Xiaomi has launched Mi 5 – should you upgrade from Mi 4?

Should you upgrade to Xiaomi Mi 5?
Should you upgrade to Xiaomi Mi 5?

The new Xiaomi Mi 5 runs on 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor with 4GB RAM, which is like, pretty fast compared to the same phones in its league. If you’re wondering what’s the big deal about this new processor; most of the new phones coming from LG, Samsung and Sony in the coming months will be powered by the 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor.

Here is the official video of Xiaomi Mi 5 showing it from various angles:

This processor gives a great speed whether it comes to running games and resource-intensive apps or taking photographs or making videos. The fans of the processor also claim that it gives you a 200% improved performance with 50% reduction in power consumption.

Have you been using Mi 4 from Xiaomi and should you upgrade to the latest Mi 5? Although it is one of the most expensive Xiaomi phones available in India (it was unveiled in this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona) almost at 25,000 (rounded off), it isn’t still in the league of iPhone 6S and Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge. It may pack outstanding features and as you have read above, it comes with cutting-edge processing power, the look and feel of Xiaomi phones still lags behind their counterparts from Apple and Samsung or for that matter even OnePlus. But personally I feel that smartphones from Apple and Samsung are overrated and if you have some money to spend and you are fine with taking risks, you should definitely give it a try and upgrade to Mi 5 whether you have been using the previous version, Mi 4, or another phone from another company.

Quick specifications of the new Xiaomi Mi 5

The new phone is sleeker compared to Mi 5. It has a metallic build with slightly curved edges on the back and a sleek -looking metal frame. It is even lighter compared to Mi 4: the older phone weighed 149 grams whereas the new one weighs 129 grams. Another version of Mi 5 called Mi 5 Pro – isn’t yet available in India – comes with a ceramic back. While Mi 4 gives you an internal storage of 16GB, Mi 5 gives you 32GB.

Xiaomi Mi 5 gives you a screen size of 5.15 inches with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The front camera is 4-ultrapixel and the rear camera is 16-megapixels. If you’re wondering what are ultrapixels it’s just another way of measuring the density of pixels and even 4-ultrapixels is considered to be better than 14-megapixels. The camera gives you a 4-axis optical image stabilization, giving you non-blurry images and clearer videos.

Here is a video of the comparison between Xiaomi Mi 5 and iPhone S6 showing how it stabilises images while taking photographs and making videos:

The screen comes with Sunlight Display, Night Display and even Reading mode, which means more and more people are using their smartphones for reading purposes. If you would like to upgrade your smartphone and would like to use it for reading, then perhaps you would like to consider Mi 5.

This smartphone runs on MIUI 7 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

The battery is 3000mAH.

Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with infrared support so if you’re looking for a universal remote control to manage electronic devices may be you will be able to achieve that with this new phone and hence, another reason why you would like to upgrade to it.

The one-year Mi Protect gives you a protection of, right, one year, against accidental damage of your Mi 5 smartphone. The tweet below explains in what scenarios the phone might be replaceable:

The specs of Xiaomi Mi 5 in bulleted format:

  • Processor: Snapdragon 820 Quad-core Kryo 1.8GHz
  • GPU (for processing graphics): Adreno 530 GPU
  • RAM: 3GB LPDDR4 dual-channel RAM
  • Internal storage: 32GB UFS 2.0 Flash
  • Smartphone size: height – 144.55 mm/with – 69.2 mm/thickness – 7.25 mm
  • Weight: 129 grams
  • Display: 13.08cm (5.15 inches) ultra-bright display with 600-nit brightness
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 resolution with 428 PPI and 1500:1 contrast ratio; 95% NTSC colour gamut
  • Screen modes: Light Display, Night Display, Reading Mode and Colour Temperature Adjustment
  • Rear camera: 16 megapixels with 6-piece lens and f/2.0 aperture; 2-Tone flash. It has HDR adjustments and lowlight enhancements. It also gives you 32s manual exposure. The app comes with face recognition
  • Front-facing camera: 4 megapixels/ultrapixels with f/2 .0 80° wide angle lens. It comes with face recognition and selfie countdown
  • SIM cards: 4G dual Sim (2 nano Sim slots)

As an average user these are the specs that can help you decide whether you should upgrade to the new Xiaomi Mi 5 or not.

About Amrit Hallan
Amrit Hallan is the founder of TechBakBak.com. He writes about technology not because "he loves to write about technology", he actually believes that it makes the world a better place. On Twitter you can follow him at @amrithallan

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