Xiaomi has released their new flagship smartphone, Mi 5 at MWC 2016. It seems to be a quite interesting product.
For the first time, Xiaomi has made an announcement in front of an international crowd and for good reason. The Mi 5 packs flagship specs in much more affordable price.
There are three models to choose from. The about $415 PRO model has a Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage and ceramic back. The middle one costs around $350 and packs the same Snapdragon 820 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and glass back. The cheapest, about $305 model has an underclocked Snapdragon 820 SoC at 1.8GHz instead of 2.15GHz. It also has 3GB of RAM and glass back but settles at 32GB of onboard storage.
Other specs include a 5.15″ Full HD display, fingerprint scanner and 3000mAh battery with quick charge 3.0 via USB type-C. The cameras are 16 and 4MP the rear sensor being a Sony IMX298 with OIS. The internal storage uses the same UFS 2.0 technology that Samsung uses in their flagships.
The Mi 5 appears to be quite a challenger for the more expensive flagships. However the availability in most markets might be bad and Xiaomi’s user interface frightens out some of the potential customers. The Mi 5 goes on sale on March 1 in China, no information about other markets yet.