Many rumours indicated that Xiaomi might unveil two flagship phones, a generic 5.1-inch Mi 6 and a top-end 5.7-inch Mi 6 Plus on April 19, but it never materialised.
Now, the mystery Xiaomi phone bearing model number: MDE40, understood to be the Mi 6 Plus has got the official nod from the state-run telecom regulatory body in China — Compulsory Certifications of China (3C), reported Playful Droid, citing official document in its custody.
This means Xiaomi Mi 6 does exist in reality, but having said that, the company might release little late in the year, most probably in third or fourth quarter, so that it won't cannibalize standard Mi 6's sale.
Xiaomi Mi 6 Plus: What we know so far
Xiaomi Mi 6 Plus is expected to same design language and also internal hardware except in terms of a few aspects including screen-size, battery and RAM+Storage configuration.
It is expected to boast 5.7-inch QHD (2560x1440p) screen, a 4,500mAh battery and comes in 6GB/8GB RAM, 64GB/128GB/256GB storage capacities.
Rest of the specifications such as mobile OS, processor, camera and connectivity features will remain same as the generic Mi 6 model.
It is expected to run Android Nougat-based MIUI powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core, dual-camera (12MP wide angle + 12MP telephoto) with features such as bokeh-style photography option, 10x digital zoom, 2x lossless zoom and optical image stabilisation (OIS) technology.
Xiaomi Mi 6 Plus is expected to offered in three system configuration — 6GB RAM+64GB storage, 6GB RAM+128GB storage and 8GB RAM+256GB storage — for ¥2,599 (roughly $377/€354/Rs 24,441), ¥2,999 (roughly $435/€408/Rs 28,203) and ¥3,499 (roughly $508/€476/Rs 32,905), respectively.
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