Xiaomi Mi 5 is the company’s flagship device from the first half of 2016, with the OEM later following up this phone with a Mi 5S, Mi Note 2 as well as Mi MIX, the borderless smartphone that launched towards the end of last year.
There is no doubt that the company had some really impressive phones in the second half of 2016, but as you all know, it has yet to expand its reach to other parts of the world other than Asia. In fact, many hoped that the CES 2017 event, the first for Xiaomi, will be used to launch the brand’s phones in the U.S. and other markets – but this did not materialize.
The flagship phones the company launched back then all came with Android Marshmallow out of the box, but it is only the Xiaomi Mi 5 that has since been updated to Android 7.0 Nougat. While the Xiaomi Mi MIX is reportedly the second device from the company that is set to be updated to this OS, it appears that the tech giant has other plans in store for the Mi 5.
In new Geekbench benchmarks, the Xiaomi Mi 5 has appeared running on the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat. There is still no official announcement of this update with respect to this handset, but given that it has now made an appearance on this famous benchmarking website, it is possible that the OS is coming out soon.
In the benchmarks, the Xiaomi Mi 5 in use has a Snapdragon 820 SoC on board alongside a RAM of 3GB, meaning it is the base model. In single-core tests, the handset managed a score of 2141 while the multi-core tests saw the phone hit an impressive score of 5554.
Xiaomi is expected to launch the successor to this phone, the Mi 6, in the coming weeks, but there is still no specific date. Apparently, the new phone will come in two variants – a flat screen model and a curved dual-edge model. The new Snapdragon 835 will be in charge of the show and it will be supported by a RAM of at least 4GB or 6GB. There are reports that the price of the new Xiaomi Mi 6 will be between $60 and $70 higher than the Mi 5, with the high-end Edge variant also beating the flat screen model by the same price margin.