Although still unknown to many, Xiaomi Mi 5 is the latest flagship that is set to make Samsung and Apple sweat for their money in Asia, if in case it doesn’t make it to the U.S. and Europe.
The Chinese maker made its debut at the MWC event in Barcelona, coming in with a taste of the devices that have made it receive the tag “the Apple of China” on its home soil. As mentioned, it is a brand well-known to the people of China and Asia at large, but it has yet to make a mark in Europe and the U.S., among other markets. For this reason, here’s why we think you should start considering getting the new Xiaomi Mi 5, just in case you happen to stay in the regions it will be coming to.
One thing with Chinese manufacturers is that they come in with high-end devices but at very low prices. The Xiaomi Mi 5 is a typical example of this model, coming in at a price of about $307 for the base model of 32GB and 3GB of RAM. There is, however, a Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro version that carries 4GB of RAM and more onboard storage space of up to 128GB. This Pro version also comes with a scratch-resistant 3D ceramic rear as opposed to the 3D glass rear panel installed on the standard version. Surprisingly, the Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro just costs $415.
As mentioned earlier, Xiaomi has been nicknamed China’s Apple due to the almost similar design language of its smartphones. Expect to see the same thing with the new Xiaomi Mi 5, but this time, it looks like a pure blend between Samsung Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6S.
Xiaomi Mi 5 has the latest software
Just like other top-of-the-table Android flagships, Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow in addition to its own MIUI 7 interface. This interface does away with the app drawer like with the case of the iOS devices, something that has been rumored to be coming with Android N. It even better as the interface can be customized in a manner the user prefers.
As far as hardware is concerned, the Mi 5 will not disappoint you. The phone packs the latest Snapdragon 820 CPU and has a RAM of 3GB. However, this is the base model. For the Pro version, there is an extra GB of RAM and more storage space too. While the standard model comes with 32GB and 64GB variants, the Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro adds a 128GB variant. These are basically the same hardware specs you’ll find in 2016 smartphone flagships.
As far as photography is concerned, the Mi 5 doesn’t disappoint at all with the 16MP on the rear and 4MP on the front. Both sensors are made by Sony, so expect the best photos from this phone.
Better battery life
Xiaomi Mi 5 has a screen size of 5.15 inches, which is only 0.05 inches bigger than Samsung’s Galaxy S7. Despite this size, you’ll enjoy great battery life with the 3000mAh capacity packed in the phone. Also, Android M has better battery management options that will add more life to the battery.
The Mi 5 also supports Quick Charge 3.0, which means you can get your phone from 0-80% in just one hour of charging.
As far as its availability is concerned, the Xiaomi Mi 5 will apparently be sold in China and India. There is no word of when the phone will reach the U.S., Europe, and other markets. However, you can get the device from any of the said regions and have it shipped to your place, or maybe just pay India or China a visit.