Xiaomi Mi6 Specs, Price and Release Date: Everything We Know So Far

The Xiaomi Mi6 will first launch in China on 28 April priced at 2,499 yuan (around £280) while the 128GB version will be made available for 2,899 yuan (around £330), making it less than half the price of Samsung's flagship S8. Another improvement is the addition of the dual camera on the back of the new Mi 6, compared to the single rear camera on the Mi 5. The higher-end capacity also comes in a special ceramic edition with an 18-karat gold-lined camera for a few dollars more.

Presently, Xiaomi likewise unveiled the Xiaomi Mi 6 Silver Edition handset, which is a restricted version cell phone; but its price is yet to be revealed by the company. It's not the top-notch QHD resolution of other recent flagships, but the Mi 6 doesn't cost as much as other recent flagships either (more about the price later).

Based on the 10nm manufacturing process, Snapdragon 835 is Qualcomm's most powerfulplatform yet. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC featuring a 64-bit octa-core processor, a surprising inclusion at this price point. Just don't expect to be one of the people who can buy the Mi 6. Priced at CNY 2,499 (roughly Rs. 23,500) for the 64GB storage and 6GB RAM variant, the smartphone looks to improve on its predecessor, and we take a look at six key Xiaomi Mi 6 features that stand out for the new flagship.

The 5.5-inch Mi6 includes a 12-megapixel dual rear camera which features a wide-angle lens and a telephoto lens. The 2x optical zoom makes sure photos of distant subjects remain clear, while 10x digital zoom is also supported. From the images, it can be predicted that device will have a fingerprint scanner on the back panel, right below the primary camera.

The Honor 8, on the other hand, also features a dual camera setup with a pair of 12-megapixel cameras. The two lenses allow Mi 6 to calculate what is in the foreground and what is in the background, creating a depth of field effect that typically requires a DSLR camera to achieve. While the company said that an worldwide release for "selected" markets will be announced at a later date, it will remain largely focused on its home turf and other emerging markets like India. There is a 3,350mAh battery that Xiaomi claims would last up to a full day. The Mi 6 sports front-firing dual speakers. It's a nice LCD, too: like before, you get a 94.4-percent NTSC gamut, a brightness ranging from 600 nit all the way down to 1 nit (with 4,096 levels in between), and an optimized blue light filter mode with reduced color cast.

Vanessa Coleman

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