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Xiaomi is adding another smartphone to its Mi 5 lineup with the launch of the Mi 5X on July 26. After introducing the updated Mi 5s and cheaper Mi 5c powered by the company's own Surge S1 SoC, Xiaomi has started sending out invites for an event in China where it will unveil the Mi 5X. Alongside the Mi 5X, Xiaomi will also debut its latest MIUI 9 custom ROM for the global market.
The Xiaomi Mi 5X leaked a few days back in the form of an official poster, revealing its specifications and retail price. While most rumours suggested that the handset will debut as the first smartphone under the company's third sub-brand, it now seems the the Chinese smartphon maker is sticking to its Mi brand for now. The launch invite clearly shows the back of the device sporting a dual camera design similar to the company's Mi 6 flagship smartphone.
If rumours are anything to go by, the Xiaomi Mi 5X will sport a 5.5-inch display and will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 platform coupled with 4GB RAM. The smartphone is expected to sport a 12MP dual rear camera setup and run Android 7.1.1 Nougat based MIUI 9, a new version of Xiaomi's forked Android that has been rumoured for the past few months. At the Mi Max 2 India launch today, Xiaomi's Jai Mani reiterated that the smartphone will receive MIUI 9 update in the coming months. Xiaomi is reportedly planning to upgrade a total of 14 devices to Android Nougat with MIUI 9. There are also reports suggesting that a variant of the Mi 5X will be announced with Snapdragon 660 chipset, 6GB RAM and 16MP front camera. The handset will hit retail stores at 1,199 Yuan (approximately Rs 20,000) price tag.