Funny little fact — since the launch of the Mi 5 in India, Xiaomi hasn’t launched a Mi branded device in the country. Instead, it has focussed on affordable products like the Redmi line. Its strategy under Hugo Barra was of launching one Mi product while it drove sales via the Redmi line of products. And while that may change for the company, if there’s going to be a Mi branded phone that comes to India, then Mi 6 is the most likely one to come to India considering its predecessors have also been home to an Indian audience.

Xiaomi's 2017 Flagship

1/5Xiaomi's 2017 Flagship
Xiaomi's 2017 Flagship

Funny little fact — since the launch of the Mi 5 in India, Xiaomi hasn’t launched a Mi branded device in the country. Instead, it has focussed on affordable products like the Redmi line. Its strategy under Hugo Barra was of launching one Mi product while it drove sales via the Redmi line of products. And while that may change for the company, if there’s going to be a Mi branded phone that comes to India, then Mi 6 is the most likely one to come to India considering its predecessors have also been home to an Indian audience.

The Mi 6 is the successor to Xiaomi’s flagship line. It is Xiaomi’s answer to the iPhone or the Samsung Galaxy S. And with the company making some interesting strides in industrial design with the Mi Mix and facing incredible success with the Redmi Note 4 — excitement around its products hasn’t ever been more.

The Design

2/5The Design
The Design

The Mi 6 is impressive. Gizmodo India managed to get its hands on a Chinese Mi 6 unit days before the phone’s launch in China and it is a baller.

Right from design to internal specifications, this is a product that is simply fantabulous. Design wise, it looks gorgeous and yet an evolution of the design language the company had built with the Mi 4 and Mi 5. This time around it has perfected the design and fixed all the issues. The Mi 6 is neither too slim for its own good, nor is it chunky while also having a nice chasm for the fingerprint scanner which was one of the design anathemas of the Mi 5.

With metal and glass and a bold curvature on the back, the Mi 6 is sexy, solid and ergonomic. But it is not bold like the Mi Mix or Samsung’s new S8. But that’s okay, this is a mass market product and it must speak to masses, not geeks.

Performance and Camera

3/5Performance and Camera
Performance and Camera

Inside, there’s incredible power on tap. Qualcomm’s latest 835 processor coupled with 6GB RAM is at the heart of this neat device and it should make sure that it is one of the most performant phones around. Imagine, even LG couldn’t procure this chip, and as of now on the US version of the Galaxy S8 has it and later Sony’s Xperia XZ premium will have it. There’s also 128GB memory available to boot.

In the camera department, Xiaomi has pulled an Apple. Twin 12-megapixel sensors which are optically stabilised underpin the imaging experience of the Mi 6. As one is standard lens while the other is a telephoto lens like the one on the iPhone 7 Plus, we get 2x zoom and an Apple-like portrait mode. And it works, we checked it out.

The Software and Battery

4/5The Software and Battery
The Software and Battery

There’s also a big battery — 3,350mAh which should ensure longevity and the usual bells and whistles like a 5.1-inch 1080p screen, NFC, Bluetooth, LTE, an 8-megapixel camera on the front, and even an IR blaster.

But all of this comes at the cost of the 3.5mm jack which has been retired unceremoniously just like on the iPhone 7.

Software wise it remains like other Xiaomi phones like the Mi 5, but this one is on Android Nougat. The unit I checked out had a Chinese ROM on it which was bereft of Google services so as of now there’s no way of telling if the phone will be getting the Google Assistant and even if does we don’t know how it will work as in the past Xiaomi hasn’t always integrated all Google features like Now on Tap.

Full Review coming soon

5/5Full Review coming soon
Full Review coming soon

But overall, this phone is quite the baller. Obviously, usual disclaimers apply as this is based on 15 minutes with the phone, instead of multiple days of usage something which we will do in the review of the phone when it arrives in India.