Xiaomi’s co-founder and president Bin Lin recently confirmed that the company will be unveiling its next flagship smartphone in January 2015. Barely a few hours after he made this statement, an alleged spy shot of the Xiaomi Mi 5 flagship smartphone in black has hit the web.
The Xiaomi Mi 5 has allegedly leaked in the White color option earlier as well. Both the earlier leak of the white model and the latest leak of the handset in black appear to be very similar. The pictures were shared on Weibo and show a design very similar to the current Mi 4 flagship but with much thinner bezels. The phone can be seen running the familiar MIUI UI. Apart from the almost non-existent bezels on the smartphone, what is also striking is the size of the display. The device may sport a display as large as 5.5 or even 5.7 inches.
According to rumors, the device is expected to feature a 2560 x 1440 Quad HD resolution display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset, 3GB RAM and come with 4G LTE connectivity. It could also feature the Snapdragon 810 chipset, although no rumor has confirmed that yet. Xiaomi also plans to debut in the US market in 2015 so it does seem likely that the smartphone could be launched at CES in Las Vegas next week. A CES announcement will bring the Mi 5 all the attention it needs to get off to a great start in the US market. Xiaomi has so far concentrated only on the Chinese market, but its entry in the US smartphone market to further fuel its ambitions to see continuous growth in shipments and maintain its current position as the world’s third largest smartphone vendor. The company’s entry in the US market may also be bad news for Samsung that is already facing the heat from Xiaomi and other Chinese Android OEMs in the global smartphone market.