Mid-range Phone-Off: Nokia 6 vs Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus vs Asus Zenfone...

Mid-range Phone-Off: Nokia 6 vs Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus vs Asus Zenfone 3 5.5 vs Sony Xperia X Compact

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We have another mid-range phone-off as four more contenders head into the ring, which one will come out on top?

This our 4-Way Phone-Off with the Nokia 6, Sony X Compact, Asus Zenfone 3 5.5, and the Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus.

Design

With three out of our 4 contenders clad in metal, things are looking bleak for the Sony X Compact covered entirely in plastic.

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The X Compact is carved in a boxy, flat and edgy top and bottom portions.

It’s glass panels all around for the Zenfone 3 5.5 sandwiching the metal frame.

Mi 5S Plus is mostly covered in brushed metal with plastic caps on top and bottom portion to make way for signal reception.

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While the Nokia 6 joins the fray with a matte aluminum finish with antenna lines running along the edges.

The fingerprint sensor of Xperia X Compact is located at the right side embedded on the power button.

Both the Mi 5s Plus and Zenfone 3’s is rear mounted while the Nokia 6 has its embedded atop the capacitive home button.

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The most pocket-friendly and palm-friendly handset belongs to the Xperia X Compact.

The Zenfone 3 5.5 will be the most slippery of the 4.

All mid-range handsets clad in metal will feel heavy, premium, and cool to the touch.

Display

3 of 4 will be sporting an IPS LCD screen compared to the Zenfone 3 5.5 opting instead for a more capable Super IPS+ display.

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3 of 4 is set at 1080p resolution sans the X Compact at a meager 720p.

X Compact also has the smallest screen at 4.6 inches while Nokia 6 and Zenfone 3 both measure at 5.5 inches. The most generous belong to the Mi 5s Plus at 5.7 inches.

The most saturated display belongs to the Xperia X Compact followed by the Mi 5s Plus. Both contenders are also the brightest with decent readability in broad daylight.

Zenfone 3 5.5 will have the coolest tone like that of the Nokia 6.

The Zenfone 3 wins this one.

Camera

The dual 13MP of the Mi 5s Plus and the 21MP of the X Compact captured the most details during daylight shots with accurate colors and a touch of saturation, respectively.

This is followed closely by the 16MP snapper of the Zenfone 3 5.5 with a washed-out photo comparing. While Nokia 6 tried to respond with an over-sharpened version of the same image.

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During indoor shooting, colors will favor the Mi 5s Plus and the Nokia 6 compared to the pale, cooler and sharper version of Zenfone 3 5.5 and X Compact.

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Details will be sharper for Mi 5s Plus and X Compact during low-light scenarios followed by Nokia 6. While Zenfone 3 5.5 struggled to keep in focus. Nokia 6 and X Compact was met with white balance issues seen here.

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The built-in flash will aid the X Compact and Zenfone 3. 5.5 in gaining color for the images while a muted version is left for the rest of our contenders.

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2 of our contenders cap at 1080p when taking videos. Only the Mi 5s Plus and the Zenfone 3 5.5 will have 4K video recording singulair for allergies. But for the purposes of our test we have taken all videos in 1080p.

Zenfone 3 5.5 will have the smoothest playback thanks to Optical Image Stabilization. Followed by the X Compact with electronic image stabilization. All the others will have no anti-shake support.

The 4MP selfie camera of the Mi 5s Plus was sharp but is met with white balance issues even during live capture which could have been due to a software bug. All the others in the fight revealed similar results with touches of different white balances on my face here.

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We are giving it a tie between Mi 5s Plus and Xperia X Compact.

Performance

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On paper, Mi 5s Plus has the most powerful processor followed by the X Compact with Snapdragon 821 and 650, respectively.

Behind the X Compact is the SD 625 of the Zenfone 3 5.5 and the last is the low-profile SD 430 of the Nokia 6.

There will be 4GB of RAM for the Mi 5s Plus and Nokia 6 while the rest settled for 3GB of use.

The closest stock-android experience belongs to Nokia 6.

The remaining contenders have proprietary bloat and skins that may impeded on usage as time goes by.

Flavors include the iOS like MiUI, the bloat heavy ZenUI, and the color heavy Xperia UI.

MI 5s Plus will be the most capable daily driver performing without any lags or stutters that is the best at handling graphic intensive apps and games.

Zenfone 3 5.5 and X Compact are performing mid-range handsets in providing good overall performance with very minimal hiccups.

The least capable will be the Nokia 6 that is suited for daily tasks and casual gaming.

Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus clearly takes this one.

Battery

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Mi 5s Plus comes with the largest battery pack at 3800mAh and the least belongs to the 2700mAh of the X Compact. The rest will have a fair 3000mAh battery pack.

Most of our mid-range contenders will last up to 4 hours of screen-on-time.

3 out of 4 again will be topping up its tank for about 2 hours while the Mi 5s Plus needing an extra hour.

Pricing and Verdict

Nokia 6 is the cheapest of the four mid-range phones with an international price of Php11,990 but currently retails for Php18,590 or 370 USD in Lazada and will probably stay that way in the gray market.

Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus starts at Php18,800 or 375 USD while the base model of Asus Zenfone 3 5.5 comes for Php18,995 or 380 USD.

The Sony Xperia X Compact is currently retailing for Php19,380 or 390 USD making it the most expensive of the contenders.

What do you think of our latest phone-off? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Nokia 6 Specs, Official PH price, release date in the Philippines

SPECS, PH Price Nokia 6
Display 5.5-inch IPS LCD 1080p FHD, 401ppi
Size 8.4mm thick, 169g weight
Design 6000 Series aluminum unibody, 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3, antenna lines
Colors Black
Chipset Snapdragon 430 octa-core chipset
Processor 8 x 1.3GHz ARM Cortex A53
Graphics Adreno 505 GPU
Memory 4GB RAM, 64GB internal, microSD card up to 256GB
Main Camera 16MP f/2.0 PDAF, LED flash
Multimedia 1080p @ 30fps
Front camera 8MP f2.0, 1080p
Connectivity GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
4G LTE (Cat. 6), WiFi ac, Bt 4.0, GPSGPS, GLONASS
OS Android 7.0 Nougat
Software Near-stock Android with Nokia customizations
Battery 3000mah, Quick Charge 2.0
Ports micro-USB, 3.55mm headphone jack
Official Price Php18,590 $373(Lazada), Php11,990 international price(before taxes)
Availability date Jan-27-2017
Where to buy Lazada Online Shopping

ASUS ZenFone 3 5.5 Specs, Official PH price, release date in the Philippines

SPECS, PH Price ASUS ZenFone 3 5.5
Display 5.5-inch Super IPS+ 1080p FHD, 401ppi
Size 7.7mm thick, 155g weight
Design metal frame, 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass, back/front glass panel
Colors Sapphire Black, Moonlight White, Shimmer Gold
Chipset Snapdragon 625 octa-core chipset
Processor 8 x 2.0GHz ARM Cortex A53
Graphics Adreno 506 GPU
Memory 3/4GB RAM, 32/64GB internal, microSD card up to 256GB
Main Camera 16 MP f/2.0, laser/phase detection autofocus, OIS (4-axis), dual-LED(dual-tone) flash
Multimedia 2160p @ 30fps, 1080p @ 30fps
Front camera 8MP f2.0, 1080p
Connectivity GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
4G LTE (Cat. 6), WiFi ac, Bt 4.2, GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS
OS Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (upgradable to 7.0 Nougat)
Software ZenUI 3.0
Battery 3000mah
Ports USB Type-C, 3.55mm headphone jack
Official Price Php18,995 or 380 USD
Availability date May-2016
Where to buy ASUS Stores

Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus Specs, Official PH price, release date in the Philippines

SPECS, PH Price Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus
Display 5.7-inch FHD 1080p IPS LCD, 386 ppi
Size 8mm thick, 168g weight
Design metal body, plastic caps, antenna lines
Colors Silver, Gray, Gold, Rose Gold
Chipset Snapdragon 821 quad-core chipset
Processor 2 x 2.35 GHz Kryo & 2 x 2.2 GHz Kryo
Graphics Adreno 530 GPU
Memory 4/6GB RAM, 64/128GB internal
Main Camera Dual 13 MP f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Multimedia 2160p @ 30fps, 1080p @ 30fps
Front camera 4MP f2.0, 1080p
Connectivity GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
4G LTE (Cat. 6), WiFi ac, Bt 4.2, GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
OS Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Software MIUI 8.0
Battery 3800mah
Ports USB Type-C, 3.55mm headphone jack
Official Price starts at Php18,800 or 375 USD
Availability date Sep-2016
Where to buy Online Stores

Sony Xperia X Compact Plus Specs, Official PH price, release date in the Philippines

SPECS, PH Price Sony Xperia X Compact
Display 4.6-inch HD 720p IPS LCD, 319 ppi
Size 9.5mm thick, 135g weight
Design plastic body, 2.5 curved Corning Gorilla Glass
Colors White, Universe black, Mist blue
Chipset Snapdragon 650 octa-core chipset
Processor 4 x 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 & 2 x 1.8 GHz Cortex-A72
Graphics Adreno 510 GPU
Memory 4GB RAM, 32GB internal
Main Camera 23 MP f/2.0, 24mm, phase detection autofocus, LED flash
Multimedia 1080p @ 30fps, 60fps
Front camera 5MP, 1080p
Connectivity GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
4G LTE (Cat. 6), WiFi ac, Bt 4.2, GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
OS Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Software Xperia UI
Battery 2700mah
Ports USB Type-C, 3.55mm headphone jack
Official Price Php19,380 or 390 USD
Availability date Sep-2016
Where to buy Online Stores