Xiaomi Mi 5 to Be Officially Announced on February 24, Confirms Co-Founder
All the speculation regarding the Xiaomi Mi 5 release date can finally be put to rest. Xiaomi co-founder and company senior vice-president Liwan Jiang has revealed that the Mi 5 flagship smartphone will be officially unveiled on February 24th. The senior executive revealed the key info in a post on his official Weibo account.
Liwan Jiang had already confirmed recently that the Mi 5 will launch shortly after the Chinese Spring festival, but the exact date was still a mystery so far. It was being speculated that the Mi 5 could be available for purchase in China by the middle of February, but it now looks like the wait will be slightly longer as the flagship smartphone will go on sale only by the end of February, perhaps a day after it is announced officially by the company.
The Xiaomi Mi 5 is a highly anticipated smartphone and was expected to be the first to be powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 820 SoC. However, that isn’t going to be the case now, as the LeTV Le Max Pro holds that distinction after being announced by Qualcomm as the first Snapdragon 820-powered device at CES 2016. That said, the Xiaomi Mi 5 can still be the first Snapdragon 820-powered smartphone to go on sale, as the Le Max Pro hasn’t yet gone on sale and the company is yet to share details regarding availability and pricing.
The Xiaomi Mi 5 is expected to arrive with a 5.2-inch display, in both 1080p and Quad HD versions. Not only will the screen resolution differ depending on the variant, but it is also rumored that the 1080p display variant will feature a metal and glass build, while the Quad HD display variant could launch with a more premium all-metal build. Both will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset and feature a 16MP resolution camera on the back. On the front, the Mi 5 is rumored to sport an impressive 8 megapixel selfie shooter. A fingerprint sensor will be in the mix too, embedded in the physical home button on the front panel of the smartphone.