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The Xiaomi is one of the first Android One smartphones to come with high specs and a low price.

It has become the darling of people who want a high-end device but do not have enough money to buy the expensive Apple/Samsung-type devices on the market today.

Is the Xiaomi bubble about to be burst? The new Nokia 6 is another device that runs on Android One and is also targeted at the low to middle income bracket. HMD Global, the company behind this new phone, was not looking to compete against the Xiaomi on the grounds of specifications, but rather on the whole Android-on-Nokia experience.

The Nokia 6 has features similar to the Xiaomi Mi A1, but it does not compete to a deeper level. Here are some of the similarities and dissimilarities of these two pioneer Android One phones:

Xiaomi specs overview


Both devices have a 5.5-inch 1080 IPS LCD screen, but that of the Xiaomi is more advanced in certain aspects. The Nokia has a wonderful color reproduction, but it is also very bright, and has a reflective surface, which makes it hard to view when out in the sunlight.

On the other hand, the Xiaomi Mi A1 has a screen that is visible in bright daylight due to a lower reflectivity, but it color reproduction is not as good as that of the Nokia 6.


Both the Xiaomi Mi A1 and the Nokia 6 have impressive designs. The Mi A1 closely resembles the iPhone 7 and the Nokia 6 looks like a high-end Lumia from Microsoft. They both have curved 2.5 D Gorilla Glass covering their metal bodies.

The Fingerprint scanners on the two phones do differ – The Nokia 6 has a physical home button at the front, with a fingerprint scanner, while the Xiaomi Mi A1 has a fingerprint scanner at the back. Using the front scanner on the front of the Nokia makes it faster to access the device, when compared to the Mi A1.

All in all, when you look at the design aspect of both phones, Xiaomi Mi A1 has done a much better job, in terms of weight and feel of the device. The Nokia is made from Aluminum 6000 series and has sharp chamfered edges which can sometimes bite into the hand when it is being carried.

The Nokia 6 was built to last, and this is why it feels a bit bulky in the hands. Users can expect the phone to last a long time without any physical damage.

Nokia specs overview


The Nokia 6 comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processors, 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, expandable to 128GB using a MicroSD card. The Xiaomi Mi A1 comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, which can be bumped up to 128GB using a MicroSD card.

The main difference here is the performance of the two processors. The Snapdragon 625 is power efficient and will not overheat during charging thanks to the 14nm manufacturing process used. The Snapdragon 430, which is built using the 28nm manufacturing method is not as efficient and will tend to overheat during charging.

The power-efficiency of the two chipsets indicates that users will get longer battery life on the Mi A1 than on the Nokia 6. The difference in the performance levels of the two chipsets also indicate that the Xiaomi is faster than the Nokia 6.


The Xiaomi Mi A1 comes with a dual camera setup at the back, with both having 12 megapixels, but one is a wide-angle lens, and the other is an optical zoom lens. The Nokia 6 comes with a 16 megapixel camera at the back and an 8 megapixel camera at the front.

The Xiaomi gives better performance when taking pictures than the Nokia 6, just to be brief.

All-in-all, the Xiaomi seems to be more advanced than the Nokia 6, but for die-hard Nokia fans, getting the Nokia 6 will not bring too much of a disadvantage. Both phones come with Android 7 and can be upgraded to Android 8.It all boils down to a few features that are different, and users will have to weigh personal and financial factors before deciding on which one to buy.

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