We have increasingly received information about the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 5 flagship in the past couple of days. Just yesterday, a new leak said that the company may opt for a traditional fingerprint sensor instead of Qualcomm’s UltraSonic Scanner. Later, a leaked render of the Mi 5 was spotted online revealing a front facing physical home button with fingerprint ID up front.
Now, according to new information from Weibo, the Xiaomi Mi 5 flagship will most likely use a fingerprint sensor from FPC. It could be a similar sensor as the one found on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 mid-ranger. The Note 3 uses the FPC 1035 sensor which is fast and supports 360 degree finger rotation capability. So, the upcoming Mi 5 flagship could use any of the 1000 series sensor from the company.
As for the other specifications, the Xiaomi Mi 5 is expected to come with Snapdragon 820 quad-core chip on board in two versions, 3GB + 32GB memory and 4GB + 64GB memory. At the back, we can expect a 21MP shooter and up front an 8MP sensor. The battery should be at least 3000mAh. As for the display, it should be around 5.2-inches with 2K resolution.
Recent reports state that the pricing will start at 1999 Yuan ($312) which will be pretty aggressive for a flagship device. However, Xiaomi is yet to reveal any details about the phone.
Officially, all we know so far is that the Mi 5 flagship is currently being used by the CEO Lei Jun and he finds the phone “very good”. The phone is expected to be unveiled in January (Jan 21?) and released sometime in February after the Spring Festival in China.
Although we have to wait for around a month for the phone’s unveiling, Qualcomm might give out some details about the first Snapdragon 820 powered smartphone while announcing the chip in China on December 11. So, stay tuned.