The upcoming release of the Xiaomi Mi 5s has turned into a bit of a guessing game, largely thanks to a company official suggesting on Weibo that there would be no Mi 5s. While some rumors indicate that Xiaomi may instead go with the Mi Note S moniker, the Mi 5s rumors keep coming through, and Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has posted a photo on social media purportedly taken with that very handset.
The EXIF date of the photo above suggests the upcoming handset was used to capture that particular sunset. With a resolution of 3264 x 2448 — you can see the full-res shot by clicking the image above — it has been taken on a 13-megapixel+ camera with f/2.0 aperture, og 1/750 sec shutter speed and ISO 100.
Reports have suggested the Mi 5s will pack a 16-megapixel shooter with 4-axis OIS, laser focusing and an f/1.8 aperture, though we’ve also heard that a dual camera setup could be in the offing. With Xiaomi clearly looking to ramp up pre-launch hype, there’s always a chance that these conflicting reports are being purposely fed out to keep the device’s name — whatever that is — on people’s lips. Indeed, Lei Jun could even be trolling us with the image shared on social media.
Whatever the case, we’re expecting the Xiaomi Mi 5s / Mi Note S to appear in an official sense on September 27th. The entry-level model — such as it is — will likely pack the Snapdragon 821, 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of native storage for the equivalent of $300. There will probably be several other configurations on offer as well.