As February comes nearer, the excitement for the imminent Mobile Word Congress (MWC) is conspicuous. Several major OEMs like Samsung, LG, HTC, Huawei and Sony have already sent the invitations and scheduled the press events, where they are expected to announce new mobile devices.
Chinese smartphone vendor Xiaomi was present at MWC 2016 and also introduced many new smartphones last year. The firm was expected to reveal the Mi 6 at MWC 2017 this year, but new reports claiming that it will skip this year's Mobile World Congress event. The reason for this is confirmed by the spokesperson, saying that the company is not ready to launch any new device at MWC 2017.
"Samsung isn't the only major phone maker who won't be announcing a new device at Mobile World Congress, next month. Xiaomi will skip the event entirely, a spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch," said the publication.
Since, Xiaomi will not be coming to the MWC this year, its flagship Mi 6 phone will have to wait for a different stage altogether. The company may pre-pone it or decide to launch it later, this is still unclear.
Xiaomi took last year's MWC event to announce its current-generation flagship Mi 5 phone. This was in line with the then company vice president Hugo Barra's had push for Xiaomi to come out from the hallowed grounds of China and reach out to the West world. The company took to CES this year to showcase a few products for the global audience, reports India Today.
However, the man behind the company's global expansion Hugo Barra has also recently exited the company that might be the second reason why it might have decided to not take part in the event this year.
As for the Mi 6, there are already speculations surfacing that Xiaomi may be working on as many as three different versions, with two of them based on Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 835 chipset and other based on MediaTek's Helio X30. However, the top-end version will reportedly be having a dual-curve design on the lines of a Mi Note 2.