The Xiaomi Mi Max 2, the Nokia 6 and the Xiaomi Mi A1 are commonly compared by mobile phone buyers in India because the phones are similar in some ways and fall in the same price range. But what is the difference between these phones? What are the features and specs that you should consider as a buyer before you make the best choice? We decided to jot down our observations to help you make a better choice.
Nokia 6 vs Mi A1 vs Mi Max 2: Price in India
The Nokia 6 was the first release of the three, making its debut in January 2017. The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 was launched three months after that, and the Mi A1 is the newest of the lot, as it was launched in September this year. The phones make for a good comparison, because they are ₹1000 apart – the Mi A1 and the Mi Max 2 are priced at ₹13999 and the Nokia 6 costs ₹14999. Now let’s take a closer look at what additional features you can get for the higher price tags.
Nokia 6 vs Mi A1 vs Mi Max 2: Display
The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 has a 6.4-inch screen as compared to the Nokia 6 and the A1 which have 5.5-inch screens. All three phones offer a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels with an aspect ratio of 16:9, but the Mi Max 2 has a pixel density of 342ppi as compared to 403ppi from both the Nokia 6 and the Mi A1. Another interesting distinction is the screen tech – while the Mi Max 2 and Nokia 6 have IPS LCD touchscreens, the Xiaomi Mi A1 has an LTPS IPS LCD display (these tend to draw less power but may have lesser life as compared to IPS LCD). Gorilla Glass protection is provided on all three models.
Nokia 6 vs Mi A1 vs Mi Max 2: Performance
We considered the 4GB 32GB version of the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 for this comparison, but it is available in 64GB and 128GB variants as well. Like the Mi Max 2, the Nokia 6 comes with 32GB of onboard storage as well but only has 3GB RAM. The Nokia 6 does come in a 4GB 64GB version as well, which is more expensive. The Mi A1 comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage. All three phones support expandable memory via microSD.
Under the hood, both the Xiaomi phones run on Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 octa-core 2.0 GHz processors paired with Adreno 506s for graphics. The Nokia 6 comes with a Snapdragon 430 octa-core 1.4GHz SoC in comparison, which does a decent job but does not really keep up with the Xiaomi phones’ chips. All three phones ship with Android Nougat and will also see an upgrade to Android Oreo in the near future. Note that the Mi A1 is an Android One phone and gives you a stock experience.
The Mi Max 2 comes with a massive 5300mAh battery whereas the Nokia 6 has a 3000mAh cell and the Xiaomi Mi A1 is powered by a 3080mAh cell. All three phones have fingerprint scanners on them.
Nokia 6 vs Mi A1 vs Mi Max 2: Camera
The Mi Max 2 comes with a 12MP rear camera which has an aperture of f/2.2, and a 5MP front camera with a f/2.0 aperture. The Nokia 6 has a 16MP rear shooter paired with an 8MP (f/2.0) front camera. The Mi A1 stands out with a dual camera rear setup with twin 12MP cameras – one with a f/2.2 aperture and the other with f/2.6. On the front of the Mi A1 is a 5MP camera. All three phones have features like phase detection autofocus and dual-LED dual-tone flash, but only the Xiaomi phones can record video at 2160p at 30fps and 720p at 120fps. Comparatively, the Nokia 6 can only manage 1080p at 30fps.
Nokia 6 vs Mi A1 vs Mi Max 2: Verdict
The Nokia 6 simply could not match the features offered by both the Mi Max 2 and the A1. Surprisingly, the Xiaomi Mi A1 offered maximum value for money, even though it was the cheapest phone in the comparison. We definitely recommend that you go for the A1 unless you want better battery life (Mi Max 2) or you like the silver colour of the Nokia 6, which is not available with either Xiaomi phone.