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Edited by anky17cool at 2016-02-25 12:38

Xiaomi announced the Mi 5 at a media briefing at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as well as in Beijing. This will be the Xiaomi flagship phone for 2016 and will start selling on 1 March onwards in China. India launch date along with that other countries wasn’t announced at the launch. The Mi5 will be selling for RMB 1999 (Rs 20000 approx) for 32GB variant, RMB 2299 (Rs 23000 approx) and the Mi5 Pro will be selling for RMB 2699 (Rs 27000) approximately.

The Mi5 Pro comes with a 3D ceramic cover  and 128GB storage with 4GB RAM whereas the Mi5 comes with a 3D glass cover and 3GB RAM with 64GB storage. Everything else is the same in both devices.

Build and Design

The Xiaomi Mi5 borrows a lot of elements from its Mi Note series phones and this was confirmed by Barra as well. Xiaomi has refined the 3D glass curve design, making it way more rounded than that seen on the Mi Note. The metal frame merges seamlessly onto the glass back on the edges. The chamfering has a lot more slope. In a word, the Mi5 looks elegant and with just around 7.25mm thickness and weighing around 129g, it is impressive how it has managed to have the camera flush with the plane of the body and included a 3000mAh battery. There is a 3D ceramic variant as well.


The Xiaomi Mi5 sports a 5.15-inch full HD display which we thought was really reflective. It uses an IPS LCD panel which gives good viewing angles and the text appears sharp. Just as we had seen on the Mi4i, the Mi5 also supports Sunlight Display which dynamically readjust the brightness on pixels, so that you do not have to strain your eyes when out in bright sunlight.

Chipset, RAM, Storage and Connectivity

The Mi5 comes in two variants as we mentioned above. The Mi5 Pro comes with a 3D ceramic cover  and 128GB storage with 4GB RAM whereas the Mi5 comes with a 3D glass cover and 3GB RAM with 32GB and 64GB storage. Xiaomi has employed LPDDR4 RAM and UFS 2.0 standard flash memory storage. Both phones house Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chipset which has a customised quad core Kryo processors clocked at 2.2GHz along with Adreno 530 GPU. This makes the Xiaomi Mi5 really fast to operate. And naturally there were no issues while navigating or trying on different apps on the phone. There is no provision for expandable storage.

OS and Software

The Xiaomi Mi5 series comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow along with the MIUI 7 OS atop it. Xiaomi has developed an Android app called Mi Video Call (downloadable via the Play Store) which lets you do lot of cool stuff while on a Video Call. The phones on display did not have it. Apart from this there are the regular Mi themes, segregation of messages according to personal and service messages, and so on. To read an in-depth feature listing on MIUI 7 read this.


Xiaomi pays attention to its cameras as we had already seen with the Mi4/Mi4i. For the Mi5, Xiaomi has employed the 16MP Sony IMX298 sensor which will be seen for the first time in a smartphone. It supports phase detect AF and comes with a new technology called deep trench isolation (DTI) which provides pixel to pixel isolation, to prevent light leak between them. How that will translate into real world use scenarios? We can only tell after using the camera. As for the front camera, Xiaomi Mi5 sports a 4MP camera with a 2 micrometer pixel size. On the video front, it can shoot 4K videos as well. Xiaomi is using Qualcomm’s Spectra image processor for behind the scenes work after you click your photograph.


Xiaomi has used a 3000mAh battery for the Mi5 series and it is a non removable one. Considering it houses a Snapdragon 820, the phone sports QuickCharge 3.0 technology which Xiaomi claims takes only an hour to charge the Mi5. We will of course have to see that for ourselves. So that whole 10min charge gives 2.6 hours video playback on full brightness , we would take that with a pinch of salt.

Xiaomi has already come up with it's new flagship device... But when would Meizu come up with its New Flagship device? Flagship which compete along all the flagship device's in the market?

Comment below as to what your opinion is regarding the Xiaomi Mi5? And what you expect from Meizu?


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