The Xiaomi Mi 6 probably isn't the flagship phone you're waiting for – here's why


As promised, the Xiaomi Mi 6 got announced today, and the phone is right on the money! It's got sharp looks reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, it's got the same dual camera setup as the iPhone 7 Plus (which doesn't guarantee it takes photos of the same quality, but suggests great potential), and it's a powerhouse driven by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with more-than-you'll-ever-need 6GB of RAM. The $360 price needs no comment – though good luck getting that kind of a deal outside China.

To many of you, the Xiaomi Mi 6 may seem like a pipe dream of a phone, but in reality, it's not anywhere close to the best the Chinese upstart has lined-up for 2017. The Mi 6 is simply the best phone Xiaomi can sell to the masses right now – a highly calculated exercise in how much readily available technology can be packed into a product sold at razor-thin profit margins. While many will gladly accept the offer for what it is, Xiaomi is keeping the best for last.

The Mi 6 isn't the pinnacle of Xiaomi's design and engineering power, nor the latest and greatest in mobile hardware. The really good, pushing-the-industry-forward stuff is coming in the months ahead with the Mi Mix 2 and Mi Note 3. Last year, the Mi Mix surprised everyone in the game with its futuristic all-screen display. Nobody else was doing it at the time, unless you count similar efforts by Sharp that never really made it – physically or commercially – outside Japan.

In 2017, Xiaomi wants to take the concept further, teaming up with design master Philip Stark to produce a phone rumored to have no physical buttons and a screen covering almost the entire front panel. If such a device really happens, it will make the Mi 6 seem a bit mundane in comparison. As for the Mi Note 3, this is where Xiaomi is looking to unload on raw hardware power. Reportedly, it's stuffing 8GB of RAM into the thing, along with a big curved display, the Snapdragon 835 processor, a 4070mAh battery, and everything else capable of generating a headline-worthy AnTuTu score.

Thus, the Xiaomi Mi 6 isn't the best-looking, most innovative, or most powerful phone the company has lined-up for 2017. It could very well be its most compelling model, though, by virtue of offering such bang for your buck. But we'd hesitate to call it a "flagship" or "innovative" product when the Mi Mix 2 is right around the corner.

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  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2457 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3350 mAh

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23 Comments

1. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Well said. Bezeled phones are going to look really dated this year.

4. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I feel that very thin bezels on the sides are great for comfortably holding the phone. So they should be implemented in all 'bezel-less' phones.

19. AbhiD

Posts: 850; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Yea ryt. Why not ask ur sammy or Lg to provide a phone with those specs and bezeless screen for $360 ? Stop whining and see how awesome of a phone this is for the price. I for one would any day pick this up over bank breaking S8/S8+ And xiaomi stuffed bigger battery, dual cameras, dual stereo speakers in a much smaller body than S8. Yet you bitch about those bezels. Some things r simply limited by engineering limitations

2. djcody

Posts: 228; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

I still will take it for price and good battery life, I see no point pay for phone more than 350-400$. is just damn phone at all

7. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

A PalmTop, not just a phone..

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

"The Xiaomi Mi 6 probably isn't the flagship phone you're waiting for – here's why" After reading this article twice I still don't know why. Are you hinting that it will be a hard to buy phone due to supply shortage?

20. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

No hinting thats Xioami will come out with a better flagship later on in 2017. but they dont say important thing like the others flagship will cost a lots more than this... Biased PA as usual.

3. notfair

Posts: 755; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

These guys are already selling the MI MIX 2 :)http://www.gearbest.com/cell-phones/pp_624121.html

5. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Who the hell are these tards????

23. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah, but you'll need to wait for 5-6 months till it's released... xiaomi hasn't say anything about MiMix2 price, but that pricetag is just too much.. :-/ (they did the same thing with MiMix, they slap $1000 pricetag on it, open pre-order at october and begin shipping at mid-december :-/)

9. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I agree that the huge top and bottom bezels make the Mi 6 look dated. This phone is also nearly 40 grams heavier than the Mi 5, which is not physically unmanageable, but extra bulk detracts from elegance. I agree also that the Mix 2 and Note 3 will be more elegant, powerful devices but it is still surprising after coming out with the eye-catching Mix that they couldn't have done a better job on the bezels for the Mi 6. I was expecting something shorter and narrower then the Mi 5 not taller and wider!

17. AbhiD

Posts: 850; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Yea ryt. Why not ask ur sammy or Lg to provide a phone with those specs and bezeless screen for $360 ? Stop whining and see how awesome of a phone this is for the price. I for one would any day pick this up over bank breaking S8/S8+

18. AbhiD

Posts: 850; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

And xiaomi stuffed bigger battery, dual cameras, dual stereo speakers in a much smaller body than S8. Yet you bitch about those bezels. Some things r simply limited by engineering limitations

10. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

How do these phone manufacturers, expect to become "big" when they cripple the phones to not work in all markets? Most of these good phones, don't support global LTE frequencies.

21. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

If by global you mean USA LTE then yeah. otherwise they work perfectly well in Canada, south america , europe , africa , middle east and asia. Its only USA Carrier thats use unconventional LTE band.

11. Shubham1221

Posts: 153; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Mi6 is xiaomi's more readily available device.Xiaomi's Mi series is their globle device and going to available officially in many Asian countries.I think Xiaomi Mimix2 or mi note 3 hardly makes it official entry outside China.Also they will be costlier than Mi6.I think Mi6 should have better screen body ratio but still its best value for money device so far.I find this article very harsh towards Mi6.Its like that PA is saying that-dont buy galaxy S8 or S8+ as Galaxy note 8 is coming in few months.Totally a very negative and not well thought article by PA.

12. monoke

Posts: 1172; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Still nothing more futuristic looking than the mi mix imo. Mi mix 2 just needs a proper flagship camera, keep the 1080p screen if it passes on 4k and it'll sell fine.

13. michaelny2001

Posts: 336; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

i am sure it will be a good phone, but i think i just got spoiled by 5.5-5.7 inches in the last couple of years and i just can't go back.

14. fancollo

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

Obviously this isn't a sponsored article by Xiaomi. Therefore it's easy to speak bad about chinese phones. Because any UMI Z etc (sponsored) are obviously THE phones everyone should get. Btw, since when is a Xiaomi Mi6 at 360 USD not a good deal, because a flagship should cost at least double like an S8? So if this Mi6 was 700 USD, then it would be a real flagship.. didn't know the price was the main condition to define what a flagship is.

22. xocomaox

Posts: 201; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

This is a flagship device. Let's get that straight.

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