Xiaomi Mi 5C rumours are back from dead and point towards a February launch. The phone has been rumoured since November last year and was expected to debut the following month. But it hasn’t seen the light of the day yet, officially and there is no official world on it either, still.
But another set of informative pictures relating to Xiaomi’s purported mid-range smartphone has been leaked online that reveal the phone may be launched in February, along side the Mi 6. The information talks about five phone models in the form of numbers — 2105212, 2016089, 2016101, MAE136 and MBE6A5. The second last model — MAE136, also code-named Meri earlier — is said to be the Mi 5C.
The information has been leaked by China Quality Certification centre (CCC or 3C) and was first reported by Gizmochina. It is said to come with a 5.5-inch display topped with a 2.5D curved glass, and negligible bezels around the display — as shown in another leaked photo — which also reveals its slim form factor.
In China, the phone is rumoured to launch with Xiaomi’s own Pinecone 2.2 GHz processor and which has similar performance as the Snaprdragon 625 as per the AnTuTu score, coupled to 3GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, a 12MP rear camera and 8MP front-facing selfie shooter.
The device will run on MIUI 8 based on Android Marshmallow. There are little chances that the phone will sell outside china, owing to various reasons, including its not-so-popular chipset. But this could also be Xiaomi’s entry ticket into making smartphones that run its own chipset — something similar to what Samsung and Huawei has been successfully doing since a few years now.
Xiaomi is also rumoured to launch the Mi 6 in February that will come with the Snapdragon 835 chipset. Recently, Xiaomi’s vice-president Hugo Barra stepped down to return back to the Silicon Valley.