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Xiaomi Mi5 goes official; Price starts at US $ 305 (Rs 20,969)
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Xiaomi Mi5 goes official; Price starts at US $ 305 (Rs 20,969)

Xiaomi has officially announced the Mi 5, its latest flagship device, at events in Beijing and Barcelona today. True to its reputation, it has again delivered a thoroughbred flagship device at a low price.

The Mi5 design is carried forward from Mi Note Pro and has a metal frame and is also available on two body types, the regular variant has a 3D glass back panel and the Mi5 Pro model features a ceramic body body, which the company says is highly durable and water resistant.

The 5.15-inch fullHD display has 600nits luminosity thanks to 16 LEDs behind the display screen. The Mi5 is the Xiaomi’s first device to run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, though it has the MIUI 7 over it. It is also currently the only device to be available in the market powered by Snapdragon 820 processor with Adreno 530 GPU. When I meant currently, the device goes on sale on March 1st in China, followed by India and other markets. Doing away with eMMC,  Xiaomi has used UFS 2.0 standard, which it claims to be 75 percent faster than eMMC 5.1.

The Mi5 will be available in three variants – SD 820 2.15 GHz + 4GB + 128GB, SD 820 2.15 GHz + 3GB + 64GB and SD 820 1.8GHz + 3GB + 32GB . The three variants are priced at Yuan 2699, 2299 and 1999 (Rs 28,312, Rs 24,097 and Rs 20,969) respectively. The top of the line variant with the 4GB of RAM supposedly delivers a big score of 142,083 on AnTuTu benchmark.


The Mi5 would be available in three colors – Black, white and a golden shade. It measures 7.25 mm and weights just 129 grams. A 3000mAh battery is fitted into this slim profile. The device supports Quick Charge 3.0 and Xiaomi says the device can top 80% – 90 % in 60 minutes. The home button on the front also doubles as a finger print scanner.

On the camera front, The Mi 5 is equipped with a Sony IMX298 sensor, 16-megapixel rear camera with PDAF, 6P lens, sapphire glass protection lens and 4-axis OIS. Xiaomi claims the 4-axis OIS is an industry first and offers way better image stabilization. The 4-axis OIS works on horizontal and vertical image stabilization and comes very handy in the close ups and long shots.The selfie camera is similar to the one on the Mi Note with a 4-megapixel sensor with 2-micron pixels.

Other technical details shared by Xiaomi on Mi5 includes Qualcomm’s Spectra image processor for shooting 4K videos, color enhancement and dark light enhancement.  The DTI pixel to pixel isolation technology makes sure there is no light bleeding into the other pixels which helps deliver better colors and better picture quality smartphone.

Mi5 also supports VoLTE which many users have been asking for of late considering the 4G penetration. It also supports NFC.



0 24 February, 2016 Mobiles February 24, 2016

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