Sheldon PintoJul 08, 2016 13:37:09 IST
Xiaomi recently launched its Mi 5 flagship in the country after which it launched the monstrous Mi Max. And as of today there is another smartphone launch that is expected to take place and that would be Mi Note 2. But there's more. Xiaomi is also planning to launch a premium flagship smartphone this year and in all probability, this would be a more expensive, Mi 5 with high-end specifications. Today there is finally some evidence for the existence of this smartphone and it comes in the form of a flyer that reveals plenty.
Tagged as the Mi 5s, previous rumours claimed that it will pack in a bigger 5.5-inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and 6GB RAM. Today's leaks adds a few more details to that list. The display will be a 3D Touch-like pressure sensitive module. It will also pack in a dual camera module on the back that is expected to come from Samsung.
The pressure sensitive display will also mean that Xiaomi MIUI software will be tweaked to include some extra 3D Touch bits with some extra shortcuts and menus. And since it runs Android, we do not expect the 3D Touch functionality to be available on other third-party apps. Coming to the dual lens camera, like Apple's iPhone 7 Plus, there is no way to tell what will Xiaomi make of this or how it plans to use them.
The LG G5 uses two sensors, but paired with different lens setup. One uses a standard lens while the other a wide-angle one (and gimmicks aside it does work). Coming to Huawei's implementation, the P9 uses two Sony-made sensors along with two Leica lenses. The camera uses both sensors to get a clearer and brighter image. We are assuming that Xiaomi would use a similar formula but there will not be anything surprising or shocking here apart from the bump up in image quality compared to the standard Mi 5 camera. Samsung and Oppo too seem to have their eyes on the dual camera setup. The Galaxy Note 7 and Oppo along with LeEco will also be showing up with their dual lens cameras as well. So Xiaomi will need something more to attract consumers.
We recently wrote about how Xiaomi plans to reach out for the premium segment and how that effort for now seems fruitless even before the launch of this premium device. If the Mi 5s pictured above does turn out to be that device, things could get even worse, more so because the same design is available on an Mi 5 at a much lower price. Let's hope that Xiaomi does not make the same mistake Apple did with the iPhone SE.
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