There is not much left to talk about the much-anticipated Xiaomi Mi 5 at the moment as almost every detail, from specifications to price, has been leaked over the last few weeks, but gadget lovers and Xiaomi fans may want to know things that would set the upcoming flagship device different from its predecessor, the Mi 4.
Expectations from Xiaomi Mi 5 are high after the stupendous success of the Mi 4 and other budget smartphones in the last couple of years, catapulting the company as a brand. The next-generation device will be unveiled on Feb. 24 at the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2016 (MWC 2016) in Barcelona, Spain, before being released into the market a few weeks later, perhaps in March.
Xiaomi Mi 5 is expected to come with several feature upgrades over its predecessor and here are four specifications that people may talk about when it is launched:
1) Camera: Xiaomi Mi 4 mounts a 13MP main camera and an 8MP front-snapper that is capable of taking good pictures, but the camera in its successor can make it look mediocre if one is to go by latest reports. According GizChina, which claims to have the device's presentation slides, Xiaomi will unveil two variants of the Mi 5, one with a 32GB internal memory, 3GB RAM and a 16MP primary camera, and the other with a 64GB inbuilt storage, 4GB RAM and a 26MP rear camera with PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus) and F1.6 aperture.
Interestingly, the company's President Lin Bin recently shared two pictures of a flying grey heron taken from the Mi 5 on his Weibo page (via Gizmo China). The quality of the picture gave a clear idea that the device could be equipped with fast autofocus.
2) Design: There are contrasting reports on screen size of Xiaomi Mi 5. It has been reported that the device will sport a 5.2-inch QHD touchscreen with 2,560x1,440 pixel, while GFXBench listing claimed that it will have a 5.7-inch display with 1,920x1,080 pixels. Now, GizmoChina has claimed, citing retail pack of the Mi 5 in its possession, that it will sport a 5.15-inch FHD 1080p display. On the other hand, Xiaomi Mi 4 sports a 5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels (441ppi pixel density).
Steve Hemmerstoffer of NowhereElseFr has tweeted renders of the Mi 5 shared by a Weibo user and the device looks good and trendy with a glass back panel. However, it is not confirmed if the next-generation device will actually come with a glass back panel or not.