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    April 25, 2017

    Xiaomi unveils the Mi 6 – a $360 tour-de-force

    Xiaomi Mi 6

    Xiaomi has officially revealed its new flagship, the Mi 6 – outing a premium-grade handset with an affordable price tag.

    The wait is over – today Xiaomi has unleashed its latest flagship smartphone, the Mi 6, which brings with it powerful specs and a price tag that won’t break the bank.

    Competing in the same segment as OnePlus’ 3T, the Mi 6 accomodates a hefty Snapdragon 835 chipset – the same found in the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and the forthcoming Sony XZ Premium – as well as 6GB of RAM and a 3,350mAh battery.

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    The Mi 6 further throws in a 12-megapixel dual-camera array which pairs a wide-angle lens with a telephoto unit, and sports an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner.

    Xiaomi mi 6

    Design-wise, the Mi 6 is similar to the execution of the Mi 5; a uniform design is present, while a stainless steel frame makes its debut next to four-sided curved glass. The device is further splash resistant, and boasts a 5.15″ display.

    The handset is similar to flagship efforts seen last year, and includes the top forehead and bottom chin that defined 2016’s releases. While the likes of Samsung and LG have pushed for cosmetic surgery – forcing a larger display in a smaller form factor – Xiaomi’s most ambitious design effort remains the iconic Mi Mix.

    The Mi 6 will retail for 2499 yuan ($360 USD) for 64GB of internal storage, while a 128GB model will retail for $420 USD, or 2899 yuan. A specialized ceramic variant with 128GB of storage will retail for 2999 yuan, or $435 USD.

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    It remains to be seen where on the world stage the Mi 6 will debut; Xiaomi’s launch priority has remained India and China, though we can likely expect to see the handset brought to our shores through the Mobiles in Africa (MIA) group.

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