At the launch event of Redmi Note 3 smartphone, Xiaomi VP Hugo Barra announced that the flagship Xiaomi Mi 5 will be launched in India within a month. According to Hugo Barra, India is important market for Xiaomi and that is the reason that this premium phone is being brought in India very fast. This phone was unveiled at recently concluded MWC. The Mi 5 is next generation of smartphone and is packed with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with up to 4GB RAM and 128GB flash memory.
The Mi 5 is getting huge response in China and so far the company has received more than one crore pre-registrations.
The Mi 5 comes in three variants – Mi 5 32GB (Snapdragon 820 1.8GHz, 3GB + 32GB, 3D ceramic glass) at RMB1,999 ($305 OR Roughly Rs. 21,000), Mi 5 64GB (Snapdragon 820 2.15GHz, 3GB + 64GB, 3D ceramic glass) for RMB2,299 and Mi 5 Pro (Snapdragon 820 2.15GHz, 4GB + 128GB, 3D ceramic body) for RMB2,699.
The Mi 5 builds upon the design language of Mi Note. It has curved edges and a slim metal frame with a 3D ceramic body which is claimed to be strong and durable with the texture of marble.
The Mi 5 sports a 5.15-inch QHD display with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels. It is very light device as it weighs only 129g and has a thickness of only 7.25mm. The Mi 5 has a high screen-to-body ratio, which was made possible only by an innovative structural design that was nearly two years in development as stated by the company in its presentation in MWC.
The Mi 5 is driven by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, which has double the performance of Snapdragon 810 at half the power consumption. It comes with the Adreno 530 GPU which is 40% faster and 40% more power efficient than the Adreno 510. Mi 5 is also the first Xiaomi smartphone to ship with UFS 2.0 high-speed flash memory, which is designed to greatly surpass the performance of eMMC 5.0 by up to 87%, as claimed by the company.
The Mi 5 is equipped with 16MP rear camera with a Sony IMX298 sensor, Dual-tone LED flash, PDAF, 4-axis Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), and 4K video recording. It also houses a 4 megapixel front camera with 2um pixel size.
This phone is packed with 3000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0, which can charge up to 90% in just one hour, and is able to give two and a half hours of talktime after charging for just 5 minutes.
The Mi 5 also comes with front fingerprint sensor. It supports the next-generation 4G+ network (Cat 12) and VoLTE and full NFC functionality for both reading and writing. The Mi 5 runs Xiaomi’s newest MIUI7 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.