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Xiaomi Officially Announces Brand New Mi 5

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Here’s Xiaomi’s long awaited flagship

After long last, Xiaomi’s new flagship, the Mi 5 is now official. The new device has been two years in the making, and in that time Xiaomi has been looking at ways to improve on their devices, and the Mi 5 is a culmination of those efforts. While the device looks a little like Samsung’s Galaxy S7, Hugo Barra says that it’s a evolution of the Mi Note Pro’s curved design.

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The phone sports a metal frame with a gently curved back, and comes in two finishes: a glass back for the 32GB and 64GB version and a more luxurious ceramic back for the highest end, 128GB version. Oddly enough the phone comes with a full HD, 5.15-inch display (and not QHD as some leaks pointed out), a 2.5D curved glass and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. Just like most flagships announced in MWC the past few days, the phone runs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor and either 3GB or 4GB of RAM depending on the version that you get.

Xiaomi Mi 5 specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 5.15-inch full HD IPS display, Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection
  • 32GB, 64GB, 128GB of storage
  • 16-megapixel rear camera, F/2.0 lens, OIS, Phase Detection AF, 4 axis OIS
  • 4-megapixel front camera with 2 micro-meter sized sensor
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, fingerprint scanner, QuickCharge 3.0
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Android Marshmallow, MIUI 7

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Xiaomi has pulled out all the stops in the camera experience of the Xiaomi Mi 5. First off, the phone sports Sony’s new IMX 298 sensor, which is paired with a phase detection AF unit and DTI tech. Aside from that, the phone holds the distinction of being the first smartphone in the world with a 4-axis OIS system, which is usually found in high-end cameras and DSLRs. The video below showcases the camera tech better than anything that we can come up with, so just watch the video below to see the difference:

The phone will have Android Marshmallow 6.0 on board, and Xiaomi’s MIUI 7 on board.

Three SKUs for the Mi 5 will be available – the highest end version, dubbed the Mi 5 Pro that has 128GB of storage and 4GB of RAM will be RMB 2699, or around 19.6K. The mid-range version, the 3GB/64GB version will be priced at RMB 2299 or 16.7K while the entry level version that has a slower 1.8GHz clock speed, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage will be 14.5K.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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3 Comments

  1. Same IMX298 sensor in Huawei Mate 8, both with OIS. Though I wonder if the “4-axis” OIS of the MI5 will actually make any kind of difference. Just a bit disappointed that it does not have the same audio prowess as the MI Note with it’s ESS DAC and Op-Amp considering that both the newly released Samsung S7 and LG G5 have also focused heavily on audio quality with their own take of Hi-Fi audio.

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