While Xiaomi’s Redmi line of phones have done well this year, the truth is that its Mi 5 flagship phone was a bit of disappointment. The phone was launched to great pomp at MWC, but the phone was riddled with heating issues and then it was also outclassed by the likes of the OnePlus 3. Now, the company has released a teaser on Chinese micro blogging network Weibo which says ‘S’ hinting that the company is gearing up to launch an upgraded version of the Mi 5 called the Mi 5s. Already, the company is scheduled to be hosting an event in Beijing on September 27 which could mean that the phone is launching on the very same day.
The Mi 5s is said to be a substantial update over the Mi 5. The biggest change is said to be the silicon underpinning the device. There is talk of the presence of the new Snapdragon 821 processor which was launched a couple of months ago. Importantly, it provides an improvement in terms of performance over the Snapdragon 820 which was on the Mi 5.
The phone is also likely to match the OnePlus 3 in terms of RAM. There is talk of 6GB RAM and a 256GB variant of the phone. One can also expect the phone to be powered by Mi UI 8 based on Android Marshmallow which was recently released for phones like the Mi 5, Redmi 3S and Redmi Note 3.
In the camera department, there are differing view points. Some reports suggest a Redmi Pro like dual-camera setup while some say it will retain the 16-megapixel OIS camera on the back with a 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera on the front.
The other big change being planned is the size of the screen. The phone is said to have a 5.5-inch full HD panel with 95 percent NTSC gamut. Other basic stuff that can be expected included Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi, USB Type C, NFC and even a fingerprint scanner. Interestingly, the phone also may have some kind of display technology which is similar to 3D Touch on the iPhone 7.
If indeed, this is what Xiaomi is cooking then this could be finally be the rebuttal to the OnePlus 3 and also the rumoured Google Pixel smartphones. Whatever be the case, the phone would likely first launch in China before any other market. The second market would likely be India going by the company’s recent launch pattern.