Following much speculation, Xiaomi has taken wraps off the company’s first flagship smartphone for 2017. The announcement was made in China just this week and is now official. The device is all about specs and premium hardware. Here’s everything to know about it.
Xiaomi has now detailed the full specifications and feature list regarding the Mi 6 smartphone. Rumors, leaks and reports for this particular model date back quite a bit, though many around the globe won’t have the opportunity the purchase the handset for themselves unless they import it from a foreign country. The Mi 6 is the successor to the Mi 5, which included high-end specs last year when it has launched. We expect nothing less than superior performance on the Mi 6.
Though the Mi 6 is expected to be mildly priced, the design and hardware fall all but short of rivals in the market. To be successful in China and nearby regions, Xiaomi will have to position itself among the highest in quality. Premium mid-range phones make up a vast population of Chinese markets, so it will be undoubtedly difficult to compete. Most of the features and specs we now know to be true were what we heard in leaks and reports that came earlier, but a few nice surprises were left for the official announcement, which we’ll soon explain in greater detail.
The Mi 6, made by Xiaomi, is powered by none other than the Snapdragon 835 chipset from Qualcomm. The only other phone or tablet to boast such a processor to date is Samsung’s Galaxy S8. However, the Mi 6 ups the latest from Samsung with 6GB of RAM, compared to just 4GB present inside the Korean manufacturer’s latest models due out in stores tomorrow. The Mi 6 packs 64GB or 128GB of storage space, which can not be expanded. The display is gorgeous and measures 5.15-inches diagonally. It is of a Full HD resolution that is 16:9 in aspect ratio. Despite the rather small body, the device manages to house a non user replaceable battery of a 3,350mAh capacity.
The Mi 6 comes with not one, but two rear cameras, each comprising 12MP and OIS. An 8MP front-facing camera has also made the rounds, the same module present on the previous iteration Mi 5 smartphone.
Xiaomi’s latest and greatest will run Google’s latest Android 7.1 Nougat software pre-loaded. This means you’ll have access to all the latest goodies such as doze on the go, bundled notifications, split screen multitasking, enhanced security, new emojis, and a new Vulkan API for better overall graphics performance. You’ll also have some Android 7.1 Nougat exclusive features like app shortcuts, GIF touch keyboard support, live wallpaper metadata, and more. The icing on top of the cake will be the latest version of Xiaomi’s in-house MIUI, which adds bonus features and touches throughout the interface. It’s not the best Android skin out there, but it’s far from the worst.
In terms of design, the Mi 5 successor is almost all of which we expected. It measures 145.17 x 70.49 x 7.45 mm in size and weighs just 160g. Xiaomi has chosen to ditch the headphone port for this device, but has retained USB Type-C (accessible from the phone’s bottom) from some of their other phones. A physical home button flanks the front of the device just below the screen, which doubles as a fingerprint reader. The main body is composed of an all-metal design that should both look good and feel good. The phone is also water and dust protected for added durability. The latest goodies such as wireless screen share, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC for payment transferring, GPS, and dual SIM capabilities are all here.
Xiaomi’s Mi 6 will be available in three colors: Black, Blue and White. It’ll be up for sale in China from April the 28th, with more countries to gain access to units at a later date. Pricing will run you just $363 for the 64GB model or $435 for the 128GB storage model. Pre-orders will begin soon through the company’s online marketplace and possibly at a few others. We’ll keep this post updated as we learn more.