Rumor: Xiaomi Mi 5 Will Come In Android And Windows 10 Versions
Recent rumor about Xiaomi Mi 5 is that the device will come in two variants with same hardware specifications: one with Android and the other will have Windows 10 preinstalled. Xiaomi's Hugo Barra will reveal both versions of the device on February 24.
For those unfamiliar, the Mi 5 is the next flagship smartphone from Xiaomi. In fact, the company has sent out invites to an event on February 24, where it will officially announce Mi5. Both variants of the device would apparently be identical, including running the powerful Snapdragon 820 processor and is expected to be launched at a simultaneous event in China and Mobile World Congress 2016 on February 24, suggesting we may also see an international release outside China of the handset.
Microsoft has an unusually cozy relationship with Chinese OEM Xiaomi. Microsoft has created a Windows 10 Mobile ROM to run specifically on their Mi 4 handset, and in turn, the company has released a number of Windows 10 tablets. So all the signs were there to suggest Xiaomi would indeed release the Mi 5 in two variants.
It is not clear at this point if both versions of the smartphone will get global launches or just the more mainstream one. Markets outside China could see only one version or the other. Hardware rumors suggest a quad HD screen, Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM, 4G LTE, 16MP camera, fingerprint sensor, NFC, and with a battery capacity of at least 3000 mAh of power.
It is believed that Mi5 will be priced under $500 and irrespective of what OS you choose, they will cost the same. We only have a few weeks until February 24 when the smartphone is supposed to be unveiled and we can see if any of the rumors are accurate.