Lei Jun, founder and CEO of China's mobile company Xiaomi holds Xiaomi 5s and 5s plus phones during a launch of the company's new products in Beijing, China, September 27, 2016. Picture taken September 27, 2016. Reuters/China Stringer Network

If latest reports are to be believed, the Xiaomi Mi 6 will be the first device made by a Chinese company to sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The highly-performance processor was discussed in detail at the CES 2017 and it seems like a brilliant addition to the processor market. The Mi 6 handset may look like a smaller Mi Note 2 and it could be announced as early as Feb. 6 though sales may start from early March.

According to GSMArena, another Weibo leak has shown a prototype Xiaomi Mi 6’s AnTuTu benchmark performance score and it’s an awesome one. The score reads 210,329 on AnTuTu and if this figure is at all true, then the Mi 6 is already the king of AnTuTu. It’s even better than the Apple iPhone 7 Plus that had a score of 193,106. Thus, in terms of performance, the Mi 6 will be a beast and a lot of it will be because of the Snapdragon 835 chipset.

The report further says that the best AnTuTu score by a handset using a Snapdragon processor was OnePlus 3T with a Snapdragon 821 chipset. However, even its score of 163,578, could not come close to the Xiaomi Mi 6 score. Tech experts may argue that AnTuTu scores should not be considered as the ultimate for buying a smartphone. However, it does look like that the Snapdragon 835 chip truly boosts performance like never before.

Qualcomm has also promised lower power consumption if a handset is using its Snapdragon 835 processor. This remains to be seen and can only be ascertained when the handset releases. According to BGR, the Xiaomi Mi 6 is rumoured to be made available in three variants with different sets of processors, one Snapdragon, another Exonys/MediaTek and the third could be Xiaomi’s Pinecone processor. The Snapdragon 835 chipset also adds Quick Charge 4.0 support for fast charging.