Another Xiaomi Mi 5 specs rumor claims 6 GB of RAM; Update: real-life picture leaks, refutes the rumor

Alleged Xiaomi Mi 5 smiles for the camera

Alleged Xiaomi Mi 5 smiles for the camera


Xiaomi may be among the less mainstream-famous manufacturers to have a scheduled appearance at the Mobile World Conference next week, but the company is well-known among smartphone lovers. It's a China-based handset slinger, which is pretty huge in Asia, and famous in the tech world for offering quality hardware at bargain prices.

Thus far, Xiaomi has only officially sold its handsets in Asian markets. International fans that wanted to get their hands on one of its devices had to go the extra mile and find a trustworthy 3rd party reseller who would ship anywhere in the World. The fact that the company is about to unveil its newest flagship — the Mi 5 — at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona has many hoping that this is a sign Xiaomi is going international.

In the past month, we've seen design leaks, camera teasers posted by Xiaomi's VP of International Hugo Barra, and some specs leaks. Today, we get another report of Xiaomi's internals in the form of a Weibo post by a devout tech blogger. It mostly reaffirms previous rumors, but also shedds light on possible memory variants and the phone's battery capacity.

So, what we know with 99% certainty, and is reaffirmed in this report, is that the Mi 5 is going to be equipped with a 2.15 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC — this has previously been suggested numerous times, and even the company's CEO Lei Jun has had no trouble talking about it openly on social media. Further, the post lists a 5.2-inch display diagonal, which is in line with leaks from other sources in the past months. A couple of days ago, we saw another leak point at a 5.15-inch diagonal, but that's a single report that has yet to be reaffirmed. We also get another mention of the 16 MP / 4 MP rear and front cameras, which we've also heard about before. And, of course, many claim that the new handset will have a USB Type-C port, which we've already seen Xiaomi use in the Mi 4c.

The post also mentiones RAM and internal memory, claiming that there will be two Mi 5 variants — one toting 32 GB of internal memory and 4 GB of RAM, and the other packing 64 GB of storage and — get this — 6 GB of RAM. The smartphone's battery capacity is listed as 2,910 mAh – not too shabby.

So, what should we make of this 6 GB of RAM rumor? We'd suggest taking it with a spoon of salt – it just seems a bit outlandish that in the year when we expect most flagship smartphones to have 4 GB of RAM, Xiaomi would be able to somehow cram an extra of 2 gigabytes in there. But hey, we'd love to see it be real!

Update: The photo you see at the top of this article is a shot of the alleged Xiaomi Mi 5. We can see it's running Xiaomi's MIUI build 7.6.2.1. interface on top of Android 6 Marshmallow, and the processor is indeed clocked at 2.1 GHz. The memory data refutes the 6 GB RAM report, as it lists a much more believable combo of 64 GB of storage and 3 GB of RAM.


source: Weibo via Android Headlines; photo source: Weibo via @stagueve

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Mi 5
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh

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30 Comments

1. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Is there a good reason for 6GBs of ram?

2. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

That's just fake news..

4. FlySheikh

Posts: 443; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

Took the words right out of my mouth.

7. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Xiaomi will leave 6gb ram for their next year flagship MI 6...

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5579; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Not really But why not?

16. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1408; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

With the price below $400, is this 6GB ram issue even a question?

27. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

exactly.. is there anyone out there who buy a phone just because it have 6GB of RAM? :-/ $400 for SD820 flagship alone is great enough

29. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

I would take more Ram over Cpu. Heavy multitasking. Once you install more than 10 apps the phone starts to lag when you browse.

3. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

If 6GB is true , the MI5 will fly in multitasking

9. NonFanBoy

Posts: 180; Member since: May 28, 2015

Not really. Its the phone's RAM management that really matters. If managed well, a phone can "fly" even with 2 GB of RAM. Having said that, I think 4 GB hits the sweet spot and 6 GB would be over-kill just like 4K screens on smartphones are.

20. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Unless we have a particular use(s) for them like VR for the 4K display

28. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

no matter how great RAM management, 2GB just cant open 30tab of chrome without refreshing :-/

30. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

That's why Ram is an utmost for Android. Even the system itself takes up 800mb. I have 25 apps installed. Each app takes up 12-25 mb of Ram. Opening Gsmsrena and phonearena and Bgr, it automatically refreshes. That bloody sucks. Even 6gb Ram is not enough. I'd take 8gb Ram.

5. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

It is time manufactures moved to 6GB of ram devices since 3GB has been the standard for the last 2 years. now midrangers have 2GB or 3GB. Look at Sony m4,m5 ,moto G3 turbo, xiaomi redmi 3,huawei 4A or honor y6 all have more than 1GB of ram. It is absolutely necessary for manufactures to have 6GB ram to differentiate midrangers from flagships. Absolute must in 2016.

6. readreadz

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

That Home button destroyed the phone

10. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

OEMs are killing their future sales... Microsoft OEMs and Intel have managed to regulate PC does for decades. Must pc still come with 758p and 1080p and they are still much appreciated. If Android OEMs keep hyping their hardwares by 'over-speccing' them, by 2-3 years time, most people will be contented with 4gb ram,QHD etc and phones with such specs will be cheaper...

11. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

OEMs are killing their future sales... Microsoft OEMs and Intel have managed to regulate PC does for decades. Must pc still come with 758p and 1080p and they are still much appreciated. If Android OEMs keep hyping their hardwares by 'over-speccing' them, by 2-3 years time, most people will be contented with 4gb ram,QHD etc and phones with such specs will be cheaper...

12. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

OEMs are killing their future sales... Microsoft OEMs and Intel have managed to regulate PC does for decades. Must pc still come with 758p and 1080p and they are still much appreciated. If Android OEMs keep hyping their hardwares by 'over-speccing' them, by 2-3 years time, most people will be contented with 4gb ram,QHD etc and phones with such specs will be cheaper... Microsoft would have launched a more powerful x86 phones that would render 8-10GB RAM Android devices, useless

13. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Looks good. Dat bezel tho

14. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1789; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

What does this phone do to where it needs 6gb of ram? Unless this phone can do a triple split screen then there's no point.

15. megathaszrul89

Posts: 203; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

I dunno, i kinda feel that the design is quite... Bland? It looks good, but, it's just.. Plain? Just stating my opinion though :)

21. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

So you want bells and whistles like the ip6, which looks ugly.

22. nodes

Posts: 1134; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

previous Mi Flagships are way better, including the Note. this one is ugly.

17. DarkVader777

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 10, 2016

Looks kinda S6 ish. However ibtrested to see thel specs Those 0hines have always been on the advance. I liie there Just do it atitude Ala Samsung like when they removed sd card slot from S6 batch. I have a good feeling about phone perfor6from them also always competitive.

18. DarkVader777

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 10, 2016

Just woke up spelling hideous. I SAID Those phones always have been on the advance. I like the atitude Ala Sansung like when they removed sd card slot from S6 batch. I HAVE a good feeling about phone performance there always Competitive. IF THIS is true phone will be top 5

19. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Omg 6gb Ram. Extreme multitasking and fluidity.

25. GTNavy

Posts: 55; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

Maybe they want 6GB of RAM in this phone so it can play PC games like Skyrim and Fallout 3?

23. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

I hate the thing where Chinese manufacturers put a black bar around the screen so it seems it has super thin bezels with a dark wallpaper. (Visible on the pics on top. Huawei did this with the P8, too.)

24. seanmirza23

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 19, 2016

WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!

26. scarface21173

Posts: 605; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

6Gb RAM will happen, why not be the 1st to do it.

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