The confusion regarding the whens and whats of the Xiaomi Mi 5 are showing no signs of stopping. News is that the phone has been spotted in benchmarks with the codename Gemini, and it’s running the Snapdragon 820 processor which isn’t supposed to be released until next year.
Here’s the paradox then. The Xiaomi Mi 5 which is rumored to be slated for a December 2015 unveiling is running a processor that will be made available to companies only in 2016. Since Qualcomm has officially confirmed the Snapdragon 820’s arrival time, it’s safe to assume that the phone is getting delayed into 2016.
The benchmark in question here comes via Geekbench and talks about the Xiaomi Gemini handset. It clearly mentions ‘msm8996’ in the motherboard section, and that’s exactly the model name of the Snapdragon 820 chipset.
The score achieved by the apparent Xiaomi Mi 5 in the single core test is a whopping 4762. As pointed out by GSM Arena, this beats Snapdragon 810 devices by a large margin, as they are only able to grab scores around the 1300 mark. Moreover, current-gen Exynos 7 Octa offerings like the Galaxy S6 also score around 1500 points.
One of the other things revealed about the Gemini device is that it has been clocked at 1.59GHz. With the quad core Snapdragon 820 capable of reaching speeds of up to 2.2GHz, we’re guessing Xiaomi must be testing various combinations right now. 3GB of RAM and Android 6.0 Marshmallow have also been revealed to be among the phone’s offerings.
The mystery around the Xiaomi Mi 5 is still all but solved. We’ll try to bring you more about the device in the days to come; so stay tuned.