It is not usual for Xiaomi to go for MediaTek chipsets when it comes to its premium handsets, but it does use this company’s processors on its midrange and entry-level phones.
The Chinese OEM had been rumored to be working on adding another variant of the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 6 that is powered by a MediaTek Helio X30 processor. According to reports back then, it was thought that the Helio X30 model would come in as the base model of the flagship, with the high-end variant shipping with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835.
Now, new reports seem to be disagreeing with earlier rumors about the Xiaomi Mi 6 coming with a base model that is powered by an Helio X30 processor. Instead, the tipster who goes by the Twitter handle @mmddj_china and has recently been on point with a number of smartphone leaks from China says that there won’t be such a thing. While he doesn’t confirm that there will be two variants of the Snapdragon 835-powered Xiaomi Mi 6, he is adamant that there won’t be a MediaTek variant.
MI6 dont have a version that be powered by MTK X30.
— 萌萌的电教 (@mmddj_china) January 20, 2017
Past reports had claimed that the Helio X30 model will be part of a trio of Mi 6 variants where it would be valued at CNY 1,999, approximately $290. This model was also coming in with a flat screen design, contrary to the Snapdragon 835 model that will ship with OLED panels. The latter will have a base model that is paired with 4GB RAM and has 128GB of storage while the high-end offering will have 6GB RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage.
As for the prices, the two Snapdragon 835 variants will reportedly be valued at CNY 2,499 for the base model and CNY 2,999 for the high-end variant. Xiaomi is expected to make this device public at the upcoming MWC 2017 show in Spain, with rumors saying that the official release will happen in mid-March.