Xiaomi Mi5 Delayed Because of Qualcomm’s Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner?

With the last generation flagship from Xiaomi, the Mi4, being released in July last year, the upcoming Mi5 was to be expected on or before July this year. However, there were already reports earlier this year that the release of the device had been delayed by a few months. Now, last evening, a Weibo user claimed that the release of the Xiaomi Mi5 may be postponed till the end of the year.

As to the reason for the delay, it may be related to Qualcomm’s ultrasonic 3D fingerprint recognition, which will not be ready for primetime till the end of this year. That being the case, Xiaomi are said to be looking for other options, if Qualcomm is indeed unable to provide its 3D fingerprint scanner in time.

As for the new 3D fingerprint scanner developed by Qualcomm, it promises to be more secure than the current 2D techniques implemented on smartphones by companies like Apple and HTC.

As a refresher, the Xiaomi Mi5 is rumored to sport a 5.2-inch 2K display. The phone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, which will come with an octa-core CPU. The chip will hopefully have rectified the Snapdragon 810’s heating issues, something Qualcomm itself has admitted recently. The device is also said to come with 4 GB of RAM and a 16 MP rear camera.

The Mi5 will also get a larger sibling, dubbed the Mi5 Plus. That device will come with a 6-inch display, also sporting a 2K resolution. The phone will also ship with 4 GB RAM, but the rear camera will have a larger 20 MP sensor as opposed to the 16 MP one on the Mi5. The front camera is said to be of the 8 MP variety.

The most interesting feature on both the phones however is the Quick Charge feature supported on both both phones, which will reportedly fully charge the batteries within just 30 minutes. As for the batteries on the two devices, while the Xiaomi Mi5 is said to come with a 3000 mAh battery, the Mi5 Plus will sport a slightly larger 3500 mAh battery.

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