The Chinese manufacturer will be making their first major Western showing but have they really choose the right device to do so? We’ll find out by the 24th of February. But for those who can’t wait, we’ll just share some rumoured specs just to please the people out there.
Adding some tongue and cheek to the whole situation is the way the spec sheet was photographed – looking more like a side dish to the rice grains in the photo. Xiaomi’s Mi 5 internal listing is pretty much all bare, aside from some exceptions.
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Mr Lei Jun has done it again, taking to Weibo teasing some key features on their upcoming flagships that every Mi fan would love to know. And funnily what gave it away was just a screenshot of the device’s home screen.
Mi Note pictured above
After we’ve taken a look at official images of the Xiaomi Redmi 3, sporting a full metal body with a sexy plaid laser etched rear cover, we realised that this could very well be the turning point for Xiaomi — going from cheap and cheerful to relatively premium.
If they’re bringing such premium materials to their budget Redmi line, that means the bar has been set for their flagship Mi series, starting with the Mi 5. Previously leaked press renders hinted that the device would take a rather big turn when it comes to design as it looks to feature a physical button at the front. Now, new images have surfaced on Weibo of the actual device that seems to confirm that suspicion.
The Chinese manufacturer’s co-founder (Li Wanqiang) posted a short and sweet post on Weibo earlier today, though it was by no means insignificant; he confirmed that Xiaomi’s Mi 5 will be launched after the Lunar New Year (February 8th), as well as the processor that it’ll have under the hood.
Those hoping for refresh to the flagship Mi series were left with nothing, though they might like the images that have been discovered today.
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Single’s Day went by without a Xiaomi device being launch, supposedly it was speculated to announce the Redmi Note 2 Pro but threads on the MIUI forum got it wrong. On to more pressing matters, a Xiaomi device dubbed “Gemini” logged some stats on Geekbench – this time it isn’t a mid-range device, because it packs a Snapdragon 820 processor, under the hood.
In Xiaomi’s flagship line up including the Mi 4, Mi 4i and Mi Note, the lack of a microSD slot seems to be a pain point for users. In an interview with Engadget, its VP for Global, Hugo Barra explained that the decision is made for the sake of user experience.
He emphasised that microSD cards are incredibly prone to failure and the availability of cheap and unreliable cards had made the situation worse. In most cases, inferior cards cause performance issues, instability and crashes which will eventually frustrate their users. As a result, most people would blame it on the device for a terrible experience without considering that the root of the problem lies on the expandable storage.
UPDATE: Xiaomi reveals another clue hinting that 2 is better than 1. So two new Mi Smart Phones to be announced this Thursday?
Xiaomi will be launching a new smart phone (or two) this Thursday, 15th January. To build up the excitement, they have released a short 15 second teaser video which drops a few more clues of its new device.
The first clue highlights something that’s paper thin which could be its bezel, while the next clue indicates that it is better to grip or hold. The final clue is a mystery as it is being associated with a bell. All 3 could be referring to the same device or they could be clues for 3 separate products. The announcement event will be live streamed on Mi’s official site at 2PM this Thursday.
Watch the teaser video after the break and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Xiaomi will be launching a new flagship device this month as mentioned by its President, Bin Lin recently. Now they have officially marked 15th January as the launch date and it will be held at their home ground Beijing.
Slimness is said to be the main focus for its new flagship device and if the earlier alleged leaked shots are true, the new Mi 5 or Mi 4S could be having an ultra-thin bezel design. The new device is rumoured to be upsized from a 5.0″ screen in its current Mi 4 to 5.5″ with a possible Quad HD resolution screen. To keep up with the new high-end smart phones, it could be running at least a Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB of RAM.
It was also speculated that the new device would offer a fingerprint scanner. However from a recent Q&A video with Hugo Barra, Xiaomi doesn’t seem to be implementing it soon until it is natively supported on Android. For us folks in Malaysia, we have yet to receive the Mi 4 officially, and they probably might as well skip that and offer the upcoming flagship instead.