It is being widely reported that the Xiaomi Mi 5 will launch once the Snapdragon 820 chipset is commercially available. But in what could be a hint at a further delay, CEO Lei Jun says that they won t be rushing to be the first smartphone to be powered by Qualcomm s new chipset. Also Read - MIUI 13 design teased ahead of launch via latest MIUI File Manager updateAlso Read - Mi 11 Lite first look: A OnePlus Nord CE competitor, is it?
Jun was quoted as saying that Xiaomi s focus is on getting the overall user experience right on the Mi 5, instead of rushing to be the first to boast the Snapdragon 820 chipset, G4Games reports. The company also plans on getting mass production sorted before launching the smartphone, so as to avoid shipping delays later on. Also Read - Redmi Note 10 price in India hiked again: Check the new price here
What Jun could be hinting at is that Xiaomi is still fine tuning the Mi 5, and at the same time also waiting for Qualcomm to ramp up its Snapdragon 820 chipset production. The production bit is important, since Samsung s next flagship Galaxy S7 smartphone too is expected to be unveiled in Q1, 2016 boasting Qualcomm s chipset.
It s been over a year and half since Xiaomi s last flagship smartphone, Mi 4, launched, which is a huge gap by current industry standards. Despite the delay, Xiaomi is quite bullish about the Mi 5, and Lei Jun was recently quoted as saying that it is worth the wait.
In the meantime, the Xiaomi Mi 5 has been a regular on the rumor mills, and recently a Chinese online retailer allegedly revealed almost everything there is to know about the forthcoming smartphone. It will boast a metal unibody design with ultra-thin bezels as well as a fingerprint scanner integrated into a physical home button up front.
Xiaomi Mi 5 specifications and features: The smartphone is rumored to feature a 5.5-inch QHD display, Qualcomm s Snapdragon 820 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and 16GB, 64GB and 128GB storage variants.
It is also expected to feature a 20-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel selfie camera, 3,800mAh battery, and connectivity options like NFC. On the software front, it will run on Android Lollipop-based MIUI 7. As for pricing, the online retailer had the smartphone listed at $599, which roughly translates to Rs 40,000. We would however advise you to take it with the proverbial pinch of salt.