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Xiaomi's Mi 6 Review


It's been a while since Xiaomi launched their Mi 6. This amazing beauty sports a Snapdragon 835 SoC. Powered by 6 gigs of RAM and upto 128 gigs of onboard storage.

What I liked the most:

  • Beautiful and smooth design.
  • Liquid smooth performance powered by the Snapdragon 835.
  • Good battery life.
  • Dual lens camera.
  • A very low price tag.

Disappointments:
  • No headphones jack.
  • MIUI isn't that impressive.
  • Limited Availability.

Now let's take a detailed look at what Xiaomi has to offer us with the Mi 6:

Design:

No doubt the Mi 6 has a beautiful stunning design. The Mi 6 variant in this review is also the ceramic edition, which makes it quite a bit heavier than the standard glass model. Also, the ceramic model comes with the highest configuration of specifications (more on that later).


The ceramic shines beautifully and is complemented by small gold accents – 18K gold accents, to be exact. Yes, Xiaomi seems to spare no expense when it comes to the materials of this phone, but it almost makes you wonder how the retail price could be so low. Nevertheless, it feels incredibly premium and hefty, but can slip around in the hand a little too much. However, there is a case included that helps a bit with the handling.


Display:

Despite being a flagship device, the Xiaomi Mi 6 fall behind a bit with its 1080p display.This LCD isn’t bad in any regard, though Quad HD is very much a standard this year in high-end devices. However, Xiaomi has done a great job at making the LCD panel extremely bright in daylight, and also impressively dark when the slider is cranked to zero. This level of darkness is something we’d normally expect from AMOLED displays, but somehow Xiaomi was able to make it work with the Mi 6’s LCD panel.

Overall the display performance pretty good and I didn't have any much issues with it.


Performance  

the Mi 6 is one of the first devices to sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. It also comes with either 4 or 6 GB of RAM and up to 128 GB of on-board storage. As I alluded to earlier, the ceramic edition is considered the most premium of the bunch, as it comes with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.

Gaming and multitasking is liquid smooth. I didn't see any overheating or any glitch on the device while multitasking, which is very great.

Camera

The camera has a dual lens system that provides a 2x optical zoom aside the original wider angle. Zoom can be quite important to shutterbugs and Xiaomi has done well to provide one for picture taking in particular. Zoom capabilities are unfortunately not available for video recording, which is a rather significant downside.

The camera app in the Mi 6 provides a few extra modes that shutterbugs will be particularly fond of, including a Pro mode. And even as an automatic shooter, the Mi 6’s camera is quick enough to take a good shot, even when shooting in HDR mode. HDR is a toggle rather than an automatic mode, and keeping it on will often boost up the shadows and bump up the saturation to a noticeable degree.

UI

Xiaomi ships the Mi 6 with its own custom UI I.e MIUI 8, based on 7.1 Nougat. If you've used a Xiaomi device earlier you'll probably know what MIUI is. MIUI doesn’t come with an app drawer, which means you’ll need to rely on folders to help organize your home screens.

Some extra features include a Dual App mode that allows multiple iterations of the same application, a Deep Clean application that helps to clear the phone of junk files, and included Mi Cloud storage if you have a Mi account. If there’s one thing we always enjoy hearing about with MIUI, it’s how often it gets updated due to feedback in the Mi forums.  


Specifications

Xiaomi Mi 6
Display5.15-inch IPS LCD
1920 x 1080 resolution
428 ppi
Processor2.45 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
GPUAdreno 540
RAM4/6 GB
Storage64/128 GB
MicroSDNo
CameraRear: Dual 12 MP rear cameras, f/1.8 and f/2.6 apertures, PDAF, dual LED flash, OIS

Front: 8 MP
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS + GLONASS
NFC
USB Type-C 1.0
BatteryNon-removable 3,350 mAh
SoftwareMIUI 8 (based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat)
Dimensions and weight145.2 x 70.5 x 7.5 mm
168 grams (standard model)
182 grams (ceramic model)


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