Xiaomi MI 6: The countdown has begun as we are left with only a number of days ahead of the Christmas as well as the setting in of the new year. The world of electronic gadgets has already shifted its focus to the number of new releases that are going to take place in the upcoming year. And one of the biggest names in that list of upcoming devices is the Xiaomi Mi 6. The world of smartphone will be looking forward to the release of this smartphone from the China-based brand as in recent times they have come up devices worthy of competing with all the other smartphones produced by the other leading smartphone making brands across the world.
Xiaomi received a number of good reviews when it availed the users of smartphones the Xiaomi Mi 5 in the first quarter of the year 2016. Subsequently they have gone on to release a number of products in the Mi5 series which have managed to grab the attention of a number of users across continents. And with the onset of the year 2017, fans of Xiaomi will be eager to get something even better from the Chinese smartphone manufacturing brand. And as we approach an imminent release of a smartphone in the Xiaomi Mi series we bring forward all the required information before we come to know more about the Xiaomi Mi 6.
Xiaomi Mi 6 Release Date Speculation
When rumours of a new smartphone float in the air one of the most important information that the followers want to know is the release date of that particular smartphone. And quite naturally there is an equal amount of buzz regarding the probable release date of the Xiaomi Mi 6.
Speculations were rife that Xiaomi will be making an announcement regarding the official MI 6 release date of the smartphone in the month of February in 2017, during the MWC 2017 gala event. This is because of the fact that Xiaomi Mi 5 was announced way back in the month of February last year. The Chinese smartphone manufacturers later released the Xiaomi Mi 5S and the 5S Plus in October to further take forward the Mi series. It has been a trend of Xiaomi to make an announcement regarding the arrival of a new flagship in the Mi series after a gap of few months of the release of a smartphone in the Mi series. That too played a large part between our hopes and expectations of a February release. Now as Xiaomi disappoint us big time last month, the question again arises when will Mi 6 be unveiled? If we believe the recent rumors, Xiaomi is going to unveil the brand new flagship in March 2017. Although the company has not announced any specific date, the third month of the year has been chosen for the unveiling. And to get your hands on the brand new Mi 6, will you will have to wait until April.
Xiaomi Mi 6: Variants
The forthcoming Xiaomi Mi 6 is believed to be released in three variants-Mi 6 Lite, Mi 6 Standard and Mi 6 Pro. The Mi 6 Lite will be the most basic version of the three whereas the Mi 6 Pro will be the most premium variant. All the three variants of this upcoming flagship device will some features in common, such as the screen size of 5.15-inch. The Mi 6 Lite will sport a full-HD IPS display with the pixel resolution of 1920x1080; whereas the Mi 6 Standard will boast Quad-HD IPS display the pixel resolution of 2560x1440. On the other hand, the most elegant of the lot, the Mi 6 Pro is expected to flaunt Quad-HD dual-curved-edge OLED display with the pixel resolution of 2560x1440. The screens of all the three variants will be protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 4 technology.
Apart from the screen size, the optics and battery capacity of all the three variants will be same. All the three versions-Lite, Standard, and Pro will sport a 23-megapixel snapper at the rear end of the handset and a 7-megapixel shooter at the front take to selfies and make video calls. Moreover, all the variants will support dual-SIM.
If we talk about the specifications of Xiaomi Mi 6 Lite, the handset will be powered by a MediaTek Helio X30 deca-core processor accompanied by 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and PowerVR 7XT Plus GPU. The phone, just like the other two variants, will run on company's very own MIUI 8 OS running on the top of Android 7.0. Mi 6 Lite will come with a metal body and will offer the users 64GB of internal storage.
On the other hand, Mi 6 Standard will most likely to powered by 2.45GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core processor supported by 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and Adreno 540 GPU. Just like Mi 6 Lite, Mi 6 Standard will also come with an all metal body and will offer the users 128 GB of internal storage.
The costliest variant, the Mi 6 Pro will also use the same chipset, although the RAM will be upgraded to 6GB. The handset will flaunt a ceramic body and will offer its users a whopping 256GB of internal storage.
Speculations are rife that Xiaomi will be making an announcement regarding the official MI 6 release date of the smartphone in the month of February in 2017. And it might be made available for the buyers before the end of the first quarter of the year 2017. This is because of the fact that it has been the trend of Xiaomi to make an announcement regarding the arrival of a new smartphone in the Mi series after a gap of few months of the release of a smartphone in the Mi series.
Xiaomi Mi 5 was announced way back in the month of February this year. Few months later in October we received a further extension in the series of Mi series from Xiaomi with a couple of new releases. The Xiaomi Mi 5S and the 5S Plus were released to take forward the Mi series. Both these phones got good reviews from the experts and that more than two months have already passed since that the fans have been waiting for news on the release of a new device from Xiaomi. It could happen in the month of March in 2017 as said earlier. Now that those two smartphones were simply extensions of the Mi 5, people have started to believe that we are not too far away from an official Mi 6 release date regarding the latest flagship device from Xiaomi.
Xiaomi Mi 6 Design
The smartphones released by Xiaomi till date have never failed to come with an attractive design. The lately launched Xiaomi Mi Mix has arguable been one of the better looking smartphones that have come up this year. It will not be a surprise if the Xiaomi Mi 6 comes with a similar sort of a design when it is going to be unveiled next year. At least, the fans are expecting it to be one of the most attractive ones to be released in the coming.
The rumours, that have surfaced promise a lot to all those who are keeping an eye on the developments regarding this upcoming smartphone from Xiaomi. It is expected that the Mi 6 is going to come with a 100% screen-to-body ratio. This indicates that the fact that the upcoming device is going to have a bezel-free edge-to-edge display.
With this development regarding the design it is expected that the smartphone is going to come without a ‘Home’ button which will make the smartphone look even better than the already incredible looking Xiaomi Mi 5S Plus. Perhaps the Mi 6 would come with a 3D touch technology and the physical ‘Home’ button will perhaps be transformed into a virtual one.
Besides this the upcoming flagship device from Xiaomi is expected to be sporting an all-metal body. The all-ceramic body in the Mi Mix looks absolutely incredible but that makes the device a bit more fragile keeping in mind that an all-screen display always makes a device less rigid. A drop of the phone could end up shattering the total display of the device. So experts are expecting that Xiaomi might change their mind in making smartphones with ceramic body structure. And hence the Xiaomi Mi 6 could turn out to be a smartphone with an all-metal body. Also there reports suggesting the fact that the flagship device is going to come with a Corning Gorilla Glass 4, which might turn out be a crucial feature in order to prevent a breakage of the bezel-free display.
The first thing that comes to mind while discussing the probable features of a smartphone is the processor of the device. And the rumours and speculations have suggested that the Xiaomi Mi 6 is going to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor clocked at a speed of 2.5-2.7 GHz. We are reported that the Snapdragon 835 processor is going to be the new flagship from Qualcomm which promises a lot as far as its performance is concerned. The upcoming smartphone from Xiaomi is expected to be featuring a 16-core CPU as well which will make the device exceptionally fast. The phone is also expected to be running on an Android 7.0 Nougat operating system right out of the box.
The edge-to-edge screen of the latest upcoming gadget from Xiaomi will be of 5.5 inches. The Xiaomi Mi 5S came out with a 5.15-inch screen which is already an upgrade from the 5.15-inch display screen of the Xiaomi Mi 5. So chances are low that there will be further upgrade as far as the dimension of the screen is concerned. However, still there are possibilities that the screen could be of 6.4 inches as the lately released Xiaomi Mi Mix has a 6.4-inch screen. Yet we believe that the screen will not undergo too much of a change in the Mi 6. It is rumoured that the upcoming flagship device from Xiaomi with a Super AMOLED display is going to support a 4K display resolution. With a number of smartphones scheduled to be coming with a support for the 4K display resolution, the Xiaomi Mi 6 could also turn up with this incredible feature.
Xiaomi has received accolades for an incredible camera both in the back as well as in the front. And it is a foregone conclusion that the Xiaomi Mi 6 is going to come with equally incredible camera features. The Mi 5 had a 16 megapixel camera while there is an upgrade in the latest edition of the smartphone to a 13-megapixel dual camera. Hence possibilities are high that the Mi 6 is going to come with a 20-megapixel single lens camera assisted by f/1.7 aperture and Phase Detection AutoFocus mode. A dual-LED dual tone flash will be there with on the back of the device. The selfie shooter will perhaps be of 8 megapixels.
The Xiaomi Mi 5S Plus came out in two variants – one with a 4 GB RAM and the other with a 6 GB RAM. And it is highly likely that the Xiaomi Mi 6 is going to come out with a 6 GB RAM. Chances are minimal that it will have an 8 GB RAM because that will definitely result in a hike of the price which Xiaomi might not opt for. Along with this the internal memory of the smartphone is going to be of 64 GB. Xiaomi might release a couple of variants of the device where there will be 128 GB and 256 GB of internal memory. But possibilities are very less that the upcoming device will be coming with a dedicated microSD card slot which means the users will have to rely on the in-built memory only.
Rumours have reported that the device is going to be backed up by a 3,500 mAh non-removable battery. With the development in its processor it is expected that the power consumption of the device is going to go down by a considerable margin and hence, a 3,500 mAh battery will be more than sufficient for the proper lasting of the device. Experts believe that the upcoming flagship device is going to come out with Qualcomm’s latest Quickcharge 4.0 technology incorporated in it.
Coming to additional features of the device, it can be said there will be a considerable number of updated versions of the already present technologies. The Bluetooth 4.2 version present in the device could well be upgraded to the Bluetooth 5.0 version in the upcoming flagship device from Xiaomi. The latest version of the technology has been rolled out lately by its developer and it is reported that smartphones waiting in the pipeline to be released in 2017 will feature this latest technology. Along with this the smartphone is expected to retain the Fingerprint sensor but with the adoption of the bezel-less display it remains to be seen where the technology is going to be mounted on the device. Among other technologies, Accelerometer, Gyro, proximity sensor, barometer and compass will be there in the upcoming flagship device from the China-based smartphone making brand.
Another thing that we would love to have is the Xiaomi Pay. All the leading smartphone making brands across the world have already incorporated their own payment facilities to their users. So it is time that we might get one Xiaomi as well. We want an upgrade in the selfie shooter of the camera. It is expected to sport an 8-megapixel sensor but we want to be even better. We have Fingerprint sensor in the available versions of the smartphones in the Xiaomi Mi series. But what other brands have been doing is not found and this one thing where the Xiaomi Mi 6 can bring in a considerable upgrade. They should look to incorporate the Retina sensor.
Xiaomi Mi 6 Price
The Xiaomi Mi 5 came out with a price tag of 2049 Yuan which is about 19999 in Indian currency. So we can expect a price hike for the Xiaomi Mi 6 particularly because of the new upgrades in the specifications and the features of the device. Probabilities are high that the device is going to come out with a price tag of $399 which is approximately 27000 INR. Even if the price will be hiked, we can expect that the device is going to be as much popular as the earlier versions of the phones that have come out in the Xiaomi Mi series.
Xiaomi has become one of the bigger names in the world of smartphones at the moment. And time is not too far away when we will find the Chinese smartphone making brand in serious competition with the likes of Apple and Samsung with the title of best smartphone making company at stake. The Xiaomi Mi 6 is definitely one of the stepping stones towards that future reality as it is quite obvious that the upcoming flagship device from Xiaomi is going to give the big brands a real run for their money. With all these it can be said that 2017 is set to witness an enthralling competition among some high-end smartphones with the release of a number of devices scheduled to take place in the earlier part of the upcoming year.