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Xiaomi Mi6 takes on Galaxy S8 with supercharged processor

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Chinese phone giant Xiaomi has unveiled a brand new smartphone during a Beijing press event – meet the Xiaomi Mi6.

Despite being a relatively unknown name in the west, Xiaomi has shot to global success since the launch of its first smartphone in 2011. Now one of the biggest phone makers in the world, Xiaomi battles with giants like Samsung and Apple for top-five sales rankings globally. That’s why you should probably care about the company’s latest flagship phone, especially considering its powerhouse specs and bargain pricing.

The Xiaomi Mi6 features Qualcomm’s top-end Snapdragon 835 chip, which is only featured on a handful of phones to date. This means the phone takes advantage of a highly efficient 10nm processor; the same chip is used in Samsung’s new Galaxy S8, for reference.

But the phone also features 6GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel dual-camera arrangement, and a sizeable 3,350mAh battery. The screen measures 5.15 inches and has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, resulting in a decent 428ppi pixel density. There are 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage options, and there’s a front-mounted fingerprint sensor to boot.

You can get the phone in a range of colours, including: Silver, Grey, Gold, Rose Gold, and Purple. When it goes on sale (at an unspecified date), the phone will cost 2499 yuan for the base model – that’s about £285/$365. That's a real bargain when compared to the Galaxy S8's starting price of £689. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that the Xiaomi Mi6 will ever make it to British or US shores, so don’t get your hopes up.

We gave the Xiaomi Mi5 – this new phone's predecessor – a respectable 4/5 score in our review, praising the handset's attractive design, high-end specs, impressive screen, quick and detailed camera, and cheap pricing.

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What do you think of the Xiaomi Mi 6? Let us know in the comments.

simon white

April 21, 2017, 12:38 pm

I'd buy one if it came to UK. BUT, I reckon that is unlikely, protectionism anyone?

toboev

April 24, 2017, 7:50 am

How can you say the Mi6 "takes on" the S8 when it does not even enter the arena?

Asma Harshi

May 15, 2017, 11:32 am

Xiaomi Mi 6's rear camera's Low light performance is impressive as well. The front camera is also decent, and managed to take good selfies in low light. Xiaomi claims that its binocular stereoscopic vision imaging and depth learning algorithms make edge recognition more accurate in photos.

Phil

May 25, 2017, 3:46 pm

I wonder if standards also come into play somehow. Protectionism via the EU customs union will definitely put a tariff upon this but things like the battery, shock / short protection, charger, etc may not comply with EU safety standards. Or, whilst they're manufactured to comply, certification may put such a large chunk on the price, combined with the tariffs, that they don't think they could break the market. I think OnePlus has really shown that costs can only go down so far in a flagship product and remain saleable in the west. You also have to remember the levels of customer back up are higher in the west and they'd have to fund OTA updates in the new regions along with expansion of their server capacity.

Have you ever watched tear downs of the finest Chinesium next to "proper" brands? I seriously suggest watching them on youtube. I'm talking things like battery packs and drills and so on. Whilst phones are different in that you can't often see the differences without getting into microscopic stuff and peering at barely visible components, the cost saving measures are likely to be similar and certainly must impact on safety. Simply put, if I imported a phone like this I would charge it in a fireproof bag and be binning the charger that it came with. You can only cut costs so far (in terms of big business legacy operating costs) before you impinge significantly on the quality of the product. Having seen the quality of construction of these cheap Chinese products, I have to question where they are cutting their costs. Apple uses the same kind of Chinese near-slave labour so it can't all be in there.

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