Xiaomi Mi 6 to launch on April 19; here’s what we know so far

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has confirmed that the flagship Mi 6 smartphone will be launching in China today. The company has been teasing the imminent launch on social media platforms, and there’s no stopping rumors and leaks trickling in either. With just a few hours to the launch, here’s a look at everything we know so far about the Xiaomi Mi 6. Update: Xiaomi has refuted earlier rumors, and has now confirmed that the Mi 6 will be launching on April 19. The company has sent out media invites, and the launch will take place at the Beijing University Of Technology Gymnasium.

The launch invite is accompanied by Xiaomi saying, “It’s been 203 days since Xiaomi last announced the Mi 5s. Xiaomi constantly exceeds expectations through innovation in every product. Mi 6 is a beautifully crafted and powerful device, we can’t wait to lift the curtain up on it. We’ll be covering the live event, please stay tuned.” Based on the leaks we have come across so far, the Xiaomi Mi 6 will flaunt a premium design, which is expected from a flagship device. Up front, the display dominates the real estate with very slim bezels on the sides. Leaked images also show a physical button at the bottom, which should have a fingerprint sensor embedded as well. At the back, the device sports a curved body and the highlight is the dual-camera setup placed at the top-left corner.

Xiaomi is rumored to launch two variants today – the Mi 6 and the Mi 6 Plus. Hours ahead of the launch, the pricing details of the two variants have been leaked on Weibo. The Xiaomi Mi 6 is expected to come in two variants – 64GB with 4GB RAM priced at RMB 2,199 (Rs 20,500 approximately), and 128GB with 4GB RAM priced at RMB 2,599 (Rs 24,300 approximately). The Xiaomi Mi 6 Plus, on the other hand, is likely to be available in three variants – 64GB with 6GB RAM priced at RMB 2,599, 128GB with 6GB RAM priced at RMB 3,099 (Rs 29,000 approximately), and the top-end 256GB with 6GB RAM priced at RMB 3,699 (Rs 34,600 approximately).

Xiaomi Mi 6, Mi 6 Plus specifications, features

We already had a fair idea on the upcoming smartphones’ specifications and features. Now an AnTuTu listing has all but confirmed most of these specs. For one, the prototype having been put through the paces scored 170,000, which is considerably higher than the Xiaomi Mi 5s’ score of 131,000. This score is no doubt from the fact that the Mi 6 and the Mi 6 Plus are widely expected to be powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 SoC. This is the same SoC that is currently powering the Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphones, and the Sony Xperia XZ Premium.

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