Within a month of its global debut, Xiaomi has launched their latest flagship Mi 5 in India, thus silencing some of the critics who used to blame the successful Chinese company of dumping old stocks in India. In a refreshing start to the year after launching Redmi Note 3 in India earlier this month, the Mi 5 is here.
Mi India is bringing in the 3GB variant of the Mi 5 to India with 32GB of on board storage (with an option for expandable memory slot) , priced at Rs 24,999 the Mi 5 is the first Smartphone in India to be equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. The phone will be available on Mi.com starting from 11am on 6 April as part of Mi Fan Festival to celebrate Xiaomi’s sixth anniversary. Later it will be made available in other e-commerce platforms.
Talking about the new device, Hugo Barra, Vice President, Xiaomi, “We are so excited to bring to India the most beautiful device we have unveiled so far, and only within a month of its global launch. Mi 5 is the perfect embodiment of high performance and a beautiful, lightweight design. It has been in the making for 19 months, and has several tech breakthroughs built into it, like the 4-axis OIS camera.”
One of the key highlight of the Mi 5 is the design language. It’s made of 3D glass body, strengthened by Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on both the sides. The sweeping curved edges gives an elegant look and gives a smooth transition from glass to metal with an almost bezel-less screen. The Mi 5 is very light and weighs only 129 grans and is 7.25mm in thickness in spite of the 3000mAh battery pack inside.
In Mi 5, Xiaomi has accommodated the fingerprint scanner at the front at the capacitive home button. It features a 5.15-inch display with a 1080p resolution. The display has a 600-nit brightness due to the 16 LED lights behind its LCD display. The device is also the first from Xiaomi to run on Android Marshmallow with MIUI 7 above it. The Snapdragon 820 delivers an Antutu score of over 113,000, and promises great performance including gaming capabilities aided by Adreno 530 GPU. Mi 5 is also the first Xiaomi smartphone to ship with UFS 2.0 high-speed flash memory and also features USB type-C.
On the camera side, it is equipped with a 16MP rear camera with Sony IMX298 sensor, and features Deep Trench Isolioation (DTI) , a pixel-to-pixel isolation technology for color separation. Another remarkable addition is the 4-axis Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), I tested it at the launch event and it works great especially for videos. Usual OIS technology on other phones uses 2-axis. For selfies, there is a 2-micron pixel 4MP front camera.
Connectivity side, Mi 5 supports all India LTE bands and also supports VoLTE, NFC.It also features Qualcomm Quick charge 3.0
We have the device and look forward to the complete review in few days.