The Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi, is currently doing a great job in the market by making great phones at affordable prices. Its latest flagship offering- the MI 6, is another stunning handset by the company, offering the Samsung Galaxy S8’s Snapdragon 835 SoC, and the iPhone 7 Plus’ (and now the OnePlus 5’s) dual camera setup; that is the best of the specs, combined with an affordable price. And while we were keeping you up-to-date with all the news concerning the device, here we are again with a new one. But first of all, let’s brush up our knowledge about the specifications on the device.
The Xiaomi Mi 6 features a 5.15-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels, and a pixel density of 428 ppi. The phone has a powerful combination of Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor operating at 2.45GHz and 6GB RAM, runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS, and has a 3,350mAh battery, with fast battery charging (Quick Charge 3.0) to keep it’s lights on for a decent amount of time. It also mounts dual 12MP main cameras – one with f/1.8 aperture, 27mm lens, OIS 4-axis; and the other with 52mm lens and f/2.6 aperture. It also has a 8MP front camera, for taking selfies and recording videos. Oh, and did I mention that it has ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack? I guess not.
The Mi 6 joins the list of phones with no dedicated headphone jack. Instead, one would have to use the USB-C charging port for wired headphones, or use a set of wireless Bluetooth headphones. However, the phone does come with a USB Type-C to 3.5mm audio jack converter in the box. Is anything left? Oh yeah. It also has Adreno 540 GPU operating at 653MHz, to let you explore the graphics in the handset.
The 6GB RAM/64GB ROM model comes with a price tag of 2,499 Yuan (25,000INR / 363USD), while the 6GB RAM/128GB ROM model is priced at 2,899 Yuan (29,000INR / 421USD).
It surely comes out as the best phone anyone can get, but here’s a catch- its only available in China right now. While curious geek-heads could order a Mi 6 from China, they would have to note that the LTE may not work in countries such as the US, and hence one might have to compare carrier’s network bands to be sure. And since there are no Google Play services in China, so until the company releases a global ROM, one might have to sideload the device using custom GApps.
Some websites are claiming to provide unlocked handsets for worldwide use, but even they would like you to ensure the model’s compatibility with the frequency of your local area network before purchasing. Though the company claims that it would make the handset available in different parts of the world pretty soon; lack of availability of the device in the global market could mean that Xiaomi is losing its ground in places where people would have loved to grab a SD835 (don’t forget the dual camera) powered phone at much cheaper prices.
After getting the news about the handset heading to Hong Kong (which has happened today), the device will probably be launched in other overseas markets in the next few months as well. Now even though we don’t have any confirmation on when the handset would be made available in India, but reports suggest that it might happen somewhere in the month of July this year; and that too is based on the hint given by Manu Kumar Jain, Xiaomi India chief and VP (global), in one of his tweets-
But all we can do right now is wait for this device to be made available in the country, so that we can do a hands-on of the handset, and share our reviews about it with you, here at Devs-Lab.