Update: Xiaomi Mi3 vs. OnePlus One: Benchmarks plus Mi3 Giveaway Details!

Update: As many of you pointed out the Mi3 wasn’t set to its optimum performance setting. We have ran the tests again and we are getting closer to what we all expected the Mi3 to be scoring.

So the tech community is going gaga over the OnePlus One, and everyone wants One (pun intended). Most fail to look around to find other devices that are as effective; in their defence, we admit that the OnePlus One has a killer specs set, and the phone’s not too bad as well.

However, with time, some of 2013’s finest flagships have become more affordable than ever, one among which is the Xiaomi Mi3. The device retails for under $250 in launch countries, which translates to some dangerously high value for money. The phrase ‘if it seems to good to be true, then it actually is’ doesn’t apply here, since this is first-party insight speaking.

To cut to the chase, here’s what we’re gonna do: compare the Xiaomi Mi3 to the OnePlus One (and other flagships) with regards to the parameters such as benchmarks, camera, and perhaps even battery. This will really give you a clear idea as to how good or bad the Mi3 is in comparison to 2014 flagships, keeping into consideration which, you can decide on your next phone.

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Xiaomi Mi3 vs. OnePlus One benchmarks

  • AnTuTu
    Xiaomi Mi3: 28,653  33,682   OnePlus One: 37,151
  • AnTuTu X
    Xiaomi Mi3: 28,693  31,461   OnePlus One: 36,237
  • Quadrant Standard
    Xiaomi Mi3: 15,408 18,140    OnePlus One: 24,019
  • Velammo (Multicore)
    Xiaomi Mi3: 1,522  1525      OnePlus One: 1,888
  • Velammo (Metal)
    Xiaomi Mi3: 1,257  1331      OnePlus One: 1,602
  • Velammo (Browser)
    Xiaomi Mi3: 1,860  2049      OnePlus One: 2,780
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Xiaomi Mi3 screenshots

OnePlus One screenshots

Is it a massive difference in the benchmarks? No.

It a considerable difference? Yes.

Will it make a difference in everyday usability? Perhaps.

Is it worth the trouble getting the OnePlus One shipped, if I’m not a resident of one of the launch countries? In our opinion, no.

Do let us know what you make of this, and which one of the two you’d rather go for!

Also, just to remind our India readers: to celebrate the Xiaomi Mi3 launch in India, we’ll be doing a giveaway of the phone (Xiaomi Mi3) in the coming week. To give yourself a chance, be sure to:

More on the giveaway coming soon!

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  1. zaikatanox
    July 24, 2014

    Xiaomi is not exactly that easy to get either, even if you are residing in a country they’re supposedly ‘available’ 🙂

    Regarding how ‘fast’ a phone feels, I do believe that too much emphasis has been put on benchmark (or in particular, AnTuTu) numbers, whereas some of the smoothest phones out there are not doing that well in terms of benchmark numbers.

    Take for example, Moto G, which feels smoother than the supposedly (much) more powerful Galaxy S4. Even the Ascend P7 has been described to be extremely smooth in real life, despite performing very poorly on AnTuTu…

    Yes in terms of highly intensive 3D gaming, 3DMark number may be a
    representative of real world, but do most people really do a lot of
    intensive gaming on their phones?

  2. Alan Carnojevic
    July 24, 2014

    I seen other antutu scores of mi3 and they are around 33000. I cant believe this is real…

  3. Soraya
    July 24, 2014

    Well, Xiaomi Mi3 is still my favorite 🙂

  4. jdj
    July 24, 2014

    Sorry..but this is the worst piece ever here and if this is the quality you give you should stop writing. The xiaomi mi3w scores around 35000 on antutu I have one my highest score is little bit above 36000 at the moment after last miui update it dropped a bit to just below 35000. The 28000 score comes probably because you are testing with power on balanced which happened automatically after the last update. But I have to say I am very disappointed in such a weak peace. Now I have start question this site and it’s articles all the time. Pretty sad… Just a bit of research and you would have known better. I hope Andi does something with this.because this really effects the credibility of the site

    • July 25, 2014

      Most Mi3 Antutu I have seen around around 33,000. Yash, is running the tests again, there should be a much better result.

      • willu
        July 25, 2014

        I don’t know how the testing was done, but my Mi3 seems to not go below 34,500…. Quadrant Standard around 21-22k…..,. scores posted above are still well below expected scores………….

        • insane
          July 25, 2014

          Indeed. My Mi3W 64GB best score is 37.268 (1st run from the box). After last updates is around 35k-36k. Quadrant 21-22k, 3DMark 19.383.. So this tests aren’t true. Try to check on battery. There are two modes to change..

          • July 25, 2014

            Tested multiple times on ‘balanced’ mode (which is what most users would use in everyday usage), and the updated scores reflect what we got.

            • OhNo
              July 25, 2014

              Balanced Mode? Who does a benchmark in a ”cripple mode”?

              Common sense 101

              You need to test the full capability of an SoC, you did it WRONG again Yash

            • Airyl
              August 3, 2014

              Relax, it was a common mistake. You don’t need to go full asshole in him. Have some respect.

            • jdj
              July 26, 2014

              Yash you are now trying to defend your ignorance regarding the device and wrong testing. You know as well as anybody who reads this site often. You always benchmark high performance. What people in general use according to you is not relevant. ( it would be if you would write an article about the services and their different power settings..)Say sorry and just make sure you do more research before making an article like this and move on.

            • insane
              July 27, 2014

              “Balanced” mode isn’t for benchmarks on every phone.. It just sounds lame what u’ve just wrote…

  5. Ευτύχης Κωνσταντουδάκης
    July 24, 2014

    The photos above are not correct! This is my score with my mi3w – 34797 !!!


    • Dan
      July 25, 2014

      And that is certainly with the 4.4 Rom with JB it’s over 36000 easily 😉

  6. Chico Migraña
    July 24, 2014

    I think Mi3w test is made on kitkat, mine is 36374, on JB, tried brand new and with a lot of programs installed, Nibiru H1 Mars, an octacore Mediatek phone scores 28000 to me

  7. Uzeir Mansuri
    July 24, 2014


    more confusion.

    should i purchase mi3 on 29 or wait for my luck to get shine here 😛 😛

  8. stefanpetrov
    July 24, 2014

    Nonsense, Xiaomi scores over 36k in Antutu. Yash, your article is wrong, please correct that.

  9. Jibin Raju
    July 24, 2014

    I’ll choose one plus one over Xiaomi mi3 or mi4 any day.. Because I’m a lover of stock android experience

  10. keny
    July 25, 2014

    My Mi3w KitKat peaks at
    37,050…. something is not right with the testing done here

  11. kenny
    July 25, 2014

    Major mistake done by the tester here, the Mi3’s high performance profile is disabled by default.
    28k is your “balanced” performance profile score….. Enabling it under battery settings (high performance) should give you at least 35k

    Please repeat this testing procedure

    • yudhir
      July 25, 2014

      Oneplus is also not running at performance profile. you would want to keep your battery alive for a daily use.

  12. azz
    July 25, 2014

    Every reader of your site know that Mi3 Antutu is about 33 – 36k .. and your stuff wrote this . Shocking :o)

  13. July 25, 2014

    Apologies all, there seems to be some discrepancy in the scores now that I run benchmark tests again. We’ll soon update the article with the correct scores.

    • WielkiZnawcaPL
      July 25, 2014

      That’s better.
      If I may suggest it would propose to change the browser in mi3 from standard to Chrome in Vellemo Browser test. The result will be better comparable.

  14. Dan
    July 25, 2014

    Really what ROM and settings did you use… because different settings can get you different results, on 4.3 I got 36186 on 4.4 I got 35804 (with battery setting at High Performance) and 26916 (with Battery setting at Balance). Here is one of my tweets https://twitter.com/webmutation/status/491609383135350784 with the score, the 0.2GHz extra of the 801 are not enough to make that much of a difference.

    The software makes more difference than the hardware, I wish CM was available for the MI3.

  15. ankit lunia
    July 27, 2014

    I am form India and following u. Enjoying your tech news. Eagerly waiting for Mi3 giveaway yash. Hope I win

  16. ankit lunia
    July 27, 2014

    Following gizchina on facebook via my account ANKIT LUNIA and on Twitter via @ankitlunia2011

  17. Prathamesh Dusane
    July 28, 2014

    Yash bacche log kyu gand marre tere

  18. CK LALIT
    August 25, 2014

    Dear friends, I have one invite for 64 gb Oneplus one for sell. This invite can only be used for orders shipping to Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and United States. Please contact me asap at cklalit@yahoo.co.in with your quote. Looking forward to your reply.

  19. Laroja
    August 30, 2014

    My Mi3w scored 41864 in Antutu 5.Think something is wrong with the testbed or its that high performance mode was not enabled at the time of your benchmarking.

  20. Ankit
    January 25, 2015

    In high performance on my phone…