Xiaomi has finally debuted its latest flagship Android smartphone, the Mi 6. Announced at a media event in Beijing today, the Mi 6 is a pretty significant upgrade over the Mi 5 from last year.
The smartphone features a durable stainless steel frame with 3D curved glass on all four sides. A special edition ceramic version will also be available, which comes with a ceramic build and 18K gold rim around the rear camera lenses. Apart from an impressive design, the Mi 6 happens to be splash resistant as well, so you won’t need to worry about any accidental liquid damage. However, it isn’t completely water resistant, so taking it to the pool is a strict no-no.
The main attraction on the front is a 5.15-inch IPS display with 1080 x 1920 Full HD resolution and a wide 94.4% NTSC color gamut. Under the hood, Mi 6 runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core 10nm SoC, the same chip that powers the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. In the memory department however, the Mi 6 actually has an edge over the Samsung flagships. It comes standard with 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM, with either 64GB or 128GB of UFS 2.0 internal storage.
At the back, Xiaomi Mi 6 is equipped with dual 12MP cameras with 4-axis optical image stabilization. One of the sensors is paired with a wide-angle lens, while the other one is paired with a telephoto lens capable of 2x lossless zoom. For taking selfies, you get an 8MP snapper on the front.
While the Xiaomi Mi 6 is a huge improvement over the Mi 5 in most areas, battery life is one area where Xiaomi hasn’t paid a lot of attention. The Mi 6 sports a 3350mAh capacity battery inside, 350mAh larger than its predecessor. However, it is still on the smaller side when compared to a number of other flagship handsets on the market. Some other notable new features include dual front-firing speakers, an under-glass fingerprint scanner, and USB Type-C audio. That’s right, the Mi 6 does not include a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Xiaomi Mi 6 will be launching in China on the 28th of this month, running on Android 7.1 Nougat-based MIUI 8 OS. In China, the base variant with 64GB of storage will cost 2,499 yuan (SGD 507) while the 128GB variant is going to be priced at 2899 yuan (SGD 588). The premium ceramic version will carry a 2999 yuan (SGD 608) price tag, which is still lower than some of the other Xiaomi flagships such as the Mi MIX. Color options will include Blue, Black, and White.
Xiaomi hasn’t announced any details regarding global availability yet, but we do expect the Mi 6 to land in Singapore soon.