Xiaomi Mi 6 rumor round-up: Specs, features, price and release date

It's been roughly a year since Chinese superstar Xiaomi unveiled its not-too-shabby Xiaomi Mi 5. Equipped with excellent hardware, hip design, and an attractive price tag, it was one of the best Android devices you couldn't get due to its rather limited availability. Regardless, it was a rather good all-around smartphone that showed Xiaomi knows how to make an appealing Android device.

The Mi 5 is a bit long in the tooth already, though, so it's only natural that it will be eventually succeeded by the Xiaomi Mi 6. Rumor has it this device might become official in the coming weeks, so it's only natural for us to explore all the rumors surrounding this anticipated phone.


There's merely one somewhat credible spy-shot of the Mi 6 that claims to be showing this one in all its glory. Here goes:

There's also another purported Mi 6 prototype pic that made the rounds a couple of months ago, but it looks as realistic as a unicorn giving birth to a pack of cute fluffy rabbits in a sunlit forest opening. Anyway, here it is:

Disregarding the second picture, you can clearly see that there don't seem to be that many differences between the Mi 6 and the Mi 5: both phones have pretty similar design language, with the Mi 6 retaining the curved glass back of the Mi 5. Judging from the past, we'd guess that the basic version would employ metal and glass in its build, whereas the premium version of the device would step things up with a ceramic-metal build. That's what Xiaomi did with the Xiaomi Mi 5 and the Xiaomi Mi Mix, both of which had ceramic versions. Xiaomi seems pretty keen on this design, so we have a premonition that the Mi 6 might employ a similar design philosophy.

We have no sneak peeks at the possible design yet. As it seems that 2017 will be all about minimizing bezels, we hope that the Mi 6 will borrow a few design aspects from the Mi Mix as that one was among the first commercially-available devices to employ this fledgling design philosophy. In the worst case scenario, though, the next flagship in Xiaomi's backyard won't stray away much from the Mi 5. And that's a good thing!

We expect Xiaomi to employ the same fast and reliable ultrasonic fingerprint scanner that made the cut on the Xiaomi Mi 5s. We suppose this one would be embedded in the home button if the phone has one or will end up being in the rear of the device.


As we said,  the Mi 6 is expected to come in two versions - one with a 1080p Full HD display and another one with a Quad HD one, both of which are believed to have a diagonal size of 5.2 inches. If true, this will be just a marginal increase of 0.05 inches in comparison with the 5.15-inch display of the Mi 5. It will still be quite compact and easy to use with a single hand if this rumor holds water, and we really hope it does.

One of the rumored reasons why Xiaomi could go with such a display can be summarized in two letters: VR. With the growing popularity of virtual reality, Xiaomi is pegged to be jumping on the Google Daydream bandwagon. That's just a rumor, though, and while it sounds plausible and totally possible, we'd still take it with a bit of salt. 


This is where we seem to have a pretty good understanding as to what hardware would make the cut inside the Mi 6.

At first, rumors about a Qualcomm solution popped around, suggesting that Xiaomi might go with either the existing Snapdragon 821 or the upcoming Snapdragon 835. As the Samsung has exclusively secured the initial supply of Snapdragon 835 chipsets, chances for that one to make its way to Xiaomi's upcoming phone are rather slim, provided that this one is indeed coming soon. Yet, that's exactly what the rumor mill is trying to instill in us - the Xiaomi Mi 6 is tipped to come with a Snapdragon 835, though we feel like this might not be the case since Xiaomi seems to have a backup plan, dubbed Surge S1.

That's Xiaomi's own in-house chipset that got announced a week or so ago. Built with the big.LITTLE architecture, the Surge S1 is made up of four 2.2GHz Cortex-A53 cores to handle tough tasks. Four 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 cores work on the light housekeeping. The result is an octa-core CPU and the Mali T-860 MP4 GPU. The latter uses 40% less energy than the previous generation Mali GPU. A 32-bit DSP supports VoLTE and high-quality calls, even in a noisy environment. It will make a debut on the Xiaomi Mi 5c, but we imagine that a beefier version might make the rounds on the Mi 6 as well.

As far as RAM and storage goes, we have vague information, but chances are the flagship will arrive with at least 4 gigs of RAM and 32GB of storage; a microSD card slot will also make the cut. Supposedly, a 6GB RAM "Pro" version could also be in the works, and it will also one-up the base Mi 6 with 128GB of storage 4,000mAh battery and, possibly, slightly more premium ceramic design. Both versions are said to be donning USB Type-C ports, which is not surprising at all given that the Mi 5 came with that one as well.

To put things in comparison, here's what the Mi 5 offered right off the bat:

Xiaomi Mi 5

  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh


If some of the leaked images are to be believed, the Mi 6 will come with a dual camera-lens setup at the back, as is trendy these days. No solid info on what the second shooter will be used for, but Xiaomi has a sweet selection of options ahead of itself: it can employ a wide-angle shooter, a telephoto lens, a monochrome camera, or the old and tested snapper that lets you capture depth information and employ various afterfocus effects, which are mostly a gimmick. 

Camera-wise, rumor has it the main snapper of the Mi 6 would employ Sony's IMX 386 sensor. That one is a relatively large 1/2.9", 12MP sensor with 1.25 μm pixels and phase-detection autofocus, which sounds great on paper. This sensor has been out since July 2016 and so far has seen limited adoption and has been employed on devices like the Meizu MX6 and the Meizu Pro 6 Plus. It proved to be more than a decent camera sensor on those two devices though we will abstain from giving verdicts until we see what this one will do in combination with Xiaomi's own camera optimization and quirks.

Other leaks suggest that a super high-res 30MP camera sensor might be making an appearance. It's logical to assume that this one will be thrown into the "Pro" version of the Mi 6, but don't quote us on that.

If one of your guilty pleasures is to snap selfies of yourself, you should be happy! Early rumors paint out a rather good picture for the Mi 6's front camera, which is pegged to be an 8MP F2.0 shooter utilizing Sony's IMX268 sensor. Sounds like a pretty good selfie setup, and if it's anything like the Mi 5, we will likely be content.

Interface and functionality

As usual with Xiaomi, we will most definitely be treated to its in-house MIUI interface, which is among the most feature-rich and pleasant to use custom Android skins that have ever come out of mainland China. With Android 7.0 already out and about, the Mi 6 would most definitely have its MIUI built onto the Nougat foundation. 

As we also mentioned in the display section a few paragraphs above, Google Daydream support would likely be on board, which means that fans of virtual reality will have a few reasons to rejoice.

Pricing and release date

Xiaomi bigwig Lei Jun himself confirmed that the Mi 6 is going official sometime this April, with April 16 being one of the rumored dates. So, save that date.  

As far as market release goes, a Snapdragon 835-powered Mi 6 will probably not hit the shelves until late May and early June because of the low supply of that chipset. If Xiaomi puts its own silicon inside, the Mi 6 will most likely be available much earlier than that. According to some latest leaks, only 50,000 units of the Mi 6 might be available at launch, which sounds like quite a lowly figure for China's standards, where flash sales go through inventories like hot cakes.

In terms of pricing, we actually have no idea as to what the Mi 6 is going to cost, but we feel that Xiaomi will at least match the pricing of the Mi 5 with its next flagship. This means that the base model will start at $349 or more in China, while its more premium version will definitely add some and the $400 barrier will definitely be broken. Of course, that's some crude guesstimation on our end, so the real pricing of the flagship might differ from what you just read.

Availability-wise, we have no idea if China and India will be the main theater of war for the Mi 6. We definitely hope that it lands in other markets, too, preferably as Western as possible. Xiaomi's US debut still looks like a distant dream and we doubt that the Mi 6 will be the one to fulfill it. 

As we know more, so will you.

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1. Z.....

Posts: 355; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

Specs are trashy, the MiMix2 has better hardware. A53 are no good for tough tasks, the A57 is way better.

9. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

A57 is dead.

2. Madmax

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 19, 2016

Samsung doesn't have exclusive rights over the snap 835¬¬¬ Get your sources right... Qualcomm officially denied such rumors stating that Samsung has no right over who Qualcomm wants to distribute its chipsets.. As for the g6, Qualcomm 821 because of late supplies of 835*

12. Phonehex

Posts: 767; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

No one is gonna buy the G6 anyway.

18. silhouette

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

me is gonna buy the g6. almost sure probably.

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right.. there is no such thing like "exclusive rights", it's just normal queue.. Because samsung can't simply make >100millions of SD835 and send them too all manufacturers at once... they have production limitation, and they'll serve one manufacturer at a time..

3. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Im sure the mi6 camera will perform like galaxy s5 lol 1/2.9" sensor and pa call it huge lel

10. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Xiaomi is not among the best at camera for sure, but Mi5s has an 1/2.3" sensor which is quite large for smartphones.

4. keesdevriesch

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 06, 2017

Wtf. Why is no one talking about the Mi5s, the current flagship. "Xiaomi Mi 5, the current-gen Xiaomi flagship" makes no sense, because it ain't true. Have one in my hand right now. Typing this edgy message as we speak.

7. thlai

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 06, 2017

That's right. I have Mi5s as well, and it works great! My only regret is I should have gone for Mi5s plus for bigger display. Mi6 will not be SD821 since Mi5s already using one. It has to be SD835 or else what's the point with Mi6? Mi5s exceeded my expectation, Antutu easily scores beyond 140k topping S7 Edge.

5. Mixkhata1

Posts: 162; Member since: Feb 26, 2017

I just hope they work on the audio quality in video recording. In Mi5, in gsmarena's review, a sample of recorded video was provided and the recorded audio was so bad that it stopped me from importing this phone.

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

surge S1 is too weak for flagship, it's slower than SD820.. that's why they use it on $210 Mi5c, and I'm sure they won't give it to Mi6,,

8. Roegge

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 11, 2017

Cool try: I really want them to stop  trying with imitations of Apple and Sansumg ( no longer the best PPR)...  now  their overpriced stuff is making room for competition as AGM with cheap strong phones, vernee,Ouk, ZTE, BV, etc ... Personally: i like the ruggeds better so to me AGM is rocking right now!

11. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Mi x line is no longer Xiaomi's flagships for good or ill. My predictions based on previous generations of Xiaomi Mi x devices: - 1999 yuan (290USD) price tag (including Chinese VAT) for the base model in China, just like every other Mi x device. - Design overhaul just like every other Mi device. Actually the company CEO have a motto like "no design is the best design" for that their ever changing designs. - Many colors will be showcased at launch event, but mostly one (or two at best) color will be available. - 64GB storage for base model just like Mi5s. 32gb would be a step back. There is a 32GB Mi5s, but that model has released after the launch for 1899 yuan. - Probably will have an underwhelming camera performance for the high-end class, but will be perfectly fine for its price range. Probably will have a random image sensor also probably from Sony. - Only base model and only one color for the official international markets. Indians might get a month or so later than Chinese, but other official markets will get much later. - They will cut some corners in order to reducing the cost. - Helio X30 might be in Chinese base model instead a watered down version of Snapdragon 835 similar to what they did at those Mi5 and Mi5s.

13. kishore3k

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

Camera is the only concern. Rumours are pouring for IMX 400 but I highly doubt that as Sony is known keeping best modules to its phones. It will come with sd 835 of course. And the writer has 0.000001% knowledge about xiaomi. What in seven hells xiaomi would use surge s1 ? Joke of the century

14. ech2wo

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 07, 2016

Lol. Exactly

15. techbuttcheex

Posts: 204; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

I really hate wedge body shape. I prefer rounded edges side to side and top to bottom.

17. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I may buy either the Mi 6 or the Mi 6 Plus. I had the Mi 5 and thought it was one of the best phones I ever owned, partly thanks to its 2-day battery life, my top criterion. Here in Canada, we can use most Chinese phones because they generally include LTE Band 7 (2600) which is offered by 4 of our carriers. Some say that it is hard to get them but I have had no problem ordering them from online Chinese retailers, shipped very quickly by DHL. Some say it's too risky buying Chinese phones with no local service, but I have never had any need for service so either I have been very lucky or the quality has been that good.

19. Siralf

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 12, 2017

The 800 series architecture is from 2013, whenever you are ready Qualcomm, no pressure!

20. hungpakto

Posts: 48; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

No one is gonna care about Xiaomi

21. dgupta4294

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 18, 2017

xiaomimi6phone com Samsung doesn't have exclusive rights over the snap 835¬¬¬ Get your sources. Qualcomm officially denied such rumours stating that Samsung has no right over who Qualcomm wants to distribute its chipsets. As for the g6, Qualcomm 821 because of late supplies of 835*

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