A new report on the forthcoming Xaiomi flagship, the Mi5, suggests two variants will be released in the fall, both powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processors. The latest information on Xaiomi’s plans says the company is working on a Xaiomi Mi5 and a Xaiomi Mi5 Plus with a tentative announcement scheduled for November.
Previous rumors suggested Xaiomi was planning to use the Snapdragon 810 processor in the Mi5 despite concerns about the chip having an overheating issue. The Snapdragon 820, which will be Qualcomm’s next cutting edge chip, is not expected to be released until this fall, a schedule that would seem to dictate Xaiomi hold off on releasing their next flagship. If these plans are accurate, we will watch to see whether Xaiomi can get units to market and shipped in time for the holiday shopping season or if actual units ship in early 2016.
The report also seemed to corroborate previously leaked information about the devices, like the Mi5 getting a 5.2-inch Quad HD display backed with 3 or 4 GB of RAM, a 16MP rear-facing camera, fingerprint scanner, 3,000 mAh battery, and all of this packed into a slim 6.1mm thick form factor. Meanwhile, the Mi5 Plus gets a larger 6-inch Quad HD display, 4GB of RAM, and an upgraded 20MP rear camera.
According to this source, the Xiaomi Mi5 will be priced at 2,299 yuan ($371 USD).