The much awaited and speculated Xiaomi Mi5 is finally here. The Mi 5 made its grand entry at the 2016 MWC in Barcelona thereby succeeding the Xiaomi Mi4.
Interestingly, the highly anticipated gadget arrived in impressive three versions – Exclusive, High, and Standard – all with fantastic design and hardware aspects. The Chinese brand arrival marks the first Snapdragon 820-powered smartphone to be released officially. Further, the specs in comparison with the tagged price of the smartphone make the device highly competent.
A look at the design
Xiaomi Mi4 was widely criticized for imitating Apple’s iPhone 6’s outer design and appearance. This time round, the Xiaomi Mi5 comes out with a spectacular design of its own kind. The phone has a glass back with a carefully polished metal frame. The Exclusive edition has a ceramic cover that is scratch resistant.
Display of the Mi 5
Having a 5.15-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1080 X 1920 pixels, the phone offers sharp visual display and also a relief to the processor. This device also relays faster 3D graphics presentation. The screen of the Mi5 is further illuminated with a 16 LED lamp tech giving it a 30% more peak brightness output than the Xiaomi Mi4. The display has a high contrast ratio of 1500:1 offering more true colors.
Hardware and software specs
Xiaomi packs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chipset that is clocked at 2.2 GHz. This chipset has four custom-made Kryo cores that double the power efficiency and performance of the Snapdragon 810. The processor is assisted with Adreno 530 GPU that supports the currently set standards of graphics. These include Vulkan, OpenCL 2.0 and OpenGL ES3.1. As such, the phone can fully support any 3D games. The processor has components that enhance the battery life and performance of the device.
The smartphone comes with either 3GB RAM or 4GB RAM depending on the edition of the device. The 32 GB and 64GB ROM models come with a RAM of 3GB whereas the 128GB ROM models have 4GB of RAM. The phone runs on the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow and has a battery capacity of 3,000mAh that can stay for a standby period of up to 8 days.
The Chinese flagship has a primary camera of 16MP that has a 4-axis OIS. The device is, remarkably, among the first to pack Sony’s IMX298 camera sensor which supports PDAF and DTI pixel-to-pixel isolation. The cam also has a standard f/2.0 aperture with dual-LED flash support. The selfie cam is of 4MP and covers 80-degree wide angle view.
In its country of origin, the 3GB RAM-32 GB ROM costs $306; the 3GB RAM-64 GB ROM goes for $ 352 whereas the Ceramic Exclusive (4GB RAM-128GB ROM) costs about $ 413.
Xiaomi Mi5 is definitely the phone to watch this year.