Xiaomi, the well-established ruler of the budget segment in Asian countries has been recently expanding to western countries. One of the notable success for Xiaomi worldwide is the Mi A1, an Android One device which was originally released in China as Xiaomi MI 5X. The successor to which is the Xiaomi Mi 6x which is expected to launch out of China as Mi A2. Xiaomi is one of the few to concentrate on value for money budget devices.
Mi is higher variant device line up from Xiaomi. The Mi 6X is mid-range phone derived from last year’s flagship Mi 6. But the MI 5X did not see any market rather than China. Outside of China, Xiaomi partnered with Google’s Android One program to make a renamed MI 5X with Stock android in the name of MI A1. The same is expected with the upcoming Xiaomi MI 6X. What do we know about the badass budget phone of 2018? We will dive straight into the phones leaks and rumors.
With huge expectations for the phone, we get to see ransom amount of rumors and leaks flowing out from various sources. There had been quite a lot different rumors about the SoC used in the smartphone. Earlier from the TENAA registration, the device was confirmed to have an octa-core CPU.
Later when two other leaks arrived an uncertainty is built around the device. One of the sources said it was a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626, a marginal upgrade from Snapdragon 625 which remains a favorite chipset of Xiaomi for more than a year now. Some other rumors say they are helio p60 chipset from MediaTek. The Chinese brand having a restriction to use MediaTek chipset outside of China there are good chances of seeing both making it to the
shelves, Helio P60 for China and Snapdragon 626 for global release.
The screen is confirmed to follow the 2018 design trend touting an 18:9 display. The screen as known is 5.99 inches with a sharp and contrast IPS LCD display with a resolution of FHD+ (1080 * 2160 Pixels).
The design, though has nothing eye catchy like zero bezels have a very familiar metal unibody design with fingerprint sensor stuck to the back of the phone and the dual cameras line up in the back similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The design looks sleeker than the Redmi note 5 series and a comparatively better-looking mobile holding superiority in unibody design and USB-C port.
There is a confusion on the camera rumors too. In the early stage, the Xiaomi MI 6X was expected to house a combination of 20 MP + 12 MP rear cameras derived and improvised from the Chinese Redmi Note 5 Pro. Later the rumors have put a stop with official sensor details. The sensors are imx 486 (12 MP + 1.25) for the primary rear, imx 376 (20 MP + 1) for the secondary rear camera and the same for the front camera too. The sensors are confirmed by a code-named Wayne, which when related to TENAA supports.
This time too the phone comes out with the same storage and Ram variants. 4 Gb of memory for the processing and 64 Gb of storage. There is also a 6 Gb variant on the horizon, though there is no surety about the release.
The batteries from a couple of rumors and leaks indicate the same value of 2910 mAH capacity which is around 200 mAH lesser than the ongoing model of A1. As of now, many fear the phone’s ability to make it through a day in a single charge cycle without needing to plug the phone into a wall socket.
The chipset, Snapdragon 626 is almost sure at this point, but having a Snapdragon 636 is added goodness. With Redmi Note 5 Pro already having the 636, following Xiaomi’s track record, 636 is the new favorite.
We all know In-display fingerprint reader is a bit overkill for now considering the local vendors and so not likely to make it. The screen is not full screen or infinity screen, it has notable top and bottom chins like the Redmi 5 series. Seeing a notched full screen would be great. A key feature that was missed out on the previous generation of this phone does not have the EIS/OIS. The close sibling Redmi note 5 Pro has EIS and MI 6X not having the EIS should be a let down so that makes it an essential in the current generation. Goodies like USB-c, audio Dac have welcomed addition to the expectations.
Redmi Note 5 Pro Vs Mi 6X/A2
- This topic is alone a discussion for a separate article. But for now, we shall just have a look at the differences alone.
- MI 6X has a metal unibody design which provides better build.
- MI 6X is expected to have an audio DAC that Redmi Note 5 pro fails to have.
- The modern USB-C gives an edge to the Mi 6X again.
- The battery is the one column where MI 6X fails to win, with 25% lesser battery 6X stands second.
Specifications of Xiaomi Mi 6X
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 / Helio P 60|
|1080 * 2160 pixels|
|18:9 aspect ratio|
|Camera||12 MP + 20 MP Dual rear camera|
|20 MP selfie Camera|
|Operating System||MIUI 10, Android 8/9|
|Price||14,999 to 16,999 INR / 250 to 300 USD|
|Release Date||June 2019|
Price and Release Date
Despite the previous generation global release date, the newer one was about to come early with all stocks of MI A1 running out of stock in many places. But later a source from News18 said the stocks will be back for A1 and there won’t any A2 at least for months. Price of the device is expected in the same mark, 14,999 INR for the start or 250 USD. If there exists a 6Gb that might sell as high as 16,999 INR for 300 USD.
A great phone with a great spec and a super great price. The only worry is the battery capacity that might be the deciding factor for a few. Though nothing is official, let us wait for the phone to arrive to have a deeper idea on the phone itself.