Xiaomi launches flagship Mi 6 smartphone in China

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Xiaomi Mi 6 will launch on April 19 and it will feature 6GB RAM and a dual rear camera according to reports

However, this variant has a glass back.

The Chinese smartphone maker just took the wraps off of its latest handset, which boasts flagship-quality specs for about $360.

But Xiaomi isn't far behind in the race. The smartphone has a 5.15-inch IPS LCD Full HD display with a screen resolution of 1,080 x 1,920 pixels and 428ppi.

The company has launched the device with a four-sided curved 3D glass, which resembles the Galaxy S8/S8+'s edged display. Design is similar to its predecessor so you'll notice a very slight change. The phone has a classy metal frame sandwiched between glass panels. Color options include Black, White and Blue. The iPhone 7 Plus has nearly the same specs, down to the lossless zoom level, save for the aperture on the second lens which is f/2.8 as opposed to f/2.6 on the Mi 6. The Mi 6 isn't any different in that way. It's paired with an Adreno 540 GPU and 6GB RAM.

Why this matters: Even though we likely won't be able to buy an Mi6 in the United States, it's a good sign of things to come.

There is a version packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor that comes with 4 GB random-access memory (RAM). The main camera comes with wide angle lens with 12 MP telephoto lens which will give you four axis OIS and 2X optical zoom.

On the front, the phone features a 7-megapixel front-facing shooter.

Compared to the Mi 6, OnePlus' camera is fairly standard.

Importantly, though, Xiaomi has kept the price nice and low, meaning users that go the Xiaomi route are getting excellent value for money. It is equipped with 16-megapixel cameras at both ends. The device packs a USB Type-C port and Quick Charge 4.0. The phone has a decent 3,350mAh battery inside which should be enough to make it competitive with all the flagship smartphones. Unlike the others, the ceramic model is strictly offered with 128GB of internal storage. There's no headphone jack.

The another standout feature in this phone is its new 2×2 dual band Wi-Fi technology, claimed to increase connectivity and speed, and also supports 4G+. The company's software, known as Oxygen OS, comes with lot of customisation options. The device runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat with heretofore MIUI on top.

As for pricing the 64GB model costs CNY 2,499 (£282, $363), whereas the bigger 128GB model is priced at CNY 2,899 and the 128GB ceramic variant at CNY 2,999. The ceramic edition costs 2,999 yuan (or approx Rs. 28,147). You can purchase the Mi 6 from online and retail stores in China starting April 28th. The Xiaomi Mi 6 is yet to be launched in India and it is unclear if the company will launch the Snapdragon 835 version.

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