Xiaomi s next flagship, the Mi 6, is yet to be announced but that has not stopped the rumor mill from churning out newer details about the purported smartphone. Popular analyst, Kevin Wang, revealed on his Weibo account that the Xiaomi Mi 6 could be the first domestic flagship to come with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. By using the said processor, it will join the list of upcoming smartphones such as the Oppo Find 9 and also the rumored Samsung Galaxy S8 to feature the advanced processor. Also Read - Google gives another reason to consider Snapdragon-based Android devicesAlso Read - Snapdragon 778G launches for premium Android smartphones with support for 144Hz display
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor promises higher performance with a 40 percent reduction in power consumption compared to existing chipsets. It comes with Quick Charge 4.0, which is claimed to be capable of offering up to five hours of usage or more with just five minutes of charging. The chipset further comes with features including support for 4K display and dual camera support, all of which hints at the Mi 5 successor to come with these features. Also Read - This Qualcomm chip bug affects around 30 percent of phones globally: Report
Recently, leaked photos of the Xiaomi Mi 6 surfaced online showing off the smartphone s front and back design. The images hint at the smartphone sporting a 2.5D curved glass display and a physical home button at the bottom, which we could expect to double as a fingerprint sensor. The Mi 6 further appears to have a dual tone design with a metal back. The camera module with LED flash is placed at the top left. In contrast to the rumored chipset, the images do not show off a dual-camera module on the smartphone. While neither Xiaomi nor Qualcomm have confirmed the use of the newest processor, we need to wait till the Mobile World Congress, 2017 when the Mi 6 is likely to make its debut.
Meanwhile, the Find 9 from another Chinese brand OPPO, is also said to feature the latest processor. While details about the purported smartphone are scarce, it is expected that it could come powered with the latest Android 7.0 Nougat. Given the advanced chipset, it is further expected that the OPPO Find 9 will come with up to 6GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Mi 6 alleged render leaked hinting at a sleek design
The Samsung Galaxy S8, on the other hand, which is expected to reverse Samsung s fortune following the Note 7 fiasco, is likely to come with a bezel-less 5.5-inch display offering 4K resolution. It will continue with dual-curved edges and come with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The smartphone is also expected to come with an optical fingerprint sensor and ditch the physical home button. There are further speculations about the smartphone featuring a 16-megapixel rear camera along with a 8-megapixel front-facing camera. Given the speculated use of the Snapdragon 835 chipset, it is rumored to feature up to 8GB of RAM. With a battery capacity of 4,200mAh battery, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will also offer rapid wireless charging. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Mi Note 2, Mi 6, Mi 5c, Redmi 4 rumor roundup: Here s everything we know so far