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Xiaomi Mi 6 price and release date: more for less

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Xiaomi just took the wraps off its long-anticipated next flagship edition, the Mi 6, as a successor to last year's Mi 5 and its slight upgrade the Mi 5s. What's new? Well, the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset, for starters, and the Mi 6 will be the first phone with it to launch in China, and seemingly the second worldwide, after the Galaxy S8. It begs the question how could LG skip on the 835 for the G6, but that's a story for another night.

The next big thing in the Mi 6 is the dual camera with telephoto lens, iPhone 7 Plus style, which will offer 2x real "optical" zoom, again, just like the iPhone. The other new feature seemingly aped from Apple's roster are the stereo speakers, apparently in a similar setup like on the iPhones, with the earpiece serving as an amplified speaker, plus a bottom-firing one. There is a huge elliptical under-glass finger scanner underneath the 5.15" 1080p display, and copious amount of bezels on the chin and forehead - Xiaomi didn't get the memo that we are living in the bezel-less year for flagships.

How much for this glass and metal beauty that will be available in Black, White, Blue and Silver? Well, glad you asked, as each and every complaint you might have about the phone on paper, and its copycat ways. may be completely erased when you hear about its tags. All versions come with the whopping 6 GB of RAM, and the option with 64 GB storage will run you the equivalent of $363, while the 128-gigger is just $421. The special Ceramic edition with golden frame rim will be $436, and the phone will start selling as soon as April 28th. These are the prices and availability for China, of course, expect the global rollout to come later, and at a 20-30% higher pricing. Any takers?

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