Xiaomi has finally introduced its new flagship device today, April 19. The Xiaomi Mi 6 stepped back from the global market after its halfhearted attempt to expand the brand's reach with its presentation of the Mi 5 in Barcelona. The Mi 6 looks great and, as usual, it comes packing serious hardware. A Chinese TENAA listing now shows some more exclusive color variants.
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The Xiaomi Mi 6 will be available first in its home market, and will be released in China on April 28. The price will be around $360 for the 64 GB model, and $420 for the 128 GB model. The special ceramic version will cost around $435. These are estimates based on converting the price from Chinese Yuan to US Dollars. If you're planning on ordering the device from the US, you should expect the price to increase thanks to a combination of shipping and taxes.
The design of the new Mi 6 is a big leap forward from its predecessor. The official renders remind us of the Galaxy S7. We can see a metal frame (stainless steel rather than aluminum), covered in glass on both the front and back. On the back, the glass is curved. On the front, it has a 3D effect which gives a feeling of depth to the screen.
The sides are rounded seamlessly, with buttons on the right, as is customary. On the left, there is the slot for two nano SIM cards. On the top, there is an IR sensor. On the bottom there is a USB Type-C port and the speaker. Unfortunately, there is no headphone jack to be found on this device.
The fingerprint scanner is mounted under the home button on the front of the phone. There is also a dual camera on the rear, which is a nice addition. The camera doesn't appear to protrude from the back, and the design is on the whole quite elegant.
The Mi 6 is available in a blue version with a gold frame, which reminds us of the blue Honor 8. There is also a silver version with a nice mirror effect, and a special edition ceramic finish model with 18K gold surrounding the dual camera's lenses.
A Chinese TENAA listing for the Xiaomi Mi 6 has now surfaced and apparently shows us that the version sold in China is set to be offered in a myriad of different colors. While the official launch event presented us with black, white, blue and silver variants, Chinese consumers will be able to select between gold, grey, pink, dark grey, cherry blossom, frosted black, and champagne gold. These colors will most likely be exclusively for the Chinese market, so don't get your hopes up that any of these will reach our shores through official channels.
The Mi 5 successor will have the same 5.15-inch screen size and Full HD resolution, which in principle is more than enough for the human eye, but falls short for a good VR experience. The screen features a new technology which is capable of reducing the brightness in very low light conditions and has more natural color representation.
The Mi 6 will be the first Chinese smartphone to have a Snapdragon 835 processor. To accompany this improved Qualcomm processor, we have 6 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, which promises better performance than the new Galaxy S8 and higher graphics power than the iPhone 7.
The Mi 6 has a 3,350 mAh battery, which is slightly larger than that of its predecessor the Mi 5. The manufacturer promises a full day of use. It also features a new dual WiFi antenna for improved speed and connectivity.
For stereo sound, the main speaker works in tandem with the speakerphone when the device is held horizontally.
The Mi 6's dual camera has one 12 MP sensor with a a wide-angle lens and 4-axis optical image stabilizer, and another 12 MP sensor with 2x telephoto zoom.
Xiaomi Mi 6 technical specifications
|Dimensions:||145.17 x 70.49 x 7.45 mm|
|Battery size:||3350 mAh|
|Screen size:||5.15 in|
|Screen:||1920 x 1080 pixels (428 ppi)|
|Front camera:||8 megapixels|
|Rear camera:||12 megapixels|
|Internal storage:||64 GB|
|Removable storage:||Not available|
|Chipset:||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835|
|Number of cores:||8|
|Max. clock speed:||2.45 GHz|
|Connectivity:||HSPA, LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM , Bluetooth|
What do you think of the new Xiaomi Mi 6? Are you now considering buying one when they are released? Let us know in the comments below.