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Xiaomi Mi 6X Review: Perfect Mid-Ranger Supporting AI

Xiaomi has also managed to launch a Mi-series smartphone in face of the Mi MIX 2S. As you know, it comes with top-notch features including a Snapdragon 845 chip, 8GB of RAM, and tri-bezel-less screen. But this is a high-end model priced at 3299 yuan that isn’t affordable for many customers. To fill this gap and come in with a mid-range smartphone, the manufacturer held a conference at the Wuhan University Gymnasium and officially released its next-gen mid-ranger in face of the Xaiomi Mi 6X.

Last year, when the Xiaomi Mi 5X was out it grabbed the title of the best mid-range smartphone. That’s why the first Android One program smartphone of the Chinese Apple was based on it. The Xiaomi Mi 6X follows the current fashion and comes with a 5.99-inch Full HD 18:9 full-screen. It also sports a slim body at a 7.3mm thickness. At the same time, the Mi 6X uses an all-metal body with ‘invisible’ antenna ribbons and symmetrical design.

The Xiaomi Mi 6X is available in five color options including the Cherry Pink, Flame Red, Sand Gold, Glacier Blue, Black. So we can state the manufacturer has prepared color options for both men and women.

As for the configuration, the Xiaomi Mi 6X is the next bucket machine, which means there are no obvious shortcomings. The phone is packed with a Snapdragon 660 AIE chip, which is coupled with a 4/6GB of RAM and 64/128GB of internal storage. On the front, it carries a 20MP camera, while a 12+20MP dual-shooter is placed on the back. The phone runs on MIUI9 based on Android 8.1.

Finally, before we start getting acquainted with the key features of our protagonist, let’s take a quick look at the price tags:

  • 4+64GB – 1599 yuan
  • 6+64GB – 1799 yuan
  • 6+128GB – 1999 yuan

Xiaomi Mi 6X Design

The Xiaomi Mi 6X is going to inherit the crown from its predecessor. So it has to use all the trendy design features not to be left behind. The phone comes with an all-metal integrated body that carries a dual-camera setup on the back. At the same time, Xiaomi also created a slim waistline. So the device provides a better feel.

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Unlike the black version, the rest color options come with a white front panel.

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On the front, it carries an 18:9 screen.

Xiaomi Mi 6X

Unlike many smartphones available on the market, this one comes with a traditional full-screen design. Thus, there are left both the forehead and chin. The sensors are placed on the former part.

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On the back, the Mi 6X sports a vertically located dual-camera. It is placed in the upper left corner like the iPhone 8. The fingerprint scanner is in the middle.

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An IR is still on the top.

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The SIM card slot is placed on the right side. It supports a dual-nano-SIM. As you guess, the slot doesn’t support a micro SD card expansion.

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The back camera is prominent. So it’s better to use a protective cover to prevent the lens glass from being scratched.

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Fortunately, the manufacturer has placed a soft transparent protective cover in the box.

The manufacturer has canceled the headphone jack. So there is only a USB Type-C interface on the bottom.

Inside the box, the Xiaomi Mi 6X has a 3.5mm audio jack to USB Type-C adapter.

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However, the original charging head supports only 5V/2A power and there is no 18W fast charging head coming in the box. But the Xiaomi Mi 6X still supports fast charging.

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Xiaomi Mi 6X Performance

When we say there is a handset powered by a Snapdragon 660 AIE, many people don’t understand what the difference is between the regular SND660 and the AI variant. But it’s obvious there are real differences between SoCs that use an independent AI unit and those that don’t.

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After joining the artificial intelligence engine (AIE), the Snapdragon 660 AIE will perform better in terms of camera, gaming, and battery life. Of course, the hardware that includes CPU, GPU, baseband, process technology and other aspects remain the same. This simply means the Snapdragon 660 AIE uses a 14nm FinFET process node, 4×2.2GHz Kryo 260 large core + 4×1.8GHz Kryo small core design, built-in Adreno 512 GPU, and supports LPDDR4 memory as well as UFS2.1 flash memory. The baseband version is Cat.13. Not accidentally, it supports QC4.0 fast charging technology and comes with a dual 14-bit Spectra 160 ISP.

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As we can see, the AnTuTu score exceeds 130.000.

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The PCMark shows the Xiaomi Mi 6X comes with a more balanced power consumption and performance. It scores 6085 points. It’s quite satisfactory. Just a reminder, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 scores 6800 points.

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Androbench test shows the eMMC provides normal read/write speed. The phone doesn’t come with a UFS. But if it does, the price tag would be way higher.

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Xiaomi Mi 6X Software

As we said, the Xiaomi Mi 6X comes with MIUI 9.5 Stable Version pre-installed. It is based on Android 8.1.

However, we are dealing with a full-screen phone, there are two operating methods included in the MIUI9. First, it supports a classic navigation key mode. The operations are implemented via virtual keys to achieve the same operation experience as the traditional three keys.

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Second, it supports the full-screen gesture mode. It cancels the screen virtual keys and almost all the operations are performed by sliding, pushing up, and pulling down.

Another interesting option is the AI voice assistant called the ‘Little Love Student’. It covers over 100 voice operations. So most likely you won’t there won’t be an operation that you can’t implement via ‘words’. You can also use the AI intelligent translation function of the Xiaomi Mi 6X to translate menus, product descriptions, etc.

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Xiaomi Mi 6X Camera

Unlike its predecessor that came with an OV12A10 + OV13880 sensors combination, it uses two Sony sensors. One of them is the Sony IMX486 sensor with a 12MP resolution, 1.25um unit pixel area, and f/1.75 large aperture. The second is the Sony IMX376 sensor with a 20MP resolution, 1.0um unit pixel area, and f/1.75 large aperture. This camera can increases the unit photosensitivity 4 times turning it into 2um large pixels. This allows taking excellent photos with less noise in low-light conditions.

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There is a 20MP camera on the front that comes with an optimized AI machine learning model that accurately distinguishes characters and background. The Xiaomi Mi 6X is also based on the AI beauty that makes the selfies perfect.

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Xiaomi Mi 6X Battery

The phone sports a 3010mAh battery, which is slightly smaller than the battery capacity of its competitors. But it’s quite acceptable if taking into account MIUI is one of the best systems in terms of power consumption. A simple test showed the Xiaomi Mi 6X can provide up to 10 hours of a heavy use.

We have already said the Xiaomi Mi 6X comes with a 5V/2A charging head. But as the phone supports QC3.0 fast charging, we’ve used a corresponding charger to see the best of this feature.

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When testing, the Xiaomi Mi 6X reached from 18% to 37% in 12 minutes. And it fully charged in 90 minutes.

Conclusion

The Xiaomi Mi 6X is going to become the best mid-range smartphone. Xiaomi has been always known for its great price policy. The Mi 6X is no exception. Unlike many other mid-rangers, this phone comes with a starting price of 1599 yuan, while the highest version doesn’t exceed 1999 yuan. So for this price, you will get your hands on a handset that sports too many trendy features including a full-screen, an AI chip, great camera sensors, acceptable battery life, MIUI based on Android 8.1, and many more.

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Argam Artashyan

Back in 2010, he was dismissed from his position as a lecturer at the university. This made him get another job at his friend’s digital marketing company as a blog writer. After a few years, when he was thinking the article writing is his mission, Google pushed the Panda update and affected the company and websites he was working at. (Un)fortunately and surprisingly, he got an offer to head a large knitting factory. In 2016, he got his Ph.D. and resumed teaching at the University … and writing tech-related articles following his passion.

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