By Haamiz Ahmed and Azeem Ullah
Xiaomi’s long-awaited Mi A1 successor is here. Meet the Xiaomi Mi 6X (A2 in international markets) which comes with upgraded internals, better cameras and AI.
Design and Display
The design looks exactly the same as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, especially the iPhone-esque vertically oriented dual cameras on the back.
Mi 6X’s display is a large 6” IPS panel with 1080p FHD+ resolution with a fingerprint sensor on the back. It also comes with Face Unlock to complete the package.
Internals and Storage
Under the hood, you get Qualcomm’s prime mid-range SoC, the Snapdragon 660, with its two clusters of quad-core Kryo 260 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz and 2.2 GHz. There’s either 4 or 6 GB RAM, with 64/128 GB storage. Storage is expandable via a hybrid microSD/SIM card slot.
The phone is running Android 8.1 Oreo and comes with Xiao Ai, Xiaomi’s in-house AI based virtual assistant.
The AI is capable of translating menus and signboards you see using your phone’s camera. If you’re watching a video, the AI will let you purchase whatever you’re watching in the video easily. Another feature is that it can calculate calories in a food item if you point the camera at it. Useful for weight watchers.
Connectivity options include USB-C, IR sensor, and Bluetooth LE, however, a major omission is the 3.5mm headphone jack, which is still commonplace in midrange phones.
At the back sits a dual-camera setup featuring Sony lenses in each sensor. There’s a primary 12 MP f/1.8 sensor, followed by a 20MP f/2.2 telephoto lens. This allows for bokeh effect as well as up to 2X lossless zoom.
The front also comes with a 20 MP sensor with a LED Flash. The camera comes with AI focused features including automatic and assisted adjustments, as well as 16 portrait mode options.
Here’s a camera comparison with iPhone X and Oppo R15:
Xiaomi Mi 6X (A2) Camera Samples
Battery and Price
The battery capacity of the 6X is kept at 3010 mAh, with Quick Charge 3.0, charging up to 50% in 30 minutes.
It does come in a bunch of colors, including black, red, blue, gold and pink.
Pricing starts at CNY 1,599 (~Rs. 29,000) for the 4/64 GB model, CNY 1,799 (~Rs. 33,000) for 6/64 GB variant and CNY 1,999 (~Rs. 36,600) for the top end version with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage.
Xiaomi Mi 6X Specifications
- CPU: 2.2GHz octa-core Kryo 260
- GPU: Adreno 512
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
- OS: Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9.5
- Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
- 5.99” LCD with FHD+ (2160 x 1080) resolution
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- RAM: 4/6 GB
- Internal: 64/128 GB
- Card slot: yes
- Primary: 12 MP Sony IMX486 + 20 MP IMX376, 4K video, LED Flash
- Secondary: 20 MP IMX376, f/1.8, flash
- Connectivity: USB-C, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi ac, FM Radio, IR Blaster
- Fingerprint scanner
- Battery: 3010 mAh, Quick Charge 3.0, 0-50% in 30 minutes
- Price: Rs. 29,000 (4 GB/64 GB), Rs. 33,000 (6 GB/64 GB), Rs. 36,000 (6 GB/128 GB)