Xiaomi Mi 5 First Look

Xiaomi Mi 5 First Look

Xiaomi at the ongoing MWC 2016 trade show in Barcelona globally launched the Mi 5. Its long awaited flagship smartphone appears to be almost everything that fans were hoping for - except perhaps the lack of a QHD resolution display. It has been launched in China, where it will go on sale from March 1.

The Xiaomi Mi 5 should launch in India soon, and will be available in three variants. The standard edition has a 3D ceramic glass back and is available with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage at CNY 1,999, as well as a variant with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage at CNY 2,299. The company also announced a premium version called the Mi 5 Pro, which has a 3D ceramic body, 128GB of storage, and 4GB of RAM, and is priced at CNY 2,699.

The phone builds on the design of Xiaomi's Mi Note with more prominent curved edges on the back. It will be available in Black, White, and Gold. This is also Xiaomi's first phone with a physical home button which integrates a fingerprint sensor. We managed to get some time with the handset at MWC in Barcelona, and you can see our initial impressions in the video.

The Mi 5 measures 7.2mm in thickness and is quite lightweight at just 129g. The phone is based on Android Marshmallow and runs the latest version of MiUI 7. It will come with Xiaomi's new Mi Video Calling app which features a real-time beautify mode, video effects and group calling.

Coming to the specifications, the Mi 5 packs a 5.1-inch full-HD IPS display, dual-SIM 4G with VoLTE, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, and a 3000mAh battery with Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 technology.

The main camera has a 16-megapixel Sony IMX298 sensor with 4-axis Optical image stabilisation for the lens. It uses phase detection autofocus and Deep Trench Isolation for faster focusing and more accurate colours. There's also a 4-Ultrapixel camera on the front.

  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Good design
  • Decent camera quality
  • Blazing fast performance
  • Great battery life
  • Good fingerprint sensor
  • Excellent value-for-money
  • Bad
  • No expandable storage
  • Higher storage variants not available at launch
  • Some unusual UI customisations
  • Flash sale model makes it hard to buy
Display 5.15-inch
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Front Camera 4-megapixel
Rear Camera 16-megapixel
Storage 32GB
Battery Capacity 3000mAh
OS Android 6.0
Resolution 1080x1920 pixels

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