Xiaomi Mi 5 leak reveals sub-$400 price, Mi 5 Plus may boast record camera resolution

Xiaomi Mi 5 leak reveals sub-$400 price, Mi 5 Plus may boast record camera resolution
Last year, we were graced with Xiaomi's flagship, the Mi4, precisely in this hot month of July, but this year the world's third-largest phone maker might take its time with the Mi 5, waiting for Qualcomm's latest chipsets to iron out their kinks and availability. We've no doubts that Xiaomi will have the Mi 5 ready in time for the holiday shopping craze, though, and the leaks that keep on pouring could mean than an announcement might come sooner than we think.

This latest leak is somewhat more legit than the previous ones, as it comes from a tipster account that has spilled credible beans a few times before, including on the latest Mi prototype. It mostly confirms what we've heard so far about the Mi 5, though, so there is every chance we will indeed be looking into a 5.2" handset with a Quad HD display resolution - like on the HTC One M9+, or the Xperia Z4v - as well as a Snapdragon 810 chipset, coupled with 3 GB of RAM. 

Claimed Xiaomi Mi 5/Plus specs list

Claimed Xiaomi Mi 5/Plus specs list

The fun part is in the camera department - a hearty 16 MP shooter seems designated for the back, though it's not clear if it will sport optical image stabilisation, and a jaw-dropping 13 MP camera is listed for the front. This could make the Mi 5 the best selfie phone around, though, as our tests with the Desire EYE concluded, a high-res frontal cam doesn't necessarily translate into great selfies. The other specs listed are a 3000 mAh battery, which is par for the course, and the whole thing will be running on Android 5.1 Lollipop, covered with the yet-unannounced MIUI 7 interface version. The price listed is 2399 yuan, or about $386, which is pretty good as well.

What about the rumors of a Snapdragon 820-laden Mi 5? Well, it seems that this would indeed be called Mi 5 Plus, and feature a larger, 5.7" panel, again with Quad HD resolution. The Plus version, however, will not only upgrade on the chipset, but also in the camera department, as it is listed with a whopping 23 MP shooter, as well as a 12 MP selfie cam. These are pretty odd numbers, so they could be rounded down instead of up, and we could be looking at a 24 MP shooter, like on the Elife E8, and a 13 MP one again, respectively. 

Alternatively, Xiaomi might be using some brand new sensors inside, and we can't wait to see what the Mi 5 Plus will promise in the camera realm. A 3500 mAh juicer should be able to keep the lights on for a while, but the price isn't listed. We'd assume this will be the real flagship with a $600 tag, given the specs, but let's not get ahead of ourselves, until we learn some more about the (allegedly) metal warriors from Xiaomi.

source: Weibo via G4Games

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13 Comments

1. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Superrrrr...

7. waddup121 unregistered

incredible.

2. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

When SnapDragon 820 release?

3. willytbk

Posts: 252; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

Yeah Mi5 and Mi5 Plus, those naming convention is really something *cough* apple *cough*

4. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Now, I know why Sony and HTC went with the symbol "+" instead of the word "Plus", because it's to get away from Apple bullshitters like you.

13. raky_b

Posts: 369; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

well, Sammy did grow to be 2. biggest by copying Apple, so that is proven as right way to do it.

5. h27_Venom

Posts: 76; Member since: May 16, 2014

what about fingerprint sensor??

6. pmsap

Posts: 105; Member since: May 26, 2015

It's supposed to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon Sense ID 3D fingerprint tech (via Gizmochina).

8. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

By the time it launched you can get galaxy S6 at similar price.. Mind blown!! Lol

9. NightFelix

Posts: 60; Member since: Apr 29, 2013

No UFS 2.0; No Buy.

10. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Smaller version is very disappointing. SD810, QHD and 3GB of RAM? Why bother?

11. iialparslan

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 13, 2014

Xiaomi is King. Im Using MI Note and the Camera, Screen, Build, Sound.. Everything is Great. They Just need to Improve Battery Performance as Sony.

12. raky_b

Posts: 369; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

it will be hot device, by it's look and by SD810, on top of that it will have weak battery to support so strong HW and with their horrible MIUI is reasons not to buy it. trully yours, "proud" owner of Mi4i.

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