It’s been a long time since we have been waiting for the Xiaomi Mi 5 flagship. Naturally, there have been many leaks, and rumors about the device and the frequency has only been increasing as we near the launch, which should be sometime around February 20. Now, the online retailer Gearbest, has just listed the Xiaomi Mi 5 on its website, revealing most of its specifications.
While we are unsure whether the specifications will turn out to be true, they are in line with what we have heard from the rumors in the past few months. So, according to the website, the Mi 5 will come with Snapdragon 820 quad-core chipset clocked at 1.8GHz. It is said that the display will be a 5.2-inch panel with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. The display will also be adorned by 2.5D glass. As for the memory, the phone will have 4GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Like we saw in the earlier renders, the phone has a fingerprint sensor as well, which is most likely on the front home button.
At the back, there is a 16MP camera with 6 element lens and f/2.2 aperture. Up front, you will find an 8MP camera. The phone also features NFC according to this listing, not a surprise given that we have already seen leaks supporting this claim. As for the software, the phone runs on Android 5.1 with MIUI 7 on top. Personally, I feel this would be disappointing if true, as we would expect the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow version on a 2016 flagship. Finally, for battery, the listing says that the Mi 5 comes with a 3600mAh capacity lithium-ion polymer battery.
The release is said to be on February 20, according to the latest information. Foxconn employees are reportedly working overtime to manufacture enough stock of the Xiaomi Mi 5 by the time of launch.
As for the pricing, Gearbest has listed the phone for $625.80 which a pretty hefty price for a Xiaomi flagship. CEO Lei Jun had earlier hinted that the company will be releasing a 3000 Yuan ($455) smartphone this year. So, we can expect the official price of the Mi 5 to be around this figure, and not as much as $650. That’s probably the third party retailer pricing.
But for now, we can’t be sure of these specs or even the pricing. So, we better wait for more information. [source]