Xiaomi Mi 6 review: Social climber

Social climber

GSMArena team, 26 May 2017.

Gallery

The Xiaomi Mi 6 comes with a custom Gallery app that shows the camera row by default, but the second tab includes all images and videos on the phone. You can set up a photo backup with your Mi Cloud account.

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The Gallery app remains unchanged

The integrated editor offers various effects, filters, and enhancements, plus fun stuff like stickers and doodling.

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Editing an image

Music player

The MIUI music player is a custom app with a well laid out, easy to navigate interface. The player has cool effects, transitions, and transparent elements, especially on the expandable Now Playing section. Lyrics are supported, too.

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The music player cares about streaming as much as your offline library

Xiaomi Mi 6 offers customizable equalizers within the phone's Settings menu - there are a few default presets already available for use. You can also try Xiaomi's MiSound enhancer, which comes into play when you use headphones, and especially, a Xiaomi-branded headset.

Video player

Videos are launched from the gallery. There's no subtitle support here, but DLNA is on board.

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The simple video player

A surprisingly powerful video editor hides here - it can trim videos and add filters, text labels, or even a soundtrack (from a predefined library of tracks or your music library).

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The advanced video editor

Excellent audio output

The Xiaomi Mi 6 did splendidly in the first part of our audio test. When hooked to an active external amplifier it delivered very loud and yet perfectly accurate output.

Plugging in a pair of headphones damaged the stereo quality but not too much and introduced a tiny bit of intermodulation distortion (that's basically only detectable with dedicated equipment such as ours). The output remained excellent and the volume was still very high so a great performance overall.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Xiaomi Mi 6+0.01, -0.02-94.394.30.00390.0068-90.9
Xiaomi Mi 6 (headphones attached)+0.08, -0.03-93.993.80.0110.110-68.1
Samsung Galaxy S8+0.04, -0.00-92.592.50.00160.0072-92.8
Samsung Galaxy S8 (headphones attached)+0.03, -0.03-92.392.30.00560.060-77.2
Sony Xperia XZs+0.01, -0.02-93.593.30.00420.0092-92.7
Sony Xperia XZs (headphones attached)+0.12, -0.32-92.693.20.00720.219-67.0
LG G6+0.01, -0.02-93.393.30.00590.0095-94.4
LG G6 (headphones attached)+0.01, -0.02-93.493.40.00670.020-56.3
Huawei P10+0.01, -0.04-93.094.80.00190.0080-93.5
Huawei P10 (headphones attached)+0.25, -0.02-92.793.00.1920.175-59.5
Apple iPhone 7+0.06, -0.10-92.492.30.00150.0093-80.9
Apple iPhone 7 (headphones attached)+0.03, -0.11-92.392.30.00110.012-77.0

Xiaomi Mi 6 frequency response
Xiaomi Mi 6 frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.

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...