Purported Xiaomi Mi5 leaks in new image allegedly showing the black version

By April Taylor , Dec 30, 2014 08:22 AM EST

Xiaomi is expected to launch its new Xiaomi Mi5 flagship smartphone at CES 2015 and what could be the black version of the smartphone has just leaked online.

In a highly-competitive smartphone market, Xiaomi has gained significant ground and quickly became the world's fourth largest smartphone maker, enjoying great popularity. The company has broken record after record with its devices selling in no time, and has even been dubbed the "Apple of China."

The purported Xiaomi Mi5 is expected to come with notable improvements over its predecessor, boasting high-end specs and features, while still retaining the affordability aspect that made Xiaomi devices so popular.

Not too long ago, a purported while version of the Xiaomi Mi5 made its way online, and now the alleged black version of the handset is the star of a new leak. The new image was spotted on Weibo (via GizmoChina) and shows a smartphone that looks quite similar to the current Xiaomi Mi4, complete with the Xiaomi logo and MIUI.

On the other hand, the current Xiaomi Mi4 sports a 5-inch display while this newly-leaked handset believed to be the Xiaomi Mi5 seems significantly larger. It remains unclear just how big it is, but the image suggests that it could measure between 5.5 and 5.7 inches.

The image further reveals that the handset has a very thin bezel around its display, which is always a bonus with larger smartphones. The image reveals little else, but various reports so far have tried to paint a picture of what to expect from Xiaomi's next-generation flagship smartphone.

Based on previous rumors and reports, the Xiaomi Mi5 is expected to rock a QHD (2K) display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor under the hood, paired with 3GB of RAM. Some rumors also suggested that it could rock a Snapdragon 810 chipset, but the Snapdragon 805 theory sounds more plausible.

This image may or may not turn out to be the real deal, but if Xiaomi does indeed plan to unveil its new Mi5 smartphone at CES 2015 more information should become available shortly. We'll keep you up to date as soon as we learn more, but take all leaks with a grain of salt in the meantime.

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