Xiaomi is one manufacturer that is known for cramming flagship level specifications on its phones at prices that are usually lower than the well known competitors. They have done it again with their new flagship, the Mi6 and it packs a lot of tech for the price.
The Xiaomi Mi6 has curved glass on the front and back with a stainless steel frame (like in the old iPhones and Sony Xperia Z5 Premium) which apparently takes 12 days and 40 processes to achieve. There will be a version with a ceramic back and 18K gold rims around the cameras.
The Mi6 packs the latest and greatest silicon from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 835 which is also found in the Sony Xperia XZ Premium and the Samsung Galaxy S8. Other top level specifications include 6 gigabytes of RAM, either 64GB or 128GB of storage, fingerprint sensor at the front and splash resistance. There is also a relatively large 3,350mAH battery to power the whole thing.
The display is not what you call “flagship grade” in today’s world since they decided to retain their classic 5.15″ 1080p display. Xiaomi decided to axe off the 3.5mm jack but as consolation, we now get stereo speakers.
When it comes to the cameras, the Mi6 now has a dual camera setup that is comprised of two 12MP cameras, where one has a telephoto lens and the other has a wide angle lens. This will allow you to have 2x optical zoom, just like what we have seen on the iPhone 7 Plus. The camera sensor with the wide angle lens has 4 axis stabilization to boot.
The Mi6 has really favourable pricing for the kind of tech it has: It will start at $360 for the 64GB model and the 128GB model will cost $420. There will also be a variant with a ceramic back that will cost $435. With this kind of pricing, it gives you flagship grade specs for half the price (when compared to the Galaxy S8 for example) and competes with the likes of OnePlus.