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Xiaomi is holding a product launch event on January 15th in Beijing, and many people are expecting the company to unveil its new flagship smartphone, the Mi 5. Newly leaked technical data from the nowhereelse.fr website (NWE) suggests that the Mi 5 could be ultra thin, in fact it could be under 6mm.

The new leaks show a metal uni-body construction which is purported to belong to the Mi 5. The uni-body is just 5.1mm thick. That means that by the time you add all the various bits to the phone, like the display, the battery and the back cover, the Mi 5 could be under 6mm thick.

Of course all of this is speculation and there is no way to verify if the NWE leak is genuine. However we do know a few things for sure. First that Xiaomi is holding a new product launch on the 15th. Second, that Xiaomi will be launching a flagship device this month. We know this because Lei Jun, CEO of Xiaomi, announced via Weibo, that the company is preparing to introduce its next flagship device during January 2015. Thirdly, the device will almost certainly be called the Mi 5, to follow on from the Mi 4, Mi 3 and so on.

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Could it be that the rumors of a 5.2 inch device and a 5.7 inch device are in fact both true?
According to NWE, the Mi 5 will have a 5.2 inch display. Previous rumors have suggested a 5.7 inch display, but I will talk about that in a moment. It is generally rumored that the Mi 5 will have a Quad HD display (1440 x 2560) and will use a top of the line Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, either an 805 or an 810. Since the Mi 4 had 3GB of RAM, a 3000+ mAh battery and a 13MP camera, we can expect that the Mi 5 will offer at least those specs, but probably more.

When the official announcement was made about the January 15th product the official MIUI Facebook account wrote, “Guess what new product(s) will be launched?” Notice the “(s)” which implies that Xiaomi are preparing to launch more than one product, or may be more than one model in a new product range. Could it be that the rumors of a 5.2 inch device and a 5.7 inch device are in fact both true? Could Xiaomi release the Mi 5 and the Mi 5+, one with a 5.2 inch display and one with a 5.7 inch display?

So stay tuned to find out what Xiaomi have planned for us! But for now, what would you like to see from the Mi 5?