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Xiaomi Mi 5 render surfaces, comes with rumored January 21st unveiling date

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Xiaomi Mi 5 render surfaces, comes with rumored January 21st unveiling date
We are getting closer to the unveiling of the Xiaomi Mi 5. A new render of the device just discovered on Weibo reveals a first for Xiaomi, a physical home button. And that actually ties in with the latest rumor from analyst Pan Jiutang. Back in October, we passed along speculation that the phone would be the first to employ Qualcomm's ultrasound fingerprint scanner. According to Jiutang, it appears that this might not be the case, which explains the home button.

You see, unlike traditional fingerprint scanners, those of the ultrasonic variety don't require sensors or buttons. In fact, an ultrasonic scanner can be embedded under a phone's screen. According to Jiutang, Xiaomi has found that Qualcomm's fingerprint scanner is not reliable or stable yet. Which is too bad, because an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is not impacted by dirt or other foreign particles that can prevent a traditional unit from working correctly. Since a more traditional print reader will be used, Xiaomi will most likely embed it under the home button, explaining its appearance on the render.

Along with the render comes another piece of information. The Xiaomi Mi 5 is rumored to be unveiled on January 21st, with the actual launch taking place sometime during the following month. We expect the phone will be equipped with a 5.2-inch display, powered by the Snapdragon 820 SoC. The screen will offer a version of Force Touch, and Android 6.0 is expected to be pre-installed. According to the Weibo posting, there will be two versions of the phone. One will be priced at the equivalent of $311 USD, while the other model will cost $389 USD.


Thanks for the tip!

source: Weibo via GizmoChina (1), (2)

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posted on 08 Dec 2015, 00:41 2

1. Piyath_ale (Posts: 79; Member since: 02 Nov 2015)


It seems like an iPhone 6 to me..

posted on 08 Dec 2015, 01:23 5

4. Deca-core (Posts: 75; Member since: 20 Nov 2015)


you must be blind then..

posted on 08 Dec 2015, 02:38 1

7. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1120; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


By today's standards any rounded rectangle with a screen and single button on the bottom looks like an iPhone lol.
Also, a group of holes group together and located at the bottom is invented by Apple.

posted on 08 Dec 2015, 22:10 1

14. neela_akaash (Posts: 1112; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


As i said before, even my used condoms look like iPhones these days.... although this render is just an edited Mi 4.... totally fake.

posted on 08 Dec 2015, 01:46 1

5. Dr.SamX (Posts: 153; Member since: 19 Jan 2015)


Man, I know how you feel. All phones nowadays look like Nokia 1600 to me!

posted on 08 Dec 2015, 02:14

6. HTC_ONE_MAX (Posts: 148; Member since: 06 Feb 2015)


The home button more like Samsung Galaxy S and SII.

posted on 08 Dec 2015, 01:14 8

2. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


Either it's fake or this must be the s**ttiest design from Xiaomi.

posted on 08 Dec 2015, 09:55

11. neonix (Posts: 64; Member since: 04 Aug 2014)


I agree. They usually design their phones much more elegantly than this.

posted on 08 Dec 2015, 01:17 1

3. Trickzter (Posts: 45; Member since: 21 Apr 2015)


Too bad the Ultrasonic sensor isn't stable enough yet, as the Mi 5 was sounding so awesome. Now if that render is geniune, it just looks like a Samsung Galaxy with that rounded rectangular home button...

posted on 08 Dec 2015, 04:15 1

8. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3607; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Lamest flagship design so far... This looks like Samsung Galaxy initial stage

posted on 08 Dec 2015, 04:45 1

9. Sdiq572 (Posts: 36; Member since: 26 Jun 2015)


This look like The OG Galaxy S and SII, see dat little, square home button, and dat another two capatitive button on the either side

posted on 08 Dec 2015, 05:34

10. Guaire (Posts: 500; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


Fan made IMO.

posted on 08 Dec 2015, 09:57

12. neonix (Posts: 64; Member since: 04 Aug 2014)


Damn, that is actually kinda ugly for Xiaomi. That weird home button is so off. Seems like they just wanted it to look different than everyone else's home button, so it had to be not a circle and not really a rectangle...

posted on 08 Dec 2015, 13:04 1

13. Achillias (Posts: 44; Member since: 24 Sep 2015)


If this is truly the new design Xiaomi just have made a big mistake what an ugly home button.

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