Just earlier today, we were discussing a new leaked image showing the SIM card slot of the Xiaomi Mi 6. Till then, everyone seemed pretty convinced that the new Xiaomi flagship will carry a Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC clocked at 2.45 GHz under the hood. However, another new revelation has just shattered that speculation.
If this latest Weibo leak is to be taken on the face value, the forthcoming Mi 6 could feature the slightly older Snapdragon 821 instead. A higher-end variant of the handset equipped with Snapdragon 835 could be launched awhile later, though.
The news comes amidst reports that Samsung is allegedly holding the Snapdragon 835 SoC for its next-generation flagship Samsung Galaxy S8 which will be launching later today.
Meanwhile, another setback could be on the card for the awaiting Mi fans. According to a report by AndroidPure, the Xiaomi Mi 6 release date has been pushed back to May. The handset was originally expected to be unveiled on April 11.
Other forthcoming Android flagships will also have to stick to SD 821 or delay launch
Note that if Samsung is indeed holding on to the Snapdragon 835 stock, it is likely that many smartphone makers will have no other way but to stick to the Snapdragon 821 for their forthcoming devices. These include the LG G6, the next Android flagship from LG, which is also rumored to be featuring the SD 821 chip instead of the SD 835. Meanwhile, some manufacturers have been forced to delay the launch of their handsets because of the short supply — the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is a prime example of such delayed devices.
Coming back to the Mi 6, rest of specs (barring the processor)are expected to remain unchanged.
The price of the base variant of Xiaomi Mi 6 is expected to be somewhere around 1999 Yuan (~$290) whereas the base variant of Mi 6 Plus will probably set you back 2599 Yuan (~370).