Xiaomi finally unveiled its flagship – the Xiaomi Mi 6, and with its launch, the battle between Xiaomi and Samsung has grown intense. The Mi 6 is being dubbed as the affordable version of Galaxy S8 and with that Xiaomi might jump ahead in the race. Considering the rivalry, we decided to compare the two devices regarding specifications and features.
Starting with the processor, both the phones come powered by the latest and greatest Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset, which is touted to save 25 percent energy, unlike other power hungry processors. Also, in tasks like playing 3D games, recording high-resolution videos, the Snapdragon 835 performs 30 percent faster and more efficient. It supports QuickCharge 4 battery technology that charges phones in a jiffy and also saves the phone from overheating.
Coming on to the display, the Samsung Galaxy S8 features 5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED (1440×2960 pixels resolution) ‘Infinity Display’ with dual curved edges and bezel-less design. On the other hand, the Xiaomi Mi 6 boasts a .15-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels.
Regarding other hardware specifications, the Mi 6 features 6GB of RAM while the Galaxy S8 makes do with 4GB of RAM – there is also a special edition of the Galaxy S8 with 6GB of RAM, but it is limited. Both the phones run Android 7.0 Nougat with their proprietary UIs on top. For connectivity, the Xiaomi Mi 6 supports 4G+ networks compatible with up to 600Mbps of download speed and up to 100Mbps of upload speed.
In the imaging department, the Xiaomi Mi 6 sports dual 12MP sensors with 4-axis optical image stabilization, 4K video recording, and dual-tone LED flash. The dual camera setup is similar to Apple’s iPhone 7. The Mi 6 has an 8MP front-facing camera. On the other hand, the Galaxy S8 features a 12MP ‘Dual Pixel’ rear camera with OIS and f/1.7 aperture along with an 8MP selfie snapper.
The Galaxy S8 comes with Samsung’s exclusive NFC-based mobile payment service – Samsung Pay. The Mi 6 also supports NFC and is compatible with Xiaomi’s own Mi-Pay service. Xiaomi’s Mi 6 only lacks in the department of personal virtual assistant whereas Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with Samsung’s own “Bixby” assistant that works like Siri and Cortana. However, the Mi 6 buyers can make do with Google Assistant that might soon debut on the Mi 6 as it is compatible with the Android devices running Android 6.0 and above.
Other features that are present on the Samsung Galaxy S8 are iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, and facial recognition. The Xiaomi Mi 6 lacks such add-on elements.
Lastly, the battery department, a 3500mAh battery with fast charging backs the Xiaomi Mi 6 while a 3000mAh battery with support for wireless and fast charging backs the Galaxy S8.
To conclude, the Galaxy S8 has better specifications, but its price tag is far from being affordable. On the other hand, the Mi 6 almost competes with the Galaxy S8 at nearly half of the amount of it.