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Xiaomi is expected to launch low-end handset Mi 5c on 30 November Reuters/China Daily

Xiaomi's upcoming budget model Mi 5c, codenamed Meri, will reportedly use home grown mobile application processor Pinecone. According to reports, the handset might be launched on 30 November.

Xiaomi Pinecone, according to previous rumours, is an octa-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz. It features a 4+4 A53 architecture, with cores running at 1.4GHz. The GPU for the processor is set to be the Mali-T860 MP4 and supports 3GB RAM.

It scored 758 points and 3105 points in single-core and multi-core tests. Besides, it scored 63000 points in AnTuTu benchmark, which is standard to mid-range handsets.

The the latest leak coming from Chinese site MyDrivers (via XiaomiToday) suggests that the Mi 5c packs a 5.5in screen with ultra-thin bezels, 3GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The handset has a 12-megapixel rear camera and an eight-megapixel front-facing camera. The phone also supports NFC.

The Mi 5c is expected to debut officially on 30 November. The handset will have a direct competition with Meizu's upcoming premium handset Charm Blue X.

While the company is yet to reveal any detail, a recent report suggests that the phone will have a built-in fingerprint sensor on the home screen and use 2.5D glass on the top of the screen. It is expected to be available at a suggested retail price of 999 yuan ($145).