Xiaomi Mi 5 leaks YET again, but this time with a launch date


We asked last night what company you think will be the first one to launch a Snapdragon 820 phone. It is almost as though Xiaomi bosses read the open thread and sent a message via a leak!

News is that the Xiaomi Mi 5 has leaked yet again, and this time there’s also a launch date that’s tagging along with the render.

Yesterday, we saw an image of an alleged Mi 5 depicting a slim size bezel; today’s leak depicts a more front-on Mi 5.

As for the launch date, we’re hearing that January 21st is when the Mi 5 will be finally shown off to the world, more than a year and a half after the launch of the Xiaomi Mi 4.

Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 5.26.24 PM

Worth noting is that the render shows a physical home button for the Mi 5. If that does turn out to be true, it’ll mark the first usage of a physical home button for a Xiaomi phone.

Now that even the mid-range Redmi Note 3 has a fingerprint sensor, you can safely assume that the Mi 5 will have one too. And if the physical home button is indeed a thing, there are chances that it’ll also be home to the fingerprint scanner.

How’s the Mi 5 shaping up for ya’ll?

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66 Comments

  1. MattD
    December 8, 2015

    An home button is highly unlike imho, it just don’t fit with xiaomi’s usual design choises :-/

    • December 8, 2015

      I agree

    • balcobomber25
      December 8, 2015

      Fingerprint scanner has to go somewhere and if they decide they want it on the front it will have a home button.

      • King
        December 8, 2015

        I want to be surprised with a scanner on the screen. Know it is a fantasy for now though.

        Yash – isn’t the Find 9 talking about some “hidden scanner” and planning to use some Qualcomm technology.

      • MattD
        December 8, 2015

        It’s not like i don’t like home buttons, but in this case it would really be against xiaomi’s usual design choices, i don’t see that coming so soon… Moreover, the meizu mx4 pro’s home button, here photoshopped on a redmi, is really ugly! xD

        • balcobomber25
          December 8, 2015

          I agree it looks horrible photoshopped but I actually like the look of it.

          Xiaomi design choices are usually shaped by the industry, more specifically what Apple is doing.

  2. Hellvetta
    December 8, 2015

    WTF, Xiaomi? Who needs that ugly button on phone face? One more OPO2, Meizu etc.?!

    • Guaire
      December 8, 2015

      Home buttons looks good on Meizu phones except MX4 Pro IMO.

      Every possible placement for fingerprint scanner have its own drawbacks.

      • Hellvetta
        December 8, 2015

        I don’t say how good looking Meizu buttons. I’d say about Xiaomi. For more my friends, who own phones with fingerprint scanner, it’s useless feature or not so important. Redmi Note 3 have it on a right side, IMO.

        • Guaire
          December 8, 2015

          Fingerprint scanners becoming norm for the flagship phones. Next year any high-end handset without some sort of biometric ID sensor probably will be in trouble.

          Back faced fingerprint scanner is handier IMO too, when it’s in your hand, but you can’t use it while it’s on the desk.

          • Hellvetta
            December 8, 2015

            Big brother is watching us all πŸ˜‰

    • December 8, 2015

      What’s OPO2?

      • Hellvetta
        December 8, 2015

        OnePlus One 2

        • December 8, 2015

          Well, there’s no such thing;)

          • Hellvetta
            December 8, 2015

            OP Two, of course.

          • balcobomber25
            December 8, 2015

            You know what he meant

            • December 8, 2015

              Ofc i know. Didn’t make sense tho.

            • balcobomber25
              December 8, 2015

              Most people, myself included, are so used to calling them OPO we sometimes forget to take the O off when describing the second phone.

            • December 8, 2015

              So you’re saying that being “used to” writing with mistakes is fine?

            • balcobomber25
              December 8, 2015

              I am saying people make mistakes, we come here to talk about phones and technology not grammar mistakes. You make plenty of grammar mistakes yourself, as do I. If we spend time pointing out every single one we will never talk about phones.

            • December 8, 2015

              Well, this conversation didn’t have to be this long. They other guy accepted that he made a mistake and that would be it if you wouldn’t meddle.
              Some people don’t know that much about phones, that’s why i pointed out the mistake.

            • balcobomber25
              December 8, 2015

              We wouldn’t be having this conversation if you didn’t meddle with his mistake. Someone who doesnt know that much about phones won’t know what OPO means to begin with. Someone who knows what OPO means, knows what he meant. You just wanted to look like the smartest guy in the room.

            • December 8, 2015

              No, not really. Also the conversation was finished and i wasn’t even talking to you.

        • RuR
          December 8, 2015

          What is OnePlus One 2?! There is OnePlus One, and there is OnePlus 2. I never heard about OnePlus One 2.

          • Levi Smith
            December 8, 2015

            That’s simple math. 1 + 1 = 2! πŸ˜€

    • balcobomber25
      December 8, 2015

      That button looks beautiful on the front, hope the actual phone has one.

      • rimakus
        December 8, 2015

        They just need to make it round.That would be revolutionary!

        • Hellvetta
          December 8, 2015

          Revolutionary as iPhone? πŸ™‚

        • balcobomber25
          December 8, 2015

          Worked for Apple and it’s sheep. Although they think everything the mothership is revolutionary.

          • King
            December 8, 2015

            Pixar is revolutionary. I loved “The Good Dinosaur” movie. πŸ™‚ πŸ˜›

            • balcobomber25
              December 8, 2015

              Pixar has little to do with Apple, the only connection is Steve Jobbs, who when he started at Pixar had been fired by Apple. John Lasseter is the real driving innovator behind Pixar.

            • King
              December 8, 2015

              Will read up more on Pixar and John Lasseter. Yeah, I read about Jobs fired by Scully and the Pixar story. Will read more though. Thanks for the tip.

        • Alexis T
          December 8, 2015

          hahaha
          good one

  3. Guaire
    December 8, 2015

    Looks fan like made.

  4. Muhammad Yasir
    December 8, 2015

    ewww !

  5. Achilles
    December 8, 2015

    nooo, I hate physical buttons.
    Ugly as F***

    • Kevin Pierre
      December 8, 2015

      Thank god for Physical buttons! I love em!

      • rimakus
        December 8, 2015

        Exactly. You know for sure that you pressed it… or not πŸ™‚

        • Kevin Pierre
          December 8, 2015

          I have the OnePlus One and I always hit the home button by mistake since I cannot feel it. it’s annoying!

    • balcobomber25
      December 8, 2015

      I love physical buttons, especially the multi use one that Meizu uses.

  6. balcobomber25
    December 8, 2015

    I’ve seen too many Xiaomi “leaks” (even more so with the Mi5) to know that most of them are fake. I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • King
      December 8, 2015

      I am laughing thinking about the “most powerful phone on the planet” and their launch on Dec 17. I am talking about Yu Yutopia rumored to be with SD810; unless they pull a coup and get a few SD820’s smuggled on Dec 11.

      I can wait a month for Mi5. πŸ˜€

    • MinusPlusDivide
      December 9, 2015

      This one look fake to me too.

      • balcobomber25
        December 9, 2015

        Most Xiaomi leaks are fake. Unless it has a TENNA certification I don’t buy into it. Even then I am still skeptical.

  7. Angry Mobile Nerd
    December 8, 2015

    So in other words, long after CES.

    • balcobomber25
      December 8, 2015

      Xiaomi has never really been big at CES, they prefer to do their own reveals like Apple.

      • Angry Mobile Nerd
        December 8, 2015

        Actually I was implying that a lot of the big companies like to do product launches at CES so Xiaomi is basically leaving the door open for someone to beat them to launching a Snapdragon 820 phone before them as CES would be the perfect stage for such an event (a “show stealer” so to speak).

    • Airyl
      December 8, 2015

      Oppo.

  8. Tajwar
    December 8, 2015

    Xiaomi, you’re keeping me from putting another foot forward and get a Pro 5??

    • balcobomber25
      December 8, 2015

      I love it because the MX5 is still holding strong, I am hoping they delay until June lol. But that’s just me being selfish.

      • King
        December 8, 2015

        haha. i am not waiting until June, patience to the *Max*! πŸ˜›

        • balcobomber25
          December 8, 2015

          I say June because that is around the time Meizu Mx6 will come out. I love the MX5 so much I can’t see me going back to Xiaomi unless they really wow me.

          • King
            December 8, 2015

            Aahh! now I see the real reason. Meizufan! πŸ™‚ I wanted to get the MX5 but they sell only the 16GB version in India. And cost of internet, as of today, is high. It may be June for the Mi5 to reach India. I think Meizu 5 Pro may be coming to India in Q1 2016. A very tempting year ahead and a bad year for a Gizchina reader. πŸ˜› you know what i mean. πŸ™‚

            • balcobomber25
              December 9, 2015

              Actually am a huge Xiaomi fanboy, owned every Mi Phone dating back to the Mi2. Just have been really impressed with the Mx5 which is my first Meizu ever.

            • King
              December 10, 2015

              Yes I remember your posts. And you still love that Gionee phone for their camera.

            • balcobomber25
              December 10, 2015

              I love Gionee for three things:

              1. Camera – have yet to use a Gionee with a bad one, most use OV sensors which IMO are the best in the industry,
              2. Build quality – every Gionee I owned was a built like a tank.
              3. Design – Gionee has some of the most unique and interesting designs around and are one of the pioneers (along with Vivo/Oppo) of thin phones.

      • Tajwar
        December 9, 2015

        Yes, you are?

      • Sunil Adoor
        December 10, 2015

        What about pro5??

        • balcobomber25
          December 10, 2015

          Really has no benefit for me over the MX5. I don’t need a faster SoC, the X10 more than handles everything I need. I have no need for 4GB of RAM and the camera IMO is better on the MX5.

  9. Steven Fox
    December 8, 2015

    Any flagship is nor worth it on arrival, wait 3 months and you`ll get it for 20-30% less and with an update or two to iron out the bugs(especially if it`s the first device with a brand new SoC, and especially after the SD810)
    So, as good as it is, I will most certainly pass for about 3-4 months and if device is stable – get one.

    • King
      December 8, 2015

      Hmmm. Agree. Hopefully, we will have some more info about SD820 between Dec 11 and Jan 21 (SD and Mi5 launches, correct me if I am mistaken).

      Balco, you have an MX5, take Steven’s advice … it’s June for you. πŸ™‚

    • balcobomber25
      December 8, 2015

      I would agree with you on everything except Xiaomi. Xiaomi prices don’t change much until at least 6 months in and they update MIUI every week. But the one thing I would wait for is to see if Qualcomm has any issues with 820 after the disaster of 615 and 810.

  10. Ulti
    December 8, 2015

    Sorry but I don’t like the look of the button at all. I would say Apple’s current gen home button looks the best, followed by Meizu’s rounded oblong then Samsung. Square and rectangular home buttons just look ugly to me. What’s worse is the amount of vertical bezels, tons of bezel above and below the screen. Rather ugly imo.

    This however looks fake though so I doubt it’ll look like this.

  11. Yakuzz
    December 8, 2015

    Somehow i agree to disagree with these guys pov, its looks too ugly to be true

  12. careeste
    December 9, 2015

    It reminds me of this baby and that s not a good thing.

  13. Sunil Adoor
    December 10, 2015

    Which phone is better m