After several months of leaks, Xiaomi has finally announced the Mi 6 flagship smartphone. Speculations have it that Microsoft may start selling a Microsoft Edition of Xiaomi Mi 6 in the near future.
Just before the launch of Xiaomi Mi 6, the Chinese edition of Microsoft Store added listings of two Xiaomi products. The first one is Windows 10 powered Xiaomi Mi Air Notebook and the second one is Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus which is not a Windows Phone device. The Chinese online store of Microsoft does not have a single Windows Phone smartphone, but it has suddenly began selling the Mi 5s Plus Android smartphone.
The reason why Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus is available on the Microsoft Store is that the smartphone is loaded with apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneDrive, and Skype. The Standard Edition of Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage in colors like Gold, Rose Gold and Gray are selling for 2,299 Yuan ($334). The High Edition having 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage with same color choices are available for 2,599 Yuan ($377).
Microsoft is also providing two-year Microsoft Store warranty. In the U.S., the Redmond giant is now selling Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition which includes its bundled apps. Hence, there is a possibility that a Microsoft Edition of Xiaomi Mi 6 may soon become a reality.
The Redmond giant has not released a Lumia phone after releasing the Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL and Lumia 550 in 2015. Rumors are rife that Microsoft may have discontinued the Lumia series of smartphones. Moreover, the new Windows 10 Creators update is available to a limited number of six Lumia phones. The present market share of Windows 10 Mobile is dismally low compared to Android and iOS. Some rumors claim that the Redmond giant Microsoft may shut down the Windows 10 Mobile OS. There are rumors that predict Microsoft will re-enter the smartphone market with a more powerful Surface branded smartphone. As of this writing, there is no official information available on Microsoft Surface Phone.