance. Compared to the previous generation, the image performance and energy efficiency increased by up to 30%.
In terms of the battery, the Meizu 16 Plus is equipped with a 3640mAh battery, the OnePlus 6 comes with a 3300mAh battery, and the Xiaomi Mi 8 sports a 3400mAh battery.
When looking at the endurance test results, we can see the Meizu 16 Plus provides the longest battery life due to the larger capacity. At the same time, the Xiaomi Mi 8 has a higher battery capacity than the OnePlus 6, but its endurance score is less. It’s quite surprising.
The biggest highlight of the Meizu 16 Plus is the extremely regular and symmetrical body design. So it is very suitable for users with obsessive-compulsive disorder who do not like the shaped screen. Coupled with Meizu’s unique vibration feedback and mBack interaction, this handset is not only a masterpiece coming our way from Huang Zhang but also is ‘dream phone.’
Actually, there is no shortcoming in the OnePlus 6. It can be called a bucket machine with balanced performance in all aspects. Together with the extremely simple system, it makes the phone very suitable for the geeks who pursue individuality.
Though Xiaomi’s annual flagships have always known for their cost-effectiveness, with the strong rise of many manufacturers, the price/performance ratio advantages of the Xiaomi Mi 8 is not obvious. Plus, as many think, it duplicates the iPhone X design. But again, no one can say the Mi 8 has an obvious shortcoming. It’s an amazing smartphone with trendy and innovative features. And we should also remember it’s the cheapest one among these models.