Exactly 203 days from the launch of the Mi 5, Xiaomi is back with another affordable powerhouse. At a Beijing event today, the company revealed the Xiaomi Mi 6, and from what we could gather so far, it’s another impressive installment in the franchise.

Xiaomi Mi 6 design

Let’s start with the phone’s appearance. The Mi 6 was leaked thoroughly ahead of its debut today, but most of the leaks showed just the black version. The hero version that Xiaomi is promoting in its official renders is an elegant blue and gold combination.

The phone features a metal frame with a glass back, a design that’s been quite popular with Android manufacturers over the last couple of years. There’s a twist however – while most other phones feature aluminum frames, the Xiaomi Mi 6 comes with a polished stainless steel construction that the company says requires a 50-step manufacturing process with over 270 operations.

The glass on the back is curved on all four sides, as opposed to the glass on the Mi 5 which was only curved on the laterals. Xiaomi seems very proud of the “precisely crafted” construction of the Mi 6, and made extensive use of traditional wristwatch imagery to highlight this quality.

Besides the blue and gold version, the Mi 6 will also be available in black, as well as a high-gloss Silver edition, though we don’t want to think about the fingerprints that finish will collect.

Xiaomi Mi 6 specs and features

At a glance:

  • 5.15-inch LCD display
  • Snapdragon 835
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64GB or 128GB storage
  • Splash-resistant
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 12MP wide +12MP telephoto dual camera
  • 3,350 mAh
  • Stereo speakers
  • USB Type-C; no audio jack

The Xiaomi Mi 6 features a relatively small 5.15-inch “high color saturation” LCD display, with features like blue light reduction, glare reduction, and a 1 nit “ultra-dark night” mode. Unlike phones like the Galaxy S8 and LG G6, which tried to maximize the screen to body ratio, the Mi 6 comes with generously sized top and bottom bezels, and the later houses a fingerprint sensor embedded beneath the glass.

The Mi 6 is said to be “splash resistant,” which means that the device is rated below the IP67 or IP68 standard of some of its competitors.

Spec-wise, we’re looking at the Snapdragon 835 processor, the Mi 6 being one of the first phones with this new processor, along with the Galaxy S8 and Sony’s new premium lineup. As expected, the processor will be coupled with 6GB of RAM.

The Xiaomi Mi 6 features a 3,350 mAh battery that the company says should last for up to a full day, when used with MIUI’s battery optimizations features.

Another interesting feature is 2.2 dual WiFi technology, which should provide a real boost in transfer speeds and coverage compared to more conventional 1×1 WiFi.

The phone features dual stereo speakers, while dual cameras are mounted on the back. Somehow similar to the LG G6, the Mi 6 features a 12 MP wide angle lens and a 12MP “telephoto” that offers 2X lossless zoom.

The camera is capable of some software tricks, including the obligatory beautification mode and a portrait mode that artificially blurs the background to simulate depth of field.


Here are some camera samples.

The Xiaomi Mi 6 is fairly feature-rich, but there’s one thing missing: there’s no 3.5 mm headphone jack, so you’ll have to get a pair of USB Type-C headphones or settle with using an adapter.

Xiaomi Mi 6 Ceramic

Along with the regular Mi 6, Xiaomi showed a special Ceramic version that swaps glass for a curved ceramic material. The ceramic is supposed to hold better to wear and tear, thanks to the material’s hardness of 8 on the Mohs scale.

The camera rims on the Xiaomi Mi 6 Ceramic are plated in 24K gold.

Xiaomi Mi 6 pricing and availability

The Xiaomi Mi 6 will be sold in three variants – two regular one and the premium Ceramic model. Here’s a breakdown with the Chinese Xiaomi Mi 6 prices, with the caveat that prices in other markets will likely differ:

  • Xiaomi Mi 6 64GB – RMB 2499 (~$360)
  • Xiaomi Mi 6 128GB – RMB 2899 (~$420)
  • Xiaomi Mi 6 128GB Ceramic – RMB 2999 (~$435)

These are very aggressive prices, at less than half of the cost of some competitors. No info yet on the Xiaomi Mi 6’s release date.

One last note: while it was widely expected that Xiaomi would launch a Plus version of the Mi 6 today, that hasn’t materialized. Were the rumors wrong or has Xiaomi changed its mind in the last minute? We’ll probably elucidate the mystery in the next weeks.

Let us know what you think of the new Xiaomi Mi 6!

AA Staff
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  • Vouwr Fract

    The Mi5 was quite a disappointment, especially from the software side. I know that won’t improve much, Mi being Mi, but perhaps they can correct their paths like Samsung did with the S6!

    • What!? I wasn’t disappointed with the Mi 5 at all, and found nothing wrong with the software on mine.

    • balcobomber25

      You are in the minority if you think the software was a disappointment. Most people who buy a Xiaomi phone, buy it because of MIUI.

      • Vouwr Fract

        Actually most people in India buy Xiaomi because it’s cheap.

        • balcobomber25

          No they buy it because it is cheap and good. If cheap , was their only concern there are phones from Gionee, Lenovo, Micromax, Intex, Karbon and more because they are just as and often times cheaper.

          • rafly

            Lenovo phones are more expensive than Xiaomi’s

          • balcobomber25

            depends on the model, Lenovo’s A series is usually priced very closely to the Redmi series.

      • Salmando (a.k.a ‘Bleh’)

        Agreed. I bought my mi max simply because it was cheap, assuming i would update to the note 7 when it came out. Total convert now, don’t see myself not using miui in the future. In fact, xiaomi are my new favourite phone brand

        • balcobomber25

          You bought the Mi Mix cheap lol? The cheapest I have seen them is $700.

          • Salmando (a.k.a ‘Bleh’)

            Mi max

          • balcobomber25

            Ahh ok.

      • Daggett Beaver |dBz| ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        I doubt that, although I like MIUI very much.

        • balcobomber25

          Xiaomi makes most of their money from MIUI and it’s app store. In China, there are thousands of phones a consumer can buy, software matters to the Chinese consumer a lot more than it does in the US or Europe. One of the biggest reasons for this is because of the lack of a centralized content provider like Google Play. Every major brand has their own solution or uses one of the top 3rd party systems (like Baidu). Software can make or break a company in China.

          • Daggett Beaver |dBz| ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            I have relatives in China. They have iPhones and Samsung phones.

    • cyric0

      Speak for yourself. I thought I might have to go the custom ROM route but actually find MIUI fine for my daily use. Not great ( great would have been stock Android) but not terrible by any stretch.

      • Salmando (a.k.a ‘Bleh’)

        Before miui, i was a stock android fan too. But i consider miui a vast improvement. I don’t think you’ve really played around enough

    • Zabih Cino

      You must be drunk. Miui is the only reason I Like Xiaomi phones

    • rafly

      that’s why we have developer community. I, too, dislike heavily-skinned MIUI and prefer vanilla android and customize it myself, and that’s exactly why I start using custom rom

      • BetaMimetic

        Do you know a rom for Mi 5 with vanilla android and CAMERA QUALITY of MIUI ?

  • R.S. Laurent

    If this Chinese OEM keeps improving, they’ll be more than a match for the “big 3” soon enough.

    • balcobomber25

      I assume by big 3 you mean Apple, Samsung and Huawei?

      • R.S. Laurent

        who else?

        • balcobomber25

          Just making sure because Xiaomi already challenges them in every country they compete head to head in. They actually beat Samsung in China and are second in India, the two biggest markets.

          • R.S. Laurent

            Huh.
            I did not know that.
            I own a Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, coming from a Samsung Galaxy J7 (2015).
            Had no problem with the J, and no problem so far with the Redmi Note 3.

          • balcobomber25

            In China, Samsung is about 7th in market share. Apple, Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi and Lenovo are all ahead of them. In India Samsung is first, Xiaomi is second.

          • Daggett Beaver |dBz| ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            I don’t doubt that Samsung is about 7th, but like I say below, my relatives in China are either using iPhones or Samsung phones. Mostly iPhones. Not a Xiaomi among the bunch. They’re also not wealthy, and they live in non-tourist cities nobody in the USA has ever heard of. I have no idea how they can afford iPhones, but that’s what they bought.

          • balcobomber25

            That’s good for your relatives and friends. There’s about a half a billion people in China that are picking Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi and Lenovo over Samsung and iPhone.

            “Chinese vendors are marketing higher-end gadgetry that appeals to consumers seeking Apple-like quality and innovation. IPhone shipments plummeted 23.2% in 2016, shrinking Apple’s market share to just 9.6%—the lowest in about two years. Samsung didn’t even figure in the top five.” – Bloomberg

            “Samsung smartphones led the market back in 2014, enjoying a 16.6% share by shipment volume. This dropped to 6.7% in 2015 and to a sixth-place 4.4% in 2016, according to Chinese market research company Sigmaintell Consulting.

            The homegrown Huawei Technologies, which ranked fifth in 2014, grabbed the top spot in 2015 by offering a succession of feature-packed smartphones. It retained the title in 2016.”

            IDC, one of the industry leaders in smartphone analytics also has them out of the top 5.

          • Daggett Beaver |dBz| ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Just sayin’, there, balcobummer. Not everyone buys a phone because of MIUI, and I have the relatives to prove it. Do you live in China? Do you have friends and relatives there with whom you can provide data points?

            Yeah, I love MIUI. But it’s a big leap to say people buy Xiaomi because it has MIUI.

          • balcobomber25

            Just saying Beaver, people who buy Xiaomi phones typically buy it for MIUI and I have friends to prove it. I don’t need relatives in China, I worked there for many years in the tech industry. I have personal experience there.

          • Gaylord

            U tried too hard bro

          • balcobomber25

            You didn’t try hard enough bruh

          • Zhen

            I can confirm that I have about 50’ish’ relatives in Shenzhen and Guangzhou that use Oppo, Vivo, Huawei and Xiaomi phones as daily drivers (HK-born, UK-Raised Chinese), however, relatives in Hong Kong, US and UK either use Samsungs or Apple. I do have relatives in the mainland that also use Sams and Apple, but they are a lot less in comparison.

      • Misto007

        Hi Balco, should I go for the MI5S or wait for the MI6? Considering that the MI5S 3/64GB (grey version) is around 270€. Thanks!

        • balcobomber25

          I would wait for the Mi6 just to see what it offers. The Mi5s will still be available at that time and may even be cheaper.

          • Misto007

            You are right, I should wait for the MI6. I know that I will have to wait for a couple of weeks before to see the MI6 in black color (i hate white phones). If the device is sold above 400€ after resellers, I will go for the MI5S which is still a great phone.

        • loller

          Do NOT buy mi5s.. very poor fp sensor and no update to Android 7.
          Wait for mi6 or buy mi5 that have perfect fp and camera + Android 7 for cheaper price.

  • The 5.7 inch Mi 6 would appeal to me if the body size was as compact at the new LG G6, otherwise, I would go for the smaller one.

  • Zabih Cino

    I am sure this will make Apple and Samsung run for their bucks

    • balcobomber25

      In China and India, Xiaomi’s two main markets it will.

  • Daggett Beaver |dBz| ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Go AMOLED or go home.

    • mIIho

      Go IPS or suck my fat dick.

  • MrcheGuev

    That’s apparently a new render that show’s the mi6 plus in all its greatness ! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d0f136e948f847dc8515c0fccce30b02e8c81c789774ebf0ccc9c8ead5c6dfc3.jpg

    • Tech Mate

      I guess this was the renders for Mi Mix 2.

    • balcobomber25

      It could be the Mi Mix 2 or the Mi Note 3 or it could be a fake. There are lots of Xiaomi fake leaks.

      • MrcheGuev

        I hope it’s the mi mix2 in a way , since thet didn’t revealed a mi6 plus this morning 😅

    • This is an infinitely better looking phone than the Mi 6 which looks like it was designed in mid 2016.

  • Raky_b

    there are two things i like on this phone:
    1. this color combination
    2. battery capacity to screen size ratio…but since all my Xiaomis had bigger battery than other phones that i had, from expirience i know that it doesn’t mean that this one will heve good battery life. one day at top!!!
    for some reason MIUI is better optimised for Galaxies and other phones than Xiaomi’s own.

    otherwise…just a nice copy of Huawei/Honor design…looks nice ( at least on promo pictures, on which, as we all know, Xiaomi always hides black bazels around screen), but since it’s not internationally avaible, that means prices will be 30% higher than in china, and that is too much for a device without warranty and service support.

    • mIIho

      In Europe $420 (for 6/128gb version) becomes $500+ with taxes (and without warranty) and I’ll be an fucking idiot to buy Mi6 instead 6/64gb version of Honor 8 Pro (Honor V9) for under $600 and with 2 years warranty…
      Xiaomi prices are very tempting, but only if you don’t pay import taxes (there is a way) and don’t give a fuck about warranty… For a $150-200 it’s OK, but only moron will pay $400++ for a phone without warranty…

  • AndroidUser

    NO AUDIO JACK

  • MrcheGuev

    So that’s it ? No mi6 plus this year ? I have to wait the mi mix 2 or the mi note 3 for a biz size flagship from you Xiaomi ?!!

  • xXENDER FREAKXx

    looks kinda like the frames from Samsung combined with the lookalike camera from Huawei

  • Lots of internal upgrades over the Mi 5 but I read elsewhere that the Mi 6 will weigh 168 grams, that’s much heavier than a lot of phones of this size, especially their own Mi 5 which was only 129 grams! Also, after the Mix, I was expecting smaller bezels, top and bottom as well as on the sides but the Mi 6 is taller and wider than the Mi 5. I like compactness in phones and in this area, the Mi 6 is a let down for me.

  • icemanchilled

    Great price,

  • The Mi 5 was a great phone but the new one, Mi 6, with its wide top and bottom bezels looks dated. But the weight is a real killer for me – 168 grams vs the Mi 5 at only 129. The 168 gram weight makes it exactly as heavy as their recent 5.7 inch Mi 5 S Plus with its massively larger display!! Go figure!! For me, bulk detracts from elegance/sex appeal. Its not that it is too physically hard to handle, that’s not the point.

    • Confucius Say ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      I’m concerned that a phone has sex appeal to you.

      • Meant metaphorically, not literally, idiot. Just another word for attractive, appealing.

  • Martin

    the con: no 3.5 headphones jack, large unnecessary bezel, no waterproof only splash resistant
    the pro: killer specs at low price

    • Harry

      Well, no phones with less bezels offer a front fingerprint reader. It might not be important to you (and it is a your personal and solely opinion) but it is for me, so I’m happy to see that they reduced the bezels as much as they could.

    • Fozle Rabbi

      in 350$ what else you want?

  • Marty

    This is gorgeous. Combined with hardware, this should be a hot seller. This is what the iPhone should look like.

  • Pedro Faia

    Can someone tell me if this phone will be available on Europe, please?

    • Fozle Rabbi

      yes may b 1-2 month later

  • Kentaro Inoue

    Xiaomi Mi 6’s release date April 28

  • Mi 6 has excellent and very impressive features. Price is not much aggressive when compared to Galaxy S8