The world's third largest OEM Xiaomi has been turning heads for a quite a while now. Since its inception, the Beijing based Chinese company have developed a huge number of fans worldwide with their VFM (Value for Money) device and with the Mi5 they don't plan to do anything different. Xiaomi has had quite a success with their Mi4 flagship but it was often criticized for taking a design cue from Apple. The Chinese company is a quick learner though as their ‘flagship for India' aka the Mi4i was unique in the design aspect. But are we expecting the same from the Xiaomi Mi5 when it's will launch tomorrow?
Is the Xiaomi Mi5, the next flagship killer?
The Xiaomi Mi5 rumours are making round for quite a while and we know finally know that the device is going to launch tomorrow. Xiaomi shared an official teaser regarding their launch today. So any guess on what the Xiaomi Mi5 would pack when launched tomorrow? We have five well calculated ones though.
Build and design:
As far as it seems the Mi5 will bear a design reminiscent of the Mi Note. The same dual glass body with a metal frame will also carry over to their latest flagship. And just like the Mi Note it would be slim too - 7 mm would be a safe bet. The teaser suggest that too!
The Xiaomi will also be bundling in a Fingerprint sensor into their device. We even see something like MIUI Pay too!
The Xiaomi Mi5 is rumoured to come with a 5.3 inch Quad HD (2560x1440p) display with a 2.5D glass resulting in an improved viewing angle. For protection it will have a Gorilla Glass 4 which is the latest from Corning.
When the Xiaomi launched their Mi4 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 last year many were left disappointed mainly because of the fact that the device wasn't that much an update over the last generation Mi3 (Snapdragon 800). There was a very slight difference between the two and that's only in the CPU side (higher clocked cores i.e. 2.5GHz instead of the 2.3GHz) Xiaomi being a quick learner wants to make amends though this time and it's quite evident from the fact that the Mi5 is going to come with a Snapdragon 810. We are not into those SD 820 rumours!
Along with that there will be whopping 4GB of RAM which would seamlessly handle all your multitasking needs. The 4GB of RAM started as an industry benchmark post the launch of the Zenfone 2.
Leaks hints at a 16MP camera on the back. Our bet is on a Sony/Toshiba sensor though with an aperture of no less than f1.9. It will also have an OIS and PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus Sensor)
Although some rumours claim that the device will come with a 13MP front camera, we personally feel that it's baseless. Providing such higher end specs would not only get the price higher but it would also lead to edging the Mi Note Pro out of buyer's contention. And that's something which we feel Xiaomi would love doing - they also don't have any tracks records of that sort too. Our bet is on an 8MP camera (maybe the same as the one on the Mi4) with Full HD recording
There was a leak few months back at the AOKP (Android Open Kang Project) blog which hinted at a partnership between MIUI and AOKP for the development of the MIUI 7. But it wasn't till recently we received an official confirmation from the AOKP team stating that they had played a damn good prank on many a Mi Fans out there. Yes you heard that right the MIUI 7 (in collaboration with AOKP) isn't coming anytime soon - especially in the Mi5.
Our personal gut feeling is that the Mi5 will come with Android 5.1(Lollipop) running MIUI6 only. There's a high probability though, that Xiaomi might add some new features to the ROM.
Overall we believe these would be specifications of the Mi5 when it's going to launch today, But only times going to tell how accurate we are. Just in case we were on the money, don't forget where you came to know about first though!
There's also a buzz regarding the fact the Xiaomi might also launch a bigger sibling of the Mi5, namely the Mi5 Pro. But here again we feel that expecting such an announcement would not be just - as it will only drive their premium offering, Mi Note Pro towards the end of its shelf life.