Xiaomi Mi 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus specs comparison

Chinese phone maker Xiaomi is not a household name in the United States or Europe, but in its core markets of China and India it is known to deliver phones that offer great value for the money.

And it has just unveiled its latest flagship, its most important phone for the year: the Xiaomi Mi 6.

The Xiaomi Mi 6 is no exception to the rule of Xiaomi undercutting everyone else in terms of price: it's a Snapdragon 835 phone like the Galaxy S8, but it features a rock bottom price of 元2,500 Chinese yuan, which equals some $360 US dollars or €340 euro. This is half the price of the Galaxy S8, a high-end phone that ships with the same system chip as the Mi 6. It's also half the price of Apple's iPhone 7 Plus, another popular high-end phone that has a dual camera system, a feature that Xiaomi has now incorporated in its Mi 6. 

Of course, keep in mind that the Mi 6 is not officially sold in the United States or Europe, and those few enthusiasts who do import it will have to pay third parties a larger sum and might not get proper 4G LTE connectivity. The Mi 6 lacks band 20 which is important for Europe, and it also lacks the important band 17 for AT&T LTE and band 12 for T-Mobile LTE. The Mi 6 will not work if you try to import it to Verizon Wireless or Sprint.

In order to best understand what this new Xiaomi Mi 6 is all about, we need to use it first, but since the phone is only available in China initially, it will take some time until we get it in our hands. Until then, we look at the Mi 6 from the point of view of specs: here is how the Mi 6 specs compare to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Apple's iPhone 7 Plus. Not bad for a $360 phone, is it?

Specs Comparison

Mi 6
Galaxy S8
iPhone 7 Plus
PlatformAndroid 7.0 NougatAndroid 7.0 NougatiOS 10
Dimensions145 x 70.5 x 7.45 mm
168 g / 182 g (ceramic)
148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm
152 g
158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm
188 g
Display5.15" Full HD
9:16 aspect ratio
5.8" Quad HD+
9:18.5 aspect ratio
Gorilla Glass 5
5.5" Full HD
9:16 aspect ratio
Snapdragon 835
Snapdragon 835
Apple A10
CameraDual 12MP camera
27mm f/1.8 + 52mm f/2.6
12 MP f/1.7 rear camera
8MP auto-focus front cam
Dual 12 MP camera
28mm f/1.8 + 56mm f/2.8
Storage64 GB, 128 GB
no microSD
64 GB + microSD32 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB
no microSD
Battery3,350 mAh3,000 mAh2,900 mAh
Special featsOnly splash-proof
Dual SIM
Portrait mode
QuickCharge 3.0
Bluetooth 5.0
No 3.5mm headphone jack
80% screen ratio
IP 68 water protected
Adaptive Fast Charge
Bluetooth 5.0
IP 67 water protected
Portrait mode
No 3.5mm headphone jack



1. Karriope

Posts: 148; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Storage and Camera are in the wrong places on the chart.

3. Victor.H

Posts: 1079; Member since: May 27, 2011

Oh shoot, nice catch! It's all good now.

6. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Remove their brand names from them and an average joe will pick the mi6.

18. Victor.H

Posts: 1079; Member since: May 27, 2011

Now if only Xiaomi would ever sell them outside of Asia...

27. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 300; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Remove the brand name and prices the average joe would pick the S8 cause it's the only one with the 3.5mm jack.

2. tangbunna

Posts: 485; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

who has no typo? even phonearena does.

4. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Doesn't the mi 6 come with 7.1.1 Nougat?

5. VasiliS7

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

Xiaomi you go nowhere with that price. You kill every profit. This is not good for you and for your customer because you don't put some extra money of your profits to your R&D.

8. Sora77

Posts: 70; Member since: Mar 31, 2014

No problem, obviously they don't need to spend for R&D as other companies are doing that for them. Look at Mi6 - Samsung's (last year) design (even the color choice) with iPhone camera set up and feature.

9. Victor.H

Posts: 1079; Member since: May 27, 2011

If you want to be truthful to the facts, you actually have to admit that Xiaomi was first to roll out this design before Samsung with the original Mi Note.

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I don't think the truth matters to fans. They just want the narrative that would make them feels good.

15. torr310

Posts: 1677; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Some fans are blind.

17. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

What design did the Mi Note (oktober 2015) have, which Samsung did copy? Curved screens and curved glass on the Mi Note line came with the Mi Note 2 (2016) and Samsung already had that on the Note Edge (2014) and S6edge (early 2015) before that.

19. Victor.H

Posts: 1079; Member since: May 27, 2011

A curved glass back with a metal frame that now everyone is using was on the Mi Note months before the S6 or any other phone that I can think of.

24. Sora77

Posts: 70; Member since: Mar 31, 2014

How about curved front? Still in denial? Always bring up that as this is the only thing you can think of whenever this issue is brought up. When was the last time this Chinese vendors innovate?

25. Sora77

Posts: 70; Member since: Mar 31, 2014

Samsung is the only other major vendor who is using curved back. Everyone is using that now???

26. Sora77

Posts: 70; Member since: Mar 31, 2014

Even that curved back started with note edge. Well of course you will argue that was only on one side and not glass back. lol.

20. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

R&D? Let's see, iPhone 8 will probably use a Sony camera (again), Samsung chips and Samsung Amoled screens. Apart from IOS and some other stuff where is the R&D? The only OEM that basically makes everything from scratch is Samsung and I'm no fan but it's the truth. I am a Xiaomi owner and I know that MIUI will basically give me updates for the entire life of the phone so there's some R&D there. Price wise it's a no brainer. As for design innovation Xiaomi wins there too. Then S8 copies the design concept of the Mi Mix as will the iPhone 8.

21. leedy3 unregistered

The design concept of the Mi Mix is a blatant ripoff of the Sharp Aquos.

22. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Thats R&D thing is bulls**t Apple dont even put 5% of earning on R&D and chinese phone have load of innovation.. hater got to hate i guess.

7. notfair

Posts: 755; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

The version of Xiaomi's MIUI based on Android 7.1.1. Please fix this

10. kishore3k

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

Well said Victor !!! Xiaomi is the first one to make 3D glass phone commercially with MiNote 2 . there are videos in YouTube comparison iPhone 6 plus looked ugly compared to Mi note

11. kishore3k

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

Oops its Mi note !!!! Not Mi note 2

12. kishore3k

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

those who want to see hands on images of MI6 goto gizmo china website (All colours)

14. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Anyone knows why it don't have those band s, even if it but active on the phone?..

16. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

No mention of wireless charging and iris scanner on the S8, screen to body ratio is 83-84% on the S8 not 80%.

23. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Desperation from Fanboy at its best. I take this over a S8 in a blink of an eye. Less than half the price for a faster device? hell yeah.

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