More rumors pinpoint January 21st launch for Xiaomi Mi 5 and Mi 5 Plus
The highly anticipated flagship Mi 5 and Mi 5 Plus are making headlines yet again as we move closer to a known launch window. The two models are expected to carry a Snapdragon 820 SoC and a new 3D fingerprint reader that may ultimately function like your standard fingerprint reader as found on the iPhone 6 or Bluboo Xtouch. A supposed render of the smartphone appears to support the latter hypothesis.
Reports from China claim that both the Mi 5 and Mi 5 Plus will premiere on January 21st in tandem with the production schedule of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC. The smartphones should be shipping with Android 6.0 Marshmallow as well.
As for how much the new flagships will cost, new leaks claim a starting price of 2000 Yuan or just under 290 Euros. The top model may be priced up to 2500 Yuan or 360 Euros.
The Mi 5 and Mi 5 Plus are expected to launch in North America as well. Xiaomi is currently in legal battles over the technology used in a number of its smartphones that may delay a launch overseas.