Google Pixel 6 vs Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro: Which one should you buy?

Google Pixel 6 vs Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro: Which one should you buy?

The Google Pixel 6 is a fantastic value flagship. But there are quite a few smartphones on the market that can take on it with similar or even lower price tags. Xiaomi’s Mi 11X Pro is one such phone. So in this article, we are pitting the Google Pixel 6 vs Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro to see how the two phones stack up against each other.

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Google Pixel 6 vs Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro: Specifications

Specification Google Pixel 6 Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro
Dimensions and Weight
  • 158.6 x 74.8 x 8.9 mm
  • 207g
  • 163.7 x 76.4 x 7.8 mm
  • 196g
Display
  • 6.4-inch AMOLED
  • FHD+ (1080 x 2340)
  • Centered hole-punch
  • 90Hz display refresh rate
  • HDR10+ support
  • High brightness mode
  • Full 24-bit depth for 16 million colors
  • Gorilla Glass Victus
  • 6.67-inch AMOLED
  • FHD+ (1080 x 2400)
  • Centered hole-punch
  • 120Hz display refresh rate
  • HDR10+ support
  • Gorilla Glass 5
SoC
  • Google Tensor octa-core chipset
    • Titan M2 security chip
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC
RAM and Storage
  • 8GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • 128GB/256GB UFS 3.1 flash storage
  • 8GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • 128GB/ 256GB UFS 3.1 flash storage
Battery & Charging
  • 4,600mAh battery
  • 30W fast charging
  • 21W fast wireless charging
  • 4,520mAh battery
  • 33W fast wired charging
Rear Cameras
  • Primary: 50MP f/1.8 Samsung GN1 primary camera
  • Secondary: 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera, 114-degree FOV
  • Primary: 108MP, f/1.75
  • Secondary: 8MP, f/2.2 ultra-wide camera
  • Tertiary: 5MP, f/2.4 telemacro
Front Camera 8MP f/2.0 20MP f/2.45
Ports USB Type-C port
  • USB Type-C port
Connectivity
  • 5G NR (Sub-6GHz, mmWave)
  • NFC
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • WiFi 802.11.b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz)
  • 5G NR (Sub-6GHz)
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • WiFi 802.11.b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4GHz + 5GHz)
Software
  • Android 12
  • Three years of OS updates
  • Five years of security updates
  • Android 11
Other features
  • Optical under-display fingerprint reader
  • Stereo speakers
  • IP68 dust and water resistance
  • Side-mounted fingerprint reader
  • Stereo speakers
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Design and Display

Pixel 6 display

Google Pixel 6

The Pixel 6 and the Mi 11X Pro are both premium smartphones, and they use the tried and tested glass sandwich design. However, while the Google phone has an aluminum frame, the Xiaomi smartphone packs a plastic frame. The plastic frame doesn’t help the Mi 11X Pro a lot, given its larger screen size and the phone is only about 10 grams lighter than the Pixel. It also lacks IP certification, whereas the Pixel 6 is IP68 certified for dust and water resistance.

But the Mi 11X Pro has an edge on the display front as the phone sports a 120Hz refresh rate screen compared to the Pixel 6’s 90Hz panel. In addition, both phones have a Full-HD+ resolution and HDR10+ support in other display specifications. However, the Mi 11X Pro screen is slightly larger than the Pixel at 6.67-inch. The Pixel 6 features a 6.4-inch display.

Processor, RAM, and Storage

Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro display under sunlight

Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro display under strong sunlight

Unlike previous Pixel phone iterations, Google has used its own Tensor chip in the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro. The chip offers a top-notch performance in most aspects but isn’t the best for high-end gaming. That said, if you are a casual gamer, you won’t have any issues.

On the other hand, Mi 11X Pro comes with Snapdragon 888 SoC, which we have already seen in pretty much every other Android flagship. And the Snapdragon chip has shown that it has handle pretty much anything you throw at it, including high-end gaming.

Both phones are identical on the RAM and storage fronts and feature 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB UFS 3.1 storage.

Google Pixel 6 vs Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro: Cameras

Pixel 6 battery

Google Pixel 6

Mobile photography is one area where every Pixel phone has shined, and the Pixel 6 is no exception. The phone’s primary camera takes terrific photos with good detail and contrast. The photos also have accurate colors. However, the wide-angle shooter is slightly underwhelming, and it’s not even as wide as some of its competitors, including the Mi 11X Pro.

The Mi 11X Pro’s primary camera also takes good photos with a decent amount of detail. Still, the photos could have a better dynamic range, and Xiaomi’s post-processing also causes loss in shadow detail. Moreover, while the Xiaomi phone’s wide-range shooter has a wider field of view than the Pixel 6, its photo quality is also underwhelming.

Battery, Connectivity, and Software

Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro midnight black

Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro

The Pixel 6 and Mi 11X Pro are similar on the battery front, with 4,614mAh and 4,520mAh batteries. And this shows in the battery performance as the two phones can last through a day easily on a single charge. But the Mi 11X Pro supports 33W fast charging that actually works as advertised. However, the Pixel 6’s advertised 30W fast charging support is more like 21W fast charging. In addition, the Google phone supports wireless charging, which is unavailable on the Xiaomi phone.

The connectivity options on the two phones are largely in line, but there are some key differences. For example, the Pixel 6 has Wi-Fi 6e and has mmWave 5G support in the US, whereas the Mi 11X Pro has Wi-Fi 6 and supports only two Sub-6GHz 5G bands. The Xiaomi phone also lacks NFC.

The Pixel 6 gets the Google advantage in the software department as it comes with Android 12 out of the box. The phone will also receive three years of OS updates and five years of security patches. On the other hand, the Mi 11X Pro runs on Android 11, but its software update future is unclear at the moment.

Pricing and Colour options

Pixel 6 vs iPhone 13

Google Pixel 6

The Mi 11X Pro is only offered in India, where Google isn’t selling the Pixel 6, so it’s hard to compare their pricing. But just for record’s sake, the Pixel 6 starts at $599 in the US, whereas you can buy the Mi 11X Pro beginning at INR 36,999 (~ $492).

You get three color options for each phone. The Pixel 6 is offered in Stormy Black, Kinda Coral, and Sorta Seafood, and the Mi 11X Pro is available in Celestial Silver, Cosmic Black, and Lunar White.

Google Pixel 6 vs Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro: Verdict

Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro

Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro

There is a case to be made for both phones here. The Mi 11X Pro is cheaper, has a tried and tested flagship SoC, and features a faster refresh rate display. On the other hand, the Pixel 6 provides industry-leading camera performance, excellent performance, and top-notch software support. So picking between these two excellent devices comes down to which features are more important to you.

However, the final decision on what to buy may largely rest upon where in the world are you buying. Users in India and China cannot buy the Pixel 6, so they have no choice but to get the Mi 11X Pro instead. While users in regions like the USA cannot get their hands on the Mi 11X Pro, and hence, the Pixel 6 remains the only choice.


Which of the two phones do you like? Let us know in the comments section. If you end up buying the Pixel 6, make sure you check our best Pixel 6 cases and the best Pixel 6 screen protector recommendations to protect your phone.

    The Pixel 6 comes with Google's new Tensor chip, a modern design, and flagship cameras.
    The Mi 11X Pro is a feature-rich flagship killer with a 120Hz AMOLED display, Snapdragon 888, 108MP cameras, and more.

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Gaurav Shukla
Gaurav Shukla

Gaurav has been covering technology for over a decade now. He has done everything from blogging about Android to reporting the latest from the world of Internet giants. When he is not writing about the tech companies, he can be found binge-watching new TV series on the web. You can reach Gaurav at [email protected]

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