After months of leaks, Xiaomi has launched the Xiaomi Mi 6X smartphone through a launch event in China today. It has arrived to replace the Mi 5X phone that was launched in July last year in the home market. Like the Mi 5X, its successor will be exclusively available in China. Compared to the predecessor phone, the Mi 6X offers a larger screen space through its 18:9 aspect ratio display and also it is fitted with a dual camera module.
Design and Display
The Xiaomi Mi 6X has a metal unibody design. Its frontside is mainly occupied by the display and the back panel features a vertically arranged dual rear cameras at the top-left corner and a fingerprint reader. The u-shaped antenna bands are placed on the top and bottom edges of the rear panel. At the bottom of phone is a pair of external speakers that is separated by a USB-C and at the topside is the IR blaster.
The Mi 6X that sports a curved rear that measures only 7.3mm in thickness. The 5.99-inch IPS LCD display of the smartphone offers Full HD+ resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. The handset can be bought in colors like Cherry Pink, Red Flame, Sand Gold, Glacier Blue and Black.
Performance and Variants
The Mi 6X is fueled by an under-clocked Snapdragon 660 SoC that works 2.0 GHz. The SoC has Artificial Intelligence Engine (AIE) onboard for managing AI tasks. The handset has scored 139,697 on AnTuTu. The company claimed at the launch event that Mi 6X can deliver 79 percent better performance than the predecessor Mi 5X that is fueled by Snapdragon 625.
The Mi 6X has 64 GB storage models that respectively feature 4 GB of RAM and 6 GB of RAM. The 128 GB storage variant has 6 GB of RAM. For additional storage, the Mi 6X features a hybrid SIM slot that can also support a microSD card.
It features a 3,010mAh battery that includes support for Quick Charge 3.0 9V/2A fast charging. It takes 30 minutes only to charge the half capacity of the Mi 6X’s battery. The Android 8.1 Oreo OS comes loaded on the phone. The inclusion of the latest MIUI 9.5 skin brings on exciting features like full screen gestures and Xiao AI smart assistant that was introduced on the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S phone.
Cameras and Other Features
The Xiaomi Mi 6X has a selfie snapper of 20-megapixel that is equipped with soft-light LED flash. With AI onboard, the Sony IMX376 sensor with f/2.0 aperture can capture amazing selfie shots by identifying 12 kinds of self-portrait scenes. The front-facing camera can be also used for unlocking the phone by identifying the face of the user.
The dual camera setup includes 12-megapixel Sony IMX486 with f/1.75 aperture as the main sensor that is assisted by 20-megapixel Sony IMX376 telephoto lens with f/1.75aperture and 2x lossless zoom. The Mi 6X smartly uses the 12-megapixel camera as the main sensor during the day and it makes use of 20-megapixel camera as the primary sensor at night to shoot brighter images in dim light conditions. Its dual-tone LED flash is placed between dual lenses.
The dual cameras are capable of capturing bokeh shots by effectively blurring the background. Also, the dual cameras can shoot enhanced photos by detecting up to 206 kinds of different scenes like food, sunset, sunrise, scenery, portraits, gender and more. Also, the dual lenses allow Mi 6X users to use real-time translations for multiple languages such as English, French, German Japanese, Korean and Indian.
The Mi 6X does not feature a 3.5mm audio jack. However, it will be arriving with other connectivity features like USB-C, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 4G VoLTE, dual-SIM support, GPS and GLONASS.
Pricing and Availability
The 64 GB storage + 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage + 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage + 6 GB RAM editions of the Xiaomi Mi 6X are respectively priced at 1,599 Yuan (~Rs. 16,900), 1,799 Yuan (Rs. 19,000) and 1,999 Yuan (Rs. 21,150) in China. The Mi 6X will be available for purchase in the home country from 10:00 AM (local time) on April 27 in China.
The Mi 6X is unlikely to released outside of China. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has recently confirmed that India will be receiving the Mi A2 smartphone in the near future. Like the predecessor Mi A1, it could also be Android One phone which means it will be running on stock version of Android and there won’t be any trace of the MIUI skin on it.