It looks like the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 5C just got certified for a Chinese market release. A few phones carrying the Xiaomi brand appeared on the CCC's website (China Quality Certifications center) and they are listed with the model numbers 2105212, 2016089, 2016101, MAE136 and MBE6A5. According to the source, the handset with the model number MAE136 is actually the Xiaomi Mi 5C also known as Xiaomi Meru. The listing itself doesn't give us many details in terms of specs unfortunately, but it does provide some information about the device that will be launched in the near future.
Judging by the certification document, the smartphone will utilize a 5V/2V power adapter, which essentially means that sadly the Xiaomi Mi 5C will not feature fast charging technology, which is a little strange because most of the mid-rangers nowadays come with this technology and we would expect it from a decent phone manufactured by Xiaomi. Whatever the case, the device has been the subject of many discussions over the past few months and the Xiaomi didn't launch it yet. Anyway, according to some rumors, the Xiaomi Mi 5C will be powered by the company's home made processor, namely the rumored Pinecone SoC, which looks like it's gonna be a mid-tie chipset.
Apart from the CPU, the phone is rumored to flaunt a 5.5-inch screen with Full HD resolution. In terms of memory and storage, it will probably come with 3 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. Also, the primary camera is said to have a 12 MP sensor, while the front-facing shooter is believed to have an 8 MP sensor. In the software department, Xiaomi's new product will be base on Android 6.0 Marshmallow which will be tweaked with the manufacturer's in-house MIUI 8 user interface.
When it comes to the exterior design, the smartphone is rumored to have an appearance to the one of the Xiaomi Mi 5, but it will be made entirely out of metal. In case you didn't know, the Mi 5 has the back side made out of glass. SO, the Xiaomi Mi 5C appears to be less powerful version of the Xiaomi Mi 5 flagship, therefore you expect it to be affordable if the rumors are accurate. Even though the specs sound to be great for this range of phones, we're still talking about a mid-ranger. As for the release date, we don't know exactly when will it be, but rumor has it the company will launch the smartphone sometime in February. Looking back in time, more than a yea has past since Xiaomi launched its predecessor, the Mi 4C, which was introduced in September 2015.