Xiaomi Mi 6 Review
Xiaomi Mi 6
- Beautiful, solid design
- Low price point
- Exciting dual cameras
- Excellent display
- 6 GB RAM
- No headphone jack
- Limited availability
- No microSD slot
- Dual-camera system not at high-end level
- Only splash proof
Xiaomi Mi 6 review – Fast as light
Mi 6 is a performance monster of a new generation of Mi smartphones. There are several “first” moments that Xiaomi brings with it. It is the first to board a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with 6GB of RAM. It is the first 5.15-inch smartphone to offer a dual camera with 10x digital zoom. It is the first handset to have a four-sided 3D curved glass design. Mi 6 is a result of constant development, learning from one’s mistakes and not giving up on a dream.
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|Dimensions||145.2 x 70.5 x 7.5 mm (5.72 x 2.78 x 0.30 in)|
|Weight||168 g / 182 g (Ceramic) (6.42 oz)|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Display||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|5.15 inches (~71.4% screen-to-body ratio)|
|1080 x 1920 pixels (~428 ppi pixel density)|
|OS||Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835|
|CPU||Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo)|
|Internal Memory||64/128 GB, 6 GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||Dual 12 MP (27mm, f/1.8, OIS 4-axis & 52mm, f/2.6), phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, check quality|
|1/2.9" sensor size, 1.25 µm @ 27mm & 1.0 µm @ 52mm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Video||[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], check quality|
|Secondary Camera||8 MP, 1080p|
|Loudspeaker||Yes, with stereo speakers|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS|
|USB||Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Po 3350 mAh battery|
Much like the Portrait Mode, it is when the phone focuses on a specific feature or capability that it manages to provide some high points. However, trying to do too much just bogs down the overall package. The Xiaomi Mi 6 is by far the most capable phone Xiaomi has made to date (the “most unique” title goes to the Mi MIX, of course). But in its quest to provide every feature we’ve loved in the last couple years, it falls just short of perfection.
The dual speaker is a bit reserved, the battery is big but sacrifices the headphone jack, and the dual camera isn’t as capable as we would like. It’s a give and take with the Xiaomi Mi 6, and it comes right down to its price — a price that is equivalent to $360. That’s an incredible price that would make anyone in the West excited, only it’s not available anywhere but the opposite side of the world.
So we hope that Xiaomi expands further with their next phone as long as they continue this trend of selling their phones at as close to cost as possible. Xiaomi has made strides with the Mi Note 2 that was globally capable and then the limited release Mi MIX that made a big splash. If this ceramic Mi 6 came with the global radios, Xiaomi could have a hit.
Even with the cons, the pros are stacked with the price point leading the way. It might not be perfect as a flagship, but if you can get your hands on it, this amalgam of features could be one of the best bang for buck phones in existence.
Simply put, the Mi 6 offers incredible value for its price. The phone has a stunning metal-and-glass design, along with build quality rivaling the best that Samsung and LG have to offer. It has powerful internals that outmatch flagships twice its price, and 6GB of RAM along with 128GB storage should be more than enough for most customers. The dual cameras add a new dimension, and the uptick in battery life is a welcome addition.
However, the same issues that plagued the Mi 5 also affect its successor — the Mi 6 won’t be available in Western markets, and the limited LTE bands make it a non-starter in the U.S. That said, the phone should be heading to India later this year — Xiaomi’s largest market outside of China. The lack of a 3.5mm jack is going to be a dealbreaker for potential customers, but as an overall package, the Mi 6 is one of the best Xiaomi phones to date.
For the price it’s hard to argue with the Xiaomi Mi 6. The latest Snapdragon chipset makes it more powerful than you can conceivably need, the camera offering is solid, battery life excellent, design and build quality absolutely tip-top while the smaller-than-average package will appeal to those who think Android flagships are quite literally getting too big for their boots. The usual caveats apply when buying a device that’s not fully vendor-optimised for the UK market, but for less than £400 something’s got to give.
There you have it – the Mi 6 sounds like a wish come true. It has everything that’s cool and at a price that’s hard to believe. In China, it starts at $360, which is a steal, but if you shop in Western markets (Europe and US), you’ll be lucky to get it for less than $600. That’s still competitive but not the discount that will make you buy Chinese over name brand any day of the week.
Strange though it may sound, it’s Xiaomi’s good enough track record that makes the markup prices credible. What can you do, some retailers importing it directly from China will be making a good fat profit.
That’s hardly the point though. The thing is the Xiaomi Mi 6 is a phone that challenges the big brands in a way they certainly won’t like. It’s trying to break into the rich club and hoping to blend in. That’s probably its biggest mistake. A personality of its own would’ve helped it stand out – the way it deserves.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor keeps the Mi 6 buttery smooth. You won’t notice any lag when switching between apps or playing 3D games such as Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed. You’ll love how snappy everything is. Battery life is superb as well. It lasted 17 hours 35 minutes in our lab tests and chugged through a full day of relatively heavy use without dying on me. For reference, the Galaxy S8 lasted an average of 16 hours in our video drain tests, and the S8 Plus went 18 hours.
With their new high-end smartphone, Xiaomi succeeds in creating a good update in the Mi-series. Compared to the predecessor, the Chinese manufacturer turned the right adjustment screws. The display, storage, technical equipment, connectivity, and also the battery life were improved. Moreover, it lies better in the hand and is relatively compact due to the unchanged dimensions. In addition, the Mi6 offers stereo sound because of the second speaker next to the ear – similar to how we know it from the HTC devices. Only the camera continues to remain an issue where we see room for improvement, although the dual-camera is by no means bad.
Off course there are also smaller complaints, such as the slightly high deviations in the color and grayscale display of the IPS panel, the weight that is quite high, the missing IP certification, or the unsupported Qi standard for wireless charging. The internal storage can also not be expanded. However, compared to the local high-end competition, Xiaomi creates a really interesting overall package, if you consider the affordable purchase price of about 400 Euros (~$450) – during our test period it was even considerably below that at times. But an import with the connected restrictions and risks is not the right path to a new smartphone for everyone.
The Xiaomi Mi 6 is the fastest smartphone that I have tested to date. After some cumbersome conversion of Chinese ROMs to MultiROM, full support for Google apps was also achieved. I recommend that you shell out a small amount of money to the importer so that they take care of localizing the software for you.
Apart from 4G Band 20, the Xiaomi Mi 6 can do everything that you could ever ask from a modern flagship and for $200 less at that. Together with protection against glass breakage, the purchase is probably worthwhile for most of you, unless you definitely need 4G Band 20.
Here’s the short version: the Mi 6 is a good phone… with a few compromises. The biggest one, and also one that we haven’t discussed so far, is the fact that for most of you out there, there’s no easy way of buying it. That is, the Xiaomi Mi 6 is sold only in a handful of countries, so your best bet for getting one would be to order it from a Chinese retailer and hoping for the best. And even then you should make sure it can actually connect to your network, as it only supports a narrow subset of LTE bands.
But if you’re willing to take the risk, the phone will, in theory, net you about $360 for the 64 GB model and $420 for the 128 GB, which puts it in a price range once comfortably occupied by OnePlus, but now desperately seeking new occupants. And what you’ll get for that money is a top-of-the-line performer with a reasonably good camera and a number of extra features, which should be enough to satisfy many people out there.
That’s the good news, though; the bad news is that the chances of you actually getting such a low price is fairly small, as importers often considerably mark up the price, putting the Mi 6 at about the same price as a number of other devices, the most notable of which is probably its most direct competitor, the OnePlus 5.
So even though we’d comfortably call it a pretty good device, its drawbacks are still something well worth considering: the lack of a headphone jack, the heavily customized MIUI, and the subpar screen are all potential dealbreakers that shouldn’t be dismissed easily.