A man checks his mobile phone as he walks past a logo of Xiaomi during its Phone 2 launch ceremony in Beijing on August 16, 2012.Reuters file

A snapshot of the Xiaomi's much awaited 2015 marquee phone Mi5 has surface online ahead of the rumoured launch in January.

Media house GizChina has gotten hold of a live snapshot of Xiaomi smartphone, understood to be the yet-to-be released Mi5. In the photo, the device resembles like a stretched version of the 2014 flagship model Mi4.

The curved corners are uncannily similar to its predecessor. It also flaunts the trademark 'MI' logo on the top left corner with speaker grill and sensor in the middle and front-camera to the right.

One noticeable difference is the display bezel. The phone's screen is tightly packed with very little space left between the edges (right and left). Going by the image, the device might indeed be the Xiaomi Mi5. Even the previous reports have indicated that the upcoming flagship phone will have a mammoth 5.7-inch screen.

We cannot asses the display resolution of the phone from the image, but buzz is that Mi5 will boast of QHD (aka 2K: 2560x1440p) screen.

It is also said to house the new 64-bit based Snapdragon 810 series SoC (System on Chip) with Adreno 430 graphics engine and 3GB RAM.

On camera-front, Mi5 will house a feature-rich 20.7-megapixel main camera with Sony Exmor RS sensor, a major upgrade over its predecessor which had 13.0-megapixel Sony IMX214 camera.

And like previous Xiaomi flagship devices, Mi5 too be priced aggressively to take on tier-1 brands.

If all things fall in place, Xiaomi is expected to unveil the new Mi5 at the upcoming internationally acclaimed electronics trade convention CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2015, Las Vegas, between 6 and 9 January.