Finally, after what seemed to be an eternity of leaks, rumors, and renders, the long awaited Xiaomi Mi 6 has launched in all its glory. This handset started making rounds some many months ago and every leaked feature that emerged online just kept adding to our hunger to finally see it go live.
Now that the handset is official, it doesn’t in anyway fail to impress because it is the true definition of what a 2017 flagship handset has to look like. Being a successor to the Xiaomi Mi 5 that was launched in the Q2 of 2016, the new Mi 6 flagship borrows some of its designs for its chassis but comes in with a different set of specs on the inside.
Being a flagship smartphone, its exterior is as premium as they come. The folks over at Xiaomi said that it took them about 12 days and up to 40 different processes to complete the design for each of the body parts. This, in turn, gives the handset a curved look from every angle.
The back panel is made of glass. Its manufacturers went on to say that the curved nature of the glass back for the Mi 6 helps aid the user’s grip on the phone. So, if there is any fear of the phone falling – we doubt there is need to let you in on what happen to glass when it falls from your hand –, the extra grip that its curved nature present might just be to your best interest.
The curved glass back panel isn’t all that makes the rear of this handset look nice. The addition of a dual camera also plays it part.
This manufacturer isn’t a newcomer to the dual-camera market as they have quite a handful already up for the purchase. However, being their 2017 flagship under their Mi-series of devices, we have reason to believe that this set of sensors would be the best that this manufacturer has to offer so far.
The sensors comprise of a 12Mpix Telephoto lens and another 12Mpix wide angle lens to give that desired depth of field effect for every captured image. We see that Xiaomi has gone out of the norm with this as Android dual camera handset usually have one sensor focusing on the colors whereas the other deals with the black and white.
Nonetheless, this is not the first time we are seeing this kind of combination because the folks over at the Cupertino Company have already tried it out with their recently launched flagship smartphones, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
More so, the dual camera setup is also graced with a 2x optical lossless zooming capability which should give you clear images of objects at a distance. Still on its zooming strength, the folks over at Xiaomi have also added 10x digital zoom to this sensor. They have also borrowed the 4-axis OIS that was present on the Mi 5 to make an appearance on this handset as well.
The well-crafted all metal chassis embraces a 5.15 inch Full HD touchscreen display which has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The handset also comes in with a reading mode which has special eye protection optimization. It does this by reducing the harmful blue light that the screen produces but this does not reduce the color quality from the display.
More so, the display is negative and has very tiny bezels on each side. This is to say that the handset can reach up to 1-nit super low ultra-dark brightness and reach 600-nits for its maximum brightness. Under the screen, there is an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner helping aid in the security session of the handset.
Hardware and Software
With regards to what processor would be used to power this handset, rumors had been up and running with different sources claiming that the Snapdragon 821 would power it since Samsung has already hoarded all the Snapdragon 835 processors for themselves.
Nonetheless, the Mi 6 still managed to come in with the beastly Snapdragon 835 processor which earned it a whopping 184,292 score on the AnTuTu benchmarking platform. The 10nm octa-core chipset comes running at a speed of 2.45GHz.
Also bundled up on the SoC is an Adreno 530 GPU which did quite well in a GFX benchmarking test, scoring about 63fps, 15fps more than what the iPhone 7 was able to attain. There is a 6GB RAM present as well as a 64GB internal storage space that would surely be made expandable.
The handset also runs the Android Nougat operating system from the box and we are sure that this would be blended with the newest User Interface that they have to offer.
Remaining Bits and Pieces
For the battery pack, the folks over at Xiaomi have managed to fit a 3350mAh battery pack under the glass back which with the specs mentioned above should do quite well. The dual camera choice might not be the only thing this OEM borrowed from the iPhone 7 as the newly launched Xiaomi Mi 6 also lets go of its 3.5 audio jack. This would mean that there would be a Bluetooth headset made available for the smartphone as well.
Let us not also forget to mention the nifty addition of the dual stereo speakers that has been fixed on both the top and bottom of the handset. The phone is tightly closed and might just come in with IP68 certification, but we are not sure about this so treat it with the proverbial pinch of salt.
Prices and Colors of the Mi 6
The Xiaomi Mi 6 is now only available in four different colors which include white, blue, black and an awesome looking silver variant, all of which would have a golden frame.
The Xiaomi Mi 6 with 6GB of RAM and 64GB ROM asks for $363 whereas the 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM version costs $421. However, just like they did for the Xiaomi Mi 5, there would also be a ceramic version of this new beast and it would be priced at just $435. The handset would go on sale in their hometown, China, on the 28th of this month by 10 am.
The prices are pretty good when compared to other similar specced handsets out there so we ae sure that the Xiaomi Mi 6 would indeed have a great time in the already overcrowded and competitive flagship smartphone market.