Xiaomi Mi 5 has definitely been one of the most rumored and leaked devices of this year. This smartphone was expected to launch back in July, but it hasn't, and the Snapdragon 820 SoC is probably the reason behind the delay. The Snapdragon 810 had heating issues and Xiaomi allegedly tried to avoid using it in its upcoming flagship, especially considering the Snapdragon 820 was right around the corner. Well, the Snapdragon 820 will become available to smartphone manufacturers starting next month, and Xiaomi is rumored to release their Mi 5 flagship on January 21st. That being said, some new info has surfaced in China, read on.
The company's CEO, Lei Jun, has hinted that the Mi 5 will be fueled by the Snapdragon 820 64-bit quad-core processor earlier today. He said that Xiaomi doesn't really care all that much for being the first to release a device, they want to provide the best device and user experience possible. This can be considered Lei Jun's confirmation that Xiaomi won't be the one to release a Snapdragon 820-powered device, on the other hand, it could mean something completely else. He could be referring to the Mi 5's release delay in general, either way, we'll have to wait and see what happens next. Lei Jun has more or less confirmed the existence of Mi 5 a couple of weeks back when he said that he's been using the device for quite some time now. This also suggests that the device will be launched in January.
Now, it is possible that Xiaomi plans to wait even longer to launch this smartphone, but that's highly unlikely. January seems like a sure thing at this point, they're already months behind, and their release cycle has moved quite significantly. Anyhow, other than the Snapdragon 820, the Mi 5 is expected to sport a 5.2-5.5" QHD (2560 x 1440) display along with 4GB of RAM and multiple internal storage variants. This handset will also probably pack a 21-megapixel snapper on the back, and you can expect either Android Lollipop or Marshmallow to come pre-installed on it. One thing is for sure, Xiaomi's MIUI 7 OS will be installed on top of Google's OS. The Mi 5 will probably ship with a physical home button below the display, at least if the recent rumors are to be believed, and a fingerprint scanner will probably come built into that button. That's pretty much it, stay tuned for more info.