Xiaomi on Wednesday at its Beijing event unveiled the much-anticipated Mi 6 flagship smartphone. 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. It will go on sale from April 28 in China.Read more ↓
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.
It features a 5.15-inch display, but for now, screen resolution hasn’t been announced yet. The Mi 6 display is said have reduced glare to reduce eye-strain.
The 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.
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”.
The Xiaomi Mi 6 as expected comes with dual camera setup at the back which was rumoured for weeks and is the biggest highlight. 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.
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!”
For connectivity, the Xiaomi Mi 6 supports 4G+ networks with download speed of up to 600Mbps and up to 100Mbps upload speed. The handset packs 3350mAh battery.
Xiaomi has for the first time integrated dual speakers on a Mi handset. The Mi 6 sports front firing dual speakers.
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.
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