Xiaomi Mi 8 SE VS Xiaomi Mi 6X: best mid-range smartphones from Xiaomi in 2018. In just the first half of 2018, Chinese phone maker Xiaomi has completely beaten every other competitor in the budget and mid-range segment of the market. And a key contributor for them is the Indian market. Xiaomi has an arsenal of budget and mid-range smartphones doing very well in the market. Leading the pack is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, a smartphone that’s loved by many both home (China) and abroad. They also have the Xiaomi Redmi 5, Redmi 5 Plus, Xiaomi Mi 6X and others.
As if that wasn’t enough, the OEM company released the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE (first smartphone powered by Snapdragon 710 chipset), alongside its senior siblings; Xiaomi Mi 8 and Xiaomi Mi 8 Plus (Explorer). The Snapdragon 710 chipset on the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is said to bridge the gap between the Snapdragon 600 series (mid-rangers) and Snapdragon 800 series (high-end). The best Snapdragon 600 series chipset is the 660, which powers the Xiaomi Mi 6X. So the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE and Xiaomi Mi 6X, obviously have the best mid-range chipset out there. Let’s put both of them into a comparison test.
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE VS Xiaomi Mi 6X – The Design
The design of these two phones is different to an extent. The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE features a top-notch with a tiny bottom chin. Whereas the Xiaomi Mi 6X has no top-notch, but a rather sizeable top and bottom bezels. Body build is the same though, they feature a front with an aluminum unibody. The Xiaomi Mi 6X has curved edges while the Mi 8 SE has a box kind of shape. Flipping to the back and they both look the same with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Their dual rear camera is influenced by the legendary iPhone X, which is placed in a vertical direction with the LED flash in-between.
The Xiaomi Mi 6X is taller and wider with a measurement of 158.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm in dimensions. While the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE measures 147.3 x 73.1 x 7.5 mm. In terms of weight, the Xiaomi Mi 6X is slightly heavier with 168 grams. Whereas, the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE weighs 164 grams. The Xiaomi Mi 6X comes in a host of flashy body colors such as Cherry Pink, Flame Red, Sand Gold, Glacier Blue and Black. Whereas, the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is available in Gray, Blue, Gold, and Red body colors.
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Xiaomi Mi 8 SE VS Xiaomi Mi 6X – The Display
The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE packs a 5.88 inch Super AMOLED panel with an 81.3% screen-to-body ratio. While the Xiaomi Mi 6X packs a 5.99 inch LTPS IPS LCD panel with a 77.4% screen-to-body ratio. The Super AMOLED panel on the Mi 8 SE makes it an easy winner against the Xiaomi Mi 6X in this department. Featured on the display of the Mi 8 SE is an 18.7:9 aspect ratio, 1080 x 2244 pixels resolution and 423 pixels per inch density. While the display of the Xiaomi Mi 6X features an 18:9 aspect ratio, 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution and 403 pixels per inch density.
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE VS Xiaomi Mi 6X – The Camera
Xiaomi really improved the camera aspect of their 2018 smartphones compared to previous years. And the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE and Xiaomi Mi 6X all benefited from it. The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE features a dual rear camera consisting of a 12MP primary sensor with 1.9 aperture and a 5MP secondary sensor with f/2.0 aperture. Whereas, the dual rear camera of the Xiaomi Mi 6X features a 12MP primary sensor and a 20MP secondary sensor. Both sensors feature a f/1.8 aperture. The cameras of both smartphones are powered by Artificial intelligence.
For the selfies, both phones come with a 20MP selfie shooter. The shooter on the Xiaomi Mi 6X has a f/1.8 aperture. Whereas, the shooter on the Mi 8 SE has a f/2.0 aperture.
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE VS Xiaomi Mi 6X – Hardware and Software
Two of the best mid-range chipset powers these two phones. The Snapdragon 710 chipset with an Adreno 616 graphics processing unit powers the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE. While the Snapdragon 660 chipset with an Adreno 512 graphics processing unit powers the Xiaomi Mi 6X. Overall, the Snapdragon 710 chipset is 20+% better than the Snapdragon 660 chipset.
Both Xiaomi smartphones run on MIUI 9.5 skin, which is overlaid on Android 8.1 Oreo. In terms of memory options, both phones in a 4GB and 6GB memory. The only storage option available on the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is a 64GB storage. While the Xiaomi Mi 6X has a 32GB, 64GB and 128GB storage options.
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE VS Xiaomi Mi 6X – The Battery
Running on the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is a non-removable Li-Po 3120 mAh battery with fast battery charging. While the Xiaomi Mi 6X runs on a non-removable Li-lon 3010 mAh battery with fast battery charging also.
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE VS Xiaomi Mi 6X – The Price
The Xiaomi Mi 6X is readily available for around $281 (€240). While the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE will cost you around $342 (€291). The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE takes a win in the display, hardware, and battery. Whereas, the Xiaomi Mi 6X wins the camera department on paper though. Both phones are amazing at their prices and what they’re offering. But the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE wins it overall.
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE VS Xiaomi Mi 6X Full Specs Comparison
|Xiaomi Mi 8 SE||Xiaomi Mi 6X|
|Dimensions and Weight||147.3 x 73.1 x 7.5 mm. Weight: 164 g||158.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm. Weight: 168 g|
|Display||5.88 inch (81.3% screen-to-body ratio), 1080 x 2244 pixels with 423 PPI density and Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen||5.99 inch (77.4% screen-to-body ratio), 1080 x 2160 pixels with 403 PPI density and LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen|
|Memory||RAM: 4/6GB. ROM: 64GB||RAM: 4/6GB. ROM: 32/64GB. OR. RAM: 6GB. ROM: 64/128GB|
|Software||Android 8.1 Oreo (with MIUI 10.0)||Android 8.1 Oreo (with MIUI 9.5)|
|Hardware||Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset with Octa-core (4×2.2GHz & 4×1.7GHz) processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset with Octa-core (4×2.2GHz & 4×1.8GHz) processor|
|Camera||20MP f/2.0 aperture front camera + Dual: 12MP f/1.9 aperture & 5MP f/2.0 aperture with LED flash||20MP f/1.8 aperture front camera + Dual: 12MP f/1.8 aperture & 20MP f/1.8 aperture with LED flash|
|Connectivity||2G/3G/4G Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||2G/3G/4G Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-lon 3400 mAh battery||Non-removable Li-lon 3010 mAh battery|
|Additional Features||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 3.0)||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), Fast battery charging 5V/2A (Quick Charge 3.0)|
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