Xiaomi did not release a flagship smartphone last year, and its latest flagship happens to be the aging Mi 4 which was launched as far back as in 2014. However, all that is about to change soon as the company is all set to launch its latest premium handset next week at the MWC (Mobile World Congress) trade show in Barcelona, Spain. That being the case, Xiaomi’s Vice President of international business, Mr. Hugo Barra, is looking to create some buzz around the Mi 5 before it is made official by the company. With a view towards doing just that, Mr. Barra has just posted a teaser video on social networking site Facebook, claiming that the all-new flagship from Xiaomi will be “insanely fast”.
Elaborating on his point, Mr. Barra noted on his Facebook post that the “Mi5 will show you the meaning of fast in just 7 days now”. The video features an 11-year old boy named Xiao Lin Cen, who shot into the limelight last year in China by breaking the world record for skipping with 108 skips in just 3o seconds at the first World Inter-School Rope Skipping Championships held in Dubai, UAE. According to the post by Mr. Barra, “Just how fast is fast? Record holder Xiao Lin Cen, who can skip rope 1096 times (1096!!!) in 3 minutes shows you how. Forget everything you know about speed”. However, it wasn’t immediately evident whether Mr. Barra was alluding to the phone’s Snapdragon 820 chip or the ability of the phone’s camera to capture motion without blur, but one would expect things to get cleared up once the device is actually unveiled next week by the Beijing-headquartered company.
The Mi 5 has been rumored and leaked on numerous occasions from various unofficial sources over the past several weeks, which has pretty much disclosed most of the important aspects of the upcoming device, which will launch on February 24th. The device is expected to feature a 5.2-inch 1080p screen, with a Snapdragon 820 chipset from Qualcomm running under the hood. The smartphone is also believed to have at least two different variants with the base version donning 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, while the more premium version will ship with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of built-in storage space. The handset is also expected to sport an NFC chip, a fingerprint scanner and a rumored 26-megapixel primary camera, although nothing has been confirmed on that front as yet.
UPDATE: Xiaomi’s official YouTube channel has also shared the aforementioned video, and it is embedded down below.