Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi on April 25 unveiled the Mi 6X, a successor to last year’s Mi 5X, at an event in its home country. Built on the blueprint of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the new smartphone looks similar in terms of design. But the Mi 6X boasts several feature and specification improvements over both Redmi Note 5 Pro and Mi A1.
Xiaomi Mi 6X features and specifications
The Mi 6X sports a 5.99-inch fullHD+ 18:9 aspect ratio screen. The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 system-on-chip (SoC), paired with three RAM and ROM options – 4GB/64GB, 6GB/64GB and 6GB/128GB. The phone sport a dual-camera set-up on the back and a selfie camera with LED flashlight on the front. The dual-camera set-up brings a 20-megapixel f/1.75 aperture lens paired with a 12MP telephoto lens. As for the selfie camera, the phone has a 20MP lens. Both rear and front cameras support artificial intelligence-based scene detection. The phone is powered by a 3,010 mAh battery.
Xiaomi Mi 6X Price
The Mi 6X is priced at RMB 1,599 (Rs 17,000) for the base model and RMB 1,999 (Rs 21,000) for the top-end variant.
Xiaomi Mi 6X India launch
The Mi 5X was the first Xiaomi smartphone launched in India as an Android One device. Called the MI A1, the phone had stock Android Nougat, instead of the MIUI operating system that was there in its Chinese counterpart. Now, with today’s unveiling of the Mi 6X, it is expected that the phone would launch in India, too, as a successor to the Mi A1 and be branded as Mi A2. However, there has been no official confirmation around it, yet.
What is Android One?
Android One is a Google’s initiative for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), which assures timely operating system upgrade and security patches. The Android One devices offer stock Android experience with no bloatware installed.
What about Mi A1, the Xiaomi’s first Android One smartphone
The Xiaomi Mi A1 was launched in India last year at Rs 14,999. It was the first device from the stable of Xiaomi to run stock Google Android instead of the Mi user interface, which has been part of all other Xiaomi devices.
Apart from stock Google Android, the key feature of the Mi A1 was its dual-camera set-up at the back utilising dual 12 megapixel sensors – wide angle and telephoto lens. The telephoto 50mm telephoto lens captures the main image and wide-angle lens measures the depth of field to create bokeh effect, which blurs the background. The dual camera set-up enables up to 2x optical zoom capabilities and up to 10x digital zoom.
Mi A1 specifications
The Mi A1 sports a 5.5-inch full HD screen protected with curved glass. The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, coupled with 64 GB internal storage and 4 GB RAM. The smartphone comes bundled with free unlimited storage on Google Photos to sync and store images and videos on the Google cloud platform. The smartphone has a fingerprint sensor placed at the top centre and comes with a dedicated amplifier for enhanced audio output.
Nokia 6 (2018)
The new range of smartphones from the stable of Finnish smartphone maker Nokia comes with Android One guarantee. However, in the sub-Rs 20,000 segment, the new Nokia 6 (2018) would compete with Mi A2.
Nokia 6 specifications and price
The phone is powered by a Qualcomm 630 processor, coupled with 32GB internal storage and 3GB RAM. The phone is powered by a 3,000 mAh battery, which supports fast charge technology. The company’s claim that the fast charger takes 30 minutes to charge over 50 per cent battery. The phone boasts a 16MP primary camera and 8MP selfie camera. The Nokia 6 (2018) is priced at Rs 16,999.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
Asus launched the Zenfone Max Pro M1 on April 23 in India. Designed for the Indian consumer, the smartphone boasts the stock Android Oreo 8.1, a modern 18:9 aspect ratio screen, dual rear cameras, and a mammoth 5,000 mAh battery.
Specifications and price
The Zenfone Max Pro M1 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, paired with 3GB/4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB of internal storage. There is a dual camera set-up on the back which sports a 13MP and 5MP sensors. On the front, there is a selfie camera of 13MP and a soft LED flash for low-light photography. The company has priced the base model at Rs 10,999, and Rs 12,999 for the top-end variant. Asus also confirmed the 6GB RAM variant, priced at Rs 14,999, which will go on sale later.