After launching the Mi 4 back in 2014, Xiaomi has finally launched its next flagship smartphone — Mi 5. The smartphone was unveiled by CEO Lei Jun at Xiaomi’s event in Beijing. At the time of filing this story, Xiaomi is also unveiling at MWC 2016 in Barcelona. The Mi 5 goes on sale next month in China, with prices starting from 1,999 Yuan that roughly translates to Rs 20,900. Hit the break for all the details on Xiaomi’s newest flagship smartphone. Also Read - Redmi Note 11, Note 11 Pro; price, key specs leak ahead of launch: Check out detailsAlso Read - Top 5 Smart TV deals under Rs 20,000 in Flipkart Big Diwali Sale
Xiaomi Mi 5 variants and prices: The Mi 5 has been launched in three variants. The base model priced at 1,999 Yuan features 32GB storage, 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset paired with 3GB of RAM. The mid-variant priced at 2,299 Yuan (Rs 24,100 approximately) features 64GB storage, and 2.15GHz Snapdragon 820 chipset paired with 3GB of RAM. Finally, the top model is priced at 2,699 Yuan (Rs 28,300 approximately), and it features 128GB storage and 2.15GHz Snapdragon 820 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM. Also Read - Good news for iPhone loves! Apple beats Xiaomi to regain second position in global smartphone market
Xiaomi Mi 5 design: The Mi 5 design borrows a lot of elements from the Mi Note launched last year. It boasts what Xiaomi calls ‘Zirconium 3D ceramic body’. Xiaomi says that it isn’t just strong, but also helps in keeping the smartphone slim.
The Mi 5 features dimensions of 144.55×69.20×7.25mm, and weighs only 129 grams. Xiaomi has not only managed to keep the camera bump to a minimum, but also says the dimensions help to use the device with one hand.
The smartphone will also be available in three color variants — White, Black and Gold.
As confirmed by the company before, the Mi 5 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chipset. The processor is paired with LPDDR4 RAM, which the company claims is much nearly 100 times faster than LPDDR3. During the presentation, Xiaomi revealed that the top-end 128GB variant scored an impressive 142,084 on AnTuTu benchmarks.
On the storage front, it offers three options — 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. While a microSD card slot is missing, the Mi 5 uses a UFS 2.0 storage, which the company says is much faster than the standard eMMC storage.
On the photography front, the Mi 5 is equipped with a 16-megapixel rear camera with Sony IMX298 sensor and 4K video recording capabilities. It also features PDAF, 4-axis OIS and dual-tone LED flash. Up front, there is a 4-megapixel selfie camera with 2-micron pixels for better selfies.
The Mi 5 also has a fingerprint scanner embedded into the home button up front. The company has however only said that the scanner is super-fast. While no official time has been revealed, the fingerprint scanner on the Redmi Note 3 can unlock the phablet in just around 0.3 seconds.
Underneath is a 3,000mAh battery, which also comes with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 support. Xiaomi says that just five minutes of charging can give up to 2.5 hours of talk time. Charging the battery for 10 minutes will let you give you up to 2.6 hours video playback, and up to 4.4 hours talktime.
Connectivity options, as revealed before boasts dual-SIM card slots, as well as 4G LTE with VoLTE support. Xiaomi promises support for download speeds up to 600Mbps.
Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, IR Blaster, USB Type-C port and NFC. On the software front, the Mi 5 runs on the latest Android Marshmallow wrapped under MIUI 7. It also supports video calling by default, which is something similar to Apple’s Facetime. But it also comes with support for real-time Beautification and Multitasking.