Xiaomi Mi 6 gets IP64 Dust and Water Resistance Rating in Teardown [Video]

Xiaomi mi 6 vs Xiaomi Mi 5

Xiaomi Mi 6 was made official in China in April and so far, it has yet to start selling in other markets. Picking up from where last year’s Mi 5 left, the Mi 6 is a beast of a phone.

The flagship killer is one of the earliest adopters of the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC – a processor that has been dubbed the most powerful in the smartphone world at the moment. This same processor is also found on the headline-grabbing Samsung Galaxy S8 and the recently-launched HTC U11, but the Xiaomi Mi 6 takes the performance battle to the next level with a massive 6GB RAM.

While the Galaxy S8+ and HTC U11 also give you a 6GB RAM variant, it will definitely not be an easier task getting hold of these variants. As for the Xiaomi Mi 6, this is the base model, which also comes with a solid 64GB of non-expandable storage. If this is not enough for you, the phone also comes with a massive 128GB storage variant.

These are not the only headline-grabbing specs of the Xiaomi Mi 6. The phone also ships with a powerful dual-lens camera on the back that includes a primary 12MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture, 4-axis optical image stabilization and phase detection autofocus and a secondary 12MP sensor with an f/2.6 aperture and up to 2x optical zoom. You also get a dual-tone LED flash and support for 4K video recording. The front has an 8MP shooter for selfies.

Now, according to a new JerryRigEverything teardown, there’s something that the Xiaomi Mi 6 has and the company decided to keep quiet about it, probably for your own good. Apparently, the Mi 6 was close to being waterproof like the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8. All of its internals, among them the speakers, SIM card slot and the microphone grille have rubber seals or some kind of special mesh covers meant to keep water at bay.

However, the USB-C port was left wide open and this will be the entry point for water whenever the phone gets wet. For this reason, Xiaomi did not give the Mi 6 any IP rating, but JerryRigEverything thinks the phone deserves an IP64 certification, much better than the alleged IP53 certification of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, but still unmatched to the IP68 of the Galaxy S7 and S8.