Just when we thought there was nothing that could possibly surprise us on the Xiaomi Mi 5 gossip front any longer, the most unexpected yet also reasonable rumor crops up in China (where else?). It turns out we won’t see only one handheld unveiled simultaneously in Barcelona and Beijing on February 24, but two very different devices.
At least different in terms of their pre-installed operating systems, because hardware-wise, they should be identical. That’s right, the long-rumored, long overdue Xiaomi Mi 5 will apparently go official in both Android and Windows 10 derivations, much like the Mi Pad 2 tablet can equally cater to Google and Microsoft fans.
Even the LTE-enabled Mi 4 phone runs your choice of 5.1 Lollipop (with 6.0 Marshmallow on the way) or W10M, so all the signs were there to suggest Xiaomi would indeed release the Mi 5 in two variants. Of course, nothing’s certain until it’s certain, and it’s unclear whether both models might get global launches or just the more mainstream one.
Hopefully, the two will be identical as far as recommended pricing is concerned too, staying under the $500 mark, and featuring Quad HD screens, Snapdragon 820 processing power, 4GB RAM, 4G LTE speeds, 16MP rear-facing cameras, and 3,000+ mAh batteries, among others.
Ironically though, that could well make for a better quality – price ratio than Microsoft’s own Lumia 950 and 950 XL.