At the level of the Galaxy S8, if there were not the LTE gap
Conclusion of the 11.08.2017
Xiaomi Mi6 is a great Android Smartphone, which often acts in our test at eye level to the more expensive Galaxy S8 and HTC U11, but it has a problem: the China Mobile has only limited LTE reception in Germany. Besides it offers peak performance: the battery life is phenomenal, processing and performance are excellent, and the photos of the dual camera like us often very well. The device is to have – an at least attractive price of around 430 euros when tested only through import stores.
Xiaomi Mi6 in the test: excellent craftsmanship in a cast
Xiaomi is a big name in the land of the Middle: partly as the Apple China traded and there represented among the leading smartphone manufacturers, blowing to Xiaomi in Europe still the Nimbus of the special. The brand attracts import fans with insider tip airs and promises them price performance crackers on iPhone and Galaxy S level. Enough of the big words: we have the current top model Xiaomi Mi6 by the import dealer Gearbest receive and check what is this promise on it.
Xiaomi Mi6 looks spiffy, lies well in the hand and shines with flawless processing. The glass cover on the after use fingerprints and grease stains can be seen is gleaming in the sense of the word. You must get used to if you have mobile phones with glass body. If our black model but not as prominent as some competitors when these streaks. Xiaomi completes all corners and edges of the casing, so it very pleasant and downright soft feels in the hand. There is no disturbing dropout gap. With 170 grams it is Although comparatively difficult, which helps but for our taste the quality feel.
Mi6 is only splash-proof
Unlike the Galaxy S8 (or also the Xiaomi MI mix) Xiaomi Mi6 not just on eye-catcher, is because the 5.15-inch LCD on the front of visible edges is surrounded. After all, even the exotic status remains fans in Germany. Compared with the top models known in Europe, we miss even a corresponding IP certificate (67 or 68) that promises harmlessness of continuous immersion. Mi6 is only splash-proof. Also lacks support for Wireless charging.
Also for the old and slow USB 2.0 standard the new safe USB type C socket have Xiaomi to take detailed criticism. And if you have a good set of headphones with a 3.5 mm jack plug, can plug it only via an adaptor, since a corresponding socket on the Mi6 following Ewenzhou.info.
Xiaomi Mi6 makes old look Galaxy S8 in the battery test
Downright spectacular, the battery life in our online test fails, where we scroll automatically at medium brightness among others on Web pages, play videos, and typing the. Here the Xiaomi Mi6 runs whopping 13:42 hours, is one of the best class in our Mobile leaderboard. For comparison: the S8 creates something under 10 hours. Xiaomi Mi6 needed a 3,350-milliamp hour battery for this performance. This capacity is large, but not extreme.
Thanks to quick charging the supplied 18-Watt power supply recharges completely the battery in 90 minutes – that is very fast. In the delivery of our import model lacked an adapter for German outlets however, you must then buy the in doubt for a few euros. The battery is not replaceable by the way. But, there’s a micro-SD slot, internal memory, which is 64 GB large on our test model, to expand. Multimedia fans access alternatively equal to the variant with 128 GB. Both offer a richly stocked with 6 GB RAM.
Peak performance, good display
The inserted eight core Snapdragon 835, which is currently one of the fastest system-on-chips, likely thanks to his modern 10-nanometer manufacturing efficiency advantages play out and contribute to this impressive wordiness. The Android-7 system that has covered with its own MIUI interface Xiaomi, responsive the trait.
Run-time benefits as the more moderate image area of 5.15 inches and slightly reduced compared with QHD screen full HD resolution. The latter is quite right, because higher Handyscreen resolutions are imperceptible for us with naked eyes outside of VR goggles.
Outdoors up to 572 cd / m brightness the screen square revs up – a very good value. Image content can be seen still good even in direct sunlight.
Dual camera with 2 x zoom
The dual-camera system Xiaomi Mi6 is reminiscent of that of the iPhone 7 plus. Both sensors bring it to 12 megapixels, but differ in the remaining properties. The Hauptcam has a maximum aperture of f/1.8, which allows pretty much light, an optical image stabilizer and a small picture-equivalent focal length of 27 mm.
The camera captures with its f / 2.6 aperture less light, must relinquish an optical stabilization and work with smaller pixels. As the focal length is but 52 millimetres small equivalent, user hereby shoot photos with dual magnification compared to the first cam.
In our test, the quality of the zoom shots was slightly better against increased default images – so this is a useful feature. The firmware of our test model here showed an abnormality: the improved double zoom over the tele sensor worked only as desired, if we activated him in manual mode. We typed in the automatic mode on the a 1 x-/ 2 x icon, enlarged the cam to switch only the frame without the image sensor. This is quite misleading, and for us a bug.
Good photo quality with slight weakness of twilight
The photo quality is very good in daylight. Dynamics and colors of the pictures, noise is barely visible. However, the sharpness could be just a tad bit better. At twilight, shots have something soft to award and to pale. In addition, details are lost. To prosper, that demonstrates HTC U11, but also the Galaxy S8 passes at twilight on the Mi6.
Only conditionally recommended in Germany
With this performance Xiaomi Mi6 it creates almost to qualify as a cheaper alternative to Galaxy S8 and co. – there would be not the restricted LTE support. Because the import Mobile does not support a very important in Germany LTE frequency range: the 800 MHz band. We punish this with noticeable trigger. Because this weakness of LTE has the consequence that every user must count restrictions, which can be vary strongly depending on the case (location, provider).
Our Network test has shown that all three mobile phone operators strongly put on the 800 MHz band. Our Testsmartphones could choose it freely about what technology they go to the mobile Internet. At O2, they handled by almost 90 per cent of all LTE transactions about this band, with Vodafone’s were around 70 percent and still scarce at the Telekom 40 percent.
Who lives in the country, likely to be most affected. Reason is, that LTE800 currently used technologies offers the largest range and dominates in rural areas. There is with an LTE Smartphone without 800 MHz support, can use partly only via 3 G mobile Internet, although LTE would be actually available.
Cities Xiaomi Mi6 could be alternatively in one of the two other LTE bands at 1,800 or 2,600 MHz register, if they are used by the service provider there. Also, the LTE reception inside buildings by the lack of 800 MHz support can suffer because the radio signals in the 800 MHz range of less through walls are disturbed than in higher-frequency bands.
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