Xiaomi Mi6 News: UK Price, Release Date & Specifications – PC Advisor

The next big smartphone launch for 2017 is Xiaomi’s flagship Mi6, which will be announced this month. Significantly cheaper than the UK competition, Chinese Xiaomi phones offer amazing specs at a brilliant price. But what can we expect from the Mi6?

Plenty of performance, that’s for sure, since not only will the Mi6 come with the Snapdragon 835 chip we’ve so far seen in the Galaxy S8 (and the Sony Xperia ZX Premium, though that has no firm release date), it will bump up Samsung’s 4GB allocation of RAM to 6GB. You can expect more generous storage capacities, too, though likely without the Quad-HD screen, waterproofing and MicroSD support.

Some sites will have you believe the Mi 6 is going to come with a 4K screen and 16-core processor, but the full spec sheet has just popped up online for not only a Xiaomi Mi6 but also a larger variant known as the Xiaomi Mi6 Plus. We’ve also seen a leaked image of what is said to be the product packaging, which reveals a whopping 30Mp camera. Also see: Best Chinese phones 2017

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When is the Xiaomi Mi6 release date? 

Xiaomi Mi 6 release date: 11 April 2017 (TBC) 

The Xiaomi Mi6 will launch in April, according to CEO Lei Jun. Though no exact release date has been named, the word on the street has previously been all about 16 April. Of course this is a Sunday and Easter Day, so it’s more likely that talk of either an 11 April or 18 April release date is accurate. 

There is no official UK release date for the Xiaomi Mi 6 because it will not be officially sold here. As always, you’ll be able to purchase it from Chinese importers such as GearBest and Geekbuying, but probably at a slightly inflated price.

There is a chance we will see a Global version of the Mi 6, as we did with its flagship phablet the Mi Note 2, although this will refer to its connectivity rather than its availability. Most Xiaomi phones do not support the 800MHz 4G band in the UK (though they do 2100MHz and 2600MHz), but the Global Mi Note 2 does. Also see: How to tell whether a phone is supported by your network and How to buy Xiaomi devices in the UK.

How much will the Xiaomi Mi6 cost in the UK? 

We’ve heard rumours about so many Xiaomi Mi6 variants that things are getting really confusing. What’s most likely is that there will be a Mi6 and a Mi6 Plus, as there was with the Mi5, but you may also be able to buy a slightly stripped down version with less storage and RAM. To avoid confusion we’ll refer to these handsets as the Mi6 Lite, Mi6 standard and Mi6 Plus.

The Mi 6 Lite is rumoured to cost 1999 Yuan, which converts to £236.57, 273.40 Euro or $290.74. 

The Mi 6 Standard may come in at 2499 Yuan, which is £295.74, 341.61 Euro, or $363.46. 

And the Mi 6 Plus could cost 2999 Yuan, or £354.97, 410.01 Euro and $436.19. 

The reality is that if you are buying the Mi 6 from China and shipping it to the UK you will pay an inflated price to begin with, and may then incur an additional charge for import duty. In our experience this is calculated as 20 percent of whatever value is written on the shipping paperwork, plus an admin fee of around £11. Regardless, you’ll still pay less for the Mi 6 than you will the likes of the Galaxy S8, LG G6 and HTC 11. Also see: Grey-market tech buying advice

Interestingly, XiaomiDevice is already listing the Xiaomi Mi 6 for sale at $499. It says the phone will be available in March at the earliest, so we guess this is just a pre-order page, though it seems strange to be listing specifications without them having been confirmed. The spec largely agrees with what we’ve suggested at the bottom of this page, though with a lower-resolution full-HD display, 4Mp front- and 16Mp rear cameras, and a smaller-capacity 3,000mAh battery. Also see: Best phones 2017 and Best Android phones 2017

What does the Xiaomi Mi6 look like?

Several images of the Mi6 have popped up online, though we can’t be sure of their authenticity. The latest comes from Playfuldroid.com and reveals a device that looks a lot like the Mi Note 2. You’ll find other leaked images scattered throughout the article below.

Xiaomi Mi6 render

What are the rumoured specifications and features for the Xiaomi Mi6?

Slashleaks has posted online a specification spreadsheet for the upcoming Xiaomi Mi6 and Mi6 Plus, which we have replicated below. We can’t vouch for its authenticity, though nothing here stands out as being as ridiculous as some of the earlier rumours we’ve heard.

Some sites have pointed to the fact a dual-camera has been listed for the Mi6 Plus as being particularly noteworthy, though we’re more interested in the fact that – if this is true – both models support all UK 4G bands (B3, B7 and B20). This is something we’ve previously seen only in the Global variant of the Mi Note 2.

The latest rumour on the camera front goes against this spec sheet however, suggesting that there will be a 30Mp camera – that’s according to some product packaging leaked online (via GSMArena).

Model Xiaomi Mi6 Xiaomi Mi6 Plus
Operating system MIUI 8.0 (Android 6.0) MIUI 8.0 (Android 6.0)
Network GSM, WCDMA (HSUPA, HSDPA), TD-LTE, LTE-FDD GSM, WCDMA (HSUPA, HSDPA), LTE-FDD
Band GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz; WCDMA: 850/900/1900/2100MHz; LTE-FDD: B1/B3/B5/B7/B8/B20 GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz; WCDMA: 850/900/1900/2100MHz; LTE-FDD: B1/B3/B5/B7/B8/B20
Carrier Unlocked Unlocked
Screen 5.15in full-HD (1920×1080) 5.7in full-HD (1920×1080)
Processor 2.45GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 quad-core, Adreno 540 2.45GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 quad-core, Adreno 540
RAM 4GB/6GB LPDDR4 6GB LPDDR4
Storage 32GB/64GB/128GB UFS 2.0 64GB/128GB UFS 2.0
Rear camera 19Mp Sony IMX400, 1/2.3in lens 12Mp Sony IMX362, dual-camera
Battery 3,200mAh non-removable 4,500mAh non-removable
SIM cards Dual Nano-SIM Dual Nano-SIM

There are so many rumours flying around the web about the Mi 6, and many of them blatantly rubbish. The 4K (4096×2160) screen, for example – if Xiaomi has previously fitted only full-HD screens even to its flagships, including its revolutionary, previously concept phone, the Mi Mix, why is it going to jump straight from full-HD to Ultra-HD? 

If there is a jump it is more likely to be to 2K/Quad-HD, which may be useful if Xiaomi hopes to move into mobile VR. Using a VR headset the screen resolution is halved for each eye, which means a Quad-HD screen would still give a full-HD image. Mobile VR is tipped to be the big thing for flagship phones in 2017, so it isn’t entirely out of the question. We’re still more convinced it will continue down the full-HD route, though.

The screen is alleged to be 5.2in in diameter, though we suspect it will be the same 5.15in as previously and has simply been rounded up in reports. If it is the same size as before, it is unlikely to have a curved-edge display, which has been reported by various sources (see below). More likely it will feature 2.5D curved glass.

A tip from Weibo suggests the 4K screen will be fitted to only the top Xiaomi Mi 6, and also says will also come with a dual-curved-edge screen, 6GB of RAM and a ceramic body. This is in line with other rumours that suggest the Mi 6 will feature a dual-curved-edge screen, with a very high screen-to-body ratio. This is another trend expected to be seen in 2017 flagships, with the Mi Mix already showing an impressively high screen-to-body ratio of 91.3 percent thanks to the loss of its top bezel. 

However, a curved-edge screen is not visible in the first leaked images of what is said to be the Xiaomi Mi 6. These images, which lack both a home button and any branding at the front, were posted on Weibo, which is not always a reliable source for information. 

Xiaomi Mi6

Some say the fingerprint scanner will also be removed from the phone’s front, now replaced with a retina scanner that can be used for unlocking the phone and making secure mobile payments. The Mi 6 certainly could include a retina scanner, but as to whether it will replace the fingerprint scanner we’re not too sure. Whatever Xiaomi chooses, we’d rather have a physical home button than whatever was that atrocity on the front of the Xiaomi Mi5s. (It just looked like the button had fallen off.)

But a 16-core processor. Really? The two processors rumoured to be in use here are the Helio X30, a deca-core chip, and the Snapdragon 835, an octa-core processor. These are currently the best mobile processors in each camp, and both are expected to begin appearing in phones in early 2017. But even if we add 10 and eight together we still don’t make 16. 

Of the two the Snapdragon 835 will be the more powerful. This is a 10nm chip built by Qualcomm and Samsung, which improves on the company’s previous 14nm chips with increases of up to 30 percent in efficiency, 27 percent in performance and 40 percent in power consumption. It runs at a clock speed of up to 2.45GHz with a big.LITTLE architecture, which means four of the eight cores run at a lower 1.8GHz for efficiency. 

A leaked screenshot from WCCFTECH showed one of the Mi 6 models (probably the Plus) with an AnTuTu 6 score of 210,329 points, which is crazy high – much higher than anything we’ve seen before. For now there is no way of knowing whether it is a fake, but we would certainly expect a performance boost over the Xiaomi Mi 5s. 

One rumour we don’t believe for a second is that the Mi 6 will feature microSD support. This is not a feature seen in recent Xiaomi phones, even flagships, and with up to 256GB of storage onboard we’re not sure why you would need one. 

We’ve also heard that the Mi 6 will feature a 4,000mAh battery, which sounds about right for Xiaomi, but new will be the addition of fast wireless charging. This isn’t something we’ve seen in Xiaomi phones before, but that certainly doesn’t rule it out. As to whether it can manage the 50 percent charge in 30 minutes people are quoting remains to be seen, though with the Snapdragon 835 inside the Mi 6 will benefit from Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0, which can offer five hours of battery life from a five-minute charge. 

The camera rumours seem to be settling on a 7Mp camera at the front, but either a 23Mp single lens or a dual-camera at the rear. It’s plausible that the Plus will get a dual-camera, and the others a 23Mp model. We have seen a dual-camera before in the Xiaomi Redmi Pro. 

More recently, a Weibo leak suggests the Mi 6 will come with a 12Mp Sony IMX386 rear camera and a 12Mp Sony camera at the front, as seen on the Mi Note 2. Yet another leak of some product packaging suggests a 30Mp camera, so it’s fair to say the camera will come as something of a surprise.

The Lite and Standard variants of the Mi 6 are expected to feature a metal body, while the Plus version could have a ceramic body like that we’ve seen in the Mi Mix. Some sites mention a touch of glass on the rear, which we can only imagine as something like that on the Google Pixel XL. We’re not convinced. 

Here’s what we think is a believable spec list for each of the Xiaomi Mi 6 variants: 

Xiaomi Mi 6 Lite specifications

• MIUI 8

• 5.15in full-HD (1920×1080) IPS display, Gorilla Glass 4

• MediaTek Helio X30 deca-core processor

• PowerVR 7XT Plus GPU

• 4GB LPDDR4 RAM

• 64GB storage

• Metal body

• Dual-SIM dual-standby

• 23Mp rear camera, 7Mp selfie camera

• 4000mAh battery 

Xiaomi Mi 6 Standard specifications

• MIUI 8

• 5.15in Quad-HD (2560×1440) IPS display, Gorilla Glass 4

• 2.45GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core processor

• Adreno 540 GPU

• 4GB LPDDR4 RAM

• 128GB storage

• Metal body

• Dual-SIM dual-standby

• 23Mp rear camera, 7Mp selfie camera

• 4000mAh battery 

Xiaomi Mi 6 Pro specifications

• MIUI 8

• 5.15in Quad-HD (2560×1440) dual-curved-edge OLED display, Gorilla Glass 4

• 2.45GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core processor

• Adreno 540 GPU

• 6GB LPDDR4 RAM

• 256GB storage

• Ceramic body

• Dual-SIM dual-standby

• 4000mAh battery 

No pictures of the Mi 6 have leaked, though we did unearth this concept video showing what it might look like if the rumours are true:

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