Posted: Oct 06, 2017
Smart phones have become a global phenomenon of late. A typical smart phone unit is akin to a mobile phone which is layered on top of an operating system which is mobile by itself. In comparison to traditional feature phones, smart phones have more computing power and connectivity profiles like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC etc.
The 1st generation smart phones were a hybrid cross between P.D.A.’s (personal digital assistants) and mobile phones. As the technology evolved, future versions added in new features like media players, digital cameras and video cameras along with GPS navigation functionalities.
Next generation smart phones available in the market today have all the above basic tool sets and combine them with touch screen capacitive displays and the ability to browse the internet or World Wide Web. Any desktop website which is mobile optimized can now be viewed on a smart phone. Added to this is advanced connectivity spectrums like high speed 4G LTE broadband and Wi-Fi functionalities.
In terms of a mobile operating system used by next generation smart phones, there are a few options from the current market leaders including Google’s Android, Apple’s iOS and Microsoft’s Windows Phone.
Xiaomi Inc. is a Chinese multinational with deep expertise in the consumer electronics and computer hardware verticals. With it’s global headquarters in Beijing (China), Xiaomi Inc. has taken the smart phone world by storm. This privately held firm is currently the 5th largest manufacturer for smart phones and with sales of 70.8 million units for the calendar year 2015, grabbed an astounding 5% stake of the global smart phone market "pie".
With an initial regional presence in mainland China, the company soon expanded its corporate horizons and sales territories. Now the company has a steady sales pipeline in South East Asia including India, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and also developing markets in the America’s including U.S.A., Canada and parts of Latin America. In terms of workforce strength, the company currently employs close to 8000 employees as part of its global workforce.
The latest offering from the Xiaomi stable is the Xiaomi MI6 which is expected to be released sometime during quarter 3, 2016. Even though Xiaomi Inc. has been very secretive about the exact specifications, tech geeks can draw certain conclusions about the expected specifications for the Xiaomi MI6.
In terms of a display option, the Xiaomi MI6 is expected to have a 5.2 inch 4K display matched with a 2.5 GHz 16-core processor. The Xiaomi MI6 is expected to have 6 GB RAM running on Xiaomi’s customized version of Android v6.0. Storage options are expected to be 3 variants: 64 GB, 128 GB or 256 GB. The Xiaomi MI6 is expected to support Dual SIM cards and also be 4G LTE compliant. The rear facing primary camera is expected to be 23 MP in the Xiaomi MI6 while the front facing camera is expected to be 8 MP. Additional features which are expected to be part of the package include support for NFC, Bluetooth, Edge and GPRS. Battery life for the Xiaomi MI6 is also expected to be on the higher side since the unit will ship with a standard 4000 mAh battery.
In terms of the build quality, the Xiaomi Mi6 is expected to have a uni-body metal design coupled with next generation camera sensors. The software platform will be driven by Xiaomi’s custom MIUI 7 interface layered on top of Android v6.0. From the security angle, the Xiaomi MI6 is expected to have an IRIS Eye Technology Sensor. Low light images in the Xiaomi MI6 are expected to be augmented by the presence of an ISOCELL camera.
Fast charging feature is also expected to be part of the product package when it comes to the Xiaomi MI6. Expected release date is sometime during Q3, 2016 and the price tag is supposed to be in the region of $500 USD. Compared to the expected high end specifications for the Xiaomi MI6, this price point is very aggressive in nature.
Interested buyers will be able to place pre-orders for the Xiaomi MI6 on all the major e-commerce platforms like Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal just before the official release date to be announced later.
Aisha Gupta is renowned Business analyst managing several brands to get quality results. Currently she is managing onsite tasks on Ohmyrupee.