April 19 marked the entry two flagship devices that can be easily called the most popular brands in India. catering to audiences in different price segments, Samsung and Xiaomi launched the Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Mi 6, respectively. Both are powered by Snapdragon 835, and Mi 6 has done what it is best at - superior specs at lower prices. We've thrown both devices in the ring to find out if it will be worth waiting for the Mi 6 India launch.
Take a look at the comparison chart below:
|Samsung Galaxy S8||Xiaomi Mi 6|
|Display||5.7-inch Super AMOLED||5.15-inches|
|Resolution (pixels)||2960 x 1440||1080 x 1280|
|Display protection||Gorilla Glass 5||NA|
|Dimensions (mm)||148 x 68.1 x 8.0||145.2 x 70.5 x 7.5|
|Camera (Rear)||Dual Pixel 12MP||Dual 12 MP|
|Processor||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835|
|Expandable Storage||yes, up to 256GB||No|
|OS||Android Nougat||MIUI 8|
|Water Resistance||IP68||Splash resistant|
|Biometrics||Fingerprint, Iris, Facial||Fingerprint|
|Colours||Midnight black, Maple gold, Coral blue||Black, Black, Blue, White/ Ceramic|
|Price||Rs 57900||RMB 2499 (approx Rs 24,000)|
Though the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Xiaomi Mi 6 cater to different price brackets, there are some similarities that one cannot simply miss.
Samsung Galaxy S8 poses a stylish design and the highlight is the bezel-less Infinite Display. It sports a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 529ppi. On the other hand, the Mi 6 sports a Full HD display, with pixel density up to 428 ppi. It also has a dual edge curved display.
The India variant of the S8 will be powered by Exynos 8895, while some other regions like the US get Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. The Xiaomi Mi 6 is also powered by 835. Both are the latest and almost at par, but the Exynos 8895 is believed to be slightly better.
Samsung promises a Dual Pixel display, and there's no doubt about the quality of images it can offer. Xiaomi has also upped the ante with its dual camera and a set of accompanying camera functions. It also has a slightly better battery, on paper. Samsung offers high-quality water resistance, while the Mi 6 claims to be splash resistant, but hasn't mentioned any rating. Samsung also brings more biometric options, a new digital assistant and bundles superior headphones.
However, it is the pricing that will make a huge difference. The China price for the Mi 6 is RMB 2499, which is approx Rs 24,000. If Xiaomi adds a couple of thousands more, it will still come at a price half of that of the Samsung Galaxy S8. Samsung clearly has a superior set of specs, but Xiaomi Mi 6 is a value for money package.