In the list of the most anticipated smartphones of 2017, the Xiaomi Mi 6 ranks quite high, right up in the big league with the Samsung Galaxy S8, the LG G6, Huawei P10, and the iPhone 8.
While the LG G6 and the Huawei P10 have already been unveiled at the 2017 Mobile World Congress, and the iPhone might come later this year, the Galaxy S8 is just around the corner, later this month. And if reports from Chinese-based site MyDrivers are to be believed, the Xiaomi Mi 6 will launch right after the Samsung Galaxy S8, on April 16.
The Xiaomi Mi 5 had a top-end processor at the time of its launch, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, although it was a bit underclocked. The Mi 6 too is expected to carry the next flagship processor from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 835, but is said to be properly clocked, and not underclocked. The new Sony Xperia XZ Premium was the first phone to be announced with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 will also have the same chip powering it.
Incidentally, it is also speculated that the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 6 will have the same (or similar) 19 megapixel camera sensor as the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, that can shoot videos at 960 frames per second.
It is speculated that the Mi 6 will be launched in three specification-based variants – as of now we don’t know how many of these variants will actually make it to India. The least expensive of the three will come with 4GB of RAM with 32GB of internal memory. A step-up variant will have the same amount of RAM, 4GB, but will have 64GB of storage. A premium, or top-end model will also be there with the ceramic body and that will be equipped with 6GB of RAM with 128GB of internal storage.
Xiaomi has always had very disrtuptive pricing for its devices, and the Mi 6 is also expected to take the same route. Apparently, Mi 6 range will start at CNY 1999 (or approx Rs 19,399), and the most expensive variant will be sold for CNY 2500 (or approx Rs 24,500).