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Xiaomi Mi6 Review
The 3-Minute Xiaomi Mi 6 Review
Amazing performance for a surprising price
By Zach Riley | September 7, 2017
Features & Design: 4/5 ● Performance: 4.5/5 ● Value: 4.5/5
The Xiaomi Mi 6 offers solid performance, a capable camera, awesome battery life, and some great features at a very affordable price.
Like many other phones, the lack of headphone jack is a bit of pain while Xioami’s custom MIUI operating system can be a little foreign to the Western market. A lackluster screen is another issue that holds back what would otherwise be an excellent phone.
Is it for you?
The Xiaomi Mi 6 is a perfect choice for power users who demand a lot out of their phones but don’t mind taking the time to learn how to use a rather convoluted operating system.
“The amazing performance at such a low price is reason enough to seriously consider the Xiaomi Mi 6...”
Meet the Xiaomi Mi 6
The Xiaomi Mi 6 is the latest flagship phone from the Chinese manufacturer. Despite being a major player in the Asian market, Xiaomi has failed to capture the attention of Western consumers. In an effort to change that, the Mi 6 features impressive technical specs at a great price.
Those who aren’t attached to a certain brand will likely find a capable Android phone that has the power to hang with the best of them. Long battery life, beautiful aesthetics, and a powerful camera combined with its power make for a smartphone that could turn some heads.
What we like
There’s a lot of things that make the Xiaomi Mi 6 a quality phone. The design, while not a huge departure from past Xiaomi phones, is beautiful and unique. It’s available with a ceramic finish that’s complemented by 18K gold accents, giving it a beautiful shine that really makes the phone feel like a luxury item. The battery is above average and will last a full day of regular use. A quick charge feature also ensures that the battery can be topped off and ready to go a lot faster than other phones.
The Xiaomi Mi 6 is one of the first phones released with the new Snapdragon processor, making it one of the fastest phones on the market. Additionally, a dual-lens camera produces some nice, high-quality photos. Add in the fact that the phone is available at such an affordable price and you have a smartphone that is worth considering for your next purchase.
What we don’t like
Despite all the good things that we have to say, there are a few issues that hold back the Xiaomi Mi 6. The most egregious of these is the operating system (OS). While the MIUI OS isn’t awful, it’s likely going to feel foreign and uncomfortable for a Western customer using it for the first time. The biggest difference is the lack app drawer, so you’ll have to organize your apps in folders. This isn’t necessarily a problem, but it adds a steep learning curve to getting the most out of the phone.
The lack of a headphone jack is also disappointing. Though the omission of the jack seems to be a common attribute amongst a lot of recent phones. We're very divided on whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Finally, a mediocre display and limited availability (for now) hold back an otherwise fantastic phone.
Should you buy it?
Despite a weird operating system and an unimpressive display, there are a lot of things to like about the Xiaomi Mi 6. The amazing performance at such a low price is reason enough to seriously consider the Xiaomi Mi 6, but that’s not all that the phone has to offer. A quality camera and a high capacity battery make this phone even more attractive. Users after peak performance at a budget price will be more than happy with the Xiaomi Mi 6.
About the Author / Zach Riley
Zach Riley is a tech author who's combined a love of gadgets with a love of writing.
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- The Xiaomi Mi6 is manufactured by Xiaomi and was added in April 2017 in the Smartphones section
- This product has a rating of 4.5 out of 5
- The best price of the Xiaomi Mi6 in Canada is $486.39 at TomTop
- In Canada this product is available in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa-Gatineau
- You can find this product at Amazon Canada, TomTop