The Xiaomi Mi 6 flagship smartphone was launched on Wednesday by the company at a Beijing event. The new Mi 6 smartphone comes with the new Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM, dual-rear cameras, and four-sided 3D glass design. It will go on sale on April 28 at 10am CST (7:30am IST).
Xiaomi Mi 6 price and variants
The Xiaomi Mi 6 has been priced at CNY 2,499 (roughly Rs. 23,500) for the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage variant, and CNY 2,899 (roughly Rs. 27,000) for the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant. Apart from the two regular versions, Xiaomi has also announced a third version of the smartphone, called the Mi 6 Ceramic, which sports a four-side curved ceramic body and 18K gold-plated camera rims at the back. It has been priced at CNY 2,999 (roughly Rs. 28,000) and comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.
Xiaomi at the event also announced a Silver Edition of the Mi 6 which will sport four-sided 3D curves and an ultra reflective mirror finish. At the keynote, Jun said the Silver Edition will “exude a totally different feel from the blue version you’ve seen!”
Xiaomi Mi 6 specifications
The new flagship smartphone packs the latest octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC clocked at 2.45GHz coupled with 6GB of RAM and Adreno 540 GPU. Lei Jun, Founder and CEO, Xiaomi, at the event claimed that the Xiaomi Mi 6 with the Snapdragon 835 has better graphics performance compared to the iPhone 7 while the handset was able to beat the new Samsung Galaxy S8 in benchmark results such as AnTuTu.
The Xiaomi Mi 6 display measures 5.15-inch diagonally and sports full-HD (1080×1920 pixel) resolution. Its maximum brightness is 600 nits, but the brightness can be reduced automatically down to as low as 1 nit to reduce eye-strain.
Xiaomi Mi 6’s four-sided 3D glass feature on the Mi 6 looks premium and adds overall appeal to the handset. The phone’s sides are made from stainless steel which offer high-gloss outline. The company has ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack, and the USB port is USB Type-C.
Jun stressed that the new Mi 6 has been “precisely crafted like a watch.” He also claimed that the dual camera at the back has been “seamlessly integrated.” The fingerprint scanner on Mi 6 is now placed under-glass at the front. He added that the Mi 6 is resistant to wear and tear, and claimed it’s “splash-resistant”.
Xiaomi Mi 6 camera, as expected, features the dual camera setup at the back. The Xiaomi Mi 6 sports dual 12-megapixel rear cameras, a setup reminiscent of the iPhone 7 Plus. The phone features a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens and another 12-megapixel telephoto camera for 2x lossless zoom. Its binocular stereoscopic vision imaging and depth learning algorithm makes edge recognition more accurate in the photos, says Xiaomi. The Mi 6 camera features phase-detection autofocus, and four-axis anti-shake functionality to ensure blur-free images.
For connectivity, the Xiaomi Mi 6 supports 2X2 MIMO Wi-Fi, and 4G+ networks with download speed of up to 600Mbps and up to 100Mbps upload speed. With 3350mAh battery, Xiaomi Mi 6 has features such as front-firing dual speakers, Bluetooth 5.0, dual-SIM support (4G + 4G/ 3G/ 2G), 8-megapixel front camera with 1080p video capture at 30fps, slo-mo videos,
The Mi 6 also comes with NFC and the handset is compatible with the company’s Mi Pay NFC-based mobile payments service. Xiaomi confirmed that the Mi 6 comes with new MIUI optimisations which enables the Mi 6 to last up to a full day. MIUI can now restrict applications from starting up, freezes background app, and also comes with a battery saving mode.
Xiaomi Mi 6
|Release date||April 2017|
|Dimensions (mm)||145.17 x 70.49 x 7.45|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||3350|
|Colours||Bright Black, Bright Blue, Bright White, Ceramic Black|
|Screen size (inches)||5.15|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||428|
|Processor make||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 5.00|
|Number of SIMs||2|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||No|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||No|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes|