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Xiaomi Mi 6 price, release date, specs and rumors

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Xiaomi Mi 6: release date and price

The official launch date of the Xiaomi Mi 6 is finally known. The launch event will happen in Beijing on April 19.

According to the latest rumor from Weibo, the Mi 6 with 4 GB of RAM will be available for 2,199 Yuan for the 64 GB version and 2,599 Yuan for the 128 GB version. That is equivalent to $318 and $376, respectively. The Mi 6 Plus will come with 6 GB of RAM and 64, 128 and 256 GB storage options. These will cost 2,699 Yuan ($390), 3,099 Yuan ($448) and 3,699 Yuan ($535), respectively. That being said, those US prices are based on the Chinese prices – add import taxes and the price tag will be higher.

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The Xiaomi Mi 6 may take up the borderless design of the Mi MIx. © AndroidPIT

Xiaomi Mi 6: design and appearance

There should be several versions of this phone, which can be differentiated by the design and technical features. One version may have curved edges while the standard version would have a flat screen. Will they be exactly the same size though? We don’t know yet.

Photos of the smartphone have appeared from the Chinese website MyDrivers.com and, although these images seem authentic upon first inspection, we can’t be certain that these images show the future Xiaomi Mi 6.

In the images, we see Xiaomi’s classic features like the long Home button on the front of the device.

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This could be the future Xiaomi Mi 6. © mydrivers

New leaks show sketches of what the Xiaomi Mi 6 could look like. According to these images, the smartphone would have a central Home button that also acts as a fingerprint scanner. On the right, there would be physical buttons (volume and power), and the sensor and the camera lens would be on either side of the front speaker.

On the bottom of the phone, it looks like there will be a USB type-C port between two loudspeakers. Will they both emit sound or will only one work at a time, as is often the case for these phones? On the rear, there is a dual camera, which is a feature that seems to be becoming standard across all phones nowadays.

A dual camera would be welcomed by most users

What do you think?

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The Xiaomi Mi 6 could have a dual camera on the rear. © AndroidPIT

Xiaomi Mi 6: software interface

Images of the device seem to show MIUI, which is Xiaomi’s own interface. It’s hard to imagine that the Chinese company would integrate anything other than its own interface into its devices but we are currently in a time of change where each manufacturer is fighting to stand out from the crowd, so nothing is impossible.

The real question is which Android version it will work on. It seems unlikely that Xiaomi would choose Marshmallow (this would be outrageous to Xiaomi’s fans), so will it be Android 7.0 or 7.1? The differences between these two operating systems aren’t huge but if you’re going to leave a smartphone sitting there for a few months after presenting the system, you might as well offer the latest version, right?

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The Xiaomi Mi 6 will probably come with the MIUI interface. © Weibo

Xiaomi Mi 6: performance

The Xiaomi Mi 6 may well be one of the first smartphones to use the new Qualcomm processor, Snapdragon 835. This is an octa-core chip where four cores can reach a maximum frequency of 2.45 GHz. This processor is linked to the Adreno 540 graphics chip, which will help it achieve a superior performance to its predecessors. To support this processor, the “normal” version should have a RAM of 4 GB and 6 GB for the premium version of the phone.

The Xiaomi Mi 6 has appeared on GFXBench and AnTuTu with a Snapdragon 385, 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of internal storage, with Android 7.1.1, a 12 MP rear camera and an 8 MP front camera – so these specs are all but confirmed.

Another version with a Helo X30 chip may also be provided by Xiaomi. This smartphone would be more affordable with a price closer to 1999 yuan (around $290)

Xiaomi Mi 6: camera

At the Geek Peek Innovation in China, Xiaomi’s co-founder Li Wanqiang gave some more details about the Xiaomi Mi 6. He promised a photo sensor that was superior to the Sony IMX378, which is the one in the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. That’s quite a promise!

I think the camera will be better on the Xiaomi Mi 6 than on the Google Pixel

What do you think?

Xiaomi Mi 6: battery

Compatibility with fast charge (Quick Charge 4 technology) will of course be part of the package. Rumors suggest a battery capacity of 4,000 mAh, which looks good on paper but we’ll have to see how it performs in terms of battery life with all the other elements running.

Xiaomi Mi 6: technical specs

Manufacturer Xiaomi
Model Mi 6
System  Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Screen 5.1″, 1080 x 1920
Processor Snapdragon 835 and Helio X30
Graphics chip
RAM 4 / 6 GB
Internal memory 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB
Memory extension: microSD reader (not certain)
Camera 12 MP (rear), 8 MP (front)
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.0
Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity,
Compass, Barometer, Fingerprint and/or iris scanner
Battery 4,000 mAh
Dimensions
Weight
SAR
Other features
Launch price from $318

Have you ever had a Xiaomi phone? Would you be interested in the Mi 6 when it comes out? We’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below!

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