The opportunity came and went for Xiaomi to announce the new Mi 5 in the event at November 24, but the company did use that date to launch the Mi Pad 2 and Redmi Note 3. Between the ‘special’ features being rumored for the smartphone is a technology not unlike Apple’s 3D Touch. The technology, known as Force Touch, uses a pressure-sensitive display for extended long-presses. But, today what’s underneath the display is what is being talked about worldwide.
Some leaked render of the device obtained by GizmoChina shows that Xiaomi is implementing a physical home button just bellow the display of Mi 5. Most, Xiaomi devices have capacitive buttons for Back, Home and Recents; but not in this case. The explanation for this is that Xiaomi is using a fingerprint scanner that is located on the front of Mi 5 rather than the back.
Specs for the device allegedly include a 5.2-inch Quad HD (2560×1440) display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 3GB or 4GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, and 21MP / 8MP cameras. The Mi 5 should run Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but, Xiaomi is surely going to put its MIUI 7 overlay on Google’s software.
It is believed that the Mi 5 will be debuting on 21st January with availability starting next month.