Xiaomi Mi 6X vs Xiaomi Mi 5X: Is the New 6X a Worthy Successor For 5X?

by Anvinraj Valiyathara 0

Xiaomi had launched the Mi 5X smartphone in July last year with 64 GB of storage and 4 GB of RAM. It was priced at 1,499 Yuan (~$237). Few months later, it had launched a lower variant featuring 32 GB of storage and 4 GB of RAM with a pricing of 1,299 Yuan ($205). Currently, Xiaomi is selling only the 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage model of the Mi 5X with a price tag of 1,299 Yuan ($205).

Today, the company has unveiled the Xiaomi Mi 6X as the successor of the Mi 5X. At the launch event, it claimed that it is the cheapest Snapdragon 660 SoC powered phone. The reason behind it is that most SD660 phones are priced around 3,000 Yuan (~$490), but the highest configuration model of the Xiaomi Mi 6X that has 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage is available for 1,999 Yuan (~$316). The other variants such as 64 GB storage + 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage + 4 GB RAM are respectively priced at 1,799 Yuan (~$285) and 1,599 Yuan (~$253).

Xiaomi Mi 6X vs Xiaomi Mi 5X

Xiaomi Mi 6X vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: Design

Xiaomi Mi 6X Xiaomi Mi 5X
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 158 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm | 168 grams 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3 mm | 165 grams
DISPLAY 5,99 inches, 1080 x 2160p (Full HD+), 403 ppi, 18:9 aspect ratio, LTPS IPS LCD 5.5 inches, 1920 x 1080p (Full HD), 403 ppi, 16:9 ratio, LTPS IPS LCD
PROCESSOR Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, octa-core 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, octa-core 2.0 GHz
MEMORY 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage
6 GB RAM + 64 GB storage
6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage
micro SD slot
4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage
4 GB RAM + 32 GB storage
micro SD slot
SOFTWARE Android 8.1 with MIUI 9.5 Android 7.1.2 Nougat, MIUI 9
CONNECTIVITY Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5, GPS, No 3.5mm audio jack Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS
CAMERA Dual 12 MP f/1.75 + 20 MP f/1.75
20 MP f/2.2 front camera with LED flash
Dual 12 MP f/2.2 + 5 MP f/2.6
5 MP
BATTERY 3010 mAh
Fast charging 9V / 2A (Quick Charge 3.0)
3080 mAh
ADDITIONAL FEATURES XiaoAi assistant, Scene Recognition, Face Unlock, Hybrid dual SIM slot, front-facing LED flash Hybrid Dual SIM slot
COLOR VARIANTS Pink, Red, Gold, Blue and Black Black, Gold, Rose Gold and Red

Here are some improved features that are available on the Mi 6X compared to its predecessor phone:

Full Screen Design

The Xiaomi Mi 6X is packed with various exciting features compared to its predecessor. For instance, it features the trendy full screen design. Even though there is negligible difference between the dimensions of the two phones, the Mi 6X sports a trendy full screen design with reduced bezels that surrounds the screen. It features a larger display of 5.99 inches that supports FHD+ resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. The Mi 5X has a conventional 16:9 aspect ratio display of 5.5 inches that produces Full HD resolution.

Powerful Chipset, More RAM and Storage

At the launch event, it was said that the Snapdragon 660 that is present under the hood of the Mi 6X offers 79 percent better performance than the Snapdragon 625 that powers the Mi 5X. The Mi 6X features more RAM and storage over the predecessor model.

Better Front Camera and AI Equipped Camera

The Mi 5X has a mediocre front camera. On the Mi 6X, Xiaomi has added 20-megapixel front camera along with soft-light LED. With AI onboard, the selfie camera of Mi 6X has been optimized to effectively blur the background and focus more on the subject to capture stunning selfie shots. The vertical 12-megapixel + 20-megapixel dual camera setup on Mi 6X can shoot bright images in dim light, supports scene recognition and real-time language translation.

Latest Android Version, Fast Charging Support

Being a new phone, the Mi 6X is born with Android 8.1 Oreo that is skinned with latest MIUI version. The new Oreo update is yet to hit the Mi 5X. There is no fast charging feature available on the Mi 5X, but the SD660 powered Mi 6X is blessed with support for Quick Charge 3.0 9V/2A fast charging. Compared to the Mi 5X, it successor phone is available in newer colors like Blue and Pink.

Some Drawbacks…

The Xiaomi Mi 6X lacks a 3.5mm audio jack which means users are required to the same USB-C port for charging it and for connecting wired headphones. The Mi 5X features a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Mi 6X does not include a slot for adding a microSD card.

Xiaomi Mi A2 Speculations

Recently, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun had confirmed to Indian media that the Mi MIX 2S flagship phone won’t be coming to India. However, he claimed that the company will be releasing Mi A2 in the country without mentioning the exact timeframe. Also, Jun did not reveal any information on the A2.

The Mi A1, the first Xiaomi Android One phone is essentially the same Mi 5X phone without the MIUI 9 skin. Hence, the rumor mill is speculating that the Mi 6X may internationally launch as Mi A2 and it could be an Android One device like its predecessor.

The China-exclusive Mi 5X was launched in July 2017 and the Mi A1 was unveiled in September. The 64 GB storage + 4 GB RAM was introduced with a pricing of Rs. 14,999 ($224) and in December its price was permanently slashed to Rs. 13,999 ($209). The Mi A1 is currently out of stock in India. To say again, 64 GB + 4 GB Xiaomi Mi 5X that was launched for 1,499 Yuan (~$237) is now selling in China for 1,299 Yuan (~$205).

There is no confirmation on whether the Mi A2 would be available in three variants like 64 GB storage + 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage + 6 GB RAM and 128 GB + 6 GB RAM like the Mi 6X. If it happens so, the three Mi A2 variants could be respectively priced at Rs. 15,999 (~$239), Rs. 17,999 (~$268) and Rs. 19,999 (~$298). These are not the official pricing, but speculations based on the pricing pattern of Mi A1, 5X and 6X.

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