There are not so many smartphones in the market right now powered by the newest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC.
Other than the already released Samsung Galaxy S8, the only other devices that have been confirmed to come with the Snapdragon 835 are Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium, Xiaomi Mi 6, HTC U11 and the upcoming OnePlus 5. So far, the Mi 6 is already available for purchase in China and the XZ Premium starts shipping early next month.
Sony has already confirmed the specs and features of the Xperia XZ Premium, but the device is not yet available for purchase. Nonetheless, test versions are out there and so far, these units are giving us an early look at just how powerful the phone will be once it’s released. But since the Sony flagship will as always carry a hefty price tag, you have the Xiaomi Mi 6 to turn to at a cheaper price yet with the same hardware specs, albeit with better performance.
Looking at the recent benchmarks of the two devices, you might be better off with the Xiaomi Mi 6 as opposed to the pricier Xperia XZ Premium. The former has a price tag that is half that slammed on the latter, but looking at what benchmarks have to say, you get better performance from the cheaper Mi 6.
Of course, this has a lot to do with the fact that the Xiaomi Mi 6 has better hardware specs compared to the Xperia XZ Premium. Even though the duo has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 running the show, the former has a massive 6GB RAM on board as opposed to the latter’s 4GB RAM. This makes sense out of the benchmark scores, which are not so distant apart.
Where the Xperia XZ Premium managed a single-core score of 1900, the Xiaomi Mi 6 came in with a single-core score of 1933. As you can see, these two results are not so far away. As for the multi-core scores, the former managed a decent 6367, but the latter bettered this with a score of 6673. Once again, the difference is negligible, which may further be influenced by the kind of software optimizations each company comes in with.
The Snapdragon 835 processor on each model has eight cores with a tested clock speed of 1.9GHz on four cores and the other four have a faster speed of 2.45GHz. In terms of software, the duo is also equipped with the same operating system – Android 7.1.1 Nougat – out of the box. As you can see, the performance specs are almost the same all through, which means that the better results achieved on the Mi 6 could be down to extra 2GB of RAM.
The Xperia XZ Premium will command a price tag of no less than $700 while the Xiaomi Mi 6 will set you back $363. In addition to already mentioned hardware specs, these phones are carry some amazing goodies. For instance, the XZ Premium has a 19MP camera on the back that can record slow motion videos of up to 960fps. The selfie camera has an impressive 13MP shooter and even though there’s a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, this feature won’t be available on the American variant.
As for the Xiaomi Mi 6, the cameras are equally impressive, with the Chinese OEM opting for a dual 12MP+12MP camera with up to 2x optical zoom. The front has a decent 8MP sensor for selfies. IN terms of battery power, the Mi 6 outshines the Sony flagship thanks to a massive 3350mAh battery unit compared to its counterpart’s slightly smaller 3230mAh unit. Both phones support fast charging technology.
In terms of display, the Xperia XZ Premium has no match with its 5.5-inch UHD (4K) panel that features Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5. The Xiaomi Mi 6, on the other hand, has a smaller 5.15-inch screen with a Full HD (1080p) resolution. You might also want to note that the Mi 6 has no 3.5mm audio jack, rather, it uses a USB-C port. As for the XZ Premium, there’s a USB-C port for charging alongside the traditional audio jack, which is great from Sony.
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