Xiaomi Mi 5 with premium build, high-end specs announced, starts at $306

Xiaomi at MWC 2016 has officially announced the launch of the successor to Xiaomi Mi 4. Dubbed as Xiaomi Mi 5, the smartphone is a complete package with premium build, high-end specifications and affordability. According to Xiaomi, it took them nearly two years to build the Mi 5. Xiaomi has launched the Mi 5 in three storage options, the one with 128GB ROM is called Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro and features ceramic back.
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The Mi 5 will be available in three different colors options, including Black, White and Gold. The same will be available for purchase in China starting March 1st, with India following shortly after and then other markets. 

Talking of the pricing, Xiaomi has priced the Mi 5 very aggressively, considering what they are offering at that price. The 32GB variant of Mi 5 with Snapdragon 820 SoC clocked at 1.8GHz and 3GB RAM is priced at just CNY 1999 (~ US$306 / Rs. 21,000). On the other hand, the 64GB unit with 2.15GHz Snapdragon 820 processor & same 3 gigs of RAM is priced at CNY 2299 (~ US$351 / Rs. 24,100). Lastly, the Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro with 2.15GHz Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced at CNY 2699 (~ US$413 / Rs. 28,300).
Xiaomi Mi 5
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Xiaomi Mi 5 Specifications

Xiaomi Mi 5 is equipped with a 5.15-inch Full HD display with 16 LED backlight technology which gives 600 nits brightness. The device has screen-to-body ration of ~73.1% and comes with 3D glass body with curved design on the back similar to the Mi Note. On the front, Xiaomi has included a physical home button below the display which doubles as a fingerprint reader.

Under the hood we have 64-bit quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor with Adreno 530 GPU and 3GB / 4GB RAM, depending on the varaint.The Mi 5 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 7 on top. The device measures 144.55 x 69.2 x 7.25mm, and the regular variant weights 129g and the ceramic variant weights 139g.

Talking of the pixels, the Mi 5 comes with a 16MP Sony IMX298 sensor with dual-tone LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, PDAF autofocus, DTI pixel-to-pixel isolation and 4-axis OIS, a first for a smartphone. On the front we have a 4MP sensor with 2um pixel size, f/2.0 aperture and 80-degree wide-angle lens.

In terms of storage, the smartphone comes in 32GB / 64GB / 128GB options with UFS 2.0. Powering the device is a 3000mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, that promises power up to 2.5 hours with just 5-10 minutes of charge.

​On the connectivity front, the Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with an infrared sensor, Cat. 12 LTE with VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band (MIMO), Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.2 A2DP LE, GPS / GLONASS, NFC and USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector.
Xiaomi Mi 5
Xiaomi Mi 5 - Download
Xiaomi Mi 5
Xiaomi Mi 5 - Download
Xiaomi Mi 5
Xiaomi Mi 5 - Download
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