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Xiaomi Mi 6 Review

Xiaomi Mi 6

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Call quality and connectivity


It’s fair to say the Mi 6 isn’t the best choice if what you’re looking for is a device to actually make calls on. Both the earpiece and the microphone are somewhat muffled, which could prove to be a problem in noisier environments.

Battery


Xiaomi Mi 6 Review

The Mi 6’s battery life is pretty good, with its non-replaceable 3,350 mAh battery scoring 9 hours and 14 minutes in our custom battery test. This beats every other Snapdragon 835 device out there, save for the OnePlus 5, which scored a full 4 minutes more. In practical terms, this means the Mi 6 will comfortably last you a whole day of moderate to high usage and still have some juice left, though your mileage will inevitably vary depending on your specific usage patterns.

Conclusion

You get what you pay for, for better or worse

Xiaomi Mi 6 Review

Here’s the short version: the Mi 6 is a good phone… with a few compromises. The biggest one, and also one that we haven’t discussed so far, is the fact that for most of you out there, there’s no easy way of buying it. That is, the Xiaomi Mi 6 is sold only in a handful of countries, so your best bet for getting one would be to order it from a Chinese retailer and hoping for the best. And even then you should make sure it can actually connect to your network, as it only supports a narrow subset of LTE bands.

But if you’re willing to take the risk, the phone will, in theory, net you about $360 for the 64 GB model and $420 for the 128 GB, which puts it in a price range once comfortably occupied by OnePlus, but now desperately seeking new occupants. And what you’ll get for that money is a top-of-the-line performer with a reasonably good camera and a number of extra features, which should be enough to satisfy many people out there.

That’s the good news, though; the bad news is that the chances of you actually getting such a low price is fairly small, as importers often considerably mark up the price, putting the Mi 6 at about the same price as a number of other devices, the most notable of which is probably its most direct competitor, the OnePlus 5.

So even though we’d comfortably call it a pretty good device, its drawbacks are still something well worth considering: the lack of a headphone jack, the heavily customized MIUI, and the subpar screen are all potential dealbreakers that shouldn’t be dismissed easily.



Pros

  • High-end specs make for a buttery smooth performance
  • The camera can take some quite spectacular shots
  • Great battery life for a flagship
  • Relatively inexpensive

Cons

  • MIUI is quite heavy on the iOS aesthetics
  • Camera stabilization isn’t good, especially when shooting video
  • Not actually sold in the United States
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Xiaomi Mi 6

Xiaomi Mi 6

OS: Android 7.1
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PhoneArena rating:
7.5Good
Display5.2 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (428 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera12 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2457 MHz, Kryo 280 processor
6 GB RAM
Size5.72 x 2.78 x 0.29 inches
(145.17 x 70.49 x 7.45 mm)
5.93 oz  (168 g)

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