The more the materials and the high-end components that make it a smartphone worthy to compete with the Galaxy S8 and the iPhone 7. The XiaomiMi 6 could really make a card if it was more widely distributed. The XiaomiMi 6 is one of the best Android smartphones of the moment, equipped with the same processor as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and a design that gives it its own style.

As a bonus, it features a dual sensor camera, technology to take portraits as with the iPhone 7 and the Oneplus 5. And it is significantly cheaper than high-end smartphones. Although it is only available in China, it can be purchased in for the model with 64 GB of storage and for the 128 GB version.

But it should be noted that it does not cover all the 4G frequency broadband. Also, since Google Play is not available in China, you will not have access to the official app store. To install native apps like Google Maps, you’ll need to do it on a case by case basis.

Those who have taken the step by buying a Mi 6 will have the pleasure of owning a high-end smartphone at an affordable price that rivals the Galaxy S8 on crucial points, although it lacks some options like wireless charging. In the end, we wonder what exactly we pay for a Galaxy S8 or Xperia Premium XZ.



An eye-catching design

With its glass and steel finish, the Mi 6 does not go unnoticed. It is available in black, white as well as a golden-blue of the most amazing which has aroused many admiring comments. On the other hand, the glass back can become slippery after a while.

The smartphone comes with a 5.1-inch 1080p display that does not have the display density of the S8 but does not fatigue the eyes. The colors are bright and the brightness knows how to adapt to the lighting so as not to attack the eyes in the dark. The mobile is not completely waterproof like an S8 or G6, but it resists splashing. Like the previous models of the brand, it uses the custom MIUI interface that overcomes the latest Android 7.1.1 update.


The camera sees double

One of the technical arguments of the Mi 6 is its 12-megapixel dual sensor camera with a portrait mode. You place yourself in front of the subject and the device manages the effect to be applied.

The only worry is that this portrait mode is quite capricious. Detection of the subject is working correctly only half the time. The rest of the time, the subject is either too close for the effect to apply or the image is blurry. But when it works, the result is very pleasant with a neat subject a blurred background.

Apart from this portrait mode, the Mi 6 takes very nice pictures, especially if the lighting is intense. The quality of the pictures in low lighting is similar to that of the iPhone with a little more saturation, which gives a nice brightness failing to be 100% realistic.

The HDR function has a dedicated button to turn it off and on, but there is no automatic mode as on many models. The 8-megapixel front camera takes good self-portraits, but as many smartphones have trouble when the lighting is low.

No headphone jack

The Mi 6 joins the club of smartphones without the headphone jack. It is necessary to rely on the USB-C port to connect headphones or wired headphones or to opt for a Bluetooth wireless solution. However, Xiaomi provides a USB-C adapter / 3.5mm jack.


Fluid performance and long battery life

The Snapdragon 835 processor delivers smooth operation at the Mi 6. No latency on the horizon, whether it is to switch from one application to another or play 3D games like Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed. You will love its responsiveness.

Just like its autonomy: 17h35mn during our test of endurance in the lab and a full day with relatively intensive use.