Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone and electronics manufacturer, is introducing the successor to the popular flagship Mi 5 this year. There are conflicting reports on when the new phone will launch, however. The upcoming smartphone will look to upstage the Apple iPhone 8 and the Samsung Galaxy S8 when they launch later this year. What we do know as of now is that the Xiaomi Mi 6 will be the first Chinese smartphone to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC or System on Chip. This will make the Mi 6 enormously fast and very energy efficient as well. The Snapdragon 835, often referred to as SD 835 in short, will have an octa-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz. We expect the new Xiaomi device to release in March and not in February as reports indicated.
Let’s talk features. The Xiaomi Mi 6 will have a 5.2-inch display with 100% screen to display ratio. We expect a 4K display resolution which translates to 4096×2160 pixels in laymen’s language. Expect a 2.5D curved glass with a metallic body and back. The Mi 6 will boast of pretty impressive if mid-range features with 4GB to 6GB of RAM and storage options up to 128GB that can be expanded up to 256GB. The phone will have a 16 + 16 MP dual-rear camera along with a 7MP front snapper. The Xiaomi Mi 6 will host a USB Type-C port & 3000mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0
There are conflicting reports on the camera specifications, especially when it comes to the primary or rear camera. Two main schools of thought are behind this: one stating that the rear camera will be a 23 MP behemoth capable of taking incredibly detailed pictures. The other report states that the phone will have a dual camera setup of 16MP and 16 MP. In both reports, the front camera configuration stays the same at 7MP. We expect other standard features like facial recognition, optical image stabilisation and dual-tone LED Flash.
The Xiaomi Mi 6 will sport a USB Type-C port and will retain the 3.5mm headphone jack, thereby not flowing with the tide as Apple and Samsung has done. A certain amount of brand and value differentiation will be a result of this move. We also expect a dependable 3000mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 on the new phone. There is some confusion on the Quick Charge feature on the phone. The features as specified by manufacturer Qualcomm shows the new chipset, the Snapdragon 835, to be compatible with Quick Charge 4.0. This might make the details already available on the Xiaomi Mi 6 redundant, as they will allow the phone to come with Quick Charge 4.0 and allow compatibility with USB power delivery.
Other features we can confirm include dual SIM support with Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity, Wi-Fi direct and Hotspot support. Gorilla Glass 4 will make the screen extra durable and makes the phone shock-proof and dust-proof. Sensors include a barometer, a compass, a gyroscope and two digital assistants, Bixby and Kestra. The price of the device is still unknown but Xiaomi will look to keep it a mid-range phone as the specs are middling. We are looking at the dawn of a new technological era with a retina scanner on the Mi 6 replacing the fingerprint scanner.