Xiaomi has been working on the Mi 6 for 7 years, as the company likes to say. It’s a great device with tons of newest features and a list of innovations. The Xiaomi Mi 6 can be considered as one of the best smartphones on the planet as it is awesome in all features including camera, performance, battery, software, special features and many more. In this sense, this phone is also the first Snapdragon 835-powered smartphone launched in China. The closest rival to it is only the OnePlus 5. But Xiaomi has been always known for its incomparable price-to-hardware ratio. This manufacturer always offers premium flagships at the lowest price.
When talking about Chinese manufacturers we should recall Oppo, Vivo, Huawei, and Meizu, as they are among the best smartphone makers. But the Oppo R11, the current flagship of the company sports a Snapdragon 660 chip, which is from another category. The Vivo X9S comes with a Snapdragon 652 processor. And the Huawei flagships are packed with own-made Kirin processors. As for Meizu, it’s the handiest brand to compare with our hero. Recently, this manufacturer has launched a couple of flagships dubbed the Meizu Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus. The latter doesn’t have many common things with the Xiaomi Mi 6. So we decided to take the original Pro 7 for the comparison with the most powerful Mi phone. But it’ll be fair to take the highest version packed with a MediaTek Helio X30. This comparison mainly refers to the performance, as the rest amazing features of both models have been discussed for many times.
The Snapdragon 835 is considered to be the fastest chip in the globe. All best smartphones are packed with this SoC, and it’s not accidental. It’s the first 10nm process node chip that also uses eight new Kryo 280 cores. The larger cores are clocked at 2.45GHz, while the smaller A53 cores come with a frequency of 1.9GHz. This octa-core SoC is also paired with an Adreno 540 GPU, Spectra 180 ISP and Hexagon 682 DSP.
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As for the MediaTek Helio X30, this is the first deca-core processor running on a 10nm process technology. It comes with an architecture of 2 x ARM Cortex-A73 + 4 x ARM Cortex-A53 + 4 x ARM Cortex-A35. The first two cores are clocked at 2.5GHz, the next four cores are running at a 2.2GHz frequency, and the smallest cores are clocked at 1.9GHz. This SoC is paired with an Imagination PowerVR Series7XT Plus GPU clocked at 800MHz, two 14-bit image signal processors and Imagiq Gen 2.0 DSP.
As you guess, there are different models designed for these smartphones. But we have taken the Xiaomi Mi 6 Bright Silver packing 6+128GB memory options and the Meizu Pro 7 Black featuring 4+128GB model.
The Xiaomi Mi 6 is packed with the full-blooded version of the Snapdragon 835, which means its results should be closer to the iPhone 7 Plus, OP5, Samsung Galaxy S8, and the Nubia Z17. Fortunately, it’s so. The Mi 6 scores over 170.000, while the Meizu Pro 7 gets only 140.000 points. But this is an overall result. So when looking at the separate sections, the Helio X30 is not as bad as you can think. Moreover, it even outruns the Snapdragon 835 in some features. Look, the MediaTek Helio X30 yields in terms of 3D performance and RAM, but it’s unreachable in terms of CPU, and finally, it provides almost identical performance in terms of UX.
Note: We couldn’t test these phones vie Geekbench due to some software limits set on the Meizu Pro 7 system firmware.
Note 2: The Xiaomi Mi 6 scores 1903 on a single-core test, while it is 6208 for a multi-core test.
However, we used Basemark to compare the overall performance of the Meizu Pro 7 and Xiaomi Mi 6. This benchmark showed incredible results. Say, the SND835’s graphics performance is twice better than what the Helio X30 offers. The other categories have an advantage as well.
The Adreno 540 GPU has been said to come with a number of improvements affecting the overall performance. But the Helio X30’s IMG PowerVR 7XTP-MT4 graphics processor shouldn’t fall behind as well. To understand this we used 3D Mark.
To test the overall 3D graphics performance we used GFXBench. Though the Meizu Pro 7 restarted for many times during the test, we were able to finish it. The results are not satisfactory.
Both models are equipped with UFS flash memory chips. But MediaTek Helio X30 supports only single-channel read and write options. That’s why it yields its competitor in some terms. Although the overall performance is identical to the SND835.
We are dealing with true flagships that mean they shouldn’t have problems with heavy 3D games. Say, the Xiaomi Mi 6 with its Snapdragon 835 showed 60fps when playing King of Glory, while the Meizu Pro 7 scored 49fps.
We know it’s easy to add more and more cores in order to improve the performance. But there is a real problem met when doing this – the heating. Temperature control has been always one of the most serious problems in designing chips. So we decided to test the temperature of both phones after playing heavy games for 30 minutes. The Mi 6 showed 39.4 degrees, while the Meizu Pro 7’s result was 38 degrees.
Though the difference is only 1.4 degrees, the Xiaomi Mi 6 gets hotter because of the ceramic housing the cooling efficiency of which is the way lower than the metal body.
The Xiaomi Mi 6 sports a 3350mAh battery, while its competitor comes with a 3000mAh capacity battery. Both phones feature displays at almost identical diagonal. I mention this feature because screens use the power the most. But on the other hand, we know it does not matter of a screen size only. Currently, all flagships and super-mid-range smartphones should come with a fast charge support, more efficient charger heads, and lower power consumption options. Fortunately, both phones have all three features. But they differ from each other much.
First, the Xiaomi Mi 6’s charger supports up to 18W charging. Its rival supports up to 24W. That’s why it takes up to 97 minutes to charge the Meizu Pro 7 fully, while the Mi 6 charges in 108 minutes.
Second, a regular discharging test showcased the Mi 6 is more durable than its competitor.
This comparison between the Xiaomi Mi 6 and Meizu Pro 7 clearly shows why the Chinese Apple is in a higher position than Meizu. I mean we have compared the best smartphones of these companies, and the Mi 6 beats its rival in all tests. This means Xiaomi is more ambitions when making smartphones. We can also say, this company knows how to combine the latest hardware and software to make a perfect phone. In this sense, Meizu has much work to be done. On the other hand, the Meizu Pro 7 is a maiden attempt of the company to make some innovation on a smartphone. And we have to state it’s not bad at all.