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Looking at the spec sheet, we’ve got a Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM for all variants, a 3350mAh battery and a 5.15-inch full HD LCD screen. In the case of the latter, Xiaomi is touting a 1-nit “ultra-dark” display for night-time reading.
Interestingly enough, the Chinese firm has also decided to remove the 3.5mm jack, but introduces splash resistance. It’s a bit of a bitter pill to swallow, one would think, especially when you’re not getting full-fledged water resistance instead.
Move to the camera department and you’ll find an interesting feature as well, in the form of a 12MP dual-camera setup that apes Apple’s setup. In other words, you’ve got a traditional 12MP shooter as well as a 2x telephoto camera. Xiaomi is also claiming four-axis optical image stabilisation on the back, but it’s unclear if this applies to both cameras or just one of them.
The Xiaomi Mi 6 seems like two steps forward and one step backward — at least if you want a headphone jack
As for camera features, we’re looking at an Apple-inspired portrait mode and 2x optical zoom. We’re not entirely sure if refocusing and aperture adjustment functionality is in as well, but it does seem like a no-brainer for dual-camera Android handsets.
Other specs include stereo speakers, a “four-sided 3D glass” design and an under-glass fingerprint scanner (not under display, that is).
As for a price? The Xiaomi Mi 6 starts at RMB2499 (R4851 as an ill-advised straight conversion) for 64GB model, RMB2899 (R5625) for 128GB variant and RMB2999 (R5821) for 256GB version.
Update: We erroneously said that the Xiaomi Mi 6 has a dual-camera setup that’s comprised of a monochrome camera and traditional camera. This has been corrected — we apologise for the error.