The Xiaomi Mi 5, the Chinese tech firm’s unannounced flagship smartphone, appears to have been teased by the company on its Weibo account late last month.
Although the teaser image’s caption does not mention anything about the smartphone including the name, the image shows a new white-coloured handset resembling the design sported by Mi Note but with bezel less display. It also bears the ‘Mi’ logo at the top left corner along with a metal frame. The smartphone is seen interacting with the Xiaomi Yeelight bedside lamp. It is worth noting that the handset seen in the image looks strikingly similar to the leaked live images of the device that surfaced last year (via Phonearena).
When questioned about Xiaomi Mi 5 during the launch of Redmi Note 3 and Mi Pad 2, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun revealed that the handset “is worth the wait” and is “very, very good”. Jun however, did not reveal when the company plans to launch the Mi 5 but he did reveal that Xiaomi is revamping its development cycle. This would result in a decrease of the time gap between the launch of two smartphones.
According to a separate report, the Xiaomi Mi 5 might be next in line to introduce 3D Touch-like pressure sensitive technology to its upcoming smartphone displays.
As per the latest leaks and rumours, the Xiaomi Mi 5 is said to sport an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 SoC, a processor family already seen on the Mi Note Pro. It is also rumoured to use the Snapdragon 820 SoC. However, a separate report had recently claimed that due to a delay in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chipsets, Xiaomi may opt for MediaTek deca-core Helio X20 processor. Some of the purported innards of the Mi 5 include 4GB of RAM; Adreno 530 GPU; a 5.3-inch QHD (1440×2560) pixels resolution display with pixel density of 554ppi; 16GB or 64GB inbuilt storage variants with no option for expandable storage; a 16-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash, and a 3030mAh battery.