February 2016 has started, and we are now looking forward to the launch of the Xiaomi Mi5. Most of the specs of the Mi5 have already leaked out, but we have found a new detail that can change the game for Xiaomi in the budget market.
Xiaomi’s co-founder Liwan Jiang revealed in a Weibo post that due to some battery and display issues, Xiaomi has decided to abandon the use of 2K display and go for a 1080p FullHD screen instead for the Xiaomi Mi5. This comes as a real surprise (or shock) to many of us, as flagships nowadays hardly use FHD screens and instead opt for 2K displays. The edge touch technology seen on the Mi 4c might also get featured in the Mi5.
Of course, using a FHD display in place of a 2K display will help reduce power consumption. Also, it has been repeatedly said that 2K resolution is hardly visually differentiable on a smartphone screen, so we guess it shouldn’t make any difference to the quality of Mi5’s display.
Scheduled to launch on February 24th, the Xiaomi Mi5 will be powered by the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chipset and will carry a 1080p resolution screen. It will support NFC, and might also possible feature the edge touch technology along with a pressure-sensitive display. The phone will also get Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box.