The wait for Xiaomi to launch its Mi 5 flagship smartphone may finally end next month, if a new leak is to be believed. Additionally, a separate leak has suggested that Xiaomi will launch its Mi Band successor as the Mi Band 1s next week.
Chinese tipster Leaksfly in a Weibo post has claimed that Xiaomi will launch its Mi 5 flagship at an event on December 3 and that it will pack Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 SoC. The tipster goes on to hint that Qualcomm may launch its Snapdragon 820 chipset on November 20. It’s worth noting that this is the first time a precise launch date for the upcoming Snapdragon 820 chipset has been tipped. Qualcomm has been lately teasing features of its high-end Snapdragon 820; though has not yet come out with a release date for the chipset.
Considering that the Xiaomi Mi 4 was unveiled back in July last year; the company seems to be going slow with its production of next-generation flagship smartphone. Several leaks so far about the Mi 5 have claimed that handset may be the first to run on the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. However, considering Qualcomm is yet to announce the final release of the new Snapdragon SoCs; Xiaomi has been rumoured mostly to use the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 SoC, also seen on the Nexus 6P. A separate report had recently claimed that due to 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; arrive in 16GB or 64GB inbuilt storage variants with no option for expandable storage; a 16-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash, and be backed by a 3030mAh battery.
In other news, a Chinese publication has claimed that Mi Band successor may be launched next week and will sport a heart rate sensor. The heart rate sensor can be expected to be the highlight of the popular second-generation Mi Band. The Chinese company is said to be price it competitively and launch it at around CNY 99 (approximately Rs. 1,050).