Xiaomi has introduced quite a few smartphones in 2015, but their Mi 5 flagship wasn't amongst them. Rumors have been saying that the company has been waiting for the Snapdragon 820 SoC to become available, and some reports said that the handset might launch in January. The company's CEO said a while back that Xiaomi is in no hurry to launch this handset, which suggested that the device might not get announced this month after all. Well, the newly surfaced info kind of confirms that fact, read on.
The company's co-founder and Senior VP, Liwan Jiang, has basically confirmed via his official Weibo account that the device will be fueled by the Snapdragon 820 SoC, and that the phone is in mass production already. The company's co-founder also confirmed that their new flagship won't be announced in January, he said that the phone will launch after the Chinese New Year, which means that it won't launch before February 8th. We did not get an official confirmation of when exactly will the phone launch though, but you can expect it to arrive in February. Xiaomi's CEO, Lei Jun, basically quoted Liwan Jiang afterwards, and confirmed what he had to say.
The company's officials confirmed that the device will be fueled by the Snapdragon 820, but we did not get any other spec info at this point. We've seen tons of leaks thus far though, and those give us a pretty good idea of what Mi 5's spec sheet will look like. The phone is said to sport a 5.2-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) display along with 4GB of RAM and various internal storage options. The handset will pack in a 3,000+mAh battery on the inside, and a 16-megapixel shooter is said to be available on its back. The 8-megapixel snapper is rumored to be available up front, and the phone will ship with Android-based MIUI 7.X OS out of the box. You can also expect this phone to pack in a fingerprint scanner (perhaps even Sense ID), and the Mi 5 will almost certainly going to be made out of metal. That is pretty much it, stay tuned for additional news, we'll report back as soon as new info pops up.