Xiaomi Mi6 UK release date, price, specification

Xiaomi Mi6 UK release date, price, specification rumours | When is the Mi6 coming out? Mi6 could be first Chinese phone with Snapdragon 835 and Helio X30

 

Xiaomi’s Mi6 is due next month at MWC in three versions. We round up the Mi6 UK release date, price and specification rumours.

 

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Xiaomi Mi6 UK release date, price, specification

 

 

 

I have honestly never seen so much rubbish as when I began researching this article online. Some sites will have you believe the Mi6 is going to come with a 4K screen and 16-core processor. Total BS. Here are the Mi6 rumours you can believe, as we investigate the Xiaomi Mi6 UK release date, price and specifications.

 

 

 

Xiaomi Mi6 UK release date rumours: When is the Mi6 coming out?

Xiaomi Mi6 release date: late-February 2017 (launch), March 2017 (onsale)

Xiaomi is almost certainly going to announce the Mi6 in its various flavours at MWC 2017 in Barcelona, which begins on 27 February 2017. The phones will then go on sale in China in March.

There is no official UK release date for the Xiaomi Mi6 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 Mi6, 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.

 

We spotted a few rogue rumours that the Mi6 would launch at a Xiaomi press conference on 6 February (a fitting date), and another that it would launch on 14 February. Yet another rumour said it would be delayed until April. Our money remains on a MWC launch for the Mi6.

Xiaomi Mi6 UK release date, price, specification: How much will the Mi6 cost?

 

The Mi6 is expected to be available in three versions. No-one seems to know exactly what they’ll be called, and we’ve seen everything from Youth and Pro to Premier and Plus thrown around. The Mi5s had a Plus version that was larger, but there is not expected to be a larger version this time around, merely a higher-spec model. So to save confusion, we’ll stick with the naming scheme Mi6 Lite, Mi6 Standard and Mi6 Pro until we know otherwise.

The Mi6 Lite is rumoured to cost 1999 Yuan, which converts to £236.57, 273.40 Euro or $290.74.

The Mi6 Standard may come in at 2499 Yuan, which is £295.74, 341.61 Euro, or $363.46.

And the Mi6 Pro could cost 2999 Yuan, or £354.97, 410.01 Euro and $436.19.

The reality is that if you are buying the Mi6 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 Mi6 than you will the likes of the Galaxy S8, LG G6 and HTC 11.

Interestingly, XiaomiDevice is already listing the Xiaomi Mi6 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.

 

Xiaomi Mi6 UK release date, price, specification: What to expect from Xiaomi Mi6

 

There are so many rumours flying around the web about the Mi6, 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.

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 Mi6 models (probably the Pro) 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 Mi5s.

One other rumour we don’t believe for a second is that the Mi6 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.

Some of the more plausible rumours include the fact that one version of the Mi6 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.

 

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 Mi6 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.)

Xiaomi Mi6 UK release date, price, specification

We’ve also heard that the Mi6 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 Mi6 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 Pro will get a dual-camera, and the others a 23Mp model. We have seen a dual-camera before in the Xiaomi Redmi Pro.

The Lite and Standard variants of the Mi6 are expected to feature a metal body, while the Pro 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 Mi6 variants:

Xiaomi Mi6 UK release date, price, specification

• 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 Mi6 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 Mi6 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 Mi6 have leaked, though we did unearth this concept video showing what it might look like if the rumours are true:

 

 

 

Xiaomi Mi6 UK release date, price, specification

 

 

 

 

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