Xiaomi Mi 5 Release Tipped For Feb. 20 - What To Expect


It seems that the end of last year started a powerful trend, with Xiaomi Mi 5 leaks popping up once every couple of days.

Everybody in the mobile and tech industry is on their toes waiting to find out just when the Chinese manufacturer's flagship will hit the stores. Recent leaks appear to answer that pressing question, and the answer might be more optimistic than we thought.

According to new info surfaced on Weibo, the Xiaomi Mi 5 will be announced on Feb. 20, with a commercial launch scheduled for the following day. We previously reported that Xiaomi's next-generation flagship smartphone will launch in February, and the latest news now bolsters that claim.

Last week, Liwan Jiang, Xiaomi's co-founder, confirmed that the handset already reached the manufacturing stage. He pointed out that the official release will occur after the Chinese Spring Festival, beginning on Feb. 9.

Phone Arena was the first to spot the statement on Liwan's Weibo account.

"The Xiaomi Mi 5 with the latest Snapdragon 820 processor is ready and in volume production. It will be released after the Spring Festival to have enough time for stocking up," Xiaomi's co-founder notes.
Inside information shows that Foxconn has its assembly lines working double-time, to build up enough devices for what is expected to be a huge demand.

Rumors regarding the Xiaomi Mi 5's powerful configuration underline that the device will come in two variants. The more affordable version has processing power coming from a quad-core Snapdragon 820 SoC, which is backed by 3 GB of RAM, while the more expensive ones gets 4 GB of RAM. Another difference lies in the storage capacity. The basic variant of Xiaomi Mi 5 will host 32 GB of internal space, only half the size found in the advanced model.

Graphics will come from an Adreno 530 GPU and will be displayed on a 5.2-inch screen capable of carrying resolutions of 1080 x 1920p.

Camera-wise, both variants of the handset have a powerful combo composed of a 16 megapixel rear-snapper and an 8 megapixel selfie camera. The Chinese premium smartphone sports a fingerprint scanner on the front of the device, just like in Apple's iPhone. Battery-wise, Xiaomi Mi 5 has a 3,030mAh power source on-board, and the operating system is said to be Android 6.0.

Speculations run free on the color scheme of the oncoming handset, as some rumors claim that there will be two, whereas other say that fans can expect as much as four color options.

There is no news about the pricing of the future Xiaomi flagship yet, but we will let you know as soon as more information comes to light.

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