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Xiaomi Mi 6 Review

  MPC Team

Xiaomi with its unique features and tremendously hot glass and metal body speaks for itself. The extensive seven years hard work backing this magnificent creation has surely paid off. The device has a high quality dual camera – 2x optical zoom along with several other features, a snapdragon 835 being one of them.

Xiaomi Mi 6 Review

The Xiaomi Mi 6 comes with plenty of enhanced traits including splash resistance, dual 12 MP Camera, and portrait photography being the catchiest one! It surely meets all standards and fads of the leading phones!  The set price of Xiaomi Mi 6 is certainly affordable as it is a perfect blend of all latest innovations

The most up-to-date speakers, the telephoto camera lens are the key upgrades. However, the only question comes down on to the absence of the audio jacks in the phone.

The leading features of the phone tell a lot about the changes and exclusivity that Xiaomi Mi 6 has stored for us.

Overview of Xiaomi Mi 6 Features

SIM: Dual-SIM (nano-SIM)

Battery: 3,230mAh non-removable battery, QuickCharge 3.0 support

Body: 3D glass body with stainless steel frame; curved all around, splash resistant

Connectivity: 1Gbps LTE; Dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, Bluetooth v5.0; NFC, USB-C port, IR blaster

Screen: 5.15″ IPS LCD display, 1080p resolution, HDR video support

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;

Chipset: Snapdragon 835 chipset: octa-core Kryo 280 CPU (4×2.46GHz +4×1.9GHz); Adreno 540 GPU; 6GB of RAM

 OS: Android OS v7.1.1 Nougat with MIUI 8.2

Selfie: 8MP front-facing camera with 1080p@30fps video

Audio: Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic; 24-bit/192kHz   Hi-Res audio

Storage: 64GB/128GB of built-in storage


The water proofing feature of Xiaomi Mi 6 is an added benefit for users; however, there are speculations that the USB ports are not protected via this feature. Other than this, the lack of audio jack is one of the most prominent shortfalls of Xiaomi Mi 6. The other limitations include the following.

Xiaomi Mi 6 Review

Shortfalls of Xiaomi Mi 6 Review

  • Not readily available in the market
  • The markup on import prices makes it less attractive as compared to its competitors
  • Incomplete water resistance
  • Absence of microSD slot
  • The screen resolution of 1080p doesn’t qualify Xiaomi Mi 6 for the flagship standards

In spite of the shortcoming, the available features of Mi 6 make it a next big hit of the Xiaomi series as it’s expected to be termed as the most happening smart phone and camera phone amongst the smart phone buffs

The specs of Xiaomi Mi 6 are worth having a look at.


 The company has gracefully omitted all the wrongs with the Xiaomi 5 design and has come up with a sleek & refined design for Xiaomi Mi 6.

It appears to be very light weight and handy for the users. With its stainless body and bigger battery, the size will obviously be bigger than Xiaomi 5 yet very elegant due to its new glass design and 3D curves made of Gorrila 5 glass piece. The glossy design and surface of the phone doesn’t make it slippery or tricky for the user to carry around.

Also, it’s convenient to keep it clean and tidy. One can even wipe it off with hands to restore the spark when needed!

Phone functionality

The sensors of the phone are designed to be efficient and accurate for smooth functionality. The left side of Xiaomi Mi 6 contains the dual SIM tray and on the right side are located the power key & volume rocker. The mic is placed at the bottom of the device. The backside contains the dual camera with dual tone flash!


Among the other improvements made to the Xiaomi Mi 6, battery life is worth mentioning. It has been improved by almost 10 percent as compared to Xiaomi 5 as it is 3,350mAh. However, the power consumption is relatively higher for Xiaomi Mi 6, which is expected to be addressed with updates in future.

Xiaomi Mi 6 Review

The Xiaomi Mi 6 is Powered by Android Nougat

The MIUI 8.2. along with Android Nougat make Xiaomi Mi 6 worth buying especially for those living in areas where the services of Google are not reachable . The special feature of MIUI is that the users can enjoy Dual Apps on a single device, for example, for each of the two SIMs in the device, there can be two different WhatsApp accounts.

The Dual Spaces feature provides you with a special code and allows extensive customization as you can make two different work spaces and sign into the one you want via a password. Each work space can have a different image gallery & apps.

MIUI makes Xiaomi Mi 6 extensively user friendly as all short cuts are made available on the home screen. Along with the standard themes, fonts, and system icons, other options are available to the users for download, which make the customization of the phone much easier. Interestingly, the app switcher bears a great resemblance with the iOS as the apps are presented in either thumbnails or horizontal rows.

The Quick Ball UI helper is also available on the phone for those who find MIUI 8 tricky to handle. It enables you to create 5 shortcuts which allow you to put all app shortcuts and Android actions there.

The loudspeakers of Xiaomi Mi 6 are a treat for music lovers as the sound is smooth with clean high notes and remarkable bass

Unique Apps & Features

Call Recording

Moreover, the call recording feature is also present in Xiaomi Mi 6. The recordings can be saved on MiCloud or on the phone set as per the user’s preference.

Xiaomi Mi 6 Review

Music Player App

The music player app has a user friendly interface and offers a lot of features including amazing effects and transitions. For anyone using the head phones, the Misound enhancer may be very handy.

 Video Player & Editor

 Besides having a Video Player, the Xiaomi Mi 6 also consists of a striking video editor. The video editor has a professional touch to it as it enables you to perform several actions which include adding of text labels, trimming, adding filters and even soundtracks from the music library.

Camera Quality

Xiaomi Mi 6 comprises of a proficient camera and has a lot to offer. Ranging from daylight photos to portrait photography, you can use several modes that fit the best. The telephoto camera performs the best in sharp lights and is ideally used for capturing detail oriented images.

The HDR mode comes handy when you need to get rid of shadows and capture brightened images.

However, the phone’s lens has a narrower aperture of f/2.6, which limits its performance with low light pictures. Just like iPhone 7, the Xiaomi 2x camera automatically reverts you to its main camera in low lights.

The portrait shots captured with Xiaomi Mi 6 during its testing turned out to be better than iPhone 7.

Other than that, the selfies taken with the phone during the the test phase turned out to be bright with good contrast and colors, thanks to its 8 MP front camera!

Xiaomi Mi 6 vs. Other Smartphones

 Xiaomi Mi 6 is considered as a very close competitor of some of the latest smartphone series including S8, Huawei p9, Sony Xperia XZ premium and even Apple iphone 7.

It supports a wide variety of apps and in spite of having the drawback of a low res screen, its performance has been rated as highly impressive on several parameters during the testing phase. Its RAM, CPU, OS performance and GPU all qualify for being the best.

Our Verdict

 The Xiaomi Mi 6 with its impressive screen size, Snapdragon 821 chip, Dual Gorilla Glass 5 and MIUI 8.0 is all set to challenge the giant smartphone companies including Samsung, Huawei and Apple.

The phone’s enhanced features and strong battery life make it the potential favorite of many smart phone buffs. Its design, performance and price appear to have an edge as they make Xiaomi Mi 6 a perfect package for anyone who wants a high quality smartphone with the goodness of all latest innovations!

Xiaomi Mi 6 Review

With its Android 7.1 Nougat and 80h Endurance Rating, the phone has grabbed the attention of many as it’s known for being highly customizable in the world of Android phones. Its fast finger print scanner is certainly a plus for users.

In spite of having a 5.15″ 1080p screen, the phone has one of the best and brightest LCDs, which shows accurate colors, and contrasts. Moreover, its speakers and audio quality bag a higher position in contrast to Huawei, and Samsung.  The 3.5mm audio adapter enables a high quality audio output along with the stereo speakers which give a smooth and loud output.

Xiaomi has prepared itself to compete against the best by devising an even better strategy- the users get to enjoy all the exclusivity at a significantly lower price as compared to iPhone and Samsung. In the US and Europe, you can easily get your hands on Xiaomi Mi 6 for $ 600 or even lesser! While in China, it will be available for $ 360 only. On the other hand, the race against the elitist phones may not be Xiaomi’s smartest move after all. Let’s see what the future holds for this generation of Xiaomi.

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