Xiaomi is a Chinese phone maker company mostly known for selling cheaper phones while maintaining a decent level of quality. I have been using the Mi Pad from Xiaomi for quite some time now (reviewed here) and although it has its user problems (which gadget doesn’t?) it’s quite a decent device.
Xiaomi showcased its higher-end Mi 5 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Although Xiaomi is a smartphone company mostly known for manufacturing and selling cheaper smartphones and tablets, the Mi 5 isn’t the only high-end smartphone the company has been selling. Even in 2015 45% of its total sales were from smartphones that sold for more than $500. MI 5 is going to be sold in China from today onwards (March 1, 2016). As usual, the company is selling the phone from online outlets using the previous pre-registration model. Already more than 14 million people are known to have registered for the upcoming Xiaomi MI 5 which is a high-end smartphone compared to other phones from Xiaomi. At the time of writing this, 16.8 million people have registered to purchase the phone.
Here’s the official video of the Xiaomi MI 5 smartphone:
This is another MI 5 video from Android Police that I liked:
In the international market the phone is going to cost $300 and in India you’ll be able to purchase it for Rs. 28,990.
Two versions of the MI 5 smartphone will be available: 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal memory and 3 GB RAM and 64 GB internal memory. It comes in white as well as ceramic.
The Xiaomi MI 5 comes loaded with Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor. The 16 megapixel rear camera comes with DTI technology, 4-axis OIS, PDAF and an LED flash. If you are wondering what these terms are, just understand that they are cool technologies that help you take great photographs with your smartphone camera (yup, I don’t know what they mean). The video given below shows how the new MI 5 handles camera shake compared to the iPhone.
The display of MI 5 is 5.15 inches with 1080p resolution. It has IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display with 16 million colours and it supports multitouch.
The battery is 3000mAh with Quick Charge 3.0.
Strangely, there is no microSD card slot.
All in all, going by my experience with Mi Pad and my interactions with people who have used one or another Xiaomi smartphone, I think this is going to be a good phone especially when you don’t want to go for those overhyped and over expensive Samsung and LG smartphones.