Rumors of a follow up to the Xiaomi Mi 4 smartphone have been gathering for a while, and although an early 2015 launch looked likely, the company revealed the Mi Note and the Mi Note Pro instead. Does this mean the Mi 5 will never arrive? According to new rumors, it’s still in the works. Here’s everything we think we know about the Mi 5.
Updated on 07-01-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in full leaked specifications and further evidence of a November 2015 release
Rumors of Mi 5 launch reignite
It appears that we will finally get to see the Mi 5 later this year. Earlier reports of a November 2015 launch were backed up by new rumors in early July. A tip published by Mobipicker said it had been informed of a November release for the Mi 5, which would be more than a year after the the Mi 4 made its debut.
Back in May, it was also reported by @leaksfly on the Weibo social network that Xiaomi would launch the Mi 5 smartphone in November, at the time reigniting rumors that had laid dormant since early January. In addition to the launch date, the leaker also commented on the possible specification — and it sounds like a monster.
Apparently, Xiaomi held off releasing the Mi 5 until Qualcomm’s ready to release the Snapdragon 820 processor, its follow-up to the much-maligned Snapdragon 810. The Snapdragon 820 was announced at Mobile World Congress, and is an entirely new platform for Qualcomm, and it promised samples would be available during the latter half of 2015, which suggests phones using the chip probably won’t be on sale until very late on, or more likely, in early 2016.
Does this mean a November launch date is unlikely? No, not necessarily. Xiaomi has proved it’s happy to announce and then wait a while to release a phone. The Mi Note Pro was revealed in January, but didn’t go on sale until May.
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro
What about the specifications?
While speculation still grows, one thing seems certain — the Mi 5 will be a powerhouse. Along with the news of a November release, the full specifications for the phone were leaked in early July, and several differ from previous rumors. For example, the display is now said to be 5.3-inches — slightly larger than the Mi 4 — but it could still have a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution.
The rear camera may have 16 megapixels, while the front facing camera may come in at 6 megapixels. The new rumor also states the Mi 5 may include a microSD slot for expanded storage, a micro SIM slot, a 3030 mAh battery, and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Previously rumored specs such as the Snapdragon 820 and 4 GB of RAM, along with the option for 16 GB or 64 GB for internal storage, are repeated.
Talk of the Snapdragon 820 started back in May, after a @leaksfly rumor said Xiaomi will pair the processor with 4GB of RAM, and offer both a 16GB and a 64GB model. At that time, the screen was expected to measure 5.5-inches and have a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution, making it slightly smaller in size than the 5.7-inch Mi Note Pro.
Other features listed back then included a 16-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front camera — both with optical image stabilization — plus a USB Type-C charging port. Xiaomi may use aluminum for the phone’s body, and it may measure just 5.1mm thick. Finally, as part of the Snapdragon 820, the phone may use Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint authentication system. The fingerprint sensor was also part of the July rumor report from Mobipicker.
We’ll keep you updated on all the rumors regarding the Xiaomi Mi 5, and let you know any official news when the time comes.
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Going back to before the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro were revealed, rumors regarding the specification also suggested the display will measure 5.5-inches, and have a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. However, the processor driving the device was tipped as a Snapdragon 805, or a Snapdragon 810, with 3GB of RAM. The Economic Daily News’ source also mentioned a 20.7-megapixel camera, and a fingerprint sensor being fitted.
Questions were raised over the possible price. The Economic Daily News says Xiaomi wants to continue selling hardware at competitive prices, but another local report, quoting an analyst, says the Mi 5 may cost more than previous models. It also speculates Xiaomi could release two flagship phones to compensate for the change. It could now be assumed this was related to the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro.
What will the Mi 5 look like?
We don’t know yet. Up until the Mi Note was announced, several images were leaked, but the best pictures show a phone very similar to the Note and Note Pro — so they should be treated as misnamed leaks for now. We’ll leave the information here for the record though.
In this leak, a phone with an almost bezel-less big screen was referred to as the Mi 5. At the end of December, a clear shot of what was also named the Mi 5 was discovered on the Weibo social network, showing a large-screened phone with very thin screen bezels.
Xiaomi’s Mi logo is in the top left, while the design looks similar to the Mi 4, but it’s most likely a picture of the subsequently announced Mi Note phone.
Xiaomi launched the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro on January 15
Xiaomi held a launch event on January 15 in Beijing, where it revealed the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro. Previously, Xiaomi’s co-founder and president Bin Lin said in a statement the company would unveil its next flagship device in January 2015, although it was never certain the phone would be the Mi 5.
Whether the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro, which do match up to some of the early leaked Mi 5 specs, will replace the Mi 5 in Xiaomi’s 2015 line-up remains to be seen. The phones are powerful, attractive, and worthy of “flagship” status. However, the Mi 4 is still quite new, leaving Xiaomi plenty of time to update the phone later on.
CES launch never came
According to a report published by the Economic Daily News in China, Xiaomi was rumored to launch the Mi 5 smartphone at the CES 2015. However, this didn’t happen, and has crushed any hopes for a subsequent U.S. launch.
Although it was a tantalizing prospect, the CES launch and U.S. release of the Xiaomi Mi 5 always looked unlikely. Xiaomi has had a small presence at previous CES shows, with its phones being displayed by partners such as Qualcomm.
It launched the Mi 4 smartphone at a high-profile event in Beijing – China is its largest market, after all – last July. Finally, while Xiaomi intends to become a global brand in the future, CEO Lei Jun has recently said any wide international launch won’t be possible until the it’s the world’s number one smartphone manufacturer.
The authenticity of these images and specs is also unconfirmed, and may turn out to be nothing more than speculation. In light of the Mi Note’s launch, the Mi 5’s future uncertain, but we’ll continue gathering any news on the phone’s existence here.
Updated on 05-27-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added in a new rumor stating the Mi 5 may arrive later in 2015 with an impressive spec.
Updated on 01-15-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added in details of the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro launch, which leaves the Mi 5’s future in doubt.
Updated on 01-12-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added in confirmation of a Xiaomi launch event on January 15.
Updated on 12-30-2014 by Andy Boxall: Xiaomi says next flagship device will be revealed in January.
Updated on 12-23-2014 by Andy Boxall: Added in another leaked image, showing a large phone with thin screen bezels.
Updated on 12-05-2014 by Andy Boxall: Added in rumors of a CES 2015 launch, plus more rumors about the phone’s spec.