Your prayers answered - the Xiaomi Mi 5 is coming this February, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 inside

Is your very soul trembling with excitement about the Xiaomi Mi 5? We certainly understand if so, for the Chinese smartphone maker's next big thing has spent an unusually long time in the kitchen, getting fans of the brand more than a little riled up! Even though the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro did a banger of a job posing as the company's flagship handsets throughout 2015, we all know that it will be the Mi 5 and not anything less that will define Xiaomi's smartphone maker identity this year. And if anyone knows this better than we do, it is the Chinese powerhouse itself, which explains why the Mi 5 won't be spending a minute longer than it needs to in the making state!

Prick up your ears now, for Mr. Liwan Jiang, co-founder and VP of Xiaomi, has finally proclaimed the magic words in his personal Weibo account. "The Xiaomi Mi 5 with the latest Snapdragon 820 processor is ready and in volume production. It will be released after the Spring Festival to have enough time for stocking up." Clarifying where it's due, Spring Festival stands for China's Lunar New Year. The People's Republic is about to enter 2016 on February 8, which means the Mi 5 will be announced (and possibly released) in early February.

In case you're not familiar with the Xiaomi Mi5's rumored features and spec sheet, here's a brief recap of what to expect. Donning a full metal jacket to the party, the smartphone is a confirmed Qualcomm Snapdragon 820-powered device that's also expected to have a 5.2-inch Quad-HD resolution screen, 3 or 4GB of RAM memory, at least 32GB of eMMC storage, a 16MP camera at the back, a heavy-duty 13MP front cam, and a 3600mAh battery that gets speedily filled up with the built-in Quick Charge technology.

But even with such beastly prowess, the Mi5 won't be a lone star in the Chinese sky, for the competition has already primed itself for battle. Mere hours ago, Letv announced the Le Max Pro, a 5.5-incher of the same breed that also features a premium build, much of the same hi-end hardware, and Qualcomm's Sense ID ultrasonic fingerprint scanner — all of that at a similarly aggressive price point. It will be a duel to the death between those two, we reckon!

source: Liwan Jiang (Weibo) via Android Central

Related phones

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. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Is that a Galaxy??

13. may_czos

Posts: 956; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

It's photoshopped Mi Note.

2. Rydsmith unregistered

Galaxy mi6. Guess it got tiresome copying Apple.

11. Acer_Predator unregistered

And HTC some shapes too

12. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

that's just a smaller version of their own flagship Mi Note Pro....

22. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

The home button makes it look like a samsung phone

14. may_czos

Posts: 956; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

It's photoshopped Mi Note.

3. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

That button kinda ruins it's design IMO.

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

agree, reducing bottom and top bezel will make this one look a lot better.. look like they got lazy to design back side, it look so ugly, even their redmi series look alot better from back

15. may_czos

Posts: 956; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

It's photoshopped Mi Note.

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Ah! The Xiaomi or "Show-me" as you pronounce it... That thing looks like a Samsung Galaxy, and The MIUI (< The 'Touchwiz of Xiaomi) looks like iOS... Chinese cloning at its finest, anyone?

21. pp007

Posts: 39; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

Have you ever seen mi note/notepro's design.. These handsets were unveiled before galaxy s6/s6 edge.. So actually Samsung had done a great job of copying of xiaomi's design..

23. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

The front of the phone looks like every Galaxy phone released since 2013...

5. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Samsung and iphone had a baby

7. Intrepid_wiz

Posts: 28; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

Exactly this is what happens when the Galaxy S6 makes love to an iPhone 6

8. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

I kind of like the design although it is a Samsung and iPhone design copy.

16. may_czos

Posts: 956; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

It's photoshopped render, not Mi5.

9. biagnosis

Posts: 106; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Whose prayer? I didn't pray for this. lmao #XiaomiTheMoney

10. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

what are the Xiaomi's markets? Asia and US only?

17. may_czos

Posts: 956; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Just Asia.

19. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

As far as I am aware you can get it in Europe too. Not sure if it is official but it is rather easy at least.

20. may_czos

Posts: 956; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Xiaomi is stealing patents that's why there's no official sales outside Asia.

18. may_czos

Posts: 956; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Noone said it's coming in February! March is after February 8th as well.

24. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 894; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

25. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

All Chinese smartphone with Snapdragon 820 in Q1, which is boring Android in Q1

26. TrevorB1

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

I think I will stick with the Samsung phone I already have. This design looks quite similar to Samsung Galaxy. I do like though that you can choose the amount of RAM to amount of internal storage though!

27. xchatter

Posts: 44; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

We are already sick of this design present in 789395783479854739 Samsung devices. Xiaomi is stepping back. :/

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