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Don't be frightened! Xiaomi Jason is merely the 'more affordable' mid-range Mi 6c?

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Ever since the Xiaomi Mi 4c made its appearance in 2015, Xiaomi has followed the introduction of its flagship phones with a more affordable mid-range "c" model. Last year it was the Xiaomi Mi 5c and this year, it will be the Xiaomi Mi 6c. Speaking of the latter, a phone has been benchmarked on GFXBench which sources believe to be the Mi 6c.

With the code name Xiaomi Jason, you might expect the phone to come to market on Friday the 13th, wearing a hockey mask and holding a machete. According to GFXBench, it will be carrying a 5.1-inch display with a 1080 x 1920 resolution. The recently introduced Snapdragon 660 chipset will be powering the phone, containing an octa-core 2.2GHz CPU and the Adreno 512 GPU. 6GB of RAM is inside along with 64GB of native storage.  A 12MP camera adorns the back of the unit, with a 5MP front-facing snapper handling selfies and video chats. Android 7.1.1 is pre-installed.

If the above are legitimate specs, the main difference between the flagship Mi 6 and the Mi 6c appears to be under the hood. The former is powered by Qualcomm's top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 chipset. But that might not be such a big deal after all. In performance tests, the Snapdragon 660 SoC held its own compared to the Snapdragon 835 chipset, and will also provide better battery life to boot. Another difference is found between the two handsets' front-facing cameras. The Mi 6 comes with an 8MP selfie shooter vs. the 4MP camera that will be found on the Mi 6c.

We should see the Xiaomi Mi 6c priced a bit lower than the Xiaomi Mi 6. Considering that the 64GB version of the high-end model is priced at the equivalent of $360 USD, Xiaomi is going to need a machete to cut component costs to the bone in order to undercut the pricing of the Mi 6. Perhaps that is how the mid-ranger got its rumored code name.

source: GFXBench via DroidHolic

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