A leak depicting what's said to be the back panel of the Xiaomi Mi 6X appeared online earlier this week, having originally been spotted on Chinese social media platform Weibo. The image that can be seen above appears to be a screenshot of a video taken by someone close to Xiaomi's supply chain or manufacturing operations but its true source has yet to be identified. The component held by the author of the leak and its counterparts seen in the background appear to be of the aluminum variety, thus being a strong indication of a metal unibody design. The overall look of the plate suggests the Xiaomi Mi 6X won't feature a removable battery, which would be in line with how its predecessor was assembled.
The handset itself has already been the subject of numerous rumors and reports, having previously starred in a variety of leaked images, most of which correspond with the newly uncovered one. The Xiaomi Mi 5X originally launched last September and it's presently unclear whether the early sightings of its supposed successor will lead to an earlier release this year, though some industry watchers believe so, adding that Xiaomi's upcoming product event scheduled to be held at the 2018 edition of the Mobile World Congress is the manufacturer's best opportunity to announce the device. The Mi 5X was advertised in the West as the Mi A1 and its follow-up is likely to be marketed in accordance with the same naming scheme, being expected to launch as the Mi A2.
The upcoming mid-range handset will supposedly be powered by Xiaomi's in-house Surge S2 chip instead of a Qualcomm-made piece of silicon and will boast 4GB of RAM, insiders said in recent weeks. Previous reports also pointed to only a single model being in the works, featuring 64GB of internal flash memory expandable by up to 128GB via a microSD card slot. A 5.7-inch display should also be part of the package, supporting an FHD+ resolution and an elongated 18:9 (2:1) aspect ratio. The device is likely to run Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box but it remains to be seen whether some of its models end up being released as part of Google's Android One program, as was the case with the Mi 5X, i.e. the Mi A1.