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    November 23, 2016

    Xiaomi’s Mi 6 gets pictured in new prototype leak

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    Xiaomi’s upcoming Mi 6 – the follow-up to the Mi 5 and Mi 5s – has been pictured in a new image depicting its design in prototype stage.

    Xiaomi has had an incredibly busy 2016; the Chinese company not only introduced the flagship Mi 5 and then the updated Mi 5s, but further demonstrated the Mi Mix – a near bezel-less concept device that’s actually available for purchase. Now the prototype of the company’s latest flagship effort – the Mi 6 – has leaked.

    The reported render of the device shows a device that’s perhaps more of a hybrid of Samsung and Apple than anything to do with Xiaomi’s traditional Mi design language.

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    While it would seem that the Mi 5’s curved black plate remains, the Mi 6 shows off minute side bezels and a tweaked top and bottom chin. Mercifully, the Mi 5’s narrow fingerprint scanner has been replaced by a far wider unit that should be far less uncomfortable to use.

    The fingerprint scanner depicted on the prototype could, in fact, be the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner found on the Mi 5s; a component which fits underneath a glass display.

    The device’s rear panel depicts a single-lens camera setup – an interesting choice as certain manufacturers (including Chinese rival Huawei) are pressing ahead with dual-camera designs – with an apparently larger lens element.

    Interestingly, the prototype lacks a dual-tone flash module, though the component could feasibly be added to a final production model.

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    What are your thoughts on the leaked prototype model of Xiaomi’s Mi 6 handset? Is there enough novelty here to warrant your interest, or is the design too iterative? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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