The Samsung Galaxy S8 is one of the most anticipated smartphones of 2017. To say that a lot rides on its shoulders would be an understatement; Samsung's reputation and perhaps their future in the mobile space completely depends on the S8, so there's no question that Samsung wants to pull out all the stops in making this phone the best possible flagship you can buy.
So imagine our surprise when we heard that Xiaomi's new flagship, the Mi 6, has allegedly topped the S8 when it comes to performance. The data comes courtesy of Geekbench, which has details on the Mi 6's performance and specifications. Geekbench has long been a source of data for smartphone specifications, as many manufacturers use it to benchmark their phones prior to release.
The Xiaomi Mi 6 scores 2,006 points for single-core performance, and a healthy 6,438 points for its multi-core mark. This is better than Samsung's new Galaxy S8 flagship, which scored 1,916 and 6,011 respectively. The Mi 6 also outscores the Galaxy S8+, which nets a 1,929 and 6,084 on the same tests. It's interesting to note that the major differences in specifications between the Xiaomi and the Samsung flagships are the RAM and the screen resolution. The Mi 6 goes with 6GB of RAM and a 1080p screen, while the Samsung duo has 4GB of RAM and a 1440p screen.
The listing on Geekbench shows us that the Xiaomi Mi 6 will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and an Adreno 504 GPU, backed by 6GB of RAM. It will have a 5.15-inch 1080p Full HD display, a 19-megapixel main camera and an 8-megapixel selfie shooter up front. It will all be powered by a 3,200mAh battery and comes standard with Android 7.1.1 Nougat, overlain with Xiaomi's MIUI 8 launcher.
While we don't have pricing on the phone yet, you can also be sure that it will be significantly cheaper than Samsung's S8, which is currently being sold at around the USD 1,200 mark, or around PHP 60,000. You can likely expect the Xiaomi Mi 6 to be around half that price, and we'll find out when the phone is announced on April 19 at Xiaomi's event at Beijing.