If you love ubiquitous Japanese virtual idols and solid Chinese midrange phones, has Xiaomi ever got the collaboration for you: behold the Hatsune Miku Mi 6X. The limited-edition device comes in a Miku-themed teal color with a printed 1–5,000 serial number, matching wallpapers, and opulent packaging that folds out into a “stage.”
The Mi 6X itself is a midrange device with a six-inch 18:9 2160 x 1080 LCD, a Snapdragon 660 processor, a 20-megapixel dual camera setup, a 20-megapixel selfie camera with flash, a 3,010mAh battery, and a USB-C charging port. It starts from 1,599 yuan ($240), but the Hatsune Miku edition will sell for 2,099 yuan ($315).
For that extra money you do also get a color-matched 10,000mAh battery pack that charges over USB-C, which is a decent bonus. There’s also a case with chrome edges and a full-color version of the Miku design etched on the phone itself, along with a metal collector’s card with the serial number printed. This model of the phone has 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
I can’t claim to be a huge Hatsune Miku fan, but I will say that this shade of turquoise is a good color for a phone. And the Mi 6X itself is an impressive device for the price; its thin design is somewhere between the iPhone 6 and iPhone X, with relatively small bezels, an aluminum back panel, and a vertically oriented camera bump. Performance and battery life are reliably good, as you’d expect from a phone with these specs, and the camera turns out decent results.
The Mi 6X is only available in China for now, but there’s a lot of speculation over a possible India-focused variant called the Mi A2. This is because last year’s Mi A1 was an Android One version of the China-only Mi 5X, and represented a push from Google and Xiaomi to get Android One onto more powerful devices in India and beyond. The Mi A1 was a compelling device, but its design is looking pretty outdated at this point, so a 6X running Android One would likely be well received.
For now, though, we just have the Mi 6X and this elaborate Hatsune Miku special edition. It goes on sale today in China through Mi.com, but it’s limited to 5,000 units and won’t be easy to acquire.