Xiaomi’s Mi5 has taken its sweet time to get here- two years straight. Being one of the most highly anticipated smartphones of 2016, Its predecessor the Mi4 has done a great job in holding the top spot as one of the best smartphone manufacturers.
The Mi5 comes in different variations which are priced accordingly- the standard model sports 3GB of RAM and onboard storage of 32 or 64GB; there’s also the Pro version which features 4GB of RAM and a 128GB of internal storage. Both variants have a 5.15-inch 1080p display with Qualcomm’s Kryo SD 820 powering things up.
The device’s camera sensor is that of Sony’s IMX 298 catering for a 16MP rear facing shooter with a 4 axis optical image stabilization coupled with 2 micron 4MP selfie snapper (same that was used on the rear of the HTC M8).
Xiaomi taunted Apple during the presentation of Mi5 by pointing out that the camera on their phone is flushed unlike those seen on the iPhone 6 and 6Plus.
Under the display is the physical home button that houses a fingerprint scanner, next to that is a USB Type-C (In your face Samsung). To keep everything running, the devices will be powered by a 3000mAh battery- a bit disappointing as previous flagship devices from the company featured larger batteries- but does support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 that will have your battery up in no time.
Design wise, Xiaomi refines the design of the Mi4 and graces it with a physical home button, and a rear 3Dglass panel for both the 32GB and 64GB variants while you get ceramic on the Pro model.
As usual, MIUI 7 will be atop Android Marshmallow 6.0, it should be noted that Xiaomi has done a great job with UI, skinning it as much as possible — paying attention to simplicity,elegance and performance — which, of course, has won it over 170 million dedicated users around the world (stats as of Q4 2015) .
Xiaomi might be looking to make major inroads into the American market as much of its user base are in China and developing markets like India which could possibly be the reason why it chose this year’s MWC in Barcelona for the Mi5’s maiden appearance.
The phone will be available in Asia for 1999 Yuan (£220 or $310) in colors of Rose, White, Gold and Black. The Pro version is selling for 2699 Yuan ($410 or £300)
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