Xiaomi Mi 6 ditches the 3.5mm jack, picks up Snapdragon 835 and dual cameras
The Mi 6 retains a 5.15-inch Full HD display, as well as the Qualcomm Sense ID-enabled fingerprint scanner at the front of the device. Other specs include 6GB of RAM, a 3350mAh battery, 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi, and a dual-camera setup at the back that pairs a 12MP wide-angle lens with a 12MP telephoto lens for 2x lossless zoom.
There are pros and cons on the audio front. The upside is that the Mi 6 offers stereo speakers located at the front of the device, a welcome addition. However, the phone doesn’t have a 3.5mm jack, a surprising omission considering Xiaomi makes a lot of affordable audio products that rely on the headphone jack.
The combination of Snapdragon 835, Full HD display, and a decent-sized battery should result in excellent battery life, a trait that’s shared by all Xiaomi phones. The default color option is the blue model you see in the image above, but Xiaomi will also roll out a limited edition version of the Mi 6 in silver.
The Mi 6 will be available for ¥2,499 ($360) (N109,980) for the model with 64GB storage, and a variant with 128GB storage will retail for ¥2,899 ($420), (N128,000) Like last year, Xiaomi is rolling out a ceramic edition of the Mi 6 with 128GB storage that will be on sale for ¥2,999 ($435), (N132,000)
Overall, the Mi 6 looks very enticing, and the high-gloss finish will definitely make the phone stand out. The lack of a headphone jack will deter potential customers however, and given the lack of decent USB-C audio products, it isn’t clear why more and more manufacturers are insisting on getting rid of the 3.5mm port.