Xiaomi finally showcased this year’s flagship, the Mi 6, yesterday at an event in China. The handset comes in two variants, one with 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage which is priced at 2,499 Yuan (approx. Rs 23,500) and the other comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage which costs 2,899 Yuan (approx. Rs 27,000). Now although the device is yet to hit the Indian shores and we have no word on the pricing as well but Xiaomi’s past aggressive price strategy coupled with the beastly specifications which Xiaomi Mi 6 boasts on paper, this could be a real game changer in the mid-range smartphone category for 2017.
Let’s first look at the specifications, the Xiaomi Mi 6 packs a beautiful design which is a blend of curved glass back and metal frame on the side. By the looks of it, Xiaomi Mi 6 resembles a lot with last year’s Honor 8 which, in our opinion, is on the positive side here. Complementing this design is a 5.15-inch Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) IPS LCD display which gives us a pixel density of 428 ppi (pixels per inch). Moving underneath the design is where we get some real power in the name of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset which is an Octa-Core processor clocked at 2.45 GHz coupled with Adreno 540 GPU for those graphic intensive games. Apart from this, we have 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of internal storage options with no option to expand further via microSD card.
For the camera, Xiaomi has gone for an interesting dual 12-megapixel camera set up at the back which resembles the one seen on iPhone 7 Plus. So one sensor here has the primary 27mm lense with f/1.8 aperture which will help you take normal shots while the other one is a telephoto 54mm lense with f/2.6 aperture which will give you that 2X optical zoom similar to what we saw on the iPhone 7 Plus. Whereas on the front, we get an 8-megapixel sensor which can record in 1080p only. For the stamina, the device sports a 3350 mAh battery which is non-removable but supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0. Another interesting feature on the Mi 6 is Bluetooth 5.0 which, apart from this device, is only present on Galaxy S8.
So on paper, specifications are promising and it could be priced around the Rs 25,000 mark. If it is launched at the price which we are anticipating, Xiaomi Mi 6 has the potential to disrupt the legacy created by OnePlus 3 and 3T last year. Xiaomi has still gone for a 5.15-inch display despite the industry standard being 5.5-inches nowadays . Further, not going for a Quad HD display is again an intelligent move here because it will not only save battery but will also offer a commendable sharpness, enough for our naked eye to enjoy both indoors and outdoors.
Then we have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC inside which is rated quite highly and only Samsung Galaxy S8 is running on it right now. Not to forget that Samsung Galaxy S8 is priced at Rs 57,900.
Can it take on OnePlus 5?
Well, all the specifications about the OnePlus 5 currently hovering over the internet are based on rumours. It is expected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset along with an 8GB of RAM in the 128GB of variant while the one coming with 64GB of internal storage will pack 6GB of RAM. We can expect Android Nougat out-of-the-box and some reports claim that OnePlus might ditch the metal for ceramic to build their next flagship device. In terms of optics, the buzz is it will have a 23-megapixel rear camera along with a 16-megapixel shooter at the front. However, we warn you again as these rumoured specifications can change anytime before the device is actually out. OnePlus 5 is expected to land in Q2 2017.
Which is where we come to the final segment of this article -. the availability. Xiaomi is not the best of brands when it comes to making available their devices at the right time to their customers. While OnePlus learned the lesson with its OnePlus 3 and 3T. Xiaomi will have to really boost up its production this time around to actually make a mark in the flagship category and also give due importance to Indian Market as in the past gap between India and China launch has been pathetic. Xiaomi Mi 5 is a perfect example