Rumor: Xiaomi Mi 6 isn’t coming to the Indian Market

Xiaomi Mi 6

Xiaomi Mi 6 is without a doubt a cool phone. It ships with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset paired with a massive 6GB RAM and up to 128GB of storage.

The goodies don’t end there, for the phone also comes in with a top-notch dual-lens camera, a decent battery unit of 3350mAh with support for Quick Charge 3.0 technology and the latest Android Nougat OS out of the box, yet priced at less than half the price of the new kid in town – Samsung Galaxy S8.

In China, the Xiaomi Mi 6 goes for a price that is equivalent to about $363 for the base model (6GB RAM and 64GB storage) while the high-end model is priced at about $420, less than half the price of the high-end Galaxy S8+, which also carries the same internals, including 128GB storage and 6GB RAM.

In a recent report, it emerged that the Xiaomi Mi 6 is attracting just as much attention as the Galaxy S8, with China’s leading retailer recording over 1.2 million pre-registrations ahead of the phone’s official release today. China will be the first – and only – market that the device will be available for now, which is not strange at all, given that Xiaomi has always given the locals a first priority when it comes to its phones.

Usually, the company follows the Chinese market with launching its phones in other markets where it has already established itself, among them India. But this time around, it appears that the Xiaomi Mi 6 won’t be coming to the Indian market at all. According to an unofficial report, the tech giant will instead release a different high-end product in the Indian market for fear that the Mi 6 could be too costly for this developing market.

Xiaomi Mi 6

This is a strange move by Xiaomi, especially since India is its second largest market in the world after China. But apparently, the report claims that the tech giant could be focusing on releasing affordable (Redmi) handsets in this market as opposed to coming in with the flagship model.

What do you think about this decision not to sell the Xiaomi Mi 6 via the official channels in the Indian market? As usual, feel free to hit the comment box below with your opinion.