The Xiaomi Mi Note and the Mi Note Pro has been crowned as flagship devices of 2015 by the popular Chinese manufacturer. However, anyone who has been following this company and its strategies for a while, know that there is a new device under development and it will release sooner than we can expect.
The Mi series smartphones of the company are the pillars on which Xiaomi was built. They are responsible for the strong reputation that the company enjoys today. A lot of rumors involving the upcoming Mi5 and the Mi5 Plus have already leaked in the internet and people are just waiting to get their hands on these devices! Let’s take a look at what we know about these devices so far.
Sadly, the first thing we’re going to write about is something Xiaomi has totally kept under wraps. There are no rumors whatsoever, involving the design of this device. However, with a little free time, imagination and some help from 3D Studio, interpreting a design doesn’t sound too difficult.
The rumored thinness of the upcoming device is 5.1mm. Some concept designs have been created and you can take a look at them for some rough estimation of how the original device will probably look like.
Both of these devices are expected to run on Android 5.1.1 or some newer/updated version of Google Android Operating System, equipped with Xiaomi’s proprietary skin, the MIUI. From what we’ve seen so far, MIUI is quite intuitive, offering smooth, decent-looking, well-optimized animations along with theme support and extensive customization options.
Sadly, the user interface is not fully optimized and you are bound to run into some Chinese language, here or there, once in a while. However, this isn’t a glaring flaw at all, since in most cases, they are not even relevant for your understanding. In the upcoming Xiaomi Mi5 and Mi5 Plus, this is a glitch that we would like the developers to fix once it for all.
Now let’s come to the hardware of these devices. Presently, Android users tend to look at numbers unlike most iPhone users. How big is the display? How many megapixels? What is the CPU speed? How much RAM? Thankfully, its look like these upcoming bad boys won’t disappoint you at all.
The Mi5 is rumored to feature a 5.2-inch Quad-HD resolution display with a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 SoC running its core. The rear camera will sport 16megapixels and the device will come with 3 to 4GB of RAM.
It will be powered by a decent 3000mAh battery. There were some discussions about a fingerprint scanner but with Qualcomm in the midst, don’t be shocked if Mi5 debuts with Sense ID Tech. Reports indicate that this sensor will make use of ultrasound technology instead of an optical, which is usually seen in the current generation devices.
Meanwhile, the Xiaomi Mi5 Plus will be a 5.7-inch phablet with Quad-HD display resolution and this device will use Qualcomm’s next-generation Snapdragon 820 SoC technology. This device could have a mega 13megapixel front camera with a monstrous 24megapixel rear camera.
Similar to the Mi5, there should be a fingerprint scanner and a juice provider of 3500mAh. Both these devices will sport 16GB and 64GB of eMMC 5.0 storage. Following Xiaomi’s trend with the company’s high-end devices, it will probably shop its cameras from Sony. Further reports indicate that the company is presently working on a Lollipop-based MIUI 7 user interface with AOKP (Android Open Kang Project) for the Mi5.