Xiaomi had been teasing the launch of its flagship for quite some time now. And today, it has finally taken curtain off the product at the Mobile World Congress 2016, in front of global media. This is Xiaomi’s first global flagship model and interestingly, we got to knew most of its specsfew hours before the official launch.
In the last few weeks we have shared several rumours about Mi 5 and all those rumours were bang on. The handset features a 3D ceramic design; it has a curved ceramic back panel which merges seamlessly with the metal chassis and offers increased durability. While talking about the design, Hugo Barra mentioned that Mi 5 offers a texture and feel similar to marble, without any of the bulk that comes with it. We would like to hold the device in our hands to confirm the same.
Coming to the Mi 5 specifications. Leaks had hinted at two RAM variants, NFC support, quick charge and a fingerprint sensor, and boy they were right. Xiaomi Mi 5 has all of these. The fingerprint sensor is placed there on the front. It features a 100% faster CPU + 40% faster GPU compared to the Snapdragon 810 and an AnTuTu benchmark score of 142,084, which Xiaomi claims is highest for any device right now. The chipset also consumes 50% less power compared to the S810, which hints at longer battery life.
At the event, three variants of Xiomi Mi 5 were introduced. The 32GB Mi 5 with 3GB of RAM priced at 1,999 CNY (Rs 21,000 approx);, the 64GB Mi 5 with 3GB of RAM priced at 2,299 CNY (Rs 24,000 approx); and the top of the line 128GB model with 4GB of RAM priced at 2,699 CNY (Rs 28,200 approx).
The device would first go on sale in China and would subsequently be launched in other global markets including India. Did we mention Mi 5 colors? It will be available in white, gold and black.
Xiaomi Mi 5 hardware specifications include:
· 5.15-inch Full HD (1920×1080) display
· 7.25mm thickness
· 129 grams
· Quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor
· 16MP rear camera with Optical Image Stabilisation
· 4MP front camera (2um pixel size)
· 3/4GB RAM
· 32/64/128GB storage
· Android 6.0 Marshmallow (MIUI 7)
· 3,000mAh battery
· 4G LTE with dual-SIM support