It’s pretty easy to notice the design first with the Mi 6, as it comes in a myriad of different colors and a few of them are quite special. Aside from the typical black and white editions of the phone, an eye-catching blue and gold version is the main color for this new flagship.

Firstly, the highly exclusive edition of the Mi 6, a highly reflective silver color that is made of a stainless-steel skeleton like the rest of them but sports the silver sheen all over. The device is will be the expensive of all and will surely not be available for the review.

 

True to form in their design department, Xiaomi has brought back the ceramic material and lined it with 18k gold to give it a really high-end finish. The result is a heavier phone with a material that shines really well in the light and also comes with a premium 6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage.

 

True to form in their design department, Xiaomi has brought back the ceramic material and lined it with 18k gold to give it a really high-end finish. The result is a heavier phone with a material that shines really well in the light and also comes with a premium 6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage.

 

The screen of the Mi 6 is a 1080p panel with the conventional 16:9 aspect ratio, which keeps it from being completely current in terms of specs. However, it does show highly saturated colors to do the MIUI justice. To help users who might stare a little too deeply into the bright display, Xiaomi have added in an ‘Eye Care’ mode that filters some of the blue light. In an effort to provide the same benefits without compromising the display colors, the Eye Care mode won’t have the same aggressive yellow tint as other smartphones.

 

Beneath the display is the capacitive array, including a home button that is a little reminiscent of the HTC 10 – and it comes with the fingerprint reader built-in. The glass curves four ways in the corners, making it wrap around the front of the device. Meanwhile, for the backing, the glass curves upward to make the phone easier to handle. The entire body is splash resistant, though it definitely should not be submerged into water.

 

Xiaomi has positioned itself as the first manufacturer to bring the Snapdragon 835 to China, giving the Mi 6 a very powerful device. 6GB is standard and there are different capacities for the onboard storage – as we mentioned already, the most expensive ceramic has that high capacity.

 

The battery is one of the bigger deals with this phone, as it sports 3350mAh. This ratio is one of the largest in pretty much any smartphone, so the longevity should go for a while.

 

Xiaomi’s moves with the camera are very notable, as well – in the era of the dual camera, they have decided to join the fray with their own version of the zoom camera experience. Much like the iPhone 7 Plus, the Mi 6 comes with a default wide angle lens that sports 4-axis stabilization and a telephoto secondary shooter that adds a 2x optical zoom.

 

With little to say about the software, all of these hardware changes are the crux of the Xiaomi Mi 6 experience. MIUI is constantly being updated under the suggestions of Xiaomi’s forum goers, so there are sure to be some significant software changes eventually.

 

So, how much does that package cost? It’s surprisingly affordable. For a Snapdragon 835, 6GB of RAM, and a dual camera, users can get the phone for the RMB equivalent of $360. If you wanted to spring for the Ceramic edition, the premium would only bring it up to a total equivalent of $435. In the west, this is a price that is rather unheard of for what could be considered a flagship device.

 

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