Xiaomi Mi 6 review: Social climber

Social climber

GSMArena team, 26 May 2017.

Telephony

The dialer and the phonebook share a single app, but two shortcuts bring you straight to the tab you need. The app has a pleasant flat look which feels somewhat fresh. It uses a tabbed interface - recents and dialer on the first and the contact list on the second.

Call recording is available - the files can be saved either on your device or on your MiCloud.

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The Phonebook

The dialer may look rather familiar, but it's quite capable. Unfortunately, most of the new smart features are only available in the few markets where Xiaomi has an official presence.

It can automatically recognize business numbers, as well as scan contacts thanks to the Xiaomi's Caller ID database.

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The Dialer

Loudspeaker

The stereo speakers on the Xiaomi Mi 6 scored a 'Very Good' mark in our speaker loudness test, up from the Good mark achieved by the Mi 5 and consistent with what we measured for the Mi 5s. The sound is rich and crisp, with good bass and clean high notes.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Sony Xperia XZ Premium 62.9 65.2 71.6 Below Average
Sony Xperia XZs 62.4 65.5 73.3 Average
Xiaomi Mi 5 66.9 67.2 74.0 Good
OnePlus 3T 61.0 69.3 78.3 Good
Samsung Galaxy S8 66.2 70.5 72.5 Good
Apple iPhone 7 67.6 73.2 75.7 Good
Xiaomi Mi 5s 64.2 70.0 84.9 Very Good
Xiaomi Mi 6 66.1 69.0 84.1 Very Good
Huawei P10 67.7 70.0 83.6 Very Good
Huawei Mate 9 Pro (stereo) 67.6 74.2 91.7 Excellent

Other apps

The Mi 6 offers an excellent file managing app called Explorer, which lets you browse the files in its internal storage and groups them by type.

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Explorer

The MIUI v8 also offers a Security app. It can scan your phone for malware, manage your blacklist, manage or restrict your data usage, configure battery behavior, and free up some RAM. It can also manage the permissions of your installed apps.

The Security app also allows you to define the battery behavior of selected apps and applies restrictions only to the apps you choose.

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Security app Cleaner Battery management Managing a single app Battery Saver

The Mi Remote uses the IR blaster to control anything from TVs (including the Mi TV, of course) to digital cameras. The setup process is relatively straightforward, and a handy option shares the remotes you've set up with others on the same Wi-Fi network. You'd have to go through the setup only once per home, assuming everybody else uses a Xiaomi phone as well.

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MiRemote app

The custom and now flat Calendar looks good, syncs with your accounts including Google, and offers Day and Month views.

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Calendar

There is also the standard sound recorder, flashlight, clock, and weather apps, among others, that are offered with any self-respecting Android package nowadays.

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Voice recorder Alarms Clock Weather

We liked the Compass app. It has a clean interface, shows the magnetic directions, and doubles as a level meter. If you lift the phone up, then you'll get a nice augmented reality view with real-time East/West/North/South overlay.

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Compass level VR directions

The Calculator app has been updated - it now supports advanced calculations and conversions.

Finally, there is a brand-new Notes app. It has been given new templates, a new look, and support for checklists.

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Notes Notes Calculator Conversions Menu Conversions

Reader comments

  • Adeel

No

  • AnonD-742675

Social climber? Not any more. Xiaomi started a new trend of design then alot of the big manufacturers started following. Who's got the last laugh again?

  • AnonD-664474

Because of the OIS, photos can be taken with no motion blur created by handshake ('cause our hands aren't the most stable camera equipment). With OIS, photos can be taken at longer shutter times because of the stabilizer, and with longer shutter time...