There’s no doubt that flagship smartphones offer the best mobile experience that one can ask for. After all, they come with the fastest chipsets, lots of RAM and incredible cameras, among other things. However, top-tier smartphones also have hefty price tags, and not everyone is willing to spend upwards of Rs 50,000 on a smartphone.
But the good thing is that there are numerous smartphones that are every bit as flagship as one might expect, yet priced very competitively. And two such recently-launched flagship smartphones are the Nokia 8 and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2.
Priced at Rs 36,999 and Rs 35,999 respectively, Nokia 8 and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 offer a lot of good stuff, including everything from Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 835 SoC and premium build quality. But which one of these two offers the best value-for-money?
We used both smartphones for over a week, and here’s what we think.
XIAOMI MI MIX 2 vs. NOKIA 8 PHYSICAL APPEARANCE
Both Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 and Nokia 8 are beautifully-crafted and have a premium in-hand feel. They have rounded edges and all buttons are placed on the right edge. Bottom edge of both handsets has the usual placement of USB Type-C port and speaker grille. That said, the 3.5mm audio jack is missing on the Mi Mix 2, although the phone does come with a USB Type-C to 3.5mm audio adapter. Both smartphones are a bit slippery, so we recommend putting on a case, whichever you go for.
Talking about the build quality, the Mi Mix 2’s back panel is entirely made of ceramic and the main reason why the phone weighs 185g. The shiny back panel looks mesmerizing and adds to the look of the handset. The fingerprint sensor, camera and flash module are all placed on the back panel. Coming to the front, it’s where the near-bezelless 5.99-inch display is, covering almost the entire front panel. There is a little bit of bezel below the display, and it’s where the front camera is located.
As for the Nokia 8, neither it has a bezel-less display nor a ceramic back panel. Instead, the phone has an all-aluminium construction and quite some bezels on the top and bottom of the display. Above the display lie the front facing camera, earpiece and a Nokia logo. Below the display is the fingerprint sensor, as well as the. Back and Menu capacitive keys. Fortunately, Nokia hasn’t ditched the 3.5mm audio jack.
Picking a winner in this regard is a bit hard, considering design is subjective and a matter of taste. However, we think that the Mi Mix 2 is slightly better due to its ceramic back panel, which doesn’t get easily scratched.