Xiaomi Mi 6 – The Pocket-Friendly Photo Champ

The Mi 6 was Xiaomi’s original flagship product in 2017, with the Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of non-expandable memory. As I found in my full review of Xiaomi Mi 6, not only does it work like any of the flagship devices of 2017, but it also requires great pictures. The dual camera configuration offers great features, including 2x optical zoom and portrait mode.

 

The latter is a very effective take of the blur / bokeh effect and adds a blur to the background scene that brings the subject to the fore. It can produce really nice shots, and it’s a feature I could not do without now. The Mi 6 also gets great videos thanks to its 4-axis image stabilization.

Other than the killer camera, the Mi 6 shines in all areas. With a 5.15-inch display, you call it almost a compact camera nowadays, and it’s small and light enough to work comfortably with one hand. The battery is fast to charge and is suitable for a full day of moderate use.

Even if the resolution is only 1080p, the display is crystal clear and the hybrid stereo speakers are powerful and rich. In my comment, I had trouble finding negative points, and I use it for a few months as the main phone, without me being inclined to change devices.

For a few months already on the market, the Mi 6 has an extremely competitive price and represents an excellent quality-price ratio. A recent update of MIUI 9 means that it runs the latest Xiaomi software.

So now, the difference between the Mi 6 and the Mi Mix 2 really lies in the fact that you want a compact flagship product with a great camera or a magnificent flagship product without a screen with a giant screen. Either way, you make an excellent choice.

 

Xiaomi Mi A1 – For Android purists

I see the Mi A1 as the spiritual successor of the Nexus 4, much appreciated by Google. This is the latest phone released as part of Google’s “Android One” program, which aims to provide phones running with the latest version of Android’s price point.

From the point of view of design, the Mi A1 looks a little like an iPhone 7 Plus, with materials and construction at the edge of the premium. During our recent review, we obtained a solid ratio “price / quality of manufacture” of 9/10!

The solid processor and generous RAM, combined with the performance benefits of a lighter version of Android, mean that the A1 A1 is as fast and fluid as last year’s flagship product.

 

The Mi A1 is the only Xiaomi phone that does not support MIUI – the Android version of Xiaomi. For many people, who find MIUI too intrusive, it’s a godsend.

The huge advantage of being an Android One phone is that the A1 Mi receives the latest updates and security patches as soon as they are available, in 3 weeks I was testing the Mi A1, I had 5 updates OTA!

It should also be noted that the dual camera works almost as well as the Mi 6, and is easily the best solution for any midrange device we’ve tested.

Our only minor problems with the Mi A1 are the rather large frames and a standard battery charge of 5V / 2A a little small at 3080mAh

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 – Your Netflix Companion

Looking for a phone with a massive screen, powerful hardware and a battery that will last for days? Look no further than the Mi Max 2.

Every minute, a mid-range high-end monster, the Mi Max 2 is actually a tablet on which you can make calls. Like the Mi A1, it runs a Snapdragon 625 with 4GB of RAM, which is more than powerful enough for all users except the most demanding.

 

As with all Xiaomi phones, the build quality is excellent. Even if it is “only” 342 PPI, the screen is fantastic, capable of exceptional brightness with excellent contrast ratio. Enhancing the multimedia credentials is a stereo sound setup using the earpiece as a secondary speaker.

As for the battery, the Mi Max 2 is powered by a frankly ridiculous unit of 5300 mAh. Fortunately, Quick Charge 3 does not take time to refuel. Rigorous tests in the community show that the Max 2 is capable of 24 hours of video playback on a single charge!

The Mi Max 2 also works well in other areas. The 12MP camera with dual flash takes great pictures and can even capture a 4K video. The Mi Max 2 supports wireless AC, with Bluetooth 4.2, FM radio and an infrared blaster.

All in all, this is a phone beast that has many features.

 

 

Redmi 4X – Best Budget Choice

The Redmi series may be the budget line of Xiaomi, but in my experience it does not really make a difference in terms of build quality.

The 4X is certainly well built, with a pretty nice design and an aluminum back. Specifications may place it last for performance among the phones in this list. However, the price makes the Redmi 4X hard to ignore.

With many different levels of specifications, you need to make sure you buy the right phone for you.

The intermediate storage variant of 3GB of RAM / 32GB has been seen for an amazing price of 85 € in store promotions! For me, this represents an excellent value for money and this is the model I would choose.

You may, however, want to avoid the storage version of 4GB RAM / 64GB. At around £ 140, I would say that it is not worth paying the premium for.

Whatever model you choose, you get an octa-core processor, a brilliant 720p screen, a decent 13MP camera and a very generous 4100mAh battery. What this gives, even in the lowest 2 / 16GB package, is a phone perfectly suited to each service. For some, it’s sad, but for many, it’s very good.

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