Xiaomi today announced the highly-anticipated Mi 6 flagship smartphone, successor to the popular Mi 5 from last year. The company’s latest flagship integrates impressive hardware specs and a premium design while offering great value for money. The Mi 6 will start at 2499 yuan ($360) for the base variant with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage. For the 2899 yuan ($420), you will get the Mi 6 with 128GB of storage. The top-of-the-line exclusive ceramic version with a four-side curved ceramic build and 18K gold-plated rim around the camera will cost 2999 yuan ($435). Color options include Blue, Black, and White. There will also be a special Silver Edition with a mirror finish stainless steel frame. Sales are expected to start in China April 28 onwards.
The Xiaomi Mi 6 features a 5.15-inch display with 1080 x 1920 Full HD resolution, 1500:1 contrast ratio, 94.4% NTSC color gamut coverage, 600 nit maximum brightness, and pressure-sensitive tech. Powering the smartphone is the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC with the Adreno 540 GPU. In the memory department, as we have mentioned above already, the Mi 6 comes standard with 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM and two storage options – 64GB and 128GB. Similar to the Mi 5, Xiaomi is using ultra-fast UFS 2.0 memory chips this time round as well.
The main camera at the back comprises of dual 12MP sensors with 4-axis optical image stabilization, 4K video recording, and dual-tone LED flash. While one sensor takes wide-angle shots, the other is capable of 2x lossless zoom, somewhat similar to the setup seen on the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. On the front is an 8MP unit for selfies.
Connectivity specs include Wi-Fi 802.11ac dual-band (2×2 MU-MIMO), Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, NFC, 4G LTE, IR blaster, and a USB Type-C port. Battery capacity has gone up slightly from the Mi 5, although it still isn’t very impressive for a flagship handset. The Mi 6 is backed by a 3350mAh capacity battery, which is significantly smaller than what you find inside Xiaomi’s mid-range Android smartphones. The fingerprint scanner is embedded inside the physical home button on the front, identical to its predecessor. On the software front, the Mi 6 runs on MIUI 8, based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system.