I’M REALLY excited about this column. There’s something about a no-holds-barred war between devices with sudden death, brutal body blows, the smell of gunpowder, a battle where only one can survive. What’s not to love? This was a shootout all of you have asked for. It’s been the number one request on my social media accounts all of last week. This is the kind of shootout that used to happen once a year between the iPhone and Samsung Flagship – now it’s between three phones all priced around 25K! This will be by far the toughest shootout ever since each phone has won rave reviews, has almost no negatives, is state-of-the-art and frankly almost bulletproof. Let the games begin.
What’s the pecking order when it comes to flagshipkiller mobile phones?
The OnePlus 3: The house of One Plus have taken a chunk from the super-premium market, found success with OnePlus One, not so much with OnePlus 2 and hit back hard with the 3. The Le Max2: The much-awaited phone from LeEco that set the market afire when it was announced in China and made headlines at its glitzy India launch. It came up with two versions. The 6GB version is the contender here.
The Mi 5: A phone from Xiaomi that wants to play with the big boys. It leads in the under-15K market but this is their first foray into the under-25K market. Most crucial for a flagship-killer. Le Max2 has a 21MP rear snapper while the Mi 5 and the Plus 3 come with a 16MP rear camera. To make it tougher all three have state-of-theart ‘Sony’ sensors. All three come with 4K video recording and OIS capabilities but the 4 Axis stabilisation of the Mi 5 gives smoother recording. And the selfie camera on Mi 5 gives a wide-angle perspective.
Verdict: For stills, Le Max gives better results but for video, it is the Mi 5. Pick your optical poison.
THE BATTERY LIFE
The Achilles Heel for many amazing specced phones. The OnePlus 3 and Mi 5 ship with 3000mAh capacity while the Le Max2 has a 3100mAh battery. All three include fast charging and a USB Type-C connector.
Verdict: The extra 100mAh of battery on the Le Max2 might be underwhelming for a 5.7 Quad HD display and 6GB RAM and thus loses out. Mi 5 wins it by a whisker.
THE SPECIAL FEATURES
Le Max2 seems to be in early Christmas mode as it brings a lot to the table. Lossless CDLA audio technology, a free CDLA headphone right now and exclusive content. OnePlus offers customisation via its Oxygen OS. The Mi 5 has premium design and great video features.
Verdict: Le Max2 wins it by a long shot.
Price is a deciding factor in this category. The Mi 5 is priced at 24,999 for the 3GB/32GB version while the OnePlus 3 is available for 27,999 for the 6GB/64GB version. The Le Max2 is at 29,999 for the 6GB/64GB version. Verdict: The Mi 5 takes it but it gives a little less value too.
THE FINAL VERDICT
Well, I can say without hesitation that you could buy any of these three phones without thinking twice and end up with one of the best phones ever. Look up each category and check the verdict and what’s important to you. Even the Le Max2 with lower specs at 22K is fantastic.
Isn’t it amazing what one can get today for about 25K? Think what you’ll be able to get for 15K in a year from now! Think about what Apple and Samsung will have to do to compete with these three phones and want to make us buy a 60K phone in a few months! I may not be able to predict the future but I can tell you this for sure: I’ll be doing far more shootouts than ever before :)