Xiaomi Mi5S and Mi Note 2 rumoured with Snapdragon 821, 8GB RAM and dual cameras


All bets are on which smartphone maker will be the first to use the Snapdragon 821, and according to new reports it will be Xiaomi with a double whammy.

This mornings news is dominated by reports that Xaomi are planning to use the latest Snapdragon 821 chipset in their Xiaomi Mi Note 2 and a slightly upgraded Mi5 known as the Mi5S.

What’s more interesting is that the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 and Mi5S are rumoured to share more than just the same chipset but also a pressure sensitive display (ala Huawei, ZTE, Meizu and Apple).

In fact the spec sheets continue with reports also mentioning the use of Qualcomms Ultrasonic fingerprint technology, as much as 8GB RAM, dual cameras, HIFI audio and fast charging.

Dual cameras are set to make an appearance too, well at least on the Mi Note 2, but only on the more expensive models. 3 variants of Mi Note 2 are believed to be coming to the market, a basic with single camera and two other versions with dual cameras.

The Mi Note 2 is also thought to be the first Xiaomi phone to get a 3D curved display, so it is going to be quite the spec sheet monster should these details prove to be accurate.

Of course these are just rumours and we need to take the details with a pinch of salt, but these are also quite detailed reports and sound a little more plausible than some of the more pie in the sky rumours we see in Chinese tech sites.

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81 Comments

  1. Ricardo Alonso
    June 23, 2016

    Mi5s??? I think MI note 2 is a reality but Mi5s should be released later

    • Hakim Farouk
      June 23, 2016

      It’s still just rumors. The Mi note 2 will probably be released 1st and Mi5s later.

      • Simon
        June 23, 2016

        Which would you go for ?

        • Hakim Farouk
          June 24, 2016

          I’d go for Mi5s just because I never really prefer bigger screens. haha. Really depends on the user.

  2. quodvadis
    June 23, 2016

    Right when I crave for more tasty crackers!

  3. Ulti
    June 23, 2016

    Coming 2017 at a reseller with +30% markup near you!

    • Beloved Chairman Lei Jun
      June 23, 2016

      Just because your too poor for a Mi device, doesnt mean you need to harass us…Dear

      • Muhammad Yasir
        June 23, 2016

        come on man … you gained your fame by sellling ULTRA CHEAP phones with features BETTER than lg , samsung and sony !

        please make minote 2 CHEAP as well ~!

        • Sere83
          June 23, 2016

          lol i dont think he is actually Lei Jun

          • Muhammad Yasir
            June 23, 2016

            ikr

          • King
            June 23, 2016

            lol.. yeah. I have been trolling Muhammad and know that it was sarcasm. 🙂

        • balcobomber25
          June 23, 2016

          He’s not the real Lei Jun…

          The real Lei Jun speaks very little English let alone being able to type in English.

          • Muhammad Yasir
            June 23, 2016

            hahah .. i know 🙂

            • King
              June 23, 2016

              you should have said … “your phone be cheap or else i buy nokia 3310”. 😛 😀

            • Muhammad Yasir
              June 24, 2016

              😀

      • Simon
        June 23, 2016

        Send all us Gizchina users a lifetime of discount codes, as well as releasing kernel sources for all smartphones.

      • Ulti
        June 26, 2016

        My point was that Xiaomi are still behind and not selling directly to the international markets.

        Thank you for insulting me whilst I’m using a Xiaomi Note and have previously bought a Mi3 and Mi4.

        Can’t wait for my OnePlus 3 to arrive.

  4. Sere83
    June 23, 2016

    Wonder if the Mi5s will also snap like a feeble twig when you bend it

    • Bailey
      June 23, 2016

      That test is just silly who goes around doing that?

      • Sere83
        June 23, 2016

        Not really though, accidents can happen and such a brittle easily bendable body is not acceptable on a premium smartphone. Hence why apple fixed its bend issues on the S models and why companies like HTC and Samsung also reinforce the chassis’ of their devices. Its a simple matter of providing good build quality.

        • balcobomber25
          June 23, 2016

          Accidents can happen but a phone isn’t going to bend unless you purposely try to make it bend. And under enough pressure a lot of phones today can and will snap like a twig. You would be surprised just how many “premium” phones will easily break in two if you know exactly where the weak spots are.

          • Sere83
            June 23, 2016

            From the Youtube account doing the testing the S7,iphone 6s, HTC 10, LG G5 and almost all flagships from this year past the test and none of them crumbled in the epic fashion the Mi5 did. Its clear xiaomi cut corners on the chassis.

            • balcobomber25
              June 23, 2016

              Takes some force but the S7 will bend under the right conditions. Again bending is something that will almost never happen under normal usage unless you try to bend it.

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1_eGKsoA-U

            • quodvadis
              June 23, 2016

              Almost every phone can be bent if you try hard enough. Not every phone can be bent as easily as Mi5 is.

              You can try to talk this out but the evidence is out there. Good luck.

            • balcobomber25
              June 23, 2016

              I am not arguing that. I am arguing that a phone won’t bend unless you try to bend it so it is a worthless test.

            • quodvadis
              June 23, 2016

              the guy didn’t even “try” lol
              http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p119/KTVFreakGuy/Mobile%20Uploads/Mi5Bendgate.gif

              that looks to have suffered less force than what my phone usually went through in a bad night in bed lol (and no, I’m not over the ideal BMI).

              again tho’ defend all you want lol

            • balcobomber25
              June 23, 2016

              Again though unless your trying to bend something it wont bend. I can snap in pencil in two but that’s not how your normally use a pencil. No one has a bigger opponent of the Mi5 than me but it’s a worthless test.

            • Sere83
              June 23, 2016

              Not really, i think when a phone bends this easily it is at risk of bending under random accidental pressure in day to day use.

            • balcobomber25
              June 23, 2016

              There’s no random accidental bending with normal usage. It only bends when you try to bend it.

            • Sere83
              June 23, 2016

              lol, completely different league to the mi5 which snaps laughably easily, he’d already beat the crap out of these phones before bending and even then they didnt snap easily
              https://youtu.be/d2jav7UdQtE

        • Bailey
          June 23, 2016

          I am using the mi5 as my daily driver I have a thin clear TPU case on it. I don’t find it flimsy at all. But am going to bend it in half no and why would I want to? Have I sat on by mistake whilst in my back pocket yes. Have dropped it yet no but I don’t regularly drop my phones I tend to look after them very well. You can bend the iPhone 6 at the time that was nearly a £700 phone this phone is only £260

        • Alex
          June 23, 2016

          I wouldn’t worry if it will bend or break. I’ve sat on my phone many times. Stepped on it too. Even if I karate chop my phone it still won’t break. Actually I might be interested in seeing a video of someone breaking their phone in half using martial arts.

      • quodvadis
        June 23, 2016

        Who ever left their phone in a bed, a sofa, a chair, or a backpocket amirite?

  5. Andy Chan
    June 23, 2016

    can’t wait for next year. this year’s flagship has been about dual cameras. then next year, many cheap phones will start to use dual cameras too (hopefully)

    • Rob
      June 23, 2016

      I wouldn’t count on it, this is 1st gen tech and more likely next years flaships will be better optimised to really make use of it as none of the phones using it this year beat a good single sensor phone so there is still some way to go.

    • balcobomber25
      June 23, 2016

      I agree with Rob we are still in the infancy of this technology. The Honor V8 is the closest you will get to a cheap phone with dual cameras.

      • Assefa Hanson
        June 23, 2016

        what about the qiku q terra

        • balcobomber25
          June 23, 2016

          It’s in that same price range as the V8. I didn’t mean the V8 would be the only cheaper phone with it, I meant for phones at that price point is the cheapest you will find it. Basically the upper mid range that will cost around $250-300 at launch.

          • Assefa Hanson
            June 23, 2016

            oh , at the speed of how ram is bumpinng up we might get dual cameras for 180$ by next year XD

            • balcobomber25
              June 23, 2016

              Lol.

        • Alex
          June 23, 2016

          The dual camera is really poor. But the phone is beautiful. I really love how it is 6 inch but has the size of a 5.5 inch phone.

          • Assefa Hanson
            June 24, 2016

            poor? you sure about that? ive seen too many excellent photos but really bad video stabilization

            • Alex
              June 24, 2016

              Personally I feel overall it should have been better since it is dual camera and also the price. Taking photos indoor there seems to be alot of noise in the pictures and not very sharp. Also not very good at low light. But the bokeh effects is very nice. And also day time pictures are good. If the price drops to around the same as Redmi note 3 pro, then I think might consider.

            • Assefa Hanson
              June 24, 2016

              then again by then im sure better dual camera phones will come out

      • xi7
        June 23, 2016

        lol, honor v8, dual cheap camera or dual trash ?

        dexp ixion x355 zenith is not cheap with dual camera ?

        lg x cam ?

        • balcobomber25
          June 23, 2016

          Ok cockroach

  6. Rebirth
    June 23, 2016

    Just inform you that on index page:
    “Show more” button doesn’t work
    “>” button doesn’t work
    They doesn’t load the next news… they just jump to top of the webpage.

    Hope you will read it here!
    Cheers

  7. balcobomber25
    June 23, 2016

    None of this will matter unless they have global LTE bands like Huaweii, OnePlus and Zuk (nearly all of them) has.

    • Beloved Chairman Lei Jun
      June 23, 2016

      We do not sell in US or Europe yet, so we do not offer all bands yet. Please understand

      • balcobomber25
        June 23, 2016

        You are not Lei Jun and your are not funny. Please understand how stupid you sound.

        • Beloved Chairman Lei Jun
          June 23, 2016

          I see that the amircan guy still has not changed. Instead of replying to my thoughts you just harass everyone. U are like Elephone, but as a person.

          • balcobomber25
            June 23, 2016

            You are like a really bad Bernie Madoff, you pretend to be something your not. Only in this case no one believes you they just laugh at you.

    • Simon
      June 23, 2016

      How concentrating on software optimization as well instead of 8 GB of rom

      • balcobomber25
        June 23, 2016

        Software optimization I don’t have an issue with as I know Xiaomi will eventually get everything ironed out. Every Mi phone had optimization issues at launch and all of them were fixed in numerous OTA’s.

        • Simon
          June 23, 2016

          How many OTAs did it take generally. I think 4GB of rom is plenty enough.

          MIUI 8 does look very nice though.

          • balcobomber25
            June 23, 2016

            Depended on the phone, sometimes 1 sometimes up to 4.

            • Simon
              June 23, 2016

              Ah I see. In terms of 4 OTAs would that be a considerable length of time.

            • RiverHorser
              June 23, 2016

              since u get like 1 OTA nearly every friday in china?

    • Lars
      June 24, 2016

      Yeah, I’d rather see support for band 20 than another 5GB of RAM I will never use. My Honor 7 has 3GB of RAM and I always have 1,2GB free. 8GB is completely overkill and it will still be in 2-3 years from now.

  8. Assefa Hanson
    June 23, 2016

    wow i thought at least this year would be 6gb ram year… and already 8gbram even 6gb looks small/insignificant already

    • balcobomber25
      June 24, 2016

      We will be at 32GB RAM by this time next year. What exactly you will use it for is anyone’s guess. My current 3GB phone always has at least 1GB free.

      • Hakim Farouk
        June 24, 2016

        haha. yeah, probably

  9. Guaire
    June 23, 2016

    I would get a phone with a large battery, faster storage, 64GB storage on base model, metal body, large sensors with wide apertures and OIS on both camera over a phone with curved screen, Force Touch, Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, 6/8GB RAM and dual camera.

    If the SD800/801 is any indication the SD821 will be barely an upgrade over SD820.

  10. Ionut Johnny
    June 23, 2016

    I am waiting for Mi note 2 with dual camera or the newest camera on the market, edge display, big battery, size, 2 k resolution, amoled display, 8 gb ram :-)) overkill, snapdragon and cheap price 300-350 £ at most. What do you think this will become reality? If not I’m going for asus 3 deluxe.

    • balcobomber25
      June 24, 2016

      If I had to guess on a Mi Note 2 I would say:

      5.7” LCD (I won’t believe Xiaomi is using an AMOLED till I see it)
      SD820
      4-6GB RAM
      4000mAh
      2699 yuan (about $400).

      • Ionut Johnny
        June 24, 2016

        I see more and more Smartphones go with the Amoled in the last months.
        Axon, Oneplus, Iphone (from what I read) , Asus.

        • balcobomber25
          June 25, 2016

          Yes they are but Xiaomi has continued to use IPS LCD including in the Redmi 3, Redmi 3 Pro, Redmi Note 3, Mi5 and Mi Max. Hugo has said in the past they prefer LCD, so until it actually launched I won’t believe they are using AMOLED.

          • Ionut Johnny
            June 25, 2016

            You are right bit we’ll see, anyway if the specs are good, price is nice I might wait until August.

            • balcobomber25
              June 25, 2016

              They would have to have US LTE for me to even consider them.

            • Ionut Johnny
              June 25, 2016

              Lets hope so, I am in UK at the moment but I dont think I will use 4g, I think Lebara has just 3g, if they cover that its ok for me 😛
              900MHz & 2100MHz I think.

  11. Alex
    June 23, 2016

    what’s going on with the RAM. 4gb for Android I get, but 6, 8, what’s next 10? Does Android really need that much? I’d be more interested if it could boot in a few seconds. I was going to buy a phone a few months ago, but seeing new specs keeps making me wait. If the Asus Zenfone 3 deluxe has a camera as good or almost as good as S7 then that’s probably the one I might get. The camera on Xiaomi haven’t been their priority I guess.

    • Stef
      June 24, 2016

      Short answer: caching.

      Long answer: Unlike Windows it doesn’t matter what the OS needs. So it’s irrelevant whether Android wants/needs that much Ram.

      What’s relevant is that 90% of the waiting time you experience on phones are due to loading within and between apps. Caching eliminates that, bringing instant computing. That’s the point of extra ram.

      • Mujahid Abbas
        June 25, 2016

        RAM management also takes a toll on battery life of phone…

        • Stef
          June 25, 2016

          Not by much though. My Note tablet has much better ram management these days (more cached apps) than a year ago, but also better standby battery. It’s possible with system like doze et al to put wake lockers and similar to sleep.

  12. Kashan Ali
    June 24, 2016

    Bluboo Maya are getting prepare to bang out the chinese market 🙂
    With $69.99 pre-sale price the device will be came out with 2 GB of super RAM into the markets Get Ready for it!

    • NextHype
      June 24, 2016

      Advertising a $70 phone as a comment on a article about a $400 phone, whats the point ?

    • Hakim Farouk
      June 24, 2016

      Is this guy lost? haha.

    • madoui20032003
      June 25, 2016

      Are you a BOT??

  13. zupatami
    June 24, 2016

    MIUI Tweaks from Play store do my Xiaomi phone the best one

  14. shmox
    June 25, 2016

    I will not buy it cause i need 16Gb ram