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The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ don't have much competition right now as they are the only two handsets right now with the latest Qualcomm (or Exynos) Snapdragon flagship chip inside. The LG G6 is probably its closest competitor yet, but the last-gen SD 821 chip makes the LG handset fall behind. However, that scene is about to change very soon as Xiaomi gets ready to launch their own flagship handsets next week in China, with the SD 835 inside. Rumors have been predicting the specs for the Chinese handset for a long time now, but some of it has just been confirmed by a leaked GeekBench test run result. Check the screenshot below and the specs over here to get a feel of things.



Unfortunately, there's currently no news regarding when Xiaomi is going to launch the mi 6 and the Mi 6 Plus outside China. Going by its track record though, it might be a few months before that happens. Nevertheless, what we have seen so far both in terms of specs and leaked pictures, do look very impressive. Hopefully, Xiaomi will be able to bring the two handsets in other countries myuch faster this time around.


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Although the Galaxy S8+ won't sport a dual rear camera setup which many of us were hoping to see, it seems like dual camera is the order of the year for smartphones in 2017. We have already seen the LG G6 launch with two lenses on its back and now the latest renders from a Chinese source on Weibo seem to be indicating that the Mi 6 too will have a similar setup. Take a look at the render above in all white.


If the rumors are to be believed, then what we are looking at here is the Mi 6 Plus, which is larger than the regular Mi 6. However, since there is nothing to indicate that this isn't the regular Mi 6, it could also be that both variants will be sporting the 12-mp/20-MP sensor combos at their backs. Check out the rumoured spec sheet of the Mi 6 range from Xiaomi below.


1440 x 2560 pixels QHD IPS LCD display
Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 SoC
4GB RAM, 32GB ROM/64 GB, 4 GB RAM/128 GB, 6 GB RAM
12-MP & 20-MP dual camera module at the back, f/1.8, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
4-MP front camera, f/2.0, 1/3" sensor size, 2µm pixel size


Pricing for the Mi 6: 1999 yuan ($290) for 32GB internal storage, 2299 yuan ($333) for 64GB internal storage and 2699 yuan ($390) for 128GB internal storage
Pricing for the Mi 6 Plus: 2599 yuan ($377) for 64GB of internal storage, 2999 yuan ($435) for 128GB of internal storage and 3499 yuan ($507) for the 256 GB variant with a whopping 8GB of RAM.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



A photo has been leaked online that shows a phone sporting a display that's not curved on the sides but right at the centre. The concave design may remind one of the LG G Flex, but this one is a Xiaomi. It looks like the Chinese brand has recently decided to explore all aspects of a smartphone's display. The beautiful Mi Mix was not only the first true bezel-less phone of the year, but it also sold faster than any phone ever did in China. The Mi Note 2 was unveiled at nearly the same time and it was the company's first phone to feature a dual curved panel. The Mi Note 2 took 50-seconds before going out of stock during its first sale.


As you can imagine Xiaomi's two experiments went very well for them and therefore, it would be quite interesting to see how this concave design fares, when and if it comes out. The image was spotted by GizmoChina on Weibo and from what we can see here, it's running on the Chinese version of the MIUI. As far as we can tell, the curve is limited to the centre of the phone only, as no curved edges can be seen in the picture.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



The Xiaomi Mi Mix is a "concept" phone that you will actually be able to buy from November 4, provided you live in China. The ¥3,499/¥3,999 ($515/590 approximately) price tags seem almost underpriced, considering the kind of hardware and innovation it brings with it. The 6.4-inch Full HD display in front of the device nearly has no bezel with a screen-to-body ratio of 91.3%, something that was only a concept till now. The only bezel it actually has is at the bottom of the display, which houses an 8-mp selfie cam.


However, it would be unjust to judge the Mi Mix based solely on the beautiful all screen display, without taking into consideration the fact that it has removed most traditional sensors, as well as the microphone for phone calls! Yes, the Mi Mix senses proximity via ultrasound and a piezoelectric speaker does the work of the microphone via utilizing the metal frame; which in itself sounds like some crazy piece of science fiction tech to us! The futuristic design was apparently achieved by the engineers at Xiaomi by working with the French designer Philippe Starck.



The side buttons and the back of the Mix are ceramic and the display is curved near the corners to add to that full-screen look which it sports so flawlessly. Just in case the innovations seemed insufficient, note that the Mi Mix is also supported by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC, 4GB/6GB RAM, 128GB/256GB internal storage, a 4,400mAh battery, a 16-mp rear camera, an 8-mp front camera and even a 3.5mm jack. To be honest, we are blown away by the Mi Mix and what it promises to bring to the table.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Xiaomi is known mainly as the budget king of the smartphone world, but in an effort to outshine even the likes of the S7 Edge, today it has launched its most expensive smartphone in China. However, considering the beastly specifications that it boasts of, we would say it still is a budget device, if you consider the price-to-performance ratio. Just take a look at the specs unveiled today to get an idea about the proposition.


Display: 5.7-inch dual curved QHD display (Flexible OLED).
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 (2.35GHz)
RAM: 4GB/6GB
Internal storage: 64GB/128GB
Battery: 4070mAh
Primary camera: 22.56-megapixel Sony IMX sensor with EIS and f/2.0 aperture
Secondary camera: 8-megapixel



Even the staunchest of Samsung or Apple fans must admit that these are some impressive specs, at least on paper anyway. Once you consider the price, we are sure that you will find it even more interesting. The 4GB/64GB version is priced at CNY 2,799 ($410) and the 6GB/128GB version is available for CNY 3,499 ($515). The good news is that the 6GB/128GB variant will see international release, with global support for 37 LTE bands. We cannot wait to see how the Xiaomi Note 2 performs once it's released.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

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