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Xiaomi Mi 6 vs Galaxy S8: Is it easy to match the class?

19 April 2017 4

The Chinese giant Xiomi just unveiled a new flagship Mi 6 in a special dedicated event in China. The device is the company's first big announcement after the Global VP Hugo Barra resigned back in January. The Mi 6 once again proved the fact that the company is exceptionally good in bringing smartphones with affordable price tags.

Traditionally a new smartphone has to face direct competition from flagships available in the market. The Galaxy S8 is currently the latest flagship smartphone from the South Korean giant. Both the devices have one thing similar which makes them the direct competitor to one another. Both the flagships are running on the latest Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC.

The Galaxy S8 lineup is receiving well appreciation from across the globe and the device success is pretty much visible from the pre-order number in South Korea and other markets. The Mi 6 is just announced whereas the Galaxy S8 lineup will be released from April 21st onwards. As most of you are already aware that hardware specs are not the only thing to consider while purchasing a new top-tier smartphone.

In today's comparison, we will put both the latest flagships head to head to check out how well they compete against each other in different aspects. The design is usually the first thing which buyers consider so let's start with the design.

70.5 x 145.2 x 7.5 mm
5.15 inches - 1920x1080 px
68.1 x 148.9 x 8 mm
5.8 inches - 2960x1440 px
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Design

As far as design is a concern, the Xiaomi Mi 6 is featuring a stainless steel chassis which gives device premium looks. It has 4-sided curved glass on the rear side but the bezels are quite large as opposed to most of the flagships announced in the first half of 2017. The fingerprint scanner is placed on the front facing side below the display. Xiaomi highlights Mi6 rigidness by highlighting stainless steel chassis of the device.

Despite having glass rear design, the Mi 6 is not as slim as Samsung's Galaxy S8. The device still looks quite elegant and premium in hands. On the rear side, the dual camera setup is placed on right top and sensors are not protruding. The Samsung Galaxy S8 brings a number of design changes this year. The first prominent change is trimmed down bezels and physical buttons also become part of the history.

The only physical buttons on GS8 are power and volume rockers which are placed on the right edge. The fingerprint scanner is placed on the rear side below the single camera module. The GS8 screen-to-body ratio is 18.5:9. The best thing is Samsung enhances the space for display while keeping it a compact device physically. For Galaxy S8 design, Samsung used glass and metal sandwich design which looks quite luring but also make it more fragile. Samsung protected the GS8 front and rear glass with Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

The Galaxy S8 is IP68 certified which means it can resist well against water and dust whereas the Mi 6 is splash proof only. The GS8 has 3.55mm headphone jack for audio output whereas the Mi 6 doesn't have 3.55mm headphone jack.

Display


The display is the first department where Galaxy S8 takes lead because of its HDR support. The Galaxy S8 display is of 5.8-inches with Quad HD screen resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels. Despite having the large display, its pixel density remain above 500 which makes it sharp and attractive. Another plus point of the GS8 display is Super AMOLED tech which ensures it has deep blacks and colors are also more vibrant than LCD display. On the other hand, the Xiaomi Mi 6 is featuring 5.15-inches display with Quad HD screen resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. The display is of LCD type. The pixels density of this device is also above 500.

Hardware

The hardware specs sheet of latest flagships is not much different as both are latest flagships unveiled within a span of twenty days. The Galaxy S8 is powered up by Qualcomm's latest Octa-core Snapdragon 835 SoC/ Exynos 8895 SoC with 4GB of RAM. The device built-in internal memory is 64GB and it can be further expanded up to 256GB using external MicroSD card. The Mali-G71 is on board as GPU.

As opposed to that, the Xiaomi Mi 6 is also packed with the latest Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC. The Octa-core chipset is accompanied with 6 gigs of RAM. The devices come in two configurations based on the internal storage 64GB/128GB. The Adreno-530 is on board as graphics processing unit. Let's check out more hardware details of both devices in tabular form below.

Specifications

Galaxy S8

Xiaomi Mi 6

Display

5.8-inch Super AMOLED
5.15-inch IPS LCD

Screen resolution

1440 x 2960 pixels

1440 X 2560 pixels

Dimensions

159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm

145.2 x 70.5 x 7.5mm
Weight 155g 168g

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835/ Exynos 8890

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835

GPU Adreno 540 Adreno 530

RAM

4GB

6GB

Storage

64GB expandable

64/128GB

Rear camera

12MP with F/1.7 aperture

12MP wide angle lens+ 12MP telephoto lens with OIS

Front facing

8MP

8MP

Headphone jack

3.5mm

No 3.55mm jack

Battery 3,000mAh 3350mAh
OS` Android Nougat 7.0 with TouchWiz UI Android Nougat 7.1 with MIUI layer
USB Type-C port Yes

Yes

IP68 certification Yes No (Splash proof)
Camera

Cameras play an important role in the success of flagship smartphones, same is the case with these two devices. Last year GS7 achieved huge success because of their camera sensors that are why this year Samsung didn't bring any change in the camera department. The GS8 is featuring similar 12MP sensor with F/1.7 aperture, OIS, and PDAF. On the front facing side, the selfie-centric module is 8MP.

The Xiaomi Mi 6 is following the latest trend and brings dual 12MP sensors on the rear side. The main sensor is wide-angle module whereas the second lens is the telephoto lens. The second lens also features optical zoom as well. This camera module has the special depth-of-field feature which allows the user to blur the background as well while keeping focusing on the object only. It also has 10X digital zoom and OIS feature.

Xiaomi is so confident about their dual rear cameras that they claim that 12MP dual sensor with the 2X optical zoom can produce similar results like Apple's latest flagship phablet iPhone 7 Plus. The camera sensor on the front facing side is 8MP.

Battery and OS


In terms of battery, Samsung didn't try extra-ordinary and packed Galaxy S8 with a 3,000mAh battery cell which can be quickly charged thanks to Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0. It also offers wireless charging feature. As OS, the device is running on the Android Nougat 7.0 with TouchWiz customized UI layer over it. On the other hand, the Mi 6 is featuring a 3,350mAh. The Android Nougat 7.1 is pre-loaded as OS.

Price and Release

This is one area where it is not possible for most of the smartphone manufacturers to compete against Xiaomi. Once again, Xiaomi didn't disappoint customers who are looking to grab a high-end device with affordable price tag. The Mi 6 base variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage cost 2,499 RMB in China which is $363 for the international customers. This is the nearly half price of the flagships unveiled in the first half of 2017. The top of the line variant comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB built-in storage at a price tag of 2,899 RMB, at current currency exchange rate it is $421 for international customers.

As opposed to that Huawei's P10 cost $696 whereas the Samsung's Galaxy S8 can be purchased at a price tag of $730. For those looking for a special variant, Xiaomi brought a ceramic edition as well which is featuring 128GB memory and can be grabbed at a price tag of 2,999 RMB.

The Galaxy S8 is currently up for pre-order across the globe with a release from April 21st. The Mi 6 will be available initially in China from April 28th onwards. As far as US release is a concern, it is still in the dark when Mi 6 will be available for the US customers.

Conclusion:

Despite the fact, both the smartphones are of flagship niche but the pricing and few hardware specs differentiate them. The Galaxy S8 has a number of extra features. It comes pre-loaded with AI assistant named as Bixby which can be accessed using physical button on the right edge. Apart from traditional fingerprint scanner, the Galaxy S8 has iris and facial recognition feature. As an added accessory, it has Dex which allows the user to enjoy the Android experience on desktops.

If you are looking for a high-end device with affordable price tag, then Xiaomi's Mi 6 could become your choice. On the other hand, Galaxy S8 is widely available across the globe whereas Mi 6 global availability is still not confirmed. As opposed to that, the Galaxy S8 lineup brings futuristic design, top-notch hardware, awesome cameras, AI-Assistant and IP68 certification are all enough to lure customers looks to grab true flagship.

At the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts in the comments section below regarding the latest flagships from Samsung and Xiaomi and which smartphone would they like to purchase.

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