Just a week ago, Xiaomi's co-founder - Li Wanqiang - proudly announced that the company's new flagship smartphone was in mass-production ahead of its much-awaited launch after the Chinese New Year next month.
Recently, the successor of Xiaomi's successful Mi 4 has been spotted on GearBest's website, and its specs appear pretty decent, if you ignore the listed $641 price tag that is. The phone will be available in three colors (black, white, and gold), and the specifications should prove competitive with other flagship handsets on the way, including the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7:
- Display: 5.2 inch, 2560x1440 Corning Gorilla Glass 4 (565 ppi)
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Quad Core SoC clocked at 1.8GHz
- RAM: 4GB
- Storage: 16GB or 64GB
- Camera: 8.0MP front camera + 16.0MP 6 element lens, f/2.2 aperture back camera, dual LED flash
- Fingerprint recognition integrated in a physical home button
- NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth: 4.0
- Dual SIM
The Mi 5 will come with a relatively big 3600 mAh battery, and one of the benefits of integrating the new Snapdragon 820 SoC is the ability to shoot 4K video in both H264 and HEVC formats, with the latter making it easier to cram your ultra high definition videos on the internal storage, especially since the Mi5 doesn't seem to offer a microSD slot.
The new flagship comes with 4GB of RAM, which should be more than enough for running MIUI 7 (based on Android 5.1) and any apps and games from the MI store (or Google Play store, if you use a workaround) without worrying that things will slow down. The Mi 5 also features a USB Type C port, which means that you can quickly charge your battery in case you have to run somewhere, and use a flash drive such as the Kingston microDuo 3C to compensate for the lack of a microSD slot.
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