At its core, the Mi 6 is powered by Qualcomm’s 10nm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor. For even more oomph, Xiaomi has paired it with 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. With all this horsepower, Xiaomi says that their brand new smartphone annihilates every other Android flagship out there when it comes to AnTuTu’s benchmark, clocking in a score of 184,292, as well as GFXBench, beating even the iPhone 7 with 63fps.
In front, you’ll get a 5.15-inch Full HD display that’s very reminiscent of last year’s Mi 5. Xiaomi has advanced their display technology further so this screen can go up to 600 nits in brightness. Further, it can reduce its brightness down to just 1 nit for night viewing. There’s also a front-mounted fingerprint scanner that’s embedded under the glass. This means you don’t get a physical home button which may disappoint people who prefer a more tactile response. Keeping the lights on is a 3,350 mAh battery.
Besides that, the new Mi 6 also comes with a fancy new glass and metal design that minimises on the sharp edges you would find on the Mi 5. There also appears to be a new colour scheme that paints the Mi 6 in an honor 8-like blue with gold metal trims.
The glossy metal frame around the phone is more scratch resistant than stainless steel while the glass around the back of the phone has a 4-edge 3D design that’s similar to HTC’s U Ultra. There will also be a special Silver Edition mirror finish Mi 6 that’s reminiscent of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium.
This new body also sports some level of water resistance, though Xiaomi has not mentioned any IP rating. Xiaomi does say that they’ve sealed the insides of their phone and lined the SIM tray with rubber. They say it’s splash proof, but that’s about it — you won’t be submerging this handset and expecting it to survive.
At the back, you’ll also see a brand new dual-camera setup that still sits flush to the back of the smartphone, eliminating any unsightly camera bumps. The cameras themselves are 12-megapixel shooters.
One of them is a telephoto lens (for 2X lossless zoom) while the other is a wide-angled one. With this dual-lens setup, Xiaomi has also included a portrait mode feature that blurs out the background and separates your subject.
It even gives you the ability to add watermarks much like Huawei’s Leica watermarks. Xiaomi has also included 4-axis optical image stabilisation for steadier shots and reduction in handshake blur.
Other features include stereo speakers and NFC which can be used for payments. One big feature was omitted though…the 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Xiaomi Mi 6 will come in two variants. The entry level model with 64GB of internal storage will be priced at RMB2,499 (around RM1,599) while the higher-end model with 128GB of internal storage will be priced at RMB2,899 (around RM1,855). For those who want a little more pizzazz, Xiaomi’s Mi 6 also comes in a special Ceramic Edition (6GB RAM, 128GB storage) and will be priced at RMB2,999 (around RM1,919)