Yesterday's teaser from Xiaomi confirmed that the Mi 6X is coming on April 25 and today, a company executive has revealed the first official image of the smartphone. Donovan Sung, the Global Spokesperson for Xiaomi today posted an image of the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 6X in Lake Blue colour version. The smartphone is held by the company's brand ambassador in China, Kris Wu. As you can see clearly, the Mi 6X features the same design as the Redmi Note 5 Pro (Redmi Note 5 in China), but the antenna bands on top and bottom are clearly visible on this smartphone, same as last year's Mi 5X or Mi A1 smartphone.
The Xiaomi Mi 6X will succeed the Mi 5X smartphone, which was popularly known as Mi A1 in most of the markets where Xiaomi operates. Rumours are rife that the Mi 6X will be rebranded as Mi A2 for other markets in May 2018 and it will run Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with upgraded hardware. But it's been just over six months since Xiaomi released the Mi A1 smartphone and the device is largely out of stock these days. Some rumours also indicate that Xiaomi has discontinued the Mi A1 device in India as the Mi A2 launch will take place in the first week of May 2018.
The Mi 6X was certified by TENAA last month, but the images of the device were revealed in Red colour. The Mi 6X is said to arrive in nine different colour options- Black, Rose Gold, Gold, White, Blue, Red, Pink, Gray and Silver. Xiaomi can pull this off given that fact that the company has sold all the colour options mentioned above with different smartphones.
The specifications of the Mi 6X will also be similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro. A 5.99-inch Full HD+ display will be present on the front, and it's expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 660 SoC. Some rumours indicate that the device will come out with Snapdragon 626 SoC, but I highly doubt Xiaomi going for that SoC because it has a plethora of devices with Snapdragon 625 SoC and even the Mi A1 featured the Snapdragon 625 SoC only. The company might also go with the Snapdragon 636 SoC.
The dual camera setup might be an upgraded one when compared to the Redmi Note 5 Pro, after all the Mi A1 featured the best cameras in its price range which is now replaced by the Note 5 Pro. The battery is claimed to be just a 2910mAh unit, which is surprising given the fact that Xiaomi also goes for bigger batteries for its smartphones.
The phone will boot MIUI 9 out of the box that could be based on Android 8.1 Oreo. An Android One Edition of the Mi 6X will be launched soon with the stock Android-based build. Xiaomi will of course price the device aggressively as always.