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The semi-flagship or upper mid-range smartphone market has been blooming since the true flagship devices became more expensive. Today, we are talking about two contenders from the competition, Xiaomi 12X vs Oneplus Nord 2T. One with a Snapdragon 870 5G and the latter with a Dimensity 1300 5G, which one would take the lead? Find here in our Xiaomi 12X vs Oneplus Nord 2T 5G Comparison article.
Xiaomi 12X adapts a compact form factor design language with a curved screen. OnePlus Nord 2T 5G on the other hand boasts a common design language with a flat screen. The button placements differ from each other. Xiaomi 12X houses a power key and volume rockers on the left side while OnePlus Nord 2T 5G places volume rockers and an alert-slider on the left and a power key on the right. Here, the alert slider becomes a plus point. Both phones have a glass body, glass back, and aluminum frame but Xiaomi 12X looks more premium with better ergonomics.
Talking about the display, Xiaomi has infused a capable 6.1″ 120Hz AMOLED panel with Dolby Vision and HDR 10+ support. Meanwhile, OnePlus has gone with a 6.43″ 90Hz AMOLED panel with only HDR 10+ support. Xiaomi 12X takes a lead here with Dolby Vision and a better refresh rate. In terms of protection too, it comes with Gorilla Glass Victus as compared to OnePlus Nord 2T’s Gorilla Glass 5.
For optics, both devices have gone with a triple camera layout. Xiaomi 12X sports a 50MP primary, 13MP ultrawide, and 5MP TeleMacro lens. OnePlus Nord 2T has a 50MP primary, 8MP ultrawide, and 2MP depth sensor. The primary lens is a Sony IMX 766 sensor with OIS on both phones. On the ultrawide section, Xiaomi takes the lead with a better 13MP lens. Also, the 2MP depth camera is just there to fill up the array on the OnePlus Nord 2T 5G. Meanwhile, Xiaomi’s 5MP Telemacro lens is not gimmicky and does its job well. For videos, Xiaomi can do up to 8K 24fps while OnePlus maxes out at 4K 30fps.
For front cameras, both devices have 32MP resolution sensors which can shoot up to 1080p 60fps. There is a Gyro EIS stabilization for selfie videos on both phones.
Xiaomi 12X has an old yet powerful and balanced Snapdragon 870 5G chipset while OnePlus has opted for a newer Mediatek Dimensity 1300 5G chipset. Qualcomm’s SD870 5G is based on 7nm architecture while Dimensity 1300 5G is based on 6nm architecture. So, the battery efficiency should be a bit better on the Nord 2T 5G. Both devices support 5G connectivity.
Snapdragon 870 5G is an Octa-core silicon having the configuration of 1×3.2 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 585 cores. While the Dimensity 1300 boasts 1X Ultra Core: Arm Cortex-A78 up to 3GHz, 3X Super Cores: Arm Cortex-A78 up to 2.6GHz, and 4X Efficiency Cores: Arm Cortex-A55 up to 2GHz. Performance-wise, both chipsets should offer similar performance. Mediatek’s chip is newer than Qualcomm’s. In terms of ISP, both have the support of up to 200MP cameras.
Both devices have different OS skin. Xiaomi 12X has MIUI 13 based on Android 11 while OnePlus Nord 2T has OxygenOS 12.1 based on Android 11. The software side is a personal preference. MIUI 13 is a feature-rich skin with ample things to tinkle with. On the other hand, OxygenOS12.1 is a polished and light ROM with basic customization options. OxygenOS is a well-known name but the recent ColorOS merge/integration has kind of become a bummer for the ROM too. Still, a ROM closer to stock like OxygenOS should be an ideal choice for minimalist lovers. While for those who prefer customizations and more features, MIUI 13 is a treat.
Xiaomi 12X boasts a 4700mAh cell while the Nord 2T 5G has a 4500mAh one. For charging, Xiaomi provides a 67W fast charger inside the box. It can charge the phone from 0 to 100% in 45 minutes. Meanwhile, the OnePlus has an 80W SuperVOOC fast charger in the box which should do the job in 30 minutes. So, OnePlus Nord 2T takes the lead here with an 80W fast charger.
Xiaomi 12X retails at Rs. 71,999 for the sole 8/256GB version launched in Nepal. Meanwhile, OnePlus Nord 2T 5G begins at Rs.64,999 for the 8/128GB and Rs.74,999 for the 12/256GB version. Price-wise, OnePlus Nord 2T 5G is cheaper but you’ll miss out on Gorilla Glass Victus, a better ultrawide camera, and ergonomics.
So that was all about Xiaomi 12X vs OnePlus Nord 2T. Which one do you think is a better bang for the buck? Do write us about what you feel, in the comment section below.
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