Ever since it entered the smartphone market in 2010, Xiaomi has been slowly shaking things up. Its brand of high-end, low priced smartphones has seen it rise to be the third largest smartphone maker in the world. Xiaomi’s only distinction is that it has been exclusively focusing on the Asian market.
However, this is about to change. With the Mi6, Xiaomi intends to enter the UK, US and other European markets. To mark its global market debut, Xiaomi is expected to go all out in terms of specs and features. As such, the Xiaomi Mi6 is likely to be the best smartphone ever released by the Chinese giant.
News of the smartphone’s features has been slowly trickling in ever since Xiaomi announced its intention to go global. The tastiest tidbits which are buzzing around tech rumor-mill are the following:
Xiaomi Mi6 Specs
Xiaomi reportedly intends to make the Mi6 equipped to take-on flagship smartphones from Samsung, LG and even Apple. As such, the company will spare nothing on specs. Some of the Specs expected on the Mi6 are:
An Enhanced Screen
The Mi6 will have its screen enhanced from the 5.0” of its predecessor, the Mi5. The smartphone is expected to have a 5.5” display. This display will boast of a 4K screen with an unmatched resolution of 4096 x 2160 resolution. If this is true, the Mi6 will have a ppi of up to 700 – placing it ahead of other high-end smartphones.
To protect its super-charged screen, the Mi6 will be encased by a 4th Generation Corning Gorilla Glass. This glass will not only make the screen water and dust-proof, it will also give the Mi6 a sleek, sexy look.
A Faster Processor
The Mi6 will be powered by a Snapdragon octa-core processor. This is the same processor found in the Mi5. However, it will receive a performance boost. The processor in the Mi5 clocked at 2.3 GHz, the one in the Mi6 is expected to clock at between 2.5 and 2.7 GHz.
The cameras in the Mi6 will both receive an upgrade. The front-facing camera will receive a 7MP upgrade, while the rear-facing camera will be boosted to 23MP. This will bring the Mi6 on par with other high-end Android devices.
However, there is one feature in the cameras which is likely to excite users. This is an enhanced Optical Image Stabilization Plus. This feature will make it possible for someone to record a video in a moving car, but have the video appear as though the camera was perfectly still.
More Memory Upgrade Options
The Mi6 will a RAM of 3GB and the standard internal memory of 16, 32 and 64 GB. However it will have an expandable storage courtesy of two microSD slots of maximum 128GB each. This means that users will have the capacity to upgrade up to 256GB. This is unmatched even by flagship smartphones like the iPhone.
The Mi6 is expected to have a bigger battery than the Mi5. It will be fitted by a 2450 mAh battery. This will give it a much more extended battery life than its processor. This is something to look forward to, given that the Mi5’s battery life is already quite decent.
The Xiaomi Mi6 is expected to run on either Android V 5.1.1 or Android 6 (Marshmallow). The rumorm-ill is split on which of these two OS’ will power the Mi6. The greatest consensus seems to rest with Marshmallow. However, the real details will hopefully emerge soon enough.
Xiaomi Mi6 Features
Beyond the impressive specs, the Mi6 is expected to unveil some truly spectacular features. Among the top picks swirling in tech news circles are the following:
A Sleeker Design
The Mi6 is expected to get a face-lift. Its exterior will feature a metal body design, with a premium finish. The back is expected to have a sleek, glass design which mimics that of the iPhone 6. On the whole, the phone is expected to look cool, elegant and sexy.
Wireless and Enhanced Charging
Xiaomi intends to give its users an option to charge their Mi6 phones wirelessly. This wireless charging will work by simply placing the phone a charging mat. It seems Xiaomi is designing this feature so that it works on any charging mat.
Besides wireless charging, the Mi6 will also have enhanced charging. This will enable the battery to charge up relatively rapidly. The enhanced charging will work through both wireless charging and standard USB charging.
When charging wirelessly, the phone will be able to attain up to 30% battery capacity within just 20 minutes. When plugged in, it will be able to attain up to 50% battery charge in 20 minutes. The enhanced charging will certainly provide users with an enhanced sense of convenience.
The Mi5 caused quite a buzz with its fingerprint scanner. The Mi6 will go a step further. It will feature an eye scanner. This will either be a retina or an iris scanner – Xiaomi has been a little tight-lipped about which exact scanner it will use. However, the consensus is that there will be an eye scanner.
The Mi6 is widely expected to have a plethora of other features. A few highlights include new health related sensors (e.g. a Heart Rate Sensor), water/dust resistance, typical sensors (e.g. a barometer, compass, etc) and a host of other features. In a nutshell, the Xiaomi Mi6 will be designed to provide users with a supreme experience at an affordable price.
Xiaomi Mi6 Price
The Xiaomi is widely expected to be priced at 2,012 Yuan in China. This converts to USD $399. This will make it the most affordable high-end smartphone on the market.
Mi6 Release Date
The exact release date for the Xiaomi Mi6 hasn’t yet been announced. However, the smartphone is expected to be released in June 2016. Its initial release will be in the Chinese and Asian markets. It will be unveiled in the US, Canada, UK and the rest of Europe in 2 – 4 weeks from its release in China.
The Xiaomi Mi6 will almost certainly rock the smartphone market. By offering high-end specs and features at almost half the price of its competitors, the Mi6 may spark a price war. For anyone looking to acquire a high-end smartphone at a bargain, the Mi6 is certainly worth the wait.
As for us, we shall continue keeping tabs on the latest news, reviews, specs and rumors about this flagship Chinese smartphone. Therefore, if you desire to keep up-to-date with the latest info on the Xiaomi Mi6, keep returning to this page.