Recently Webio Microblogging User @MochaRQ revealed that the Mi5 project is going very well at Xiaomi HQ, and he also reveals a few details like the processor used and an additional feature, that nobody was expecting.
@MochaRQ revealed that the Xiaomi Mi5 will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Processor, and also to have a Fingerprint Sensor. The Snapdragon 820 from Qualcomm is rumored to be released either at the end of 2015, Q1 2016, or in March 2016. Which questions the release date of the Mi5. Here are a few details of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820.
The Snapdragon 820 will use a 14nm FinFet manufacturing process, to catch up to Samsung’s Exynos 7420. More importantly, Qualcomm has once again ditched the stock ARM cores and designed a custom architecture – we previously believed it would be called Kryo, yet the document at hand refers to it as Hydra. Perhaps the return to custom cores is exactly what the doctor prescribed to the ailing company.
Apparently Qualcomm is so confident in Hydra that it is cutting down the number of cores to four, instead of the eight found in the Snapdragon 810, which it promises will still deliver a whopping 35% performance improvement. This is coupled with a new Adreno 530 GPU, which accounts for an additional 40% improvement in the graphics department, as well as 30% better power efficiency.
The Snapdragon 820 will support dual-channel LPDDR4 memory with speeds of up to 1688 Mhz. Camera capabilities have also been greatly improved. The new chip can handle up to 28MP cameras now with programmable preprocessing and post-processing DSP, which will give manufacturers an even greater level of control.
Naturally, the rapid advancements in multimedia have been reflected in the hardware as well. The MSM8996 will come fully prepared to handle 4K videos at 60fps. Another interesting new addition is a dedicated low-powered sensor for handling “emerging always on cases”.
The timeline says that Snapdragon 820 will see the light of day around the end of 2015. However, this most-likely refers to initial shipments to OEMs, meaning we can realistically expect the first batch of flagship phones and tablets with a Snapdragon 820 SoC to appear in Q1 2016.
What do you guys think about the new leaks on the Mi5? Do you think that Xiaomi will be able to release the Mi5 before new years? If so, will you pick one up? Let us know in the comments below.