Xiaomi debuted the Mi 5 and Mi 5 Pro earlier this year, and we liked the pair very much, but the company may think the Mi 5 needs a slight update to compete with the best smartphones that have been released since. There are rumors of a Mi 5S being announced very soon that may fit the bill, and although there isn’t a lot of information yet, here’s everything we think know so far about the Xiaomi Mi 5S.
Release date and price
Xiaomi will hold an event on September 27, and the invitation published online shows a large “S,” which certainly drops a big hint we’ll see the Mi 5S revealed on the day. The event will take place in Beijing, China, where the phone will likely go on sale soon afterwards. It’s unlikely the Xiaomi Mi 5S will ever come to the U.S. though, so don’t go looking for it in your local Best Buy.
The Mi 5 can still hold its own against many of the high-end smartphones on sale, so what will the S version bring to the table? The big change, which has been rumored by several sources, is the addition of Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 821 processor, and a giant 6GB of RAM. Very few devices have the Snapdragon 821 inside, with Asus updated Zenfone 3 Deluxe being the first announced, and Google’s upcoming Pixel smartphones expected to be the first phones with the chip available in the U.S..
Early specs for the Mi 5S leaked via a Weibo user and were picked up by GizmoChina. As always, these rumors should be viewed with some skepticism, and showed the Mi 5S with a 5.15-inch display, a Snapdragon 821 processor, Adreno 530 GPU, and a 3,490mAh battery. Storage space capacity was listed as 256GB, while the rear camera may have 16 megapixels with optical image stabilization. It may also have a USB Type-C port with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0, Bluetooth 4.2, and NFC. It’s looking to be quite a powerhouse if these specs are true.
Rumors about a curved display with support for 3D Touch have also circulated for quite a few months, thanks to GizmoChina. The feature is mentioned again in the latest leak. GizmoChina said the Mi 5S should have come out in August and that didn’t happen, so don’t take this information as fact.
Additionally, Xiaomi often has a standard version of its phones alongside a premium model, so a cheaper Mi 5S with less than 6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage may also be announced. We’ll keep you updated with all the Mi 5S news right here.
Article originally published in 09-12-2016. Updated on 09-19-2016 by Andy Boxall: Added in news of a Xiaomi event that may launch the Mi 5S