Xiaomi Mi 6 2021 edition small phone that should be cheaper than the iPhone 12 mini possibly in the works
It seems possible that Xiaomi is planning on unleashing a remodeled Mi 6 smartphone for 2021 in a similar vein to the recent release of the Redmi Note 8 2021. Numerous clues, spotted by Xiaomiui, appear to point toward this, regardless of the fact that small phones seem to have fallen out of favor with the smartphone-buying public as of late. The original 2017 Xiaomi Mi 6 had a display size of 5.15 inches, so it certainly falls into the small/compact smartphone group, just like Apple’s iPhone 12 mini.
However, the iPhone 12 mini was considered to be a bit of a sales disaster for Cupertino, so some would question the logic behind Xiaomi following in Apple’s footsteps – beyond the fact that the Chinese OEM frequently shadows its American muse anyway. A similar rumor about a potential Mi 6 refresh occurred in 2020 just as Apple was preparing the iPhone SE 2020 for release. The original Mi 6 was hugely popular, and it did very well in our review thanks to its Snapdragon 835, great battery life (3,350-mAh cell), a pleasant display, and attractive price tag: About €400 at the time (currently US$477).
Apart from Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun asking followers about the Mi 6 and stating “received” when requested to “launch the Mi 6 replica”, other signs that a Mi 6 2021 edition could be in the works are the recent discovery of the “mercury” device and its connection with a 12 MP camera setup. Although somewhat tenuous links, the 2017 Xiaomi Mi 6 was eventually released in mercury silver and had a 12 MP + 12 MP main camera. If Xiaomi does release a Mi 6 2021 edition with updated hardware and specifications but keeps it at a more affordable price point (iPhone 12 mini: from US$699) then it could bump-start the small-phone market.
Xiaomi may be making the 2021 version of the Mi 6!— Xiaomiui | Xiaomi & MIUI News (@xiaomiui) June 25, 2021
Some things are compatible with each other like puzzle pieces. That's why we think it's going to happen.
The same was true of the recently released Redmi Note 8 (2021) [biloba] > https://t.co/sJ6C7Bj4w1 pic.twitter.com/B4pO9i0qCK