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Xiaomi Mi 6 has an official launch date

Xiaomi's Mi 6 conference announcement, translated by Google. (Source: Xiaomi)
Xiaomi's Mi 6 conference announcement, translated by Google. (Source: Xiaomi)
The Xiaomi Mi 6 is set to launch during a conference that will take place on April 19. Like previous Xiaomi smartphones, its release will be limited to the Chinese market.

Hot on the heels of a recent specs leak, the Xiaomi Mi 6 is back with a more official piece of news to share: its launch date. According to the official Mi website, the Chinese-made handset is coming next week, on April 19.

Previously-released info has revealed a "compact-sized" smartphone with a 5.15-inch 1080p screen, powered by Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 835 processor and either 4 or 6 GB of RAM. Up to 128 GB of internal storage is available on the device. The Mi 6 features an 8-megapixel front camera and an impressive 19-megapixel rear camera.

Xiaomi's announcement curiously fails to mention the Mi 6's oversized sibling, the Mi 6 Plus. That device features the same processor and RAM but sports a larger, 5.7-inch display, and replaces the Mi 6's single rear lens with a 12-megapixel dual-camera setup. The company has not yet said whether both devices will launch on the same date.

The Mi 6 is set for release only in China, and its official launch conference is appropriately scheduled to take place at the Beijing University of Technology. On its registration page Xiaomi notes that it has "waited for seven years" for this moment; hopefully it won't take that long for its smartphones to finally make it beyond the Asian markets.


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John Garcia, 2017-04-11 (Update: 2017-04-11)