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7 things you need to know about the Xiaomi Mi 5

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Xiaomi made a big impression with their newly launched flagship smartphone the Xiaomi Mi 5. It comes with a whole host of new features that are easy to drown in if you’re not a big techie. To help you out, we thought we’d pick out some of the device’s most significant features.

Here are the seven things you need to know about the Xiaomi Mi 5.

1. Best specs of any Xiaomi device

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Since its a flagship, it isn’t surprising that Xiaomi has loaded the new Mi 5 with as much of the cutting edge tech that they could and their efforts have yielded what looks like the most powerful Xiaomi device ever.

This 5.15-inch full HD device packs the new Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor with up to 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 128 GB of UFS 2.0 flash storage. Xiaomi claims that the Mi 5 posted a blistering AnTuTu benchmark of 142,084 which completely trumps anything produced by last year’s flagships. It looks like a seriously fast phone, however, it is worth noting that the base model Mi 5’s processor is clocked at a lower 1.8GHz as opposed to the other two’s 2.15GHz.

2. Advanced OIS camera

With their premium flagship, Xiaomi have also introduced an advanced 4-axis optical image stabiliser (OIS) to help the Mi 5’s 16MP f/2.0 primary camera eliminate handshake blur. In their demo video above, they compared it to the unstabilised iPhone 6S and the OIS-enabled iPhone 6S Plus, revealing stunning results. This may well be the best smartphone camera Xiaomi have ever produced.

3. Impressive build

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Despite the Mi Note, Redmi Note 3 and Redmi 3‘s excellent build quality, when people think of Xiaomi, they still associate its phones with the kind of cheap plasticky finish that leaves a bad taste in your mouth.  Well, Xiaomi is hoping to completely shed that belief with the Mi 5 because it sports a truly impressive build quality.

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Reminiscent of the Mi Note’s construction, the Mi 5 sports two panels of glass on the front and back, held together by a metallic frame. The back panel is curved to help fit in your hand better, and the highest Mi 5 Pro variant sports what Xiaomi calls a 3D ceramic back plate that comes with an etched holographic pattern. This ceramic back plate is water resistant and durable up to 8H on the Mohs hardness scale.

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