Xiaomi Mi 6 release date, specs news: Device to be launched on April 19

(Reuters/Jason Lee)A banner bearing the logo of Xiaomi.

After Korea-based Samsung unveiled its flagship smartphone a few weeks ago, an Asian competitor is looking to gain a share of the market through its budget-friendly device that will be launched next week.

Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi has confirmed that the Mi 6 and the Mi 6 Plus smartphones will be officially launched on April 19, according to a report from CNet. The news of the scheduled unveiling came about through an official invite posted on the Mi Forums, stating that the event will take place in Beijing, China. It can be recalled that its predecessor, the Mi 5, was released as a more affordable alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S7 last year.

As for the Mi 6's tech specs, it was previously speculated to run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip. It will also reportedly carry a 4GB RAM, 64GB on board storage, and a 5.1-inch (full-HD) display. The plus version, on the other hand, will likely feature a 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, and a 5.7-inch (2K) display. Furthermore, it was also leaked that the rear camera will have 12 megapixels while the front-facing unit will be pegged at 8 megapixels, both of which are capable of 4K video shooting.

Meanwhile, Xiaomi's Mi VR Play 2 was unveiled in China earlier this week with a price tag of $14, and it comes with "minor improvements" compared to last year's model, according to a report from Chinese tech and gadget website, GizChina.

Some of its minor tweaks include better material that offers more comfort to the wearer compared to what its predecessor used. Moreover, the said material also makes the product much lighter, which now comes with smaller holes for better cooling during extended periods of usage.

The Mi VR Play 2 will become available in China starting April 19, coinciding with the Mi 6's launch. The VR device will retail for 99 CNY. The release of the product in other parts of the world, on the other hand, is yet to be announced.