The Apple of China, Xiaomi is enjoying tremendous success in India with its budget Redmi series. Last year’s Redmi Note 3 was the best online selling device with over 3.6 million sold. Further, in the Q1 2017, Xiaomi shipped close to four million units, which puts it next to Samsung.
The Chinese company also said that they had sold one million units of Redmi Note 4 in just 45 days, that’s quite an achievement. Besides, the Redmi 4A is another success in the entry-level segment. And now, Xiaomi is looking to unleash a new Redmi phone in the country, which could be another Redmi 4 series phone.
But the real question in every Xiaomi fan’s mind right now is: ‘Will Xiaomi launch the Mi 6 in India or limit their portfolio to just budget smartphones in the country?’ Well, the latter appears to be truer in this case. Some recent rumours claimed that Xiaomi wouldn’t launch the Mi 6 in India. Why would Xiaomi consider to do so? Well, the obvious reason would be the weak sales of the Mi 5 in India.
It is also said that Xiaomi will bring other flagship phones such as Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 or the Mi Note 3 to India. But, they will launch later this year. By that time, Google’s next generation Pixel phones and OnePlus 5 would be released in the market along with other attractive high-end phones.
The reason for the poor sales of the Xiaomi Mi 5 last year was due to the strict competition offered by OnePlus 3 and later on, the OnePlus 3T. Even though the Mi 5 was the first phone in India to come with Snapdragon 820 SoC, it disappointed the company in terms of sales.
The OnePlus 5 will be released by the end of June, and the Xiaomi Mi 6 has already recently gone for the first sale in China with luring price tag of around $369 (approx. Rs. 23,700). But the device’s details for the Indian launch are still unknown.
With increasing silence from Xiaomi, the report seems to be true, but if Xiaomi decides not to launch the device in India, it will further increase the company’s woes in the flagship market.
The Xiaomi Mi 6 is a great phone with excellent hardware on paper. It has a 5.15-inch Full HD display and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, paired with 6GB of RAM. The device has dual cameras at the back and an excellent design. The only letdown with the phone is the absence of 3.5mm headphone jack, but Xiaomi says that they have made this decision to make up for a bigger battery. The Mi 6 has a 3350mAh battery with support for Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0.
The device should be launched in India this month itself and that too before the OnePlus 5’s announcement. If it launches after the OnePlus 5, it will further increase the company’s problems in the flagship department in India.