Xiaomi Mi 6

  • R 7,899.00 ZAR


Seven years in the making. That's what Xiaomi says and you can feel the pride of a job well done. Is it arrogance? Maybe. And it may be surprising but not completely unfounded. A five-inch screen in a hot, curved metal-and-glass body. A dual camera with 2x optical zoom. A Snapdragon 835. The Xiaomi Mi 6 has many virtues and well... modesty isn't one of them.

The 6th generation comes packed with premium features, as if Xiaomi is trying to pick a fight with every contemporary flagship. The latest Snapdragon 835 chipset may as well have been the only option - no other would've suited their best phone yet.

To be fair, Xiaomi did well to refine the series design and even added splash resistance. The dual 12MP camera with a telephoto lens and portrait photography is Xiaomi's take on what seems to be the latest fad in phones. All of these - at the expense of an audio jack. If Apple can get away with it... What did we say about modesty?

Now, being a mix of every new trending feature around the Xiaomi Mi 6 is surely going to step on a lot of flagship toes. And it sure looks like an offer you can't refuse. Even the premium model is half the price of a name brand counterpart - we're talking ceramic finish and 18-karat gold-plated camera rims.

There are far too many similarities with a certain Cupertino smartphone though - the lack of an audio jack, the added water-resistance, the telephoto camera for portrait photography, and the newly introduced stereo speakers. It's not that we don't welcome those upgrades, but it looks like the new Mi is for the first time trying too hard to be cool instead of simply playing to its own strengths - of which it obviously has enough.

Xiaomi Mi 6 key features

  • Body: 3D glass body with stainless steel frame; curved all around, splash resistant
  • Screen: 5.15" IPS LCD display, 1080p resolution, HDR video support
  • OS: Android OS v7.1.1 Nougat with MIUI 8.2
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 835 chipset: octa-core Kryo 280 CPU (4x2.46GHz +4x1.9GHz); Adreno 540 GPU; 6GB of RAM
  • Camera: Dual 12MP Sony IMX386 camera; wide-angle F/1.8 + telephoto F/2.6, live bokeh effects, 4-axis optical image stabilization, dual-LED flash, phase detection auto focus, 2160p@30fps video;
  • Selfie: 8MP front-facing camera with 1080p@30fps video
  • Storage: 64GB/128GB of built-in storage
  • SIM: Dual-SIM (nano-SIM)
  • Connectivity: 1Gbps LTE; Dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, Bluetooth v5.0; NFC, USB-C port, IR blaster
  • Audio: Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic; 24-bit/192kHz Hi-Res audio
  • Battery: 3,230mAh non-removable battery, QuickCharge 3.0 support
  • Misc: Fingerprint sensor, stereo speakers

Main shortcomings

  • 1080p screen resolution falls short of flagship standards (though, not an issue)
  • No 3.5mm audio jack (but an adapter is provided)
  • Not fully water-resistant
  • No microSD slot
  • Limited market availability, markup on gray import prices takes away its competitive edge

The Mi 6 lost the audio jack in favor of more battery juice, which should have made it easier for Xiaomi to focus on waterproofing. Recent teardowns have revealed that Xiaomi attempted to secure the Mi 6 against water, yet the USB port omits any kind of seals and is left completely unprotected. The company just did not go the extra mile, for some reason. IP68 certification could have made up for the lack of the fan-favorite audio jack.

Xiaomi Mi 6 review

So, the Mi 6. The low-cost flagship redefined. Xiaomi's most powerful smartphone and an ambitious cameraphone. It looks like an exciting journey ahead. Follow us on the next page where we look closely at one of the best-looking phones lately. Well, perhaps a little too familiar-looking if you know what we mean.

 

NETWORK Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
LAUNCH Announced 2017, April
Status Available. Released 2017, April
BODY 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) (5.93 oz)
Build Front/back glass, stainless steel frame
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  - Splash resistant
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.15 inches, 73.1 cm2 (~71.4% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~428 ppi density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  - MIUI 8.0
PLATFORM OS Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
CPU Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo)
GPU Adreno 540
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 64/128 GB, 6 GB RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary Dual: 12 MP (f/1.8, 27mm, 1/2.9", 1.25 µm, 4-axis OIS) + 12 MP (f/2.6, 52mm, 1 µm), 2x optical zoom, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash, check quality
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps, check quality
Secondary 8 MP, 1080p
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack No
  - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- Type-C to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter
COMMS 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
NFC Yes
Infrared port Yes
Radio No
USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
  - Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 3.0)
- MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.265 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
- Photo/video editor
- Document viewer
BATTERY   Non-removable Li-Po 3350 mAh battery
MISC Colors Ceramic Black, Black, Blue, White
Price About 360 EUR
TESTS Performance Basemark OS II: 4402 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 3547
Basemark X: 38541
Display Contrast ratio: 1305:1 (nominal), 3.767 (sunlight)
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker Voice 66dB / Noise 69dB / Ring 84dB
Audio quality Noise -94.3dB / Crosstalk -90.9dB
Battery life

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