Xiaomi Mi Note 2 and Mi 5S Get Leaked and Pictured Ahead of Upcoming Release
Barring the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, most of the major announcements from the mainstream players in the smartphone industry have been done and dusted. But Xiaomi does not seem like it wants to be left behind when it comes to specs and releases.
Cue the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Note 2 and the Mi 5S — both of these devices have seen few leaks, giving us a good picture of what to expect in the coming weeks from Xiaomi.
Xiaomi Mi Note 2
The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 merges the curved edge displays with the latest trend, dual cameras. A series of images of the device were leaked onto Weibo (unfortunately, the main source would not load for us), giving us a good look at the device and its curved display.
As is visible, the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Note 2 will bear a dual-curved edge display, much like the Galaxy S6 Edge, or the recent Note 7. The curved edge display is a 5.7″ display with QHD resolution, and will come bearing an implementation of 3D Touch aka a pressure sensitive display. As for the specifications, the device is rumored to be bearing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC, along with options of 4GB or 6GB of RAM (in the higher variants). The device will also come in different internal storage capacities, giving users the option between 64GB/128GB/256GB. The device will also reportedly sport a USB Type C port, a beefy 4,000 mAh battery and Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support. The device will also run on Android 7.0 Nougat, but with Xiaomi’s MIUI 8 skin on top.
The camera setup on the Mi Note 2 will also be interesting, as the device is rumored to bring the increasingly popular dual-camera setup. The rear camera will be two 16MP sensors placed side by side, along with an LED flash. The front will be a 5MP shooter for selfies.
The Mi 5S, as the name would imply, would be more of a refresh of the flagship that Xiaomi launched earlier in the year. The rumors certainly point towards that direction, and since the Mi 5S did feature some top-of-the-line specifications, it would come as no surprise. When the device got certified, a lot of these specs have been verified.
The Mi 5S will feature the same sized 5.15″ QHD display, but will now opt for pressure sensitivity just like the upcoming Mi Note 2. The SoC gets a bump up to Snapdragon 821, the RAM goes up to 6GB and the internal storage goes up to 256GB of UFS 2.0. The Mi 5S will also feature a battery of significant capacity, reportedly coming with 3,490 mAh of juice.
The spec refresh should strengthen Xiaomi’s product offering by bringing them up to par with releases from other OEMs. Xiaomi’s main market is China, so the dynamics that play out are different than the ones witnessed in USA or India.
Both of these devices are rumored to be launched either on 14th September, or on 24th September. Xiaomi often does bring to life hardware that sounds too good to be true, but we would still advise to take the information with a pinch of salt.
We will have to wait for the announcement of the devices to find out the real deal. Since Xiaomi is also improving on the time gap between the launches in China and India, we can expect these devices to land in India pretty soon after. Pricing for Xiaomi is a strong point, so we hope that the Mi Note 2 and the Mi 5S do not disappoint in that regard.
What are your thoughts on the leaks so far, on the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 and the Xiaomi Mi 5S? Let us know in the comments below!