Xiaomi's 16 July event
Xiaomi's 16 July event could see the unveiling of a new smartphone expected to be Mi 5 or Redmi Note 2Xiaomi via Weibo

After releasing its Mi 4 high-end smartphone in 2014, Chinese smartphone brand Xiaomi is all set to launch another high-end device called the Mi 5 to take on the likes of the yet to be released OnePlus 2.

There had been much speculation surrounding the launch date of Xiaomi Mi 5. Until recently, the Mi 5 was rumoured to be launched during November 2015 much after the release of OnePlus 2 which is slated for a July 2015 release.

In a new development, the Chinese company has an event scheduled for 16 July. The invite of the event provides clues (teased by Xiaomi via its official Weibo account) that suggest that a new smartphone featuring a metal-clad outer body is to be launched.

There have been reports suggesting that the new Xiaomi smartphone (most likely to be launched on 16 July) would be the Mi 5. If indeed it is so, it would make sense for Xiaomi to release the Mi 5 just before the launch of One Plus Two, as the competition with respect to hardware between both the companies is well known and documented.

Xiaomi's Mi 4 was open for sales from July 2014 and OnePlus's One hit retail stores from June 2014.

Will it be Redmi Note 2?

Another of Xiaomi's smartphones expected to be launched in 2015 is the Redmi Note 2, successor to the popular Redmi Note of 2014. Considering the Redmi Note was launched in July 2014, there is a good chance that its successor could be unveiled during the 16 July event.

Key technical aspects of Xiaomi's yet to be released flagship smartphones

Although yet to be announced officially, Xiaomi's Mi 5 is highly speculated to feature the following key hardware aspects:

  • 5.3in IPS capacitive display
  • Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) operating platform out of the box; with MIUI 6.0 on top
  • 2.2 GHz quad-core and 1.8GHz quad-core CPUs within a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC
  • 16MP rear camera
  • 6MP front camera
  • 4GB RAM
  • 16/64 GB fixed internal storage variants
  • LTE, HSPA, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 2.0 and microUSB connectivity
  • Fixed 3030 mAh Lithium-Polymer battery

Likely key tech-specs of Redmi Note 2

  • 5.5in IPS capacitive display
  • Android 5.0.2 operating platform with MIUI 6.0 on top
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU within a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC
  • 13MP rear camera
  • 5MP front camera
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage
  • MicroSD card slot for expansion of internal storage up to 64GB
  • LTE, HSPA, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 2.0 and microUSB connectivity
  • 3100 mAh Lithium-Polymer battery.