Mi5 might be Xiaomi’s first Android 5.1 Lollipop device with Snapdragon 810 processor whereas the Mi5 Plus will be fueled by a next-gen Snapdragon 820.
Last year, we were graced with Xiaomi’s flagship, the Mi4, exactly in this sizzling month of July, but this year the world’s third-largest phone maker might take its time with the Mi 5, waiting for Qualcomm’s latest chipsets to level out their kinks and availability. We have no doubts that Xiaomi will have the Mi 5 ready in time for the holiday shopping craze, though, and the leaks that keep on pouring could mean than an announcement might come sooner than we think.
This latest leak is somewhat more legit than the previous ones, as it comes from a tipster account that has spilled convincing beans a few times before, including on the latest Mi prototype. According to the leakster on Weibo, the Mi5 will take benefit of a Snapdragon 810 processor while the Mi5 Plus will be fueled by a next-gen Snapdragon 820. Earlier we have heard that both models would be the recipients of a Snapdragon 820.
Moving on, we are told that the Xiaomi Mi5 will be the receiver of a 5.2-inch LCD display with Gorilla Glass 2.5 and taking benefit of 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. The device has a 16MP primary camera along with a very capable 13MP selfie shooter (at the level of the HTC Desire EYE). This could make the Mi 5 the best selfie phone around, though, as our tests with the Desire EYE concluded, a high-res front cam doesn’t necessarily translate into great selfies. The phone is said to be constant by a 3,000 mAh battery and will take advantage of quick charge support allowing users to juice up 30% of the battery in just 40 minutes. The whole thing will be running on Android 5.1 Lollipop, covered with the yet-unannounced MIUI 7 interface version. The price listed is 2399 yuan, or about $386, which is pretty good as well.
What about the rumors of a Snapdragon 820-laden Mi 5? Well, it seems that this would indeed be called Mi 5 Plus, and features a larger, 5.7″ panel, again with Quad HD resolution. The Plus version, however, will not only upgrade on the chipset, but also in the camera department, as it is listed with a gigantic 23 MP shooter, as well as a 12 MP selfie cam. These are pretty weird numbers, so they could be rounded down instead of up, and we could be looking at a 24 MP shooter, like on the Elife E8, and a 13 MP one again, respectively.
On the other hand, Xiaomi might be using some brand new sensors inside, and we can’t wait to see what the Mi 5 Plus will promise in the camera realm. The Mi5 Plus is showed as having a 3,500 mAh battery on the inside and a pretty chunky $600 / €547 price tag attached.