As the rumored launch window of the Xiaomi Mi 5 draws closer, the Chinese company seems to be finding it hard to keep the handset undercover. A new photo of the upcoming smartphone has sprung up on social networking site Weibo, and it looks like the real deal. Until now, all we’ve seen are renders of it.
The Xiaomi Mi 5 was expected to be released in early December until it emerged that Qualcomm wouldn’t be shipping its Snapdragon 820 processor to device manufacturers until 2016. Going by this information, even the currently anticipated launch window of February 2016 for the Xiaomi phone seems a bit optimistic.
At any rate, you can feast your eyes on this alleged image of the Xiaomi Mi 5 in the meantime. Uncovered by GadgetzArena via Weibo, the picture is also supported by patents filed by the company which matches the photo. The handset has an oval-shaped home button that is supposed to serve as a fingerprint sensor too.
Apparently, Xiaomi intends to make a smartphone with a biometric sensor embedded in its screen. The patent documents related to this particular feature contain rough renders of a device that does not look like the Mi 5. So it’s safe to say that the aforesaid ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is being built into a future model.
The Xiaomi Mi 5 might take cues from Apple’s 3D Touch technology and boast of a pressure-sensitive display too. A USB Type-C port is likely to be found in its specifications list. We also know that the smartphone will be powered by the Snapdragon 820 chip. Additionally, a polycarbonate body appears to be in the offing.
Older reports have painted the Xiaomi phone with 4GB of RAM and a 5-inch full HD touchscreen. We’ll keep you updated as more details pop up.
UPDATE: According to G4Games, the Xiaomi Mi 5 will come in 3GB RAM with 32GB ROM and 4GB RAM with 64GB ROM flavors at price tags of 1999 Yuan and 2299 Yuan, respectively. It may flaunt a 5.2-inch 1080p panel with 2.5D glass, a 13MP front-facing lens and a 16MP rear camera.