So far, Xiaomi has confirmed that it will be debuting the Xiaomi Mi 8 smartphone along with MIUI 10 through its 2018 annual product launch event on May 31. Since Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has claimed that multiple products will be showcased at the event, rumors are rife that the company may also announce Xiaomi Mi 7 smartphone and Mi Band 3 fitness band at the upcoming Shenzhen event. Today, the rumor mill has leaked fresh images of the alleged Xiaomi Redmi 6 phone. It is now being speculated that the Redmi 6 may also debut at the end of this month.
It’s clear that this is one of the prototypes and not the final product. While its speculated that the phone is the Redmi 6, we can’t be sure whether this is even a Xiaomi smartphone. The build quality looks poor and we can’t find any Xiaomi branding. Even at the back, the user’s hand conveniently hides any logo underneath. Best case scenario: We are looking at one of the early Redmi 6 prototype models. Worse case scenario: This is a cheap Xiaomi knock off with a notched display up front. Personally, it looks more like the second case.
The notch appears to be placed outside of the screen and the icons for Bluetooth and clock do not seem to fit properly within the gap between notch and the right bezel. The notch seems to be housing a selfie camera, an earpiece and some other sensor. The chin of the device is as thick as that of the Redmi 5 smartphone.
The back panel of the phone sports 3-stage design like the predecessor Redmi series smartphones. A vertical dual camera setup is placed on the top-left corner. The fingerprint scanner is also placed on the rear side of the phone. The handset seems to be running on stock edition of Android instead of MIUI, which is another big .
Earlier rumours have it that the Redmi 6 could be arriving with a 5.99-inch or 5.7-inch HD+ resolution supporting display. The Snapdragon 625 SoC is expected to power it along with 3 GB of RAM. As far as pricing is concerned, the Redmi 6 could be priced under 999 Yuan (~$156).
There are less than 10 days remaining for the Shenzhen event. Xiaomi is expected to release more teasers on the devices that may get unveiled at the event. Hence, if the Redmi 6 exists for real and it is slated to get announced on May 31, the Chinese firm may confirm within this week.
Hence, it is advisable to digest the report with a grain of salt.