After months of anticipation and a long list of leaks, Xiaomi has finally lifted the veil off the Mi 5 at events in China and the MWC 2016. The flagship phone will hit the company’s home base on March 1 followed by other countries.
Consumers can get their hands on 3 different versions of the Xiaomi Mi 5 depending on their preferences. The 3GB/32GB version is priced at CNY 1999 (roughly Rs 21000), while the 3GB/64GB one costs CNY 2299 (approx Rs 24000). The 4GB/128GB Pro model goes for CNY 2999 (about Rs 31500) and additionally comes with a 3D ceramic back cover, as opposed to the 3D glass seen on the other two.
The Mi 5 ships with some pretty impressive features for a premium mid-ranger. A lot of attention has been devoted towards its photography skills. Its 16MP rear camera has been blessed with a Sony IMX298 sensor and a new kind of Optical Image Stabilization dubbed four-axis OIS. It makes sure users get good quality photos even in shaky or low-light situations.
We’d seen hints of this ability earlier thanks to the release of some camera samples taken by the Mi 5. The module is additionally the first by the brand to offer DTI (deep trench isolation). This technology stops light leaks from occurring, effectively preventing a washed-out image. Buyers can also look forward to 4K video recording support, PDAF and dual-tone LED flash.
A rapid take on the main specs of the Xiaomi Mi 5:
– OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI 7
– Display: 5.15-inch IPS, 1080 x 1920 pixels
– CPU: Quad core Snapdragon 820
– GPU: Adreno 530
– Memory: 32GB/64GB/128GB
– RAM: 3GB/4GB
– Camera: 16MP rear, 4MP front
– Battery: 3000mAh
– Weight: 129g
– Size: 144.5 x 69.2 x 7.25mm
– Connectivity: 4G+, VoLTE, NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fiac, USB Type-C, GLONASS, GPS
As expected, the smartphone is the first Xiaomi phone to feature a physical home button which doubles up as a fingerprint scanner. The device also flaunts a 5.15-inch screen with 16-LED backlighting instead of the regular 12 for a superior display. The company is further touting a new Beautify feature for videos which supposedly smooths skin and corrects light in real-time.
Once more, the Xiaomi Mi 5 will be out on March 1 in China. The brand’s VP Hugo Barra has confirmed it’ll be released in India soon after.