Xiaomi made headlines early last year with its 2016 flagship, the Mi 5. Not only was the Mi 5 affordable, beautiful, and packed with top-tier features, it was also one of the first devices to sport Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor. Unfortunately the device never officially made its way to the United States, and even if you did manage to import one it lacked the proper 4G LTE bands.
Xiaomi Mi6 review:
Main configuration of Xiaomi Mi 6:
- Xiaomi Mi 6 4G Smartphone 5.15 inch MIUI 8 Snapdragon 835 Octa Core 2.45GHz Dual 12.0MP Rear Cameras
- Display: 5.15 inch 1920 x 1080 pixels screen with 428 PPI, 94.4 percent color gamut
- CPU: Snapdragon 835 Octa Core 2.45GHz
- GPU: Adreno 540 653MHz
- System: MIUI 8
- Optional Version: 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM / 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM
- Cameras: front 8.0MP + rear 12.0MP + 12.0MP with AF and flash light
- Sensors: Ambient Light Sensor, E-Compass, Gravity Sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity Sensor, Hall Sensor, Accelerometer
- Features: GPS, Glonass, Beidou, A-GPS
- Bluetooth: 5.0, Bluetooth HID
- SIM Card: dual SIM dual standby, dual nano SIM cards
The Mi 6 manages to stand out with its design. While it doesn’t stray too far from past Xiaomi phones, we still applaud the company for trying to be unique. 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).
Despite being a flagship device, the Mi 6 does fall behind the pack 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.
You’ll also find the latest and greatest specs inside the Mi 6. Aside from the Galaxy S8 and HTC U11, 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.