The world’s fourth largest smartphone maker, according to some sources, may stall the flagship launch until next year, when Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 will be ready for primetime at last.
The overheating woes of the otherwise speedy Snapdragon 810 processor messed with a lot of Android product roadmaps, and no matter how hard the chip’s designers tried, they couldn’t fully stabilize the thing.
Currently, OEMs must choose between risking the system integrity of their hardware and throttling raw performance. Or take the even more sensible approach, and go hexa SD808. Meanwhile, a much smoother, cucumber cool, energy-efficient and, of course, sprightly 820 silicon is in the final stages of testing, but alas, it can’t roll out to end users this year.
Which brings us to Xiaomi’s impasse. Should the “Apple of China” wait for QCM’s redeeming SoC, or green-light a MediaTek-powered Mi 5 just in time for the holiday season? MTK, mind you, has a powerhouse of its own in the pipeline, namely the deca-core Helio X20.
Yes, that’s deca, as in 10 cores, a couple clocked as high as 2.5 GHz and based on Cortex-A72 architecture, a second cluster of four A53s with 2.0 GHz velocity and a frugal quartet of A53s capped at 1.4 GHz.
Sounds perfect for both strenuous and casual tasks, and as far as the former goes, we may have an indication of exactly how muscular the Helio X20 can get. Enter a screenshot of an AnTuTu benchmark score of, hold on to your hats, 73,075 points.
In comparison, Samsung’s very best, i.e. the Exynos 7420-packing S6, S6 Edge, Edge Plus and Note 5, barely reach 70,000 heights. Now, it’s possible the benchmarked Mi 5 is an early prototype built with a far from polished Snapdragon 820 inside. Or the whole thing could be a hoax.
But it definitely makes sense to strike while the iron is hot, and dispatch the Mi 5 as soon as possible. With a 5.3-inch Quad HD screen, rumor has it, as well as 4 GB RAM, 16 and 64 GB storage options, 3,030 mAh battery, 16 MP dual LED flash camera, fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C connectivity and pre-installed Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with MIUI 7 on top.