A new post on Weibo suggests the Xiaomi will launch the Mi 6 in March next year with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset under the hood. The Mi 6 will apparently be the first flagship smartphone from a Chinese Android OEM with the new flagship Qualcomm chipset. Globally, the first smartphone powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset will be Samsung’s Galaxy S8 according to the tipster on Weibo.
The launch timeframe does make a lot of sense, as the Mi 5 was announced in February this year and went on sale in April. Since Xiaomi recently confirmed its presence at CES 2017 and teased a “global” product announcement, it seems possible that the Mi 6 could be announced at CES 2017 in January and go on sale in China starting early March. If that happens, the Mi 6 could find its way to the US market as well, possibly sometime in the second quarter of 2017.
Xiaomi Mi 5s too was expected to be the first smartphone from a Chinese OEM to feature the new Snapdragon 821 SoC, but Le Eco managed to bag that distinction by launching the Le Pro3 before the Mi 5s in September. So we do suggest you take the above info with a grain or two of salt.
As for the Samsung Galaxy S8, only the US and the Chinese variants of the smartphone could end up being powered by the Snapdragon 835 SoC, as the international variants are more likely to be powered by Samsung’s in-house developed Exynos 8895 chipset.