Rumor: Budget Xiaomi Mi 6 In Plans, MediaTek's SoC In Tow

Xiaomi is reportedly planning to release a budget variant of the Xiaomi Mi 6, and that variant of the device will be fueled by the upcoming Helio X30 64-bit deca-core processor. The Helio X30 is MediaTek’s upcoming flagship SoC, and it seems like it will be quite powerful, despite that, however, this variant of the device is expected to cost less than the Snapdragon-powered variant that Xiaomi will almost certainly announce, and that makes sense as the Helio X30 will be a considerably more affordable chip.

According to rumors, the company is aiming to release three different variants of the Xiaomi Mi 6, most powerful of which will be fueled by the Snapdragon 835, but the most affordable model will be fueled by the Helio X30 and cost 1,999 Yuan ($290). Now, previous rumors suggested that the Snapdragon 835 variant of the device will cost 1,999 Yuan ($290), which is quite possible as well, especially if the company plans not to release the MediaTek-powered Xiaomi Mi 6. Company’s previous flagship smartphones, like the Mi 5, cost 1,999 Yuan ($290) at launch, their base models, though those based models were fueled by the same SoC as higher-end variants, the Snapdragon 820 in Xiaomi Mi 5’s case. It seems like all Xiaomi Mi 6 variants will sport an AMOLED display, at least according to rumors, and the display will sport no bezel on the sides, while a curved variant of the smartphone is probably also coming. Now, if the Helio X30 variant of the Xiaomi Mi 6 becomes a reality, and that variants ends up costing 1,999 Yuan ($290), then the base Snapdragon 835 model will probably cost 2,499 Yuan ($362).

Previous Xiaomi Mi 6 rumors have suggested that the device will resemble the Xiaomi Mi Note 2, which makes sense. This means that the Xiaomi Mi 6 will probably be made out of metal and glass, just like its predecessor, and a curved display is quite probably also coming to the device, at least one variant of the phone is expected to sport such a display. Android Nougat will come pre-installed on the Xiaomi Mi 6, and on top of it, you’ll probably get Xiaomi’s MIUI 8 OS, mainly because the company won’t release the MIUI 9 before the Mi 6 announcement, at least it seems like it.

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