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Xiaomi's CEO claims that over 2 million Mi 6 units are still in use

The Xiaomi Mi 6: still hanging on in there. (Source: Weibo)
The Xiaomi Mi 6: still hanging on in there. (Source: Weibo)
The Mi 6 is Xiaomi's flagship Android smartphone from 2017, which means it is just over 4 years old now. However, according to the OEM's CEO, Lei Jun, just over 2 million users still have it in their hands. This, then, might be an impressive vindication of the device's design, hardware and longevity.

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The Xiaomi Mi 6 was launched in 2017, making it a contemporary and peer of phones like those of the OnePlus 5, Samsung Galaxy S8 and Pixel 2 lines. Therefore, it was one of the last generations of Android flagships to rock front-facing home buttons, as well as the sensor bars in effect prior to the rise of the notch.

The Mi 6 combined them with a display of surprisingly decent quality despite its FHD IPS-LCD nature, and dual rear cameras that would have been much more cutting-edge during its launch of over 4 years ago. The phone thus garnered a critical reception that may have helped propel Xiaomi to the world-leading position in the electronics sphere enjoyed by the OEM to this day.

Furthermore, there are now signs the Mi 6 is also doing its part to alleviate the world's ongoing e-waste problem, as users are hanging onto it in their droves. According to a new post published to Lei Jun's Weibo feed, these prudent classic Android enthusiasts still number 2.15 million.

Then again, the executive does not mention where this figure came from, not to mention whether they apply worldwide or to Xiaomi's home market of China only. However, should they be accurate, it is a slight shame that the phone's official version of MIUI has not seen an update in a while.

All in all, it now seems it is a particularly good thing the development community for the Mi 6 remains fairly vibrant, with its own builds of LineageOS 18 and other Android 11-based ROMs in evidence.

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Deirdre O'Donnell
Deirdre O'Donnell - Senior Tech Writer - 4233 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-06-20 (Update: 2021-06-20)