Xiaomi’s latest flagship smartphone is a stunning piece of kit

Posted:  February 24, 2016   By:    17 comments   


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The final flagship from MWC 2016 has dropped and it is from Chinese smartphone makers Xiaomi with their brand new Mi 5 — and it’s a beautiful beast.

Several days before the official announcement, Xiaomi has been teasing the capabilities of the Mi 5, starting with the camera where they posted pictures that their president Bin Lin had taken with the Mi 5 on his Lunar New Year holiday. They also launched a series of videos featuring record holders blitzing through tasks like jumping rope and solving a Rubik’s cube, emphasising the Mi 5’s speed.

We also have the failed attempts from Hugo Barra, but I don’t think that has anything to do with the smartphone’s speed — at least I hope not. But now, we finally get to see if the Mi 5 really lives up to the expectations Xiaomi has set for it.

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For starters, the Mi 5 will sport a 5.15-inch full-HD near-bezel less Sunlight display on the front which Xiaomi seems to think makes a big difference over the 5.1-inch and 4.7-inch displays on both the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6S.

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On the inside, it will be powered by Qualcomm’s latest next-gen Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor paired with either 3GB or 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and a choice of 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of internal UFS 2.0 flash storage which Xiaomi says posts a blistering AnTuTu score of 142,084. The key point here is it doesn’t sport a microSD expansion slot, but with a 128GB option, things aren’t so bad.

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For optics, the device gets a 16MP rear-facing f/2.0 Sony IMX298 camera that sits flush at the back with PDAF, while a 4-megapixel 2 micron large pixel selfie shooter graces the front. The primary camera features a 4-axis OIS, which you can check out in this video:

Other features include a front fingerprint scanner, dual-SIM, LTE-Advanced and VoLTE support, Bluetooth 4.0 and support for NFC with MIUI 7 running on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow preinstalled. Keeping everything running is a moderate 3,000 mAh battery with Quick-Charge 3.0 via USB Type-C.

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One unique thing about the Xiaomi Mi 5 is the fact that it sports what Xiaomi calls “3D ceramic glass” which forms the back of the phone. At the front it’s glass as usual with a metal frame holding both panels together. It also has a slight curve on the back much like the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy Note 5 including Xiaomi’s own Mi Note.

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The device will come in three colours — Black, White and Gold (which has an exclusive back etched design) — and prices are as follows:

Xiaomi Mi 5, Snapdragon 820 SoC clocked at 1.8GHz, 3GB RAM, 32GB of storage with 3D glass back – RMB1,999 (around RM1,295)

Xiaomi Mi 5, Snapdragon 820 SoC clocked at 2.15GHz, 3GB RAM, 64GB of storage with 3D glass back – RMB2,299 (around RM1,490)

Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro, Snapdragon 820 SoC clocked at 2.15GHz, 4GB RAM, 128GB of storage with 3D ceramic back – RMB2,699 (around RM1,750)

These devices will be available in China starting 1st March with global availability coming soon.


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17 Comments for Xiaomi’s latest flagship smartphone is a stunning piece of kit

Mark

16mp camera or 13mp?

    roryleesc

    HI, it's a 16MP camera with 4-axis OIS.

      Ciel

      Hey Rory,
      Can you do a IOS test to all other brand's flagship phones?
      I'm really really interested to find out who is the winner.
      Do the same test like xiaomi did
      Just an idea, get a thick clipboard, place it vertical, put 2 phones side by side at the top part, use binder clips to hold the phone, 2 hand hold the btm of the clipboard, start record and focus on an object, shake your butt, upload video then vote 😀

        roryleesc

        Hi Ciel, we will try our best once we have the devices on hand.

Bill

Isn't that SG S6 in the picture above?

wilson

really nice!
hope global version will come asap

LittleStar

Ma de, what a beast. Imagine if it has a f1.7 camera from s7 + 4 axis stabilisation.

John

With the fingerprint sensor, metalic side and the curve at the back,the Mi5 looks a lot like Samsung Galaxy S7 tho.

    NightFelix

    Miui instead of TouchWiz. And not water resistance…

Ajak

Better than Samsung.

    Cat

    Nah. Not really. The ONLY thing better than Samsung is the price. (do tell me if I miss anything else)

Derek Law

there is no mi5 pro with bigger sceeen at 5.7 inch?

No metal body version as earlier rumoured

Still a very good price, say goodbye to HTC and also Huawei

Galaxiperia

The stunner is the pricing, and it just bigger a bit than the 4.7 iphone. Im getting rm1800 ready, the black 64gb version good enough for me. Let's call the mi5 aka s7 killer if the galaxy s7 is rm1k more. Apple? Dun even bother if it's cheaper than this.

Ifool2xpensif

The top specs mi5 is almost same price with the outdated iphone5s 16gb(rm1799 directd). If xiaomi make it available fast enough in malaysia, it will steal off a lots the samsung s7 or even A series buyers.

    mr2k9

    I think we all know thats never gonna happen. Samsung gonna launch S7 next month and i think Mi5 gonna get MY launch after 3month time the earliest…

Z6Se

I think mi5 will be available in Malaysia April or May. The price will starting around rm1499, previously i'm holding my money considering galaxy A5 or honor 7. Now I will choose the mi5 64gb if the price around rm1700. Im a xperia fans, but at this price point i can only get the outdated m5 from sony so better buy the xiaomi flagship.