Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has launched it’s flagship for 2016 – Mi 5 at MWC 2016. The smartphone is a predecessor to the successful Mi 4 and succeed in each and every department.
The Xiaomi Mi 5 features a 5.15-inch full HD display which has almost zero bezels, the smartphone also has a fingerprint scanner upfront. The smartphone is integrated with Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 820, which is guaranteed to increase the performance of the phone by 100% and the graphic by almost 40% while consuming 50% less battery than the Snapdragon 810, the phone is coupled up with 3GB and 4GB of RAM as well as NFC. The whole smartphone is powered by a 3,000mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge on the board.
Camera wise, the smartphone sports a 16MP Sony IMX298 sensor with an aperture rate of f/2.0, the camera has no bumps and is flushed with the phone. The camera is capable of shooting 4K videos as well as has a 4 axis’ optical image stabilization which will reduce the overall shakiness of the video. The 4 axis’ optical image stabilization is capable of detecting shakes in every directions. The smartphone features a 4MP selfie sensor which as claimed by Xiaomi is the best new sensor by Qualcomm.
Design wise the smartphone looks sleek and has 3D glass body which can be later changed to 3D ceramic back called Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro that feels like marble and is a bit more durable than glass. The phone measures 69.20 x 144.55 x 7.25mm and weigh just 129 grams. Connectivity wise the phone supports 4G+ LTE Advanced with speeds up to 600mbps. Software wise, the phone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow on top of Xiaomi’s MIUI 7 OS.
On the event, Xiomi’s CEO Hugo Barra criticized Samsung and Apple about their fingerprint sensor taking too much space upfront and their camera bumps, as he said that Xiaomi spent almost two years ensuring it would be flush with the back.
Update: The Mi 5 will be priced $306 for 32GB variant and $352 for 64GB variant alongside 3GB of RAM. Whereas the MI 5 pro will be priced at $413 for 128GB variant alongside 4GB of RAM. The release date for the smartphone is March 1.