Xiaomi had released quite a few high-end devices this year. Back in February, the company had rolled out the Xiaomi Mi 5 and Mi 5 Pro, which are essentially identical devices, but come with a slightly different set of specs, and the Mi 5 Pro model comes in a ceramic variant as well. The Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus landed back in September, and Xiaomi also introduced the XiaomI Mi Note 2 and Mi MIX in October. Having that in mind, the next high-end Xiaomi-branded smartphone will probably be the Xiaomi Mi 6 which is expected to land in the first quarter of next year. We did not really see that many rumors or leaks when it comes to this phone, but some info just surfaced.
According to @KJuma, a China-based leakster, the Xiaomi Mi 6 will launch with the Snapdragon 835 SoC, which is Qualcomm’s upcoming flagship processor, but it seems like that’s not the only Mi 6 variant that Xiaomi intends on selling. According to the source, Xiaomi is planning to introduce three different Xiaomi Mi 6 variants, the Xiaomi Mi 6S, Mi 6E and Mi 6P. Now, letters after the number ‘6’ are supposed to represent different processors, the letter ‘S’ stands for ‘Snapdragon’, while the letter ‘E’ stands for MediaTek’s ‘Helio’ SoC for some reason, and last, but not least, the letter ‘P’ is supposed to represent Xiaomi’s very own, rumored ‘Pinecone’ SoC which we’re yet to see out in the market. Now, we’re wondering why would Xiaomi opt for the ‘Mi 6E’ name instead of the ‘Mi 6H’ if they’re going with the letter equals processor name shtick? Well, we don’t know, do keep in mind that this is just a rumor at this point, and it’s even possible that the letter ‘E’ represent ‘Exynos’ and not MediaTek’s Helio offering, but that seems quite unlikely at the moment.
We still have no idea what materials will the company use in order to build the Xiaomi Mi 6, it is possible that they’ll go with metal and glass once again, but who knows. In addition to all those rumored processor variants, the Xiaomi Mi 6 will ship with Android 7.0 or 7.1 Nougat, while you’ll be able to find MIUI 9 OS on top of it. You can also expect to see 6GB of RAM inside of Xiaomi’s upcoming smartphone, and a Type-C USB port will be placed on the bottom of the phone. Do keep in mind that all of this info is based on rumors, so take it with a grain of salt.