Xiaomi Mi 6 5.15" Snapdragon 835 64GB ROM 4GB RAM Black for £248 and Blue for £266 @ Aliexpress
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Xiaomi Mi 6 5.15" Snapdragon 835 64GB ROM 4GB RAM Black for £248 and Blue for £266 @ Aliexpress

£248.33£266.597%Ali Express Deals
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Found 21st Jan
Cheapest I've seen!
Just bought the black one!
Note: This isn't the ceramic one.
From the official Xiaomi store on Aliexpress and PayPal could be used to pay.
No BAND 20!

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Sorry but no warranty, no band 20 and paying over £200. Cold from me. Could get better options near this price.
I saw a comment reasonably recently about someone having problems with SMS messages coming through (implying it was a known bug?) and they ended up looking for another phone. Will try to find the quote.

Here's one: hotukdeals.com/com…043

bxboards 20th Jan

I bought one of these early November when these were on offer a lot.

My unit had major issues with not receiving SMS - for example online banking SMS rarely came first time and had to be re-sent to or 3 times before they finally arrived. Also could never get 4G on this, although the Sony Z5 it was supposed to be replace always got excellent 4G with Vodafone and Sky SIMs. Also has some strange crashes where the phone would not come back to life after going to sleep.

On a plus side, I found battery life very good and could go 2 days between charges, although I'm not a big screen on user. Finger print scanner was very quick and always worked.

It could me 15.00 to send back to China and to get a refund. It did seem a good phone, but with the SMS issue, it was a non-starter for me.
Edited by: "louiselouise" 21st Jan
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mystogan129 m ago

Sorry but no warranty, no band 20 and paying over £200. Cold from me. …Sorry but no warranty, no band 20 and paying over £200. Cold from me. Could get better options near this price.


Like what, may I ask?
And also there has been lots of deals of phones around this price range and comes from China and gets hot. If this was from Gearbest, I'll bet you say 'Cold, its from Gearbest!' I see nothing wrong, if you pay with PayPal, you can open a dispute for upto 6 months! You get a lot of value for your money if you buy from China.
Edited by: "owerevoke" 21st Jan
louiselouise2 m ago

I saw a comment reasonably recently about someone having problems with SMS …I saw a comment reasonably recently about someone having problems with SMS messages coming through (implying it was a known bug?) and they ended up looking for another phone. Will try to find the quote.


Yes it was on the mi6 one with 6gb ram.
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louiselouise4 m ago

I saw a comment reasonably recently about someone having problems with SMS …I saw a comment reasonably recently about someone having problems with SMS messages coming through (implying it was a known bug?) and they ended up looking for another phone. Will try to find the quote.Here's one: https://www.hotukdeals.com/comments/permalink/33100043bxboards 20th JanI bought one of these early November when these were on offer a lot.My unit had major issues with not receiving SMS - for example online banking SMS rarely came first time and had to be re-sent to or 3 times before they finally arrived. Also could never get 4G on this, although the Sony Z5 it was supposed to be replace always got excellent 4G with Vodafone and Sky SIMs. Also has some strange crashes where the phone would not come back to life after going to sleep.On a plus side, I found battery life very good and could go 2 days between charges, although I'm not a big screen on user. Finger print scanner was very quick and always worked. It could me 15.00 to send back to China and to get a refund. It did seem a good phone, but with the SMS issue, it was a non-starter for me.


I believe he has Vodafone, that could be one of the reasons, anyways I'm with Plusnet who uses EE.
TWD21st Jan

Yes it was on the mi6 one with 6gb ram.



Not trying to diss the OP's deal, just it's worthwhile being forewarned. No idea if it's just the 6GB RAM variant, I would do some research beforehand.
owerevoke21st Jan

I believe he has Vodafone, that could be one of the reasons



Not trying to be defensive, but "xiaomi mi6 sms" brings up other forum (non-UK) comments in Google Search. I would give it more investigation before purchasing.
Edited by: "louiselouise" 21st Jan
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louiselouise3 m ago

Not trying to diss the OP's deal, just it's worthwhile being forewarned. …Not trying to diss the OP's deal, just it's worthwhile being forewarned. No idea if it's just the 6GB RAM variant, I would do some research beforehand.


Its the 4GB variant.
owerevoke21st Jan

Its the 4GB variant.



It would help prospective purchasers if you could add links clarifying this..I'm not finding anything. And you did blame it on Vodafone* a few posts previously, which I'm not seeing forum posts commenting on, either.

*From reading the thread I quoted on Post #1: The comment about "not getting 4G" seemed to be what related to Vodafone - not the SMS bug.

I'm super-cautious about buying Chinese tech because I know what a minefield it is, and I watched and read just about every article and Youtube video available, before my Axon 7 arrived
Edited by: "louiselouise" 21st Jan
This is decent. Heated.
Didn't know they had 4gb ram model I always thought it had 6gb ram.
Edited by: "ssjinzo" 21st Jan
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ssjinzo46 s ago

Didn't know they had 4gb ram model I always thought it had 6gb ram.


Same here, found out today.
louiselouise43 m ago

I saw a comment reasonably recently about someone having problems with SMS …I saw a comment reasonably recently about someone having problems with SMS messages coming through (implying it was a known bug?) and they ended up looking for another phone. Will try to find the quote.Here's one: https://www.hotukdeals.com/comments/permalink/33100043bxboards 20th JanI bought one of these early November when these were on offer a lot.My unit had major issues with not receiving SMS - for example online banking SMS rarely came first time and had to be re-sent to or 3 times before they finally arrived. Also could never get 4G on this, although the Sony Z5 it was supposed to be replace always got excellent 4G with Vodafone and Sky SIMs. Also has some strange crashes where the phone would not come back to life after going to sleep.On a plus side, I found battery life very good and could go 2 days between charges, although I'm not a big screen on user. Finger print scanner was very quick and always worked. It could me 15.00 to send back to China and to get a refund. It did seem a good phone, but with the SMS issue, it was a non-starter for me.


Hi

I was the guy with the SMS issue - my problem is exactly the same as reported on the Xiaomi forum here:

en.miui.com/thr…tml

I don't think it was related to Vodafone as it's a dual SIM phone, and I had a Vodephone and also a Sky SIM in the 2nd slot.

Very nice phone, but seems I am not the only one.

PS: I had the 6GB version, the 4GB version is a cut-down version for the Chinese martet I believe. Maybe this version fixed the issue?
Negative No Best UK/ Europe 4G 800 B20 band . Buy Mi Mix 2 or Mi A1 instead with B20
Edited by: "sam_of_london" 21st Jan
TWD1 h, 36 m ago

Yes it was on the mi6 one with 6gb ram.


It's no bug, it's part of the MiUi security suit built in, you need to give apps permission to read sms is all.

If in doubt when you get it flash a fresh version of the ROM on the phone and it will be fine.

There are bugs in any rom whether apple, Samsung or smaller brand names. Xiaomi is no small company though and regular updates are guaranteed.

People get their knickers in a twist that there can be bugs in xioami phones, when they forget Samsung etc all have the same or similar issues.


This is a great price for a cracking handset
i have the 6gb ceramic version global.had it since november paid 300 off bangood.great phone
owerevoke21st Jan

Like what, may I ask?And also there has been lots of deals of phones …Like what, may I ask?And also there has been lots of deals of phones around this price range and comes from China and gets hot. If this was from Gearbest, I'll bet you say 'Cold, its from Gearbest!' I see nothing wrong, if you pay with PayPal, you can open a dispute for upto 6 months! You get a lot of value for your money if you buy from China.


It’s really not worth the hassle buying these chinese phones in my opinion. Honor 9, Moto G5S Plus, oneplus 5T, HTC U11, you’d get band 20 and warranty. And if we’re talking about not having warranty you could get an decent open box/ refurb iPhone or Android deal from eBay. Personally I would spend a little bit more to get the pixel 2.
Would never spend above 100 with any Chinese vendor. The risk and hassle involved doesn't warrant the money saved. Basically as long everything goes well you're laughing but anything wrong, e.g delivery, problems, warranty etc.. and, speaking from experience, I'll guarantee you will regret it.
Edited by: "Andyzxyk" 21st Jan
Andyzxyk19 m ago

Would never spend above 100 with any Chinese vendor. The risk and hassle …Would never spend above 100 with any Chinese vendor. The risk and hassle involved doesn't warrant the money saved. Basically as long everything goes well you're laughing but anything wrong, e.g delivery, problems, warranty etc.. and, speaking from experience, I'll guarantee you will regret it.


Disagree... I've had the mi5s for over a year now, on vodafone, and no problems with internet or sms or calls. I also have an iPhone 6 (for work) and would not trade my mi5 for it, much prefer the xiaomi. Ordered from Gearbest, no problems at all. Can't see the hype behind Apple etc.. and why people would spend up to a grand on a mobile phone, when some Chinese models do the same or even better for a fraction of the price. Each to their own I guess...
Kenneth1311 h, 5 m ago

It's no bug, it's part of the MiUi security suit built in, you need to …It's no bug, it's part of the MiUi security suit built in, you need to give apps permission to read sms is all.


Sounds similar to ZTE's MiFavor software. Good to know
Edited by: "louiselouise" 21st Jan
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bxboards2 h, 13 m ago

HiI was the guy with the SMS issue - my problem is exactly the same as …HiI was the guy with the SMS issue - my problem is exactly the same as reported on the Xiaomi forum here:http://en.miui.com/thread-680578-1-1.htmlI don't think it was related to Vodafone as it's a dual SIM phone, and I had a Vodephone and also a Sky SIM in the 2nd slot.Very nice phone, but seems I am not the only one.PS: I had the 6GB version, the 4GB version is a cut-down version for the Chinese martet I believe. Maybe this version fixed the issue?


It might actually just be a software issue, try updating your phone?
Are you on the Global Stable ROM?
Running MIUI 9?
Actually check this: xiaomitool.com/
It apperantly updates your phone to the latest Global ROM. It might be actually that your ROM might not support OTA.


And check this XDA thread where a person found a solution to this problem: forum.xda-developers.com/mi-…219


And also, if nothing works out. Try a Custom ROM!
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mystogan121 h, 2 m ago

It’s really not worth the hassle buying these chinese phones in my o …It’s really not worth the hassle buying these chinese phones in my opinion. Honor 9, Moto G5S Plus, oneplus 5T, HTC U11, you’d get band 20 and warranty. And if we’re talking about not having warranty you could get an decent open box/ refurb iPhone or Android deal from eBay. Personally I would spend a little bit more to get the pixel 2.


Those phone you mention are either to expensive compared to this or don't match the SD 835 performance like the Moto G5S Plus. We all live on a budget.
owerevoke21st Jan

It might actually just be a software issue, try updating your phone?Are …It might actually just be a software issue, try updating your phone?Are you on the Global Stable ROM?Running MIUI 9?Actually check this: http://www.xiaomitool.com/It apperantly updates your phone to the latest Global ROM. It might be actually that your ROM might not support OTA.And check this XDA thread where a person found a solution to this problem: https://forum.xda-developers.com/mi-mix/help/recieve-sms-text-messages-send-t3597219And also, if nothing works out. Try a Custom ROM!


I returned mine and got a refund.

The problem wasn't something I could fix. It wasn't a permissions issue - as 40% of the time SMS did arrive.

SMS to me is fundamental function for a phone, looking at the thread in my post ahead, others have the same issue, as frankly really isn't something as an end user I should need to 'fix' to get working.

I spent a bit of time on it, but ultimately the functionality was broken.

Clearly most people do not and will not have this issue, but it exists, and if you get a phone with the issue, its at least 15 quid to return to China for the refund, and its sqeaky bum tiime hoping you'll get a refund - I only got one thanks to Paypal. Got the refund last week, after buying on November 8th and putting up with the SMS issue for a month.
bxboards53 m ago

I returned mine and got a refund. The problem wasn't something I could …I returned mine and got a refund. The problem wasn't something I could fix. It wasn't a permissions issue - as 40% of the time SMS did arrive. SMS to me is fundamental function for a phone, looking at the thread in my post ahead, others have the same issue, as frankly really isn't something as an end user I should need to 'fix' to get working.I spent a bit of time on it, but ultimately the functionality was broken.Clearly most people do not and will not have this issue, but it exists, and if you get a phone with the issue, its at least 15 quid to return to China for the refund, and its sqeaky bum tiime hoping you'll get a refund - I only got one thanks to Paypal. Got the refund last week, after buying on November 8th and putting up with the SMS issue for a month.



I'm not doubting there was an issue, it must have been software though. If your phone receives a signal from a cell tower and can make and receive calls then you can receive SMS. That said and true, the issue is software related and not hardware which can be fixed by flashing the phone and starting a fresh where no permissions issues exist.

Happens all the time on iOS and android where one app installed takes over from another as a primary messaging app or injects code to intercept an SMS thus preventing the stock app from notifying you of a new message or even displaying it as it thinks another app has picked it up for you.

All I'm saying is it cannot be hardware related where only SMS is affected and it would have been a software issue somewhere that could have been fixed with a clean install if all else failed. Would have a to be a complete reinstall of the ROM though to clear any conflicts
mystogan124 h, 7 m ago

Sorry but no warranty, no band 20 and paying over £200. Cold from me. …Sorry but no warranty, no band 20 and paying over £200. Cold from me. Could get better options near this price.


Was thinking the exact same thing. To be honest, I'm pretty bored with the phone deal posts from AliExpress, Gearbest, Banggood etc
sam_of_london3 h, 36 m ago

Negative No Best UK/ Europe 4G 800 B20 band . Buy Mi Mix 2 or Mi A1 …Negative No Best UK/ Europe 4G 800 B20 band . Buy Mi Mix 2 or Mi A1 instead with B20


I'm a big fan of bands 1 and 7 myself. Pint?
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sam_of_london3 h, 39 m ago

Negative No Best UK/ Europe 4G 800 B20 band . Buy Mi Mix 2 or Mi A1 …Negative No Best UK/ Europe 4G 800 B20 band . Buy Mi Mix 2 or Mi A1 instead with B20


Was expecting you to comment, . Anyways the Xiaomi A1 has SD 625 or the Mi Mix 2 which I really wanted but was on the pricey side. Anyways, works with EE, 3 and some others.
The funniest thing of all is that Sam "Liked" his own post

I had my eye on the Mi6 when it was on that Gearbest Black Friday Sale in November, but lack of Band 20 (I'm on NiffNaff), no headphone jack and no MicroSD are no-gos for me.

It's also a gamble being an "early adopter" of any gadget, but that's being Captain Obvious. I'd rather wait and see what the initial, few-weeks-down-the-line reviewers say.
Edited by: "louiselouise" 21st Jan
I have the 6gb 128gb ceramic version. Brilliant phone, I was a bit dubious re the Mi software but with nova launcher and the latest update its actually really good. Signal on EE if fine, I get 4G almost everywhere. Battery is great, I get a full day of heavy use with about 35% to spare. Charging is also very quick. Would Def recommend.
So for the people worried about the Band 20. I am on Vodafone and according to 4g.co.uk they have two 4g bands.
4g.co.uk/4g-…ow/


Band 20= 800Mhz
Band 7=2600mhz


I did a speedtest and I get 12/5MB inside. So still very very usable. So if you have band 7 available you might and check this out.

I took a risk with the Mi 6 on vodafone as I am at home alot or I have access to public wifi most of the time. So even with 3g speeds that will be fine when I am out and about. Attached is screenshot I took today. 33109108-aEykg.jpg
What a cracking deal and even more cracking phone! Have had Mi5 since a year and half and still going great so might upgrade soon. Thanks op
had this phone (6GB version) from gearbest for a few months. No SMS issue. Could be that I flashed the official global rom. I use 3.
mojo511021st Jan

So for the people worried about the Band 20. I am on Vodafone and …So for the people worried about the Band 20. I am on Vodafone and according to 4g.co.uk they have two 4g bands. https://www.4g.co.uk/4g-frequencies-uk-need-know/Band 20= 800Mhz Band 7=2600mhz I did a speedtest and I get 12/5MB inside. So still very very usable. So if you have band 7 available you might and check this out. I took a risk with the Mi 6 on vodafone as I am at home alot or I have access to public wifi most of the time. So even with 3g speeds that will be fine when I am out and about. Attached is screenshot I took today. [Image]


Anything below 30 is garbage nowadays. This is the problem with Vodafone o2 in my area they where dragged kicking and screaming to 4g from edge. These Chinese phones are great my RN4 easily beats the Huawei p8 lite. The landline situation is even worse. My mum just got guaranteed 40 on fibre and egularily gets 25. To get out of broadband because of speed issues is nigh on impossible which is why I'm staying on my 64gb 13gbp EE osprey which I use for my house broadband
I would be all over this but my Kate refuses to die

Nice custom ROM beast of a phone SD835
sam_of_london6 h, 1 m ago

Negative No Best UK/ Europe 4G 800 B20 band . Buy Mi Mix 2 or Mi A1 …Negative No Best UK/ Europe 4G 800 B20 band . Buy Mi Mix 2 or Mi A1 instead with B20



Any good deal on mix 2?
There is risk of import charges from all these chinese websites which avoid me buying from these gearbest, ali baba etc
Kenneth13113 h, 11 m ago

I'm not doubting there was an issue, it must have been software though. If …I'm not doubting there was an issue, it must have been software though. If your phone receives a signal from a cell tower and can make and receive calls then you can receive SMS. That said and true, the issue is software related and not hardware which can be fixed by flashing the phone and starting a fresh where no permissions issues exist.Happens all the time on iOS and android where one app installed takes over from another as a primary messaging app or injects code to intercept an SMS thus preventing the stock app from notifying you of a new message or even displaying it as it thinks another app has picked it up for you.All I'm saying is it cannot be hardware related where only SMS is affected and it would have been a software issue somewhere that could have been fixed with a clean install if all else failed. Would have a to be a complete reinstall of the ROM though to clear any conflicts


Hi

When I got the phone it did an OTA update from MIUI 8 to MIUI 9. It already shipped with official ROM, and was in a sealed box, so no has flashed a dodgy ROM onto it.

Again lots of people are reporting it - I accept this probably was a software issue, but I do not think it's up to me or other end users to try to solve this. This when I bought it in November cost just under 290, and another 38 in Customs. So a 330 phone that doesn't work out of the box....? Seriously, no one should be accepting this and making excuses.

I spent probably 10 to 12 hours trying to solve - my time is not free, and even at minimum wages for example, that is a cost in time. So my 290 phone ends up costing a lot more in time, even if your time is free.

I did put on the official google SMS app to try to replace the Xiaomi messaging app, but all SMS apps has the same issue - I think the SMS were being 'eaten' somehow by the internal SMS stack and not being pushed up the the apps.

My previous phones has been Nokia E71 (still have it!), Nokia E72, Nokia N8, Motorola Razi, Moto 3G (first gen), Sony Z2 Experia (loved this phone, bought on a deal here back in 2015, and would still have it if I hadm't cracked the sceeen), Sony Z5 Xperia (love this too, but battery lfe not as good as the old Z2) and I've never ever had fundamental issues getting an SMS use case to work. Never. And norr should I need to. And I'm pretty good technically.

Lovely phone, but I'm not going to play this down, or just right it off as a 'software issue' espeically as Xioami owns forums have users worldwide reporting it.
Kenneth13118 h, 16 m ago

It's no bug, it's part of the MiUi security suit built in, you need to …It's no bug, it's part of the MiUi security suit built in, you need to give apps permission to read sms is all.If in doubt when you get it flash a fresh version of the ROM on the phone and it will be fine.There are bugs in any rom whether apple, Samsung or smaller brand names. Xiaomi is no small company though and regular updates are guaranteed.People get their knickers in a twist that there can be bugs in xioami phones, when they forget Samsung etc all have the same or similar issues. This is a great price for a cracking handset


I'm not knocking the OP's deal or Chinese phones, and agreed that any manufacturer (even iPhone's which are also made in China despite what their owners think) can have bugs. I was just commenting that I had also seen the post, but I have no personal experience of this phone or the 6gb version.
Personally I'm a big fan of Huawei, my 1st one was the P6, back when Huawei were the Xiaomi of today, and that did have a few bugs, mostly noticed when using maps, so it's was just an FYI and do some research for those that are interested in this phone.
louiselouise18 h, 19 m ago

The funniest thing of all is that Sam "Liked" his own post I had my …The funniest thing of all is that Sam "Liked" his own post I had my eye on the Mi6 when it was on that Gearbest Black Friday Sale in November, but lack of Band 20 (I'm on NiffNaff), no headphone jack and no MicroSD are no-gos for me.It's also a gamble being an "early adopter" of any gadget, but that's being Captain Obvious. I'd rather wait and see what the initial, few-weeks-down-the-line reviewers say.


Hi Louise , as it’s you , take a look here ,this is already a few weeks old youtu.be/49y…wVY
Kensirstagwaff12 h, 18 m ago

Hi Louise , as it’s you , take a look here ,this is already a few weeks o …Hi Louise , as it’s you , take a look here ,this is already a few weeks old https://youtu.be/49yvlk0GwVY



I have an Axon 7 and I'm very happy with it, but I kinda know the consensus. Will give it a watch later

Edit: The reviewer doesn't mention anything about software problems - it would have been good to bring up the subject to clear it up, so I'm guessing it wasn't an issue for him.
Edited by: "louiselouise" 23rd Jan
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