According to new reports, China's Xiaomi may be working on some competition for the new Apple iPhone SE.
First reported by GizChina, this claim comes from an online tipster on Weibo, who allegedly has friends in Shenzhen, China. According to this tipster, the new Mi smartphone looks similar to the Mi 5, but with a smaller, 4.3-inch display. The leaker also noted that the new smartphone will likely feature 720p resolution, a 1.8 GHz Snapdragon 820 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 2,350 mAh battery with fast charging, and a fingerprint sensor. The smaller device, possibly called the Mi 5 mini, is expected to go on sale in June for around 1,799 Yuan, or roughly $277. In comparison, the cheapest iPhone SE features a 1,136 x 640 pixel display, an A9 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of memory, and a 12-megapixel rear camera for $399. Xiaomi has not confirmed the leaked device, at this time.
In February, Xiaomi launched its Mi 5 flagship to take on Apple's iPhone 6s and Samsung's Galaxy S7 smartphones, so the iPhone SE rival is not unexpected. The Mi 5 starts at just $305, but comes packed with high-end features, including a 5.15-inch 1080p resolution display, fingerprint sensor, IR blaster, a 16-megapixel rear camera, a 4-megapixel front-facing camera, 32GB of internal storage, 3GB of RAM, and Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon 820 processor. The Mi 5 also runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Xiaomi's MIUI 7 on top. The Mi 5 is limited to the Chinese market.
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