Xiaomi will announce the launch date of its latest flagship, the Mi 6, today. While CEO Lei Jun had confirmed an April launch earlier, the company has now revealed on its official Weibo account that it will be announcing the launch date of its the successor to the Mi 5 on Tuesday. From earlier leaks, a larger, better-specced variant called the Mi 6 Plus is also expected to launch alongside.
Update 11 April 13:35 IST: Xiaomi has announced that the Xiaomi Mi 6 will be officially unveiled on April 19 in Beijing at the University Of Technology Gymnasium.
Apart from the launch date, pricing details were also spotted on the Chinese social media site. Xiaomi Mi 6 will allegedly be launched in 4GB of RAM + 64GB storage and 4GB + 128GB variants priced at CNY 2,199 (roughly Rs. 20,500), and CNY 2,599 (roughly Rs. 24,300), respectively. The bigger Xiaomi Mi 6 Plus, on the other hand is tipped to be be offered in 6GB of RAM + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB, and 6GB + 256GB variants, which will reportedly be priced at CNY 2,699 (roughly Rs. 25,000), CNY 3,099 (roughly Rs. 28,990) and CNY 3,699 (roughly Rs. 34,600), respectively. The prices and storage options are slightly different than what was rumoured late last month.
From what we know so far, the Xiaomi Mi 6 runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat - an heretofore unreleased version of MIUI, the company's custom ROM. It will feature a 5.1-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixel) display. It is tipped to offer 64GB or 128GB of inbuilt storage as well. As for camera, the Mi 6 is tipped to sport a 12-megapixel rear camera with 4K video recording support and an 8-megapixel front snapper capable of 4K recording as well.
Meanwhile, the Mi 6 Plus flagship has been tipped to sport a Quad HD 2K OLED display with dual curved edges and dual rear camera setup, while the Mi 6 will allegedly sport a flat display. Both the flagships are expected to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and come with Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4.0 technology for fast charging support. The smartphone is also expected to house a 4000mAh battery, although this will likely be for the Mi 6 Plus.
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the Mi 6 will be launched today (April 11). As it turns out, something was lost in translation, as Xiaomi meant the launch date will be announced today.