With demand for its Lumia devices rapidly on the decline, Microsoft is turning to manufacturers like Xiaomi to launch Windows 10 phones. Perhaps Mi 5 is the next.
Xiaomi seems to be the latest company that Microsoft has roped in to push forward its Windows 10 Mobile dreams.
All of it is still based on the slippery tracts of rumor world though the alliance does make sense in that the Chinese manufacturer already has turned out to be a force to reckon with thanks to its strategy of launching high-end devices at affordable prices. Naturally, this should work well for the Windows maker as it attempts a bigger proliferation of its latest Windows 10 Mobile platform.
Xiaomi isn’t exactly new to Windows, though with the company having worked with Microsoft towards creating a Mi 4 variant running Windows 10 Mobile. The ROM was subsequently released for the public to load on to their respective Mi 4 devices, along with the steps to do so, which were quite simple.
However, the ROM was only applicable to the LTE-enabled handsets, which immediately sliced off a huge chunk of Mi 4 devices from making the jump to Windows 10. In any case, the experience should have come in handy as the duo attempts to repeat the feat with the current flagship Mi 5. Also, this time, the Xiaomi Mi 5 should come loaded with the Windows 10 Mobile right out of the box.
The said event would make for the right setting for the launch of the Windows variant of the Mi 5 as well though nothing stands confirmed as of now.
The Mi 5 is slated for an unveiling on Feb 24 and is believed to be carrying some exciting internal setup, which includes a Snapdragon 820 chip, NFC and fingerprint scanner. There is going to be two variant with 3 GB and 4 GB of RAM offering 32 GB and 64 GB of internal storage respectively.
There will also be 2 other variants of the Mi 5 as well featuring rear panels made of 2.5D curved glass. These models will have 4 GB of RAM while offering 32 GB and 64 GB of storage.
The rumors have come at a time when Microsoft is finding its Windows losing the touch on the mobile segment at an alarming pace. Far from making an impact, it is being relegated to a small blip in the picture that is otherwise dominated by the Android and iOS. The only Lumia devices slated for release this year happens to be the Lumia 650, and none seems to be excited about it.
Sure Microsoft has the Surface Phone up its sleeve, and it remains to be seen if Windows 10 Mobile makes a comeback riding on the Surface wave.