Xiaomi Mi 6 gets the Snapdragon 835 and edges out competition, plus other details

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We can now confirm that the Xiaomi Mi 6 will be the first Chinese smartphone to release with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. By doing so, the new Xiaomi smartphone will edge out other big rivals like Samsung, LG and HTC who will launch the Galaxy S8, the LG G6 and the HTC 11 which are all set to launch later this year and will boast of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC powering their devices. We have also been getting rumours that Asus will look forward to releasing a new smartphone with the same powerful chipset as well and will look to announce the new device at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Fair being held in Las Vegas.

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The Chinese smartphone major is said to be the world’s 4th major smartphone supplier. The new smartphone will look to take the mobile phone market by storm once released. According to manufacturer Qualcomm, the latest processor will boost performance by 27%, consume 40% lesser power as compared to the preceding chipsets including the Snapdragon 820. The new SoC will also boast of the latest fourth generation of the Quick Charge feature, which can top up 80% of the charge in just 30 minutes of charging. The Snapdragon 835 has just been launched at the same CES 2017 and the announcement comes immediately afterwards.

The news comes even as reports emerge that the supply chain of the Snapdragon 835 has seen repeated bottlenecking. This has forced many manufacturers to either postpone their launches or have migrated to other chipsets, including previous Snapdragon models. We know that Samsung is the manufacturing partner of the 10nM FinFET process produced chipset, introducing this new technology for the first time for mass production. However, now that Xiaomi has been rumoured to have received the new technology, we believe that the procurement process has been decongested.

We have also been receiving news that the new Mi 6 line of smartphones will have three separate types of processors, thus fueling speculation that three variants of the phone could be made available when launched. These three different types are the Exynos or the MediaTek processor, Xiaomi’s own in-house ‘Pinecone’ processors and of course the Snapdragon 835 processors. Some reports suggest that these three models will have different naming systems and are the Mi 6E, the Mi 6P and the Mi 6S respectively.

What does this mean? Put simply, the Korean giant Samsung is said to have pushed the much-hyped Galaxy S8 to the month of April. The Xiaomi Mi 6 is however slated to launch at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, to be held between the February 27 and March 2. The Mobile World Congress is known for hosting all the best phones around the world and Xiaomi may have chosen the perfect venue to unveil its long-awaited successor to the Mi 5. If this turns out to be true, Xiaomi could well end up taking the lead over other rivals and setting a benchmark for some time to come at least. Most bothered by this development will be Samsung which will look to erase last year’s memories of the ‘exploding’ phones!