Xiaomi has launched the most anticipated smartphone of 2016 the Xiaomi Mi5 in India today. The Xiaomi Mi5 brings lots of refinements to the device and is a very significant improvement compared to the Xiaomi Mi4 which was launched in August 2014.
Update 31 March 2016 – Xiaomi has launched the base variant of Xiaomi Mi5 in India today at an event which was held in New Delhi. The smartphone is priced at Rs. 24,999 and will be available from the Mi.com on 6th of April 2016. Xiaomi has launched just the base variant in white color in India which comes with 32 GB of Storage and 3 GB of Ram.
The Mi Fans were not happy with the lack of availability of the Pro model as well the price is considered a little higher than the expected price of 20 to 22K.
Update 28 – March -2016 – Xiaomi India today invited media for the launch event of Xiaomi Mi5 which is scheduled to happen on 31st March 2016. Xiaomi will unveil the new smartphone at the event and we will also get to know the exact price and availability of the Xiaomi Mi5 in India.
Update – 04- March-2016 – Hugo Barra – The Xiaomi Chief said that the new Xiaomi Mi5 will get launched in India in April 2016 , while not sharing any exact date. We can expect the smartphone around Mid April. He was speaking at the launch event of the All new Xiaomi Redmi Note 3.
Update – 14- March-2016 – Xiaomi Founder and CEO Bin Lin in an interview to Economic Times revealed the price range for the Xiaomi Mi5 in India. The expected price for the smartphone can be Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 27,000 in the Indian market. Yet it is not clear which variant of the Mi5 will be launched in the Indian market.
The Xiaomi Mi5 comes with a thin frame measuring 7.25 mm and has a weight of just 129 grams. It is an extraordinary work by Xiaomi to fit in a large capacity battery in this thin frame and maintain a very low weight.
The other major reason for the smartphone to be so popular among Indian and other countries is the affordable price, it is priced almost at 50% when compared to the Samsung Galaxy S7. Xiaomi has also unveiled the Xiaomi Mi 4s.
Both the smartphones will go sale starting 1st March 2016 in China and later will make it’s way to other countries in India. They will make appearance to Indian shores in April or May.
The smartphone will come in 3 different variants :
1). Mi5 with 32 GB ROM and 3 GB RAM – 1999 CNY or Rs. 21,000.
2). Mi5 with 64 GB ROM and 3 GB RAM – 2299 CNY or Rs. 24,000.
3). Mi5 with 128 GB ROM and 4 GB RAM – 2699 CNY or Rs. 28,000.
The smartphone comes with high speed next generation DDR4 Ram for all the versions. The Xiaomi Mi 5 is powered by the current Flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor which is also used in the Samsung S7 and the LG G5.
The Adreno 530 GPU compliments the processor and is at least 40% faster when compared to the Snapdragon 810 used in the One Plus 2. Xiaomi is touting the Mi5 as the first smartphone to come with the Snapdragon 820 processor as it will be the first smartphone to go on sale before Samsung S7.
The Xiaomi Mi 5 will be available in 4 colors – black , white , gold and rose.
The smartphone comes with Dual Sim Support and has 4G LTE compatibility for both the sim cards. Unlike Samsung S7 which comes with a Micro-sd card slot , Xiaomi has not given any option to expand the storage of the device.
The Xiaomi Mi 5 has a metallic body and curved glass at the front to make it easy to use. The smartphone comes in an ideal size with screen size of 5.15 inches. Xiaomi has not gone for the 2K resolution found on the Samsung S7 and LG G5 but instead has used the Full HD Display (1920*1080) with a PPi of 423.
The smartphone comes with 3000 mAH battery capacity which is great considering the device thickness and weight as mentioned above.
Xiaomi Mi5 comes with a Sony IMX298 camera with 16 Mega Pixel resolution and has features like OIS (Optical Image Stabalization), PDAF (phase detection autofocus) and led flash. Xiaomi teased the iPhone 6s and the Samsung S7 with the camera bulge which is not there on the Mi5.
The rear camera has 4K video recording support and also has sapphire glass protection.
The smartphone comes with a 8 Mega pixel front camera to ensure that all your selfies are great looking.
Xiaomi Mi 5 has a home button at the front like most of the Samsung mobiles and there is a fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button. The Xiaomi Mi 5 also has a USB Type C port and is something you will find missing on the Samsung Galaxy S7.
The Xiaomi Mi 5 will run on the Android Marshmallow 6.0 along with the MIUI.
Overall the Mi5 lives up to our expectations , the design is great and mobile packs a punch without breaking the bank.
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