Introduction


In the smartphone world, most of the time the public’s gaze is pointed at your Samsungs and Apples and LGs; the brands that make the flashiest and most eye-catching devices out there. But they are far from the only players on the market, especially once you enter markets such as China where the no-compromises approach doesn’t work out nearly as well.

So it’s no surprise that Xiaomi, one of the bigger smartphone makers in the People’s Republic, would make its flagship device, the Mi 6, so seemingly pedestrian: it has already proven it can do new and weird with the Mi MIX, but now it’s time to actually sell devices, so some corners inevitably have to be cut to be able to deliver good specs at a competitive price.

Design

Been there, done that


Xiaomi makes a big deal out of the trendy reflective glass that covers the entirety of the Mi 6’s back, but in reality its shininess is nothing to write home about. The only real decorations on the back are the dual camera module on the top left, and an Apple-esque “Designed by Xiaomi Assembled in China [sic]” marking on the lower center (spoiler: the Apple thing is a recurring theme throughout this review).

Xiaomi Mi 6

Xiaomi Mi 6

Dimensions

5.72 x 2.78 x 0.29 inches

145.17 x 70.49 x 7.45 mm

Weight

5.93 oz (168 g)

OnePlus 5

OnePlus 5

Dimensions

6.07 x 2.92 x 0.29 inches

154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25 mm

Weight

5.40 oz (153 g)

Huawei P10

Huawei P10

Dimensions

5.72 x 2.73 x 0.27 inches

145.3 x 69.3 x 6.98 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

LG G6

LG G6

Dimensions

5.86 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches

148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.75 oz (163 g)

Xiaomi Mi 6

Xiaomi Mi 6

Dimensions

5.72 x 2.78 x 0.29 inches

145.17 x 70.49 x 7.45 mm

Weight

5.93 oz (168 g)

OnePlus 5

OnePlus 5

Dimensions

6.07 x 2.92 x 0.29 inches

154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25 mm

Weight

5.40 oz (153 g)

Huawei P10

Huawei P10

Dimensions

5.72 x 2.73 x 0.27 inches

145.3 x 69.3 x 6.98 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

LG G6

LG G6

Dimensions

5.86 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches

148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.75 oz (163 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display



Seeing as the Mi 6’s price range is in the lower end of the flagship spectrum, it’s only natural we’ll be seeing a few corners get cut. Such is the case with the display, a 5.2-inch, Full HD LCD panel, which is noticeably cold and inaccurate in terms of color representation. To Xiaomi’s credit, this can be fixed, but only inside a confusing settings menu which claims to affect the contrast instead.

The glass panel in front of the panel doesn’t appear to be quite durable, as it managed to pick up some fairly noticeable scratches in the week or so we used the phone — bad news for people prone to handling their devices more roughly.



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49 Comments

1. dubaiboy78

Posts: 442; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Poor m6!!! Iphone8 for the win!!! Iphonearena

4. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I guess they will give that one a 10.5 with a single Con.

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

GSMarena's Mi6 review include bokeh comparison with i7+ and Mi6's photo has better skin color

35. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I meant they will give the iPhone 8 a score of 10.5 and a single Con.

2. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

The score is low for what the phone offers.

13. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

What does it offer? Mediocre display, mediocre camera, unstable camera app, compromised call quality, soft glass, no minijack, no MicroSd slot, no waterproofness and many other quirks.

3. Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

The cons do not justify a 7.5 rating. According to your review, great battery life, great camera, great performance, and inexpensive. But, because the UI resembles iOS, it drops 2.5 points? lol very poor review guys.

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

another cons: - no 3.5mm jack - chinese brand (we all know that PA hate chinese brand.. except on sponsored article)

14. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Mediocre camera with unstable camera app, low quality glass, mediocre display, bad call quality, no minijack or MicroSD slot, no IP rating.

24. TheOracle1

Posts: 2221; Member since: May 04, 2015

You keep on repeating the same thing. Have you ever owned a Xiaomi device before? I can't comment on the camera but my 18 month old Redmi Note 3 Pro has never had a screen protector and doesn't have a single scratch on the screen. I very much doubt Xiaomi would use a lower quality screen on the Mi6. My display is very nice too as is call quality. Personally I prefer a 3.5mm jack but the adapter is included. As for the IP rating, I think Android Authority had a recent survey asking how many readers had actually dunked their phones and it was only about 35% iirc. Now for the biggest crock of $hit: 64gb and certainly 128gb is plenty of storage for 99% of people especially when you include unlimited Google Photos storage in the equation. But of course no MicroSD has never been a con for the iPhone with it's measly 5gb of free cloud storage!

29. cheetah2k

Posts: 2230; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

There is a full durability review on youtube. the scratch test passes with flying colours - equal to the S8 in hardness.. I think iPhoneSamsungArena just hates china origin phones. They be massive haters..

7. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

7.5 because of iOS similar. Clap for iPA.

9. NoAllegiance unregistered

Does not being available in the US affect its rating?

22. raky_b

Posts: 384; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Off corse it does...that means it will cost more to import it, and that you won't have warranty and service support for it... And this is US based site, even with all you Indian guys reading it.

25. TheOracle1

Posts: 2221; Member since: May 04, 2015

$420 for the 64gb model and $480 for the 128gb model at Geekbuying with free shipping and a 1 year warranty. Sounds pretty good to me.

36. raky_b

Posts: 384; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Yes it sounds, but on top of that you need to pay VAT and if you have any problems with device, good luck with geekbuying

42. TheOracle1

Posts: 2221; Member since: May 04, 2015

There's no vat in the US. All my phones have been Chinese (Lenovo, Nubia, Jiayu, Xiaomi, THL, iNew to name a few) for the past four years and the few issues I've had have been dealt with satisfactorily by various vendors, including free shipping of the necessary parts if I didn't want to ship the phone back. That's my real world experience. I very much doubt you've ever bought from abroad and are basing your comments on hearsay.

10. mahima

Posts: 727; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

look at the cons...again you need not see the full review... phonearena gives me a good laugh again...lol con...heavy miui(there's enough power for that and it still wins benchmark though its not eveything, and miui have tons of features... no availability in us?...haha...)

15. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Read the review, there are more cons there.

38. mahima

Posts: 727; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

your opinion is seen...you reply Everyone who seem to like xiaomi... so...

11. kishore3k

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

I suppose I already have enough internet for today , I have read almost all xiaomi phones on this website. They just hate MIUI don't know why . I myself uses MIUI for since 2014 (from MIUI 5) . I have no regret or anything, I am loving it , especially MIUI 8.Only thing you can say , it is heavy and may have seem like IOS. but iOS 11 most of the new features are already running well even before the announcement of iOS 11.

16. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

MIUI is too heavy, sometimes overcomplicated, has many ad-infested store versions and you shouldn't be forced to install a new software in a flagship device.

30. cheetah2k

Posts: 2230; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

If you don't like MIUI launcher, then just side load the Pixel launcher.. Works so good

39. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

"has many ad-infested store versions" no it doesnt.. it only has one store and it's play store, and no ad in all pre-installed apps.. probably you get the wrong version.. get international version next time..

12. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

Review started and ended with skepticism

17. brasstax

Posts: 541; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Its not meant to be sold in the United States you dickheads!! How can that be a con? You evaluate a device on what it is claimed to be. It is no secret that Xiaomi's number one market is China, number two is India and then eastern and southeast Asian countries in that order. Judgements like this destroy the writer's credibility.

19. libra89

Posts: 2272; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Fair point but some of Xiaomi's phones do work just fine here so it's a valid point.

23. raky_b

Posts: 384; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

So!? That is your point!? You are trying to say it is a good thing that it is not available in US (and EU),and if you are buying it you are getting device without warranty and service support!? Well, I guess you know that this is US based site, and it reviews are made from that point of view...if you don't like it( the fact that this is a bad thing for a device) just go on Chinese or Indian sites and you won't find same cons.

34. brasstax

Posts: 541; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Going by your argument since this site caters to US readers why don't they review phones that US consumers can actually go out to the store and buy? What is the point in reviewing a phone that was never meant to be sold in the US in the first place and then marking that down as a con?

37. raky_b

Posts: 384; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

There is not much old a point reviewing it, except to compare those what is available with it...and to let people who will import it(you know it is possible to buy stuff online too, you don't have to go in to the store!?), more info about it. Anyway...being unavailable officially in US means it doesn't have service support, warranty, you as customer don't have all the rights as with stuff that is avaible in US stores (f.e. to bring it back if you don't like it and get your money)

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Mi 6
  • 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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