A post up on the MIUI forum has declared that the next iteration of Xiaomi’s popular MIUI software will be arriving in less than two weeks’ time, along with a new product. Perhaps looking to steal some of Samsung’s thunder, Xiaomi will also be holding its launch event on August 13th.
Last time Xiaomi announced a new version of its OS was alongside its Mi 4 smartphone, so there is a strong possibility that the company may unveil its new flagship Mi5 smartphone at the event as well. Alleged specifications for a Xiaomi Mi 5 and Mi 5 Plus leaked online early last month.
Rumored specifications include a QHD display, Snapdragon 810 SoC, a 16 megapixel rear camera, 13 megapixel front camera and a 3,000mAh battery, at a price point of just CNY 2,399 (~$386).
If true, the Mi 5 would join the likes of the OnePlus 2 and Moto X Style as a very attractive alternative to the major flagship smartphones from Samsung, Sony and HTC. The larger Mi 5 Plus is rumored to sport a Snapdragon 820 processor, so this device would likely launch at a later date.
Xiaomi is also expected to launch a successor to its Mi Band fitness tracker at some point this year, which may also show up at the launch event.
Xiaomi’s existing MIUI 6 OS is based on Android 5.0, so MIUI 7 will quite possibly be built from the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Other than that, we’re not really sure what to expect from Xiaomi’s new software.
What are you hoping for from Xiaomi on August 13th?