Earlier today at an event in China, Xiaomi finally took the wraps off its much-awaited flagship smartphone — the Mi 6. Successor to last year’s Mi 5, the new smartphone brings in a lot of improvements on the design front, a dual-rear camera setup, and the latest hardware on board. With prices starting at RMB 2,499 (approximately Rs 25,000), the smartphone offers a lot more compared to other premium devices.
Owing to strong competition from rival smartphone makers in the home country, Xiaomi had missed its sales targets, and saw its shares crumbling. The Mi 6 represents an opportunity to regain the lost shine, and Xiaomi has done everything to ensure the Mi 6 is appealing enough for buyers. We take a quick look at everything that is new in the Xiaomi Mi 6. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Mi 6 with Snapdragon 835 SoC, 6GB RAM launched in China: Price, specifications, features
3D curved glass design: Today, even an entry-level smartphone priced under Rs 8,000 features a metal unibody, and manufacturers are going for new materials to make their smartphones appealing. The Mi 6 features a four-sided 3D curved glass, which is an improvement over Mi 5’s two-sided curved glass.
The front and back glass have a glossy surface with smooth finish. The frame is made from stainless steel, has rounded edges, and high-gloss outline to resist wear and tear. Even the color accent with front and back glass in blue and gold frame, or the other one with gray frame, and black glass with piano gloss finish adds a dash of premium look and feel to it.
Xiaomi is also offering a variant made from ceramic, with 18-karat gold rims around the camera modules. Despite being made from ceramic, Xiaomi has gone for 8 Mohs of hardness to ensure it is resistant to wear and tear.
Under-glass fingerprint sensor: Underneath the display, there is a fingerprint sensor, something that we have already seen on the Mi 5s. It’s an ultrasonic scanner that uses Qualcomm’s Sense ID technology to map the ridges and pores on users’ finger. According to Xiaomi, the scanner works even wet, dirty or oily fingers.
Dual-rear cameras: Dual cameras are becoming quite common, be it in the affordable or premium segments. Xiaomi already has the affordable Redmi Pro and the Mi 5s Plus with dual-rear cameras. With the new Mi 6, Xiaomi is bringing an Apple iPhone 7 Plus-like camera setup to help you capture better photos.
The dual-rear camera setup on the Mi 6 includes – a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens with 4-axis optical image stabilization (OIS) along with a 12-megapixel telephoto lens. The dual cameras work similar to the ones on the iPhone 7 – you get 2X optical lossless zoom and 10X digital zoom with ISP (image signal processing) algorithms.
There is also a dedicated Portrait Mode for adding DSLR-like depth-of-field effects (Bokeh) to make your photos stand out. Xiaomi says it has used binocular imaging system along with deep learning algorithms to focus on the subject and blur the background.
Splash resistant: Flagship smartphones such as iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the Galaxy S7-series and Galaxy S8-series, and LG G6 feature water and dust resistance capabilities. Now, while the same is missing from the Mi 6, it does feature splash resistance capabilities.
What it means is – in case you accidently drop water, tea or coffee on your Mi 6, or there is a sudden splash of rain, the smartphone can withstand in such scenarios. However, do not confuse water resistance with splash resistance, meaning, you should not submerge the phone under water as it could damage the internal components.
Stereo speakers: Similar to the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and HTC U Ultra, the Mi 6 also has a stereo speaker setup. When listening to music or watching a video, the earpiece doubles as a speaker, for an immersive dual speaker experience.
While Samsung has kept the 3.5mm audio port on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, Xiaomi has chosen to remove the legacy headphone connector. Audio is routed either via Bluetooth or via USB Type-C jack.
Hardware: The Xiaomi Mi 6 features a 5.15-inch display with eye care mode. It can attain brightness of 600nits, high color saturation and also features blue light filter to reduce stress on your eyes, especially in the dark. However, Xiaomi has not mentioned anything about the display resolution yet.
Under the hood, you have Qualcomm’s 64-bit Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC built on 10nm fabrication process, paired with 6GB of RAM and Adreno 540 GPU. The smartphone comes with 64GB and 128GB internal storage options. Sadly, there is no option for expandable storage.
On the connectivity front, you get dual Wi-Fi technology for better connectivity, 4G with VoLTE, Bluetooth, GPS and USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer. To keep things ticking, the Mi 6 packs a 3,350mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0 feature.