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Analyst: Xiaomi Mi 5 Will Be The First S820-Powered Handset

December 7, 2015 - Written By Kristijan Lucic

Xiaomi Mi 5 has been leaking left and right for months now. The company’s upcoming flagship was supposed to be announced back in July, but considering the Snapdragon 820 SoC wasn’t available at the time, Xiaomi decided to wait with this announcement. Many sources have claimed that the device will be announced in January next year, and considering the fact Xiaomi entitled their recent event ‘The Grand Finale’, that is actually a quite plausible launch timeframe. Xiaomi won’t be making any more big announcements this year, so the Mi 5 will probably land in January.

Some rumors have been claiming that the Mi 5 will be powered by the Helio X20, others that the Snapdragon 820 will be Xiaomi’s SoC of choice. Well, the latter option is more probable, and IHS Technology’s analyst, Kevin Wang, seems to agree. He decided to share some info on his official Weibo (Chinese social network) account, and say that the Mi 5 will be fueled by the Snapdragon 820 processor. Futhermore, Mr. Wang claims that the Mi 5 will be the first smartphone powered by Qualcomm’s newest processor, which means that it will launch in January, as rumors were saying.

Kevin Wang did not share any spec info when it comes to this device, but according to a number of leaks that have popped up to this day, we can try to guess what will Mi 5’s specs look like. The Xiaomi Mi 5 will sport a 5.2-5.5” display, 3 or 4GB of RAM and a number of internal storage variants. The Snapdragon 820 64-bit quad-core SoC will fuel this smartphone, and the device will be made out of metal. You can expect it to sport a fingerprint scanner, and a Force Touch display has also been mentioned, but we don’t know how probable that feature is. The 16 or 21-megapixel camera will be available on the back of the Mi 5, we still don’t know if Xiaomi plans to include a 5 or 8-megapixel snapper up front. Android Lollipop or Marshmallow will come pre-installed here with the latest version of Xiaomi’s OS, MIUI 7.