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

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.

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

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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



1. Piyath_ale

Posts: 79; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

It seems like an iPhone 6 to me..

4. Deca-core

Posts: 75; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

you must be blind then..

7. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 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.

14. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 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.

5. Dr.SamX

Posts: 245; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

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


Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

The home button more like Samsung Galaxy S and SII.

2. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

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

11. neonix

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 04, 2014

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

3. Trickzter

Posts: 83; Member since: Apr 21, 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...

8. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

9. Sdiq572

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 26, 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

10. Guaire

Posts: 892; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Fan made IMO.

12. neonix

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 04, 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...

13. Achillias

Posts: 52; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

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

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