Xiaomi has been teasing its flagship since February of this year and it was only recently confirmed that it will be released sometime in this month. Today, it seems someone grew a bit lax with their Mi 6 sampler and have put it up on GFXBench for Android. Thanks to that, we can see a device referred to as the “Xiaomi Sagit” show up but the specifications and SoC reveals the identity of the device to be the Mi 6.
Talking about specifications, the Mi 6 as speculated earlier does indeed feature Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 SoC and Adreno 540 GPU coupled with 4 GB or 6 GB of RAM alongside 64 GB or 128 GB of internal memory respectively, depending on which model you opt for. For the cameras, Xiaomi has outfitted the device with a 12-megapixel sensor with 4K recording capabilities along with an 8-megapixel selfie snapper up-front, which is again capable of recording 4K videos. For the display the Mi 6 flaunts a 5.1-inch full HD (1080 x1920) IPS panel. The device is running on MIUI 9.0, a skinned version of Android by Xiaomi itself based on the v.7.1.1, Nougat flavour. These details lay to rest a lot of speculations around the hardware such as dual-rear camera sensors which were to feature on the phone.
All in all, the specifications look really interesting and if Xiaomi is quick on its feet, it can be the second company after Samsung to release a smartphone based on the Snapdragon 835 chipset. This fact not withstanding SONY being the first brand to announce a smartphone (Xperia XZ Premium) featuring Qualcomm’s latest and greatest but being pipped by Sasmung to pole position by the launch of their Galaxy S8 line. This development should surely ruffle feathers of the more premium brands like SONY, LG and HTC. Even on the software front, the Mi 6 manages to surprise since most conservative reports had pegged MIUI 9 to be based on Android v.7.0 rather than the more recent v.7.1.1 flavour.
Xiaomi is expected to retail the Mi 6 starting at ¥1,999 (~$289) and go up-to ¥2,699 (~$391) for the highest end variant featuring 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. Are you excited for the company’s latest flagship or will you be aiming a little higher, tell us in the comments below.
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