The Xiaomi Mi 6, the Chinese company's latest flagship smartphone, was unveiled last month at an event in Beijing. The new flagship smartphone and its ceramic variant are initially exclusive to the China market, similar to their predecessors, the Xiaomi Mi 5 and Xiaomi Mi 4. The company hasn't yet announced India launch plans for the new Mi flagship, but it offered Gadgets 360 a chance to spend some time with the Xiaomi Mi 6 and Mi 6 Ceramic, and here are our first impressions.
The Xiaomi Mi 6 is very similar to the Mi 5 in terms of shape and size. The new flagship, however, looks more refined and premium with four-sided curved glass on four sides, and a frame made of stainless steel. Unlike the Xiaomi Mi 5, the Mi 6 has a fingerprint sensor under the front glass, which adds to the overall aesthetics. The new fingerprint sensor implementation by Xiaomi is in line with what other companies including Samsung are reportedly trying to achieve.
At the China launch, Xiaomi claimed that the stainless-steel enclosure is resistant to wear and tear. Additionally, the Mi 6 has a splash-resistant body, with the SIM tray also sealed against liquid damage. We expect that we will be able to get a better idea of the durability of this phone when it is more widely available.
Xiaomi also touted the curved glass design of the Mi 6 and its high-gloss outline. In our opinion, the device does have a premium appeal. However, you will need to clean it from time to time as it clearly attracts smudges.
At 7.5mm, the Mi 6 is marginally thicker than its predecessor which measured 7.3mm. Also, the weight of 168 grams makes this phone quite a bit heavier than the Mi 5 which weighed 129 grams. It's is comfortable to use with just one hand, though we found that the glass finish was quite slippery. The Mi 6 was launched in black, white and blue, and we got a black unit version to try out.
The ceramic version is even heavier than the regular version, but looks more premium. Another highlight of the Ceramic version is its 18K gold-plated camera rims. Apart from design, there is no difference between the regular Mi 6 and the Ceramic version.
The smartphone features a 5.15-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) display. It looks bright and crisp, with good viewing angles. However, this might turn out to be the phone's biggest weakness considering that it will be compared to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6, both of which have bigger screens with higher resolutions. It's worth pointing it out that the Mi 6 costs roughly half as much as those smartphones.Read More...
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