The Xiaomi Mi5 has been in the limelight for quite some time now and has long being speculated as housing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or Helio X20 chipset.

The flagship smartphone has reportedly appeared on Geekbench, one of the benchmark testing websites where it’s been referred to as “Xiaomi Gemini”. The listing reveals a Qualcomm chipset on board. The Xiaomi Gemini is been listed with an MSM8996 chipset, which is actually the internal name of Snapdragon 820.

Kevin Wang, IHS Research Director in China, has confirmed the Xiaomi Mi5 will feature the powerful and most recent Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, according to a report in GizmoChina. The benchmark site also reveals the flagship device will be shipped with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. Xiaomi is yet to confirm the same, however.

In the meantime, Qualcomm announced the latest Snapdragon 820 processor on Nov. 10. The company said some 60 high-end smartphones will use the latest chipset scheduled for release in 2016.

Qualcomm claims the latest chipset is two times more powerful than the Snapdragon 810. The 820 ensures a longer battery life and is said to be 30 percent more power efficient. Coupled with the Adreno 530 GPU, the newest processor will provide 40 percent better performance in computing and games.

Rumours say the Xiaomi Mi 5 is expected to be released on Dec. 3. There are contradictory reports about this on Phone Arena, which says the device might actually be launched during the Chinese New Year at the beginning of February.

The Xiaomi Mi5 is expected to feature a 5.2-inch display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The handset could also sport a fingerprint scanner and a Type C USB port. The smartphone will reportedly come packed with a healthy 4 GB of RAM and 3,000 mAh battery.

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