The Xiaomi Mi 6X has been unveiled as a successor for the Mi 5X phone from last year. Compared to the predecessor phone, the Mi 6X comes with some improvements like trendy full screen design and dual rear cameras. Also, the Mi 6X is the cheapest smartphone with Snapdragon 660 chipset.
Design and Display
The metal-bodied Xiaomi Mi 6X has a curved rear panel. It has been carved using CNC technology. In order to make it available in a ultra-thin body that has a thickness of 7.3mm, Xiaomi had to axe the 3.5mm audio jack feature. The handset can be availed in multiple colors like Cherry Pink, Red Flame, Glacier Blue, Quicksand Gold, and Black Stone.
The backside of the phone features u-shaped antenna lines on the top and bottom edges like the predecessor Xiaomi Mi 5X. The vertical dual camera setup and fingerprint reader reside on the rear of the phone. The topside of the Mi 6X features an IR blaster while the bottom side has a USB-C port that separates the two external speakers. Since the smartphone features a full screen design, it is equipped with an 18:9 aspect ratio IPS LCD display of 5.99 inches. The screen delivers Full HD+ resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels.
Dual Cameras and Selfie Camera
The dual camera setup present on the back panel of the Mi 6X includes an f/1.75 aperture Sony IMX486 sensor with a pixel size of 1.25μm and a secondary 20-megapixel front-facing camera that features an f/1.75 aperture Sony IMX376 sensor with a pixel size of 2μm. The secondary sensor is a telephoto lens that offers 2x loseless zoom.
The dual cameras have been optimized to enhance the sharpness of the portrait shots by automatically switching to 12-megapixel camera as the main sensor during the day time and at night, it makes use of the 20-megapixel camera as the main sensor to capture images with more light. With AI onboard, the dual rear cameras can recognize up to 206 kinds of scenes with different optimizations to snap richer photos. Also, it can perform real-time translations for English, French, German Japanese, Korean, and Indian languages.
For shooting selfies, it features Sony IMX376 20-megapixel front camera. It is equipped with a soft-light LED flash. The pre-AI allows the front-facing camera to shoot best quality selfie shots as it can recognize 12 kinds of self-portrait scenes. Other features of the front camera of Mi 6X include AI Beauty and AI night self-timer. Lastly, the front camera can be also used for unlocking the phone through face scanning.
The Snapdragon 660 that features an Artificial Intelligence Engine (AIE) powers the Xiaomi Mi 6X. On AnTuTu, the Mi 6X has scored 139,697 points and it delivers 79 percent better performance than the Mi 5X that is fueled by Snapdragon 625. There is a 64 GB Mi 6X model with 4 GB of RAM and 6 GB of RAM. Its 128 GB model has 6 GB of RAM. The Mi 6X is packed with 3,010 battery that includes support Quick Charge 3.0 18W fast charging. By charging it for only 30 minutes, the phone can gain 50 percent power. It is also equipped with AI smart powering function.
The Android 8.1 Oreo OS is preinstalled on the phone and it is overlaid with MIUI 9.5 which brings support for full screen gestures. Also, it comes with Xiao AI voice assistant that was introduced with Mi MIX 2S in the previous month.
Pricing and Availability
Most of the Snapdragon 660 smartphones available in the market are priced around 3,000 Yuan (~$475) but the highest configuration 128 GB Xiaomi Mi 6X variant that has 6 GB of RAM carries a price tag of 1,999 Yuan (~$316) only. The 64 GB Mi 6X models with 4 GB of RAM and 6 GB of RAM are respectively priced at 1,599 Yuan (~$253) and 1,799 Yuan (~$285).
At 10:00 AM (local time) on April 27, the Xiaomi Mi 6X will be available for purchase through Xiaomi Mall, Mi Home stores, Youpin and official stores at Tmall, Suning, Gome and Vipshop.