Alleged Xiaomi Mi 5 images, benchmark scores leak out
The Mi 5, the next flagship of China's growing superstar phone maker Xiaomi, is expected to get officially unveiled in just three days on January 15th at an event in Beijing, but details including real-life images and performance benchmarks of the handset have leaked out ahead of the announcement.
The Xiaomi Mi 5 is depicted as a visually largely unchanged device: the front camera is moved a bit further to the center of the phone, but all else is practically the same. The notable change is said to be in the hugely reduced thickness, though, as we've heard rumors of a razor thin 5.1mm body. The Mi 5 is allegedly also featuring a slightly larger than before 5.2-inch display with the same 1080 x 1920-pixel Full HD resolution. Keep in mind that we've heard contradicting reports about the screen of this next Xiaomi flagship, some claiming that the device could be equipped with a Quad HD display. We tend to believe the former rather than the latter - after all, it's been just half a year since Xiaomi released the Mi 4, and we expect a modest upgrade rather than something more.
Under the hood, the same Snapdragon 801 system chip is providing the brainpower. Switch over to the back, one can see the plastic back cover which tends to attract a lot of fingerprint smudges. There is now also a dual-LED flash for the rear camera (a 13-megapixel shooter is expected), a feature that would contribute to the more accurate white balance of low-lit photos.
Finally, the AnTuTu scores of the handset have also leaked out showing that it will indeed be a great performer, scoring at the top of benchmark ranks.
All of those changes do suggest that what we're seeing is an evolution of the Mi 4 rather than a completely new phone. And while rumors still persist with the Xiaomi Mi 5 name, we would not be surprised if the company decides to call this a Mi 4s of sorts. The upcoming Xiaomi flagship is rumored to sell for an full retail price of around $370 (2299 yuan).