Xiaomi may launch 4.3-inch Mini Mi 5 with Snapdragon 820 SoC
Many had hoped that the launch of the iPhone SE would trigger a revival of the compact smartphone with screen sizes smaller than 5 inches. The current Sony Z5 Compact is a notable option for Android users, but Sony is unlikely to continue with a direct successor to the Z series. Xiaomi, however, may be pushing ahead with the "Mini Mi 5" under the Mi 5 branding according to the latest rumors from Weibo with some accompanying technical specifications.
Accordingly, the alleged Mini Mi 5 will carry the following hardware:
- 4.3-inch HD (1280 x 720) display at 341 PPI
- Snapdragon 820 SoC
- 3 GB RAM
- 32 GB eMMC
- 13 MP rear camera
Other details such as its dimensions, battery capacity, and front-facing camera are not known at this time. The device will supposedly feature a fingerprint sensor on the front Home button and aim for a retail price of less than 250 Euros. Perhaps the most intriguing piece of news is that the smartphone could come equipped with the high-end Snapdragon 820, which is very powerful considering the suggested launch price. Current flagships like the LG G5 and HTC 10 ship with the same SoC and cost over twice as much. Nonetheless, the sales success of the iPhone SE could mean a large market opportunity for Xiaomi with a smaller version of its flagship Mi 5.