In two events today, one held at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and the other in China, Xiaomi finally launched the much awaited Xiaomi Mi 5. As a bonus surprise, they also launched the Mi 4s, giving a bump to the last years model. If you haven’t heard about the Xiaomi Mi 5, here in this article, you’ll find all you need to know about the phone.

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Xiaomi Mi 5 Specifications

Key SpecsXiaomi Mi 5
Display5.2 inches
Screen ResolutionFHD (1080 x 1920)
Operating SystemAndroid Marshmallow 6.0
Processor 1.8 GHz quad-core
ChipsetSnapdragon 820
Memory3 GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage 32GB
Storage UpgradeNo
Primary Camera16 MP with PDAF, OIS
Video recording2160p@30fps
Secondary Camera4 MP with 2 microns size pixel
Battery 3000 mAh
Fingerprint SensorYes
NFCYes
4G readyYes
SIM card typeDual SIM
WaterproofNo
Weight129gms
Price INR 24,999

Xiaomi Mi 5 Competition

The Xiaomi Mi 5 comes in three different variants and these variants differ in pricing by a lot. The base model starts at 1999 Yuan, whereas the top model, called the Mi 5 Pro is priced at 2699 Yuan. There are a lot of devices that you can put up against the Mi 5, but the best ones that come to mind are the following.

With the base model of the Mi 5, the Xiaomi’s own Mi 4s would be a great competitor. They both are priced the same and offer different specifications in that same price.

Comparing with the top model, the Mi 5 Pro, it can be pitted against the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the LG G5, because all these devices are powered by the Snapdragon 820 chipset, and offer similar performances. Though the version of Samsung Galaxy S7 that we will see in India will most probably be the Exynos version and not the Snapdragon version, but still.

Xiaomi Mi 5 Photo Gallery

Xiaomi Mi 5 Key features

Snapdragon 820 Processor

With the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor being used, the Xiaomi Mi 5 will have a stellar performance. According to the presentation that Hugo Barra gave at the launch event, the processor is 100% faster than the previous Snapdragon 810 processor and consumes 50% power. This should enable the phone to run flawlessly without any hiccups.

Android Marshmallow Based MIUI 7

The phone will ship with Android Marshmallow based MIUI 7, the first time that Xiaomi will ship a device with Android Marshmallow. Along with the Mi 5, the new Mi 4S will also ship with the Android Marshmallow based MIUI 7.

Great Camera

The camera on the Xiaomi Mi 5 is a 16-megapixel sensor with 4-axis optical image stabilization. With this great tech, the images and videos that you take with the phone will come out to be great! Along with this, the camera also has Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) and a dual LED flash.

Xiaomi Mi 5 User Queries and Answers

Question: What version of Android does the Xiaomi Mi 5 run?
Answer: The Xiaomi Mi 5 runs the latest Android Marshmallow 6.0 based MIUI 7, a custom Rom built by Xiaomi.

Question: What are the different color variants available for this phone?
Answer: The Mi 5 will be available in Black, White, and Gold.

Question: When is the Xiaomi Mi 5 coming to India?
Answer: The availability of this smartphone in India is still not known, however it will go on sale from 1st March in China.

Question: What are the different models available for the the Xiaomi Mi 5?
Answer: The Mi 5 will be available in 3 different models. The base model will come with the Snapdragon 820 clocked at 1.8 GHz with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. The middle model will be with Snapdragon 820 clocked at 2.15GHz with 3GB RAM and 64GB storage. The top model, which is being called the Mi 5 Pro, will feature the Snapdragon 820 with 2.15GHz and 4GB of RAM along with 128GB storage.

Question: Does the Mi 5 have a microSD card slot?
Answer: As much as we would like the Mi 5 to have a microSD card slot, it does not feature a microSD card slot.

Question: Does the Xiaomi Mi 5 have dual SIM support?
Answer: Yes, the Xiaomi Mi 5 supports dual SIM standby with 2 Nano Sims inserted into the phone.

Question: Does the Xiaomi Mi 5 support Quick Charging?
Answer: Yes, the Xiaomi Mi 5 supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charging 3.0, which should charge about 60% in about half an hour.

Question: Does the phone have a fingerprint scanner?
Answer: Yes, the phone has a fingerprint scanner in the physical home button on the front of the device.

Conclusion

The Xiaomi Mi 5 is a killer device, with killer specifications. Though the device varies heavily in the processor and the storage offered on the base model and the top model, it will definitely turn out to be a success in my opinion just because of the price that Xiaomi has put for this device. Even the top model at 2699 Yuan roughly translates to INR 28,000 whereas a competitive Samsung Galaxy S7 will definitely be priced much higher. Let us wait for Samsung to reveal the pricing worldwide and then we will be able to compare much better.