Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Xioami Mi 6

Xiaomi Mi 6

 Xiaomi is very famous for it's flagship phones. Last year it launched 5th generation of it's flagship that is Xiaomi Mi 5 and now it's time for the 6th generation. After a lot of rumors of the device like Snapdragon 835 chipset, dual rear camera, iris scanner, 5 inch QHD display, Xiaomi has actually launched the device. While some of it's rumors were right but some were wrong too. On 19th April in a event at Beijing the company launched Xiaomi Mi 6. It will compete with those of One Plus 3T which is also in the same price range. Xiaomi didn't mention anything about the global availability of the device. So without wasting further time let's see some of the specifications of the device.

Size: 5.15 inch
Display: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
Resolution: Full HD 1080*1920 pixels
Chipset: Snapdragon 835 chipset
GPU: Adreno 540
OS: MIUI 8.0 based on Android version 7.1.1
Weight: 168 gm
USB: USB Type-C reversible connector 1.0
Sensors: Fingerprint, Gyro, Proximity, Barometer, Accelerometer, Compass
Primary: Dual 12 MP camera, OIS, PDAF
Video: upto 4K
Secondary: 8MP
3.5mm jack: No
Battery: Non-removable 3350 mah battery
Internal Storage: 64GB and 128GB

 Xiaomi Mi 6 has a very good design. It has glass on front as well as back which makes it really premium. The frame is a metal one. Xiaomi has used a curved glass on the display. At back the edges of the glass are curved for better handling. The phone has compact size of 5.15 inch so it easily fits in One hand and is a quite handy device. This time Xiaomi has skipped 3.5 mm headphone jack in this. But the build quality of the phone is really good. It also looks super premium. This time Xiaomi has also added many colors to it's flagship but most of these extra colors will be available in china only. The colors which will be available globally are black, blue, white and silver. The most interesting of these will be silver color which is very difficult to build with glass. Also one more premium version of Xiaomi Mi 6 is the ceramic one, which company introduced last year. This ceramic version looks really premium and has 18 carrot gold rims around the rear camera lens.
Xiaomi mi 5 was also having a glass design but it was very slippery so it will be interesting to see whether Xiaomi has implemented anything in this one or not for reducing slip effect.
On front Xiaomi mi 6 is having a 5.15 inch display which is IPS LCD type display. This is having a full HD resolution with 1080*1920 pixels of resolution. This display is having a Ppi of 428. 

 Xiaomi Mi 6 is having a Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset which is based on an octa core processor with four kryo cores cloaked at 2.45 GHz and the other four kryo cores cloaked at 1.9 GHz. It's the first phone in china to feature Snapdragon 835 chipset in it's flagship. Snapdragon 835 is successor to Snapdragon 820. This chipset is made for flagship devices. So the performance of the phone will be really good. The phone will be really fast, there won't be any lags or any other issue regarding processing in the device as it packs one of the fastest chips of the mobile industry. Also the chipset is based on 10nm architecture so it will be really power efficient. For good graphics the device packs Adreno 540 GPU. So it can easily do all the graphic intensive tasks without any issues. It can easily play all the heavy games like asphalt 8, nova 3, modern combat 5 and many more without any lags frame drops. So there won't be any issues regarding any processing of the device.

 The camera of Xiaomi mi 6 can be the main high lighting point of the device. It is having dual 12MP rear camera with one sensor having f/1.8 aperture and OIS and the other sensor having f/2.6 aperture. Among these two sensors one is a simple color sensor and the other one a Monochrome RGB sensor. This dual cameras help in judging the environment more accurately and thus producing better natural colors in images. The rear camera also has phase detection autofocus system for better focusing and it also has dual tone dual LED flash. The rear camera has 4 axis Optical Image Stabilization for still shots and stable video recording. Also this camera has 2x optical zoom just like iPhone 7. It also has portrait mode just like iPhone 7 for better bokeh effect or depth of feel. This camera can record videos upto 4K @30fps. This can also record slo mo videos of 720p @120fps. It has a 8MP secondary camera which can record videos upto 1080p.


Xiaomi mi 6 is having a non removable 3350 mah battery. I can't comment about the battery life of the phone because Xiaomi mi 5 was having 3000 mah battery but the battery life of the device was very average. It didn't even last for a full day. We can't say anything about the battery life of xiaomi mi 6 at this moment of time. It can only be revealed by using the device for few days. By the way the device also supports fast charging that is Quick Charge 3.0 so it can be charged very fast. The device is having a USB Type-C connector. Xiaomi mi 6 also ditches 3.5mm headphone jack, so users have to use either Bluetooth headset or Type-C headset.

Operating System

Xiaomi Mi 6 is powered by MIUI 8 which is based on Android Nougat. The OS of the device is good. It is just like all other Xiaomi phones. There is not that much of bloatware on the device. It will be having some xiaomi apps. Also xiaomi update their phones from time to time. It also pushes security updates every month. It isn't like other Chinese companies like Lenovo which break their promises on updates and also don't even provide security updates.  


Xiaomi Mi 6 is having all the basic sensors like accelerometer, barometer, proximity, gyro, compass, fingerprint. It also has sensors like ambient light sensor which adjust the brightness of the phone automatically. There were rumors that Xiaomi mi 6 will also have Iris scanner for unlocking the phone by scanning the eye's iris. But it is not having this sensor. It is okay as it has fingerprint sensor for unlocking the device.

Final verdict

Xiaomi mi 6 is one of the phones which has very premium specs with very affordable price. It has the same processor as that in Samsung Galaxy S8. It has dual rear camera system with f/1.8 aperture size. It is having a very great build. The design of the phone is also very premium. It also comes in 11 different colors. The colors like silver will be very premium to see. Also the ceramic edition will also be very premium from Xiaomi. There is no device in this price range with these type of specs. One Plus 5 which will launch in 2 or 3 months will also have some of the same specs like it is also rumored to pack Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset. So it will compete with One Plus 5 in future.


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