22 March 2017
Various rumors had till now hinted towards the Xiaomi Mi 6 flagship to be launching on April 16. However, fresh reports claim that the launch of the most premium Xiaomi Mi 6 variant has been delayed. The smartphone will now launch in May this year instead of the earlier scheduled April launch due to the non-availability of the Snapdragon 835 SoC.
However, Xiaomi will make use of Snapdragon 821 processor to launch one version of Mi 6 initially, and will launch the most premium variant at a later date when Snapdragon 835 becomes available.
Xiaomi will have to wait till sufficient stock of Snapdragon 835 chipset becomes available for its upcoming smartphone. Samsung is going to launch Galaxy S8 along with Galaxy S8 Plus on March 29 and these smartphones will come with Snapdragon 835. Samsung has apparently signed a deal with Qualcomm to make the latest processors available for its smartphones first. Hence the stock of Snapdragon 835 SoC has been allotted to Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. So its only after the launch of the Galaxy S8 that the others will get access to the latest Snapdragon processor for their smartphones. Some manufacturers therefore are switching to the Snapdragon 821 instead of the Snapdragon 835 due to its unavailability. Just to recap, LG also did the same thing with the G6 launch, by making use of the Snapdragon 821 processor.
However, Xiaomi will launch one variant of the Mi 6 with a Snapdragon 821 SoC initially and will wait to have sufficient stock of chipset for its upcoming premium version.
In total, there will be three variants of the Xiaomi Mi 6. While the base variant will launch earlier, the launch of the premium variant that will come with Snapdragon 835 will now take place in May 2017 instead of April 16. However, the exact launch date has not been revealed yet.