Xiaomi Mi 6 updates: Snapdragon 821 processor still expected; release date will be in April

(Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo)Attendants are silhouetted in front of Xiaomi's logo at a venue for the launch ceremony of Xiaomi's new smart phone Mi Max in Beijing, May 10, 2016.

Xiaomi Mi 6 will continue to use the Snapdragon 821 processor instead of the rumored Snapdragon 835, reports claim.

This is ahead of previous claims that the Xiaomi Mi 6 will pioneer the use of the new processor in the market — the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. With the product aimed to be released before the first quarter ends, the model will be showcased in three variants, each differing from one another in terms of the processor component.

The first variant will have a Quad HD 2K OLED display with dual-curved edges and a ceramic body. It will have a 6 GB random access memory (RAM) with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.

The second variant, however, will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 central processing unit (CPU), will have lower RAM and storage, and will feature a non-curved display. The variant is the one being considered as the "regular" version, and is the one being tipped to be released earlier this year.

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The third variant will only contain a MediaTek Helio X30 CPU. This makes the unit the "lite" version of the new model.

The three-variant release will be due to the apparent shortage of Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor in the market. The similar trend was applied by LG in their LG G6 release.

When Xiaomi proceeds with its initial plans to go with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, the Chinese brand will be the one to have the "first-mover advantage" over its competitor — similar to the strategies employed by LG, Sony, and HTC in their units when they employed the very first Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipsets.

However, the possibility might be hindered by the competition with LeEco over the pioneering of the CPU brand. LeEco was also the first one to pioneer the Snapdragon 821 through its Le Pro 3.

Xiaomi Mi 6 is expected to be announced in April, with sources pegging the date on April 16. Earlier, it was believed that Xiaomi will take advantage of Samsung's delay in announcement of the Galaxy S8 — giving them the chance to push through with the model announcement in February.

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