Xiaomi an­nounces Mi 6

MARIE BREWIS rounds up ev­ery­thing we know about the Mi 6

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At the Bei­jing Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy Gym­na­sium Xiaomi of­fi­cially un­veiled the Mi 6. Sig­nif­i­cantly cheaper than the UK com­pe­ti­tion, Chi­nese Xiaomi phones of­fer amaz­ing specs at a bril­liant price.

Head­line new fea­tures in­clude a high-per­for­mance Snap­dragon 835 pro­ces­sor, which is paired with 6GB of RAM and ei­ther 64- or 128GB of stor­age, plus ‘four-sided 3D glass’ and a dual cam­era. You’ll also find dual speak­ers, a 3,350mAh bat­tery that will last all day, an un­der-glass fin­ger­print sen­sor and a newly splash­proof body with sealed SIM tray.

As we saw with the Mi Mix last year, a ceramic model with 18k gold de­tail­ing is also avail­able.

Re­lease date

There is no of­fi­cial UK re­lease date for the Mi 6 be­cause it won’t be of­fi­cially sold here. As al­ways, how­ever, you’ll be able to pur­chase it from Chi­nese im­porters such as GearBest and Geek­buy­ing, but at a slightly in­flated price.

Bear in mind be­fore you buy that the Xiaomi Mi 6 does not sup­port the 800MHz (Band 20) 4G band in the UK (though it does sup­port 2,100MHz and 2,600MHz). This means if you are on O2, Gif­fGaff, Sky Mobile or an­other net­work that uses only 800MHz for 4G, you will not be able to re­ceive 4G con­nec­tiv­ity.

Price

There are three ver­sions of the Xiaomi Mi 6, and all three come with 6GB of RAM. You can opt to buy the phone with ei­ther 64- or 128GB of stor­age, and there is also a ceramic model with 18k gold de­tail­ing. At the time of writ­ing, no Plus model had been an­nounced. Xiaomi Mi 6 64GB: £489 (pre­order at fave.co/2oTaXss) Xiaomi Mi 6 128GB: £590 (pre­order at fave.co/2qzGw76) Xiaomi Mi 6 Ceramic: £644 (pre­order at fave.co/2qzlIwn)

As we noted above, what you pay through Chi­nese im­porters such as GearBest will not be a straight con­ver­sion from RMB to Ster­ling. How­ever, the price is still com­pet­i­tive when com­pared to sim­i­lar-spec­i­fied hand­sets of­fi­cially sold in the UK.

There are some risks you take when pur­chas­ing a phone from China, not least that you may be asked to pay im­port duty when they ar­rive in the UK (cal­cu­lated at 20 per­cent of the value on the ship­ping pa­per­work, plus

an ad­min fee of around £11). You can find more de­tails on the pros and cons at tinyurl.com/L2d­fvve.

De­sign

The Mi 6 an­nounced this week is very sim­i­lar in de­sign to the smart­phone we saw many months ago in leaked im­ages. Here are some of­fi­cial shots of the new phone.

From the im­ages (be­low and op­po­site) it’s easy to make out the new dual-cam­era setup at the rear, which lies flush against the case, as well as the front un­der-glass fin­ger­print scan­ner – it’s the same ap­proach it took with the Xiaomi Mi5s. How­ever, less ob­vi­ous per­haps is the four-sided glass. In essence, this means it is curved not only on the edges but on the cor­ners, but is prob­a­bly best ex­plained with this slide from Xiaomi’s pre­sen­ta­tion. The over­all de­sign is clean and sim­ple with a mir­ror fin­ish. A tough, also-glossy stain­less steel frame is vis­i­ble from the edges. Though it is not fully wa­ter­proof, the Mi 6 can with­stand splashes, and the SIM tray has also been sealed to stop wa­ter get­ting in. The Mi 6 is avail­able in black, sil­ver and blue, plus there’s the ceramic ver­sion.

Fea­tures

Many of the ru­moured spec­i­fi­ca­tions for the Xiaomi Mi 6 turned out to be true, in­clud­ing the Snap­dragon 835 pro­ces­sor and 12Mp dual-cam­era. The table op­po­site shows ex­actly what you get in­side.

The Snap­dragon 835 is a 10nm chip built by Qual­comm and Sam­sung, which im­proves on the com­pany’s pre­vi­ous 14nm chips with in­creases of up to 30 per­cent in ef­fi­ciency, 27 per­cent in per­for­mance and 40 per­cent in power con­sump­tion. It runs at a clock speed of up to 2.45GHz with a big.LIT­TLE ar­chi­tec­ture, which means four of the eight cores run at a lower 1.8GHz for ef­fi­ciency.

This chip also sup­ports from Qual­comm Quick Charge 4.0, which can of­fer five hours of bat­tery life from a five-minute charge. Xiaomi says you should get a full day’s life from the Mi 6. Rated at 3,350mAh the bat­tery is high-ca­pac­ity, but it doesn’t sup­port wire­less charg­ing.

The dis­play might not be as high in res­o­lu­tion as some UK flag­ships, but it has a lot to of­fer. Its 5.15in di­men­sions mean the Xiaomi is easy to man­age in a sin­gle hand. It’s also well spec­i­fied with 1- to 600 nits bright­ness and a Sun­light Dis­play, strong con­trast and 4096 smart back­light ad­just­ment lev­els.

As ex­pected, a dual cam­era is found at the rear with one 12Mp wide-an­gle lens and an­other 12Mp tele­photo cam­era. The Mi 6 sup­ports a 10x digital zoom, 2x op­ti­cal zoom and four-axis OIS.

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