The floodgates have officially opened with Qualcomm’s indirect announcement of the LeTV Max Pro, and unless the Snapdragon 820 processor suffers the same miserable fate as its predecessor, basically every high-end smartphone released from here on out should pick up the 14 nm-based silicon.
Forget initial Samsung exclusivity too, as we may not know when LeTV’s second-gen powerhouse phablet commercially sees daylight, but Xiaomi just broadcasted on Weibo loud and clear its Mi 5 flagship shall go on sale shortly after the Chinese New Year, aka Spring Festival of next month.
The precise release date obviously remains under wraps, and so does the MSRP, with a glitzy press event likely scheduled for late January to disclose everything that’s not yet etched in stone. The quad-core Snapdragon 820 SoC is the main guarantee as far as hardware specs are concerned, but we’re also almost certain the Xiaomi Mi 5 will pack up to 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage space, 3,600 mAh battery juice, and sport a 5.2-inch Quad HD display.
In addition to confirming the chip make and model that wasn’t really a mystery for a while now, one of the company’s co-founders took the time to assure Xiaomi’s fans their predictably rampant demand will be satisfied by plentiful inventory off the bat. Not in those exact words, but production is apparently underway, and volumes are to be ramped up soon, so at least in China, there should be enough Mi 5s to go around.
Let’s wait and see if a global bow is planned as well, and how might that go down.