(Update: Xiaomi responds, denies leak) Full Xiaomi Mi 5 specs leaked

by: Kris CarlonFebruary 18, 2016

Xiaomi Mi 5 Gear Best renders

Update,  February 18: Xiaomi has contacted Android Authority to inform us that the powerpoint presentation from which the specs below were leaked “did not originate from Xiaomi”. While the presentation itself may be fake, that’s doesn’t necessarily mean at least some of the specs mentioned aren’t accurate. Stay tuned for more on the Xiaomi Mi 5 as we get closer to launch day.

Original post, February 17: The Xiaomi Mi 5 specs sheet has been leaked, with a full breakdown of the hardware to be found in the upcoming flagship, which will officially be announced next week during MWC 2016. The leaked Xiaomi Mi 5 specs include a 5.2-inch Full HD display, quad-core Snapdragon 820 SoC clocked at 2.15 GHz and 3 GB and 4 GB RAM versions.

The specs are sourced from slides reportedly destined for the launch presentation next week. They also include a 26 MP camera with Phase-Detection Auto-Focus, super-fast 0.05 focus speed and incredible f/1.6 aperture. GizChina is reporting the Mi 5 with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage will come with a 16 MP camera with OIS and laser auto-focus and the 4 GB/64 GB version will have the full 23 MP shooter.

Xiaomi Mi 5 specs leak GizChina

Other Mi 5 specs on the slides include USB Type-C, microSD expansion, Cat. 10 LTE, dual-SIM, Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and the return of NFC. The site mentions a previous leak that shows a 3,000 mAh battery as well. As always, you can’t take these specs as final until Hugo Barra takes the stage in Barcelona, but they certainly make for some interesting comparisons with the Galaxy S7 and LG G5, especially when we take price into consideration.

What do you think of these specs? How much do you expect the Mi 5 to cost?

  • newtonfb

    Ya but will it have US LTE bands?

    • Peter Mulders

      Or European for that matter.

      • b

        European LTE bands are not a problem- Xiaomi phones always have a version compatible with EU cariers, but US bands are another thing…

        • Karly Johnston

          Xiaomi doesn’t use band 20 so not so good in the EU.

          • balcobomber25

            Depends where you live in the EU. If you live in a major city most Xiaomi phones will work, as most European cities have support for 1800 or 2600.

        • Peter Mulders

          Oh didn’t know that. Thanks for the info :)

    • Luka Mlinar

      That all depends on where they plan to sell it. If there are no intentions to sell it in the US then no.

      • ulver982

        Maybe they’ll take the Huawei route. The Mate 8 is not officially sold in the US but includes all appropriate US LTE bands. I would consider the Mi5 if it does have the proper bands. I currently have a Mi4 and Mi4c, great devices but the lack of LTE here in the US sucks sometimes.

    • King_Android

      Yes given the chipset they’ve decided to go with being the Snapdragon and not the mediateks they normally ship with that has to go through so many hoops to acquire LTE licenses. Its safe to say it will have the LTE bands but will it be available for purchase in the US not can be used here.

      • Bill Watts

        maybe if smartphone makers would quit buying name brand chipsets and just stuck with the generics they could pass the savings on to us users

        • Chico Migraña

          Any example?

        • balcobomber25

          What are these generic chipsets? The top chipsets available are Intel, Qualcomm, Mediatek, Kirin (Huawei) and Samsung. I wouldn’t want to use a phone that isn’t using one of the above, performance would probably be terrible.

          • Bill Watts

            my wife and I save hundreds of dollars every month by buying generic medication rather than the name brand. guess there are some little nuggets of wisdom these mobile companies just haven’t figured out yet :)

          • balcobomber25

            Medication is different than technology lol.

          • Bill K

            smartphone makers are too obsessed with brand loyalty these days. a little humility and common sense goes a long way :)

          • balcobomber25

            Smartphone makers are obsessed with having good products. Using a no name processor, which is the brains of your phone, would be brand suicide.

      • Bailey

        Actually on there flagships they ship with Snapdragon chips. But these phones are built with China in mind

      • balcobomber25

        “Mediatek’s they normally ship with”. How many Mi phones have shipped with a Meidatek SoC? Let’s take a look at them and see:

        Mi1 – SD S3
        Mi1s – SD S3
        Mi2 – SD S4
        Mi2A – SD 600
        Mi2S – SD S4
        Mi3 – SD 800
        Mi4 – SD 801
        Mi4i – SD 615
        Mi4c – SD 808
        Mi Note – SD 801
        Mi Note Pro – SD 810

        In fact the only Mediatek phones they ever have released are the Note, Note 2 and Note 3. A grand total of 3 phones. One of the principal investors in Xiaomi was…..Qualcomm. Do some research next time.

        • King_Android

          Bro relax I was half sleep when writing that had too many screens open. Forgot what phone I was referring to. Lol but yea you’re right but again Xaiomi sells to China and India. Those are the markets they want right now. Given they’ve decided to go full force with the latest and greatest chip because besides the 800 series chips the rest sucks monkey balls they could gain all of the LTE licenses to make this into a worldwide phone company just would have to jump through hoops to get it. I see Google was your best friend in gathering all of those chips in a phone that has never even seen daylight in the US retailer platform. Kudos sir. Lmao

          • balcobomber25

            Google wasn’t my friend, my knowledge of Chinese phones was my friend. I have owned and used quite a few of those in the US. At the time those phones released, those chips were the best Qualcomm had to offer.

        • King_Android

          Also maybe they don’t unlock some LTE bands due to the legal backlash they would get from other phone company’s once people start buying them for use in the states.

          • balcobomber25

            They only ship with the antennae for the markets they officially sell in. There are no locked LTE bands in Xiaomi phones. You can buy them today and use them in states. Most of their phones work on both Tmobile and ATT (just not LTE). As long as they have the necessary licenses from the FTC there would be no legal backlash, several of their phones are already FTC certified.

          • King_Android

            Exactly. Its the licenses which is why no China phone will have the necessary bands to work LTE in the states as most China phones including the knock offs work in the states on 3g just not LTE (i.e. Mediateks issue). So again seeing they’ve finally decided to release a phone with the top of the line soc and everything else points to LTE bands being available for this years flagships. Also seeing as they want to enter the us market anyways they just have to take sure they do their due diligence first to eliminate any legal matters with their phones having “unlicensed tech” inside their phones. This could be a start into eventually getting into the US market

          • balcobomber25

            Every Mi (#) Phone they released was using the top of the line SoC at the time of it’s release. And there are Chinese phones that work on US LTE. Has nothing to do with Mediatek. There are US phones that use Mediatek SoC’s and have full LTE support.

          • King_Android

            Might want to do a little research on your own. Mediateks just recently started acquiring the needed LTE licenses starting with the 6357 chip. Before they couldn’t acquire the licenses. Go on an do the research and find any chip older than that one with the LTE bands. You won’t. Again its the licenses which is why the LTE bands weren’t present before in mediateks and most China phones run off MTK socs.

          • balcobomber25

            What is the 6537? There is no such chip. There is the 6753 and 6735 both of which were released last year. Neither of them were the first Mediatek SoC’s to use LTE. The MT6592 was the first but it required a separate modem. The MT6595 was the first to natively support it and was followed by the 6732, 6752 and 6757 all of which were released before the 35/53.

            Mediatek has had a license to use LTE technology since 2010. The reason their past SoC’s never supported it was because LTE wasn’t widely available in Asian markets, where MTK is focused on. Once it became widely available they started producing LTE chips. It’s simple supply and demand.

            Alcatel released the first Mediatek powered LTE phone in the US, it was the One Touch Pop Astro and it used the MT6732.

          • King_Android

            Those socs still weren’t able to acquire the necessary licenses to gain LTE support in the states. And my bad I was one soc short. You’re right it was the 6732 which was the first. But again it had nothing to do with them being in Asia why they never had LTE licenses for the us. They made that clear in a press release that they needed to acquire a deal to gain those licenses. And instead they came up with their own LTE tech to start producing socs with us LTE support. Not up to par with SD offerings but it allows them now to be more competitive.
            They advanced that tech in the Helio socs

          • balcobomber25

            The 6732 was used on the Alcatel in the US. Mediatek only acquired the license to use the technology. The license to operate on US networks is up to each individual company to obtain and they have to go through FCC certification first.

          • King_Android

            Which is what I was saying. They had to acquire the license to use that tech where they didn’t have the licenses before nor had the will since their socs never were used in phones designated for the US. They wanted to become more global and pushed for those deals to happen now rather than later.

          • balcobomber25

            No the license is to use LTE technology it is completely separate from a license to operate on US LTE networks. Mediatek has had the license to create LTE modems since 2010, they just never had a demand to. Once a company say Alcatel/TCL, buys a SoC from Mediatek, it is up to that company (Alcatel/TCL) to acquire the necessary licenses to operate in certain countries. Mediatek has nothing to do with that. Some companies like Qualcomm acquire all the necessary licenses for their partners. Mediatek does not.

          • King_Android

            The 615 has never been SD top soc so that sir is a lie.

          • balcobomber25

            For $250 phones (which is what the Mi4i was), the 615 was the top SoC available from Qualcomm.

          • King_Android

            Um no. OPO, Moto, Huawei etc had the 800 for the same price point. The 615 was a minor and minuscal bump from the 400s. The 615 was a horrible chip and def not a top of the line one.

          • balcobomber25

            One Plus One used the SD801 the same SoC the regular Mi4 used. They were both released a year before the Mi4i. The 615 was a horrible SoC, but at the time of the Mi4i’s release there was no better 64 bit SD SoC in that price point for Xiaomi to use.

          • Bailey

            Sorry are you a little confused you get your questions answered then you skip to another its like you not happy with answer. Please read up on phones from China they have come a long way in design and build and just because you don’t know about them it does not mean they have a mediocre build or chipset

          • King_Android

            Naw the 600s have never been top tier socs from SD. 400s was just as bad. Even during the time of their releases. But given the phones price points it was the best phone top to bottom for the price during their releases. I’ll give you that.

          • balcobomber25

            The SD600 was used in the Galaxy S4 and HTC One M7, I guess those weren’t flagship phones either? You are confusing the SD600 with the SD615, they are completely different SoC’s. The 600 was the followup to the S4 Pro, the 800 series still wasn’t available yet.

    • CashMachineApple

      the day this China-Google-made plastic Appleclone attempts to enter the US, Apple would sue the cr*p out of them.
      So the presence of US LTE bands in Xiaomi don’t really matter.)))

      • balcobomber25

        What would Apple sue them for? Do you have personal knowledge of them violating any Apple patents without permission? Why hasn’t Apple sued them in Singapore, Malaysia or India where both phones are sold? Apple has never hesitated to sue if their patents are being violated so why are they allowing these “Apple Clones” as you put it, to be sold in like markets?

        • MaxPower

          He’s an Apple fanboy that likes to troll over an Android blog.
          You’re wasting your time

          • balcobomber25

            The “apple will sue” comments always crack me up. Apple has never been gun shy to sue, if Xiaomi is violating so many patents why has Apple never sued in countries both phones are sold in? Apple has filed lawsuits in nearly every country over patents.

    • Leonid Zolotarev


  • Everything I want in a snartphone, literally. But I wonder if it will be US supported or released like @newtonfb inquires. If not hopefully HTC and LG will come through like this in their upcoming flagships.

  • Luka Mlinar

    Full HD? And we’re done here.

  • 29

    plus a disgusting UI

    • Suraj Geddam

      just wait for xda devs to release AOSP/cm13 for it dude

      • Jerome

        yeah but a locked bootloader and no kernel…. got my xiaomi mi note pro, I was happy with it until the last update locked my bootloader so now I have lost root.

        • Tets

          rooting 101 – always disable all OTA updates from carrier or device manufacturer.

        • Akira Tabuchi Yagui

          You can unlock the bootloader… google for it. It’s really simple…

    • Anon

      miui is awesome. it has been awesome before xiaomi even made phones

  • Marc Dostie

    Nice iPhone.

    • Reader123

      and the iphone is a nice HTC so your point is?

      • Marc Dostie

        It looks really similar.

        • Airyl

          It doesn’t. It’s just fun to hop on the bandwagon.

      • seattle tech

        Poor HTC fans are delusional. Yes every phone is an htc copy because it uses metal. HTC is the first in the world to use metal in an electronic so everything is HTC.

        • balcobomber25

          I am not an HTC fan at all, their devices are horribly overpriced and often times under perform. But it’s not hard to see where Apple got their “inspiration” for the 6 from.

    • Sperrybird

      …that’s getting old, bro. How many features did apple copied from Sammy and android? The point is they all copied each other.

    • Baldeep Singh

      All of them are phones, each phone will look like a phone and i don’t know why every phone looks like an iPhone to Apple fanatics. Come on, a phone is supposed to look like one, get over it.

    • Bailey

      This is more Samsung than iPhone. You do realise that the iPhone is not an original design

    • balcobomber25

      The same iPhone that ripped off HTC design?

  • neonix

    Happily surprised to see Xiaomi using Snapdragon as well as the inclusion of microSD despite their previous stance against them.

  • b

    Nice specs, I’m OK with 1080p screen and really hope to see price tag under $400 for a 4 GB/64 GB version…

    • MaxPower

      Price will most likely be 1999 yuan for the 3/32GB version and 2499 yuan for the 4/64GB one which translates to $325 and $383 respectively.

      If you don’t live in China then you have to add probably $80 to get it from resellers.
      (At the least for the first couple of months when the demanding is high)

  • Not really sure about the design of the device. The Mi4 looked really great, and perhaps they should’ve built upon it instead of taking a radically different route (psst…Galaxy S6). Of course, all this assuming that the leak holds good.

    • MesTaRas

      This os definitely based on the Mi Note

  • Akshay Ghatge

    Did they postpone launching this to get the latest and the greatest SoC inside it?

    Its been a long time coming Mi.

  • Konrad Uroda-Darłak

    3000 mAh? o.O

  • I admire the quality of Xiaomi devices but they need to do more on the battery life side to entice me.

    • MaxPower

      They have been releasing phones with 4000mah batteries lately.
      I bet the MI5 will have at least a 3600mah battery.

      • According to the leaked presentation, it does.

      • Yes, they started recently introducing 4000 mAh batteries, but not in their high end Note series. I think they only did so with the Redmi Note 3 because of the awful battery life on the Redmi Note 2 – thanks to the power hungry Helio X10 SOC

        • MaxPower

          You can’t say “recently” and “but not in the Note series” in the same sentence.

          They started recently, and the recent ones they released are the Redmi and Redmi Note series.

          The new MI Note hasn’t been released yet so we can’t speak about it.

          Then you stated that they put the big battery on the Note3 because the Helio X10 is power hungry.

          They put the 4000 mAh battery in the Redmi 3 (Snapdragon 617) and the Redmi Note 3 Pro (Snapdragon 650)
          Funny how the Helio X10 is the least power hungry of the 3 SoC I mentioned above due to its
          8x A53 arm cores that are power efficient.

          • Xiaomi came out with 2 high end phones in the first half of last year – the Mi Note and the Mi Note pro both with 3000 mAh batteries – these are different from the Redmi Note series which are more mid range devices, sorry if I confused you.

          • balcobomber25

            What he meant was the first half of last year isn’t recent. The Mi Note started shipping January 27, 2015.

          • MaxPower

            Thanks, that’s what I meant.
            I wrote him back but my comment is still pending because I posted a link of the release date of the Note series (Jan the 15th 2015).
            A year ago isn’t recent indeed, especially in this industry.

        • balcobomber25

          The Helios X10 isn’t a power hungry SoC compared to the other phones you mention.

  • According to a few sources (Google search) the Xiaomi and a Xiaomi Mi 5 Plus variant are releasing worldwide, and in the US. I don’t care about the UI, I’ll just throw a third-party launcher on it. As long as it performs well, I’m good. I think the 3000mAh battery, 1080p screen, and Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 is the perfect bundle for great battery life.

  • Add a fingerprint reader to that equation and that’ll give Samsung a run for their money.

    • Andrewski

      According to Phandroid, should have the fingerprint scanner.

  • Li0nKinG

    Oh wow.

  • Jonathan Kramer

    The specs seem awesome though there are two phones shown at the top with the one on the right having almost no bezels on either side. Are there two versions? I’d love to see this phone here in the US at a price point that makes sense.

    • MaxPower

      That’s a leak full of mistakes that compromise the authenticity.

      The phone will be pretty damn good anyway, and the price in China will most likely be $325 for the 3/32GB and $385 for the 4/64GB variant.

      The chance to see the US LTE bands enabled are really low though.
      If you can deal with HSPA+ speed then the phone is going to be a bargain.

  • seattle tech

    Specs look great. Pricing? Really interested in the 26mp cameras performance

  • Art Ramirez


  • Modest Mind

    1080p screen resolution is right on spot. Everything above is overkill, waste of battery and CPU power. I just hope battery will have a capacity of 3000mAh and the price for the version 4GB RAM / 64GB ROM will be around €450,-. If yes, Xiaomi shut up and take my money.

    • MaxPower

      They never go below 3050 mAh.
      This time my guess will be around 3500 mAh.
      The price of 4GB/64GB version will be $385 in China which translates to ~$450 buying from reliable resellers (shipping included)

  • Mi-fan

    This is obviously gonna be a day-one purchase for me, really would like to see an edge variant of it but I think thats not gonna happen. Also 5.2 inches is pretty small, would prefer 5.7″

  • Shemploo

    Too bad none of the Xiaomi phones seem to be doing AMOLED, I’ve been spoiled and don’t want to ever go back.

    Also, for me the hardware is only 50% of the story, if custom ROM support is not there, I don’t want it :( – Spoiled by the nexus community.

  • Jim Morrison

    Heck I might buy this thing even if LTE isn’t supported for it here in the States. I’ve been super impressed with the mi4c so far. Had it about 2 weeks now and it’s freaking awesome. Not having LTE is the only blemish on this otherwise attractively designed, seemingly well made little device. This thing is fast and smooth as butter thanks to the 808 powering it but some of that speed comes from the fluidity of the way miui works. Miui? Yeah it’s awesome! Shocked? I was. I knew less than Jon Snow about Xiaomi until a couple months ago and speaking of which holy crab apples! China is literally going to town on smartphones right now, there are so many start ups…truly mind boggling but I digress.

    So not having LTE is kind of a bummer but that didn’t keep me from buying one and at the price point of $200 I don’t miss LTE all that much and neither does my wallet.

    Little rice is going to kick some ass in the future I think and I can’t get wait to get my hands on that new model and test that beast out!

    -Lizard King-

  • Leonid Zolotarev

    The price of the least expensive configuration should be around $399, as the company promised to keep it below $400.

  • caur19

    yes, hurry please

  • s2weden2000

    That’s right! …