Xiaomi Mi 6 features come as a surprise
During the last press conference, Xiaomi founder and CEO Lei Jun did not mention some Xiaomi Mi 6 features such as the sparse oil layer on the body and flash memory specifications of the Mi 6. In fact, there were more that were not mentioned, which came as a surprise for the lucky buyers who were actually able to purchase during the Mi 6’s initial opening sale. Here are some of the surprise features of Xiaomi Mi 6.
USB Type-C audio
This may come either as good news or bad news. Xiaomi decided to drop the 3.5mm audio jack and instead utilized the USB Type-C port for headphones and other audio devices. Xiaomi embraced digital audio, to the disappointment of many fans who wanted the 3.5mm interface retained. However, digital audio is perhaps the future and the company looked ahead to it. Whether or not Xiaomi made a good move remains to be seen. But today, it is more of an annoyance that we could not use our regular headphones while charging.
With Xiaomi deciding to cancel the 3.5mm headphone jack on the Mi 6, users will be more reliant on the bluetooth function for their audio needs. Xiaomi made up for the loss by equipping the Mi 6 with the latest and most powerful Bluetooth 5.0. Compared to the iPhone 7’s Bluetooth 4.2, transmission distance increased by four times, the connection speed increased twice, and the effective working distance improved to 300 meters.
Dual Wi-Fi antenna + MU-MIMO
At the press conference, Lei Jun revealed that Mi 6 is equipped with dual Wi-Fi antenna. This means the signal strength should be better than the other flagship smartphones. But not only does the Mi 6 have a dual Wi-Fi antenna, it also comes with MU-MIMO, which stands for multi-user, multiple-input and multiple-output. It allows a Wi-Fi router to communicate with multiple devices simultaneously. This reduces the waiting time for each device for a signal, resulting to a faster network. However, you would need a router that also supports MU-MIMO, such as the Xiaomi Router HD / Pro.
Mi 5c was the first Xiaomi phone to run on Android 7.1. Now, the Mi 6 is the first to be pre-installed with Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Of course, the Android operating system is customized and works under the name of MIUI 8.2.
Capacitive fingerprint scanner
Xiaomi Mi 6 used capacitive fingerprint recognition instead of the ultrasonic one. The scanner is still under the glass but Lei Jun has vowed that the recognition rate has greatly improved. Xiaomi has reportedly favored capacitive technology over the newer ultrasonic one for undisclosed reasons. Cost may be one of them.
Double rear cameras
Now, it seems many smartphones have dual main cameras located at the back. Many of them actually do pretty good. But to have good dual cameras which are not prominent is a different story. Fortunately, Xiaomi Mi 6 has flat double cameras which perform great. Actually, it is one of a kind as it supports 2X optical zoom while not being bulgy. In fact, the cameras work similar to iPhone7’s dual cameras but not as prominent-looking.
Xiaomi Mi6 supports the Fingerprint Payment system of WeChat Pay. So for users who utilize WeChat Pay, this is a very useful feature.
Actually, this one is more of a freebie than a phone feature but still came as a surprise to the first buyers. Before, if you open the box of a Xiaomi phone, you can only find the data cable, charger, SIM ejection pin, and warranty card along with the mobile handset. Now, Xiaomi finally included a silicone protective case. In addition, due to the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack, the Mi 6 also ships with a Type-C adapter cable so you can use your regular headphones. Although the free accessories do not amount to much, at least it is a good start.
There you have it, some Xiaomi Mi 6 features that came as a surprise to buyers. Although the phone is far from being perfect, the Mi 6 still gave good impressions even with some small disappointments. At only 2499 yuan (US $375) the flagship phone has proved to have great value for money.