Xiaomi has already confirmed that it will reveal its next flagship smartphone, the Mi 5, at a media event in Barcelona during MWC next month. While we know when the phone will be launched, and that it will be equipped with a Snapdragon 820 processor, little else is close to confirmed. Even the design has been something of a mystery since all we’ve seen so far is a couple of sketchy leaks and a supposed render.
Today, further evidence has risen suggesting the earlier render was accurate. Images posted by well-known leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer show what appears to be a warehouse with multiple empty white boxes stacked on a pallet, seemingly ready for shipment to assembly lines.
The boxes themselves show a device almost identical to the previous renders, and shows them in four different fashionable colors: gold, pink, white and black.
Design-wise, the devices look very much like a Galaxy S6 with its rounded metal frame plus the glass front and back panels. The glass curves towards the edges on the back, similar to the design of the Note 5. As a reminder, these are the earlier leaks which claimed to show the Mi 5’s form factor previously:
While the company has been expectedly vague with any details regarding the Mi 5, we are expecting a device with specs to match most of the top flagship phones for 2016. The SD820-powered device is rumored to feature a Quad HD display, as well as an advanced f/2.2 aperture 16MP camera with 4K video recording. If it’s anything like previous Xiaomi devices, it will cost considerably less than the Galaxy S7, which Samsung is allegedly planning to launch during the first quarter of this year.
Xiaomi has announced a high-end version of its popular Mi 5 smartphone, the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus. The new models are very much geared to going head-to-head with Apple’s new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, with very similar specs and form-factor. We first heard it was on the way back in June.
The Mi 5s offers a 12MP camera using a Sony 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor for the same large pixels we’ve already seen on the Nexus 6P and HTC 10. There’s a wide aperture f/2 lens, and a dual-tone flash for more accurate colors for both outdoor and indoor shots. Video is 4K at 60fps. The Mi5s Plus goes one better with a dual-camera setup similar to that used by Huawei and Apple, though Xiaomi has opted for a combination of color and black-and-white sensors rather than a wide-angle and telephoto lens.
The most advanced new feature is an ultrasonic fingerprint reader embedded into the display …
In this week’s top stories: Pixel pre-order delays, we go hands-on with the LG V20 in our full review, Xiaomi unveils its new Mi Mix phone, Google Allo and Assistant get updates, and much more. more…
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Xiaomi — one of many huge Chinese smartphone makers — today announced that it is planning its first-ever appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. At its event in early 2017, the company plans to announce an “all-new product globally,” although we don’t yet have much clue as to what it might be…
Android TV has been pretty quiet over the past few months, but that all changed at Google I/O 2016 when Google not only announced big updates to the OS, but also a new device. The new Xiaomi Mi Box, previously released in China with its own OS, was announced to be coming to the United States with Android TV on board. A release window wasn’t provided at the announcement, but thanks to the FCC we now know it’s not too far off.
Last week Xiaomi threw us a curveball with the announcement of the concept Xiaomi Mi Mix, a nearly bezel-less smartphone which looks incredible, but also incredibly fragile. Now, before the phone has even gone on sale, someone at a Xiaomi store dropped the phone, and the results were exactly what you’d expect.
Xiaomi has announced on the popular Chinese social network, Weibo, that it will be launching its next big flagship phablet on May 10th. The unveiling event will take place at the Beijing National Convention Center, and tickets will go on sale for existing Xiaomi handset owners through the Xiaomi app store from Wednesday, April 27 at 10am. There will be 900 tickets available in total, costing just 199 Yuan ( USD) each.
Following weeks of speculation and leaks, Xiaomi’s global VP, Hugo Barra has confirmed on Twitter that the Mi 5 will launch on February 24. Having already revealed that the Mi 5 will be powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor, it’s clear this device is going to be the company’s flagship smartphone of 2016.
Apart from the processor, we know little about the Mi 5 with certainty. One website’s placeholder suggested the device will ship with specs that should compete head-to-head with the Galaxy S7, although it will undoubtedly be cheaper than Samsung’s next flagship smartphone. The Mi 5 listing claimed the smartphone will have a 5.2-inch Quad HD display coated in 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4. It also suggested the phone will have a 6-element 16MP camera on the back with f/2.2 aperture and 4K video recording.
Xiaomi is well known for releasing powerful smartphones at competitive prices. The big question for 2016 is whether or not it will launch its upcoming devices in the US and other established western markets. Its biggest competitor, Huawei, made huge strides internationally last year, and will surely extend its lead over Xiaomi if the Mi-makers don’t respond aggressively.
Late last night in a Facebook post, Hugo Barra announced that he will be stepping down from his position at Xiaomi. In his time there, Barra has helped grow Mi from a simple startup to one of China’s leading Android handset manufacturers…