Just a couple of weeks ago, Xiaomi unleashed its first all-metal smartphone onto the world, the upper mid-range Redmi Note 3. It’s safe to say that metal has become the staple and standard build material on the smartphone scene, so there is absolutely no reason for Xiaomi not to employ it in the Xiaomi Mi 5’s build as well. Still, rules and trends are meant to be broken, so we absolutely shouldn’t rule out the possibility that Xiaomi might come up with a design combination that is intertwining different build materials, for example a metal-Gorilla Glass sandwich or a removable cover with leather finish.
Xiaomi released its first handset with a fingerprint scanner, the Redmi Note 3, merely a couple of weeks ago, so this now seemingly standard feature for the majority of handset that arrive is no longer a terra incognita for Xiaomi. Thus, the rumor mill has it that the Xiaomi Mi5 will come with a fingerprint reader, though we are not sure where it will be located. Judging by the Note 3, there is a pretty high chance that it is situated on the rear of the phone; still, let’s not rule out the possibility of a physical home button with a similar function at the front.
Sense ID Qualcomm Sense ID is a new type of fingerprint recognition technology that uses an ultrasonic sound waves to get an extremely detailed map of your fingerprint, much more detailed than the map that one can get via the traditionally used capacitive fingerprint sensors (in devices like the iPhone 6, for instance). According to the rumor mill, the Mi 5 might be the first commercially-available device to feature this promising new technology.