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Xiaomi unveils the new Mi 5 flagship device with Snapdragon 820 and 3D ceramic body

cjmagowan  —  3 years ago ( Feb 27, 2016 )    |    Featured, Mobile, News


After waiting for more than a year for Xiaomi to release their Mi 4 successor, the Chinese firm finally and excitedly unveiled the new Mi 5 flagship smartphone device at MWC 2016. Though we’ve waited for long, it looks like the wait is worth it as Xiaomi proves that the Mi 5 is endowed with the latest features that we could dream of on a smartphone device.

The handset will be available in two variants, one exceeds in some areas over the other but both of them are built with a metal chassis and while the entry-level comes with aglass back plate, the premium Pro variant “as Xiaomi calls it” comes with an elegant high-grade Zirconia ceramic material for durability. Both back plates transitions continuously and seamlessly between materials giving a continuous flow and gives a smooth marble-like finish while the front is all laminated by a scratch resistant Gorilla Glass 4.

Moving on, the handset features a 5.15-inch Full HD 1080p display and features a ultrabright 16-LED backlighting and an ultra-thin near zero-bezel screen. It comes with an improved Sunlight display technology that brings automatic contrast adjustment at per-pixel level which enable users to ready the contents on-screen in brightly lit environments and under the sun without a problem


Under the display is a physical home button that also doubles as a fingerprint reader, though it isn’t Xiaomi’s first phone to have a fingerprint scanner but its the first time that such feature is incorporated into the company’s flagship device and more importantly, the fingerprint sensor is conveniently in front of the device for easy access.

Some says Xiaomi’s design on the Mi 5 is just too generic but despite the criticisms, the Chinese tech company firmly believes that simplicity is what sells most successful devices, take a look at the Apple iPhone, if you’ve use one or currently ready this on your iPhone, you’ll notice that despite how simple the iPhone design, many people still buys them and that’s what Xiaomi inspires them when building their devices. More so, the whole design aesthetics of the Mi series has stayed largely the same over the years. The new Mi 5 isn’t exempted to this at the new handset still comes in a very minimalistic design. from the front all the way to the back, you’ll notice how clean and smooth is the workmanship and the build quality is just stunning.


From design to horsepower, the Mi 5 isn’t just about styling but the real highlights comes from the inside. As a flag bearer device for a company, a device worthy of becoming a flagship is something that exceeds expectation and the Mi 5 is synonymous forsuch title. The handset comes with the latest technologies in the industry and what’s important right now is what’s ticking inside and the Mi 5 just got what it needed with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820.

With two variants of the handsets, the entry-level model comes with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB of storage with its processor ticking at 1.8 GHz. There would also be a64 GB model with its processor running at 2.15 GHz. The Pro version comes with a hefty 128 GB UFS storage memory and up the RAM to 4 GB.


Connectivity-wise, the new Mi 5 includes a dual-SIM slots and supports 4G/LTE connection and a faster Cat.12 4G/LTE-A wireless connectivity support, though this sounds promises, numerous reports that the Mi 5 may not be supporting all the available LTE bands in the US, we’re up to see if Xiaomi would be release a version of the handset specific for the US market. Apart from these features, the handset also supports legacy wireless connectivity including 3G/HSPA+ and 2G/GSM as well as standard connectivity options including Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS support, InfraRed, USB Type-C 1.0 reversible port and better NFC support with smarter card virtualization and write mode.

The Xiaomi Mi 5 is build with reference to Xiaomi’s Mi Note and like the Mi Note, the new Mi 5 will also be featuring a fingerprint sensor. The biometric sensor serves are a security feature for the handset that allows the user to unlock the phone or for a secure and safe online transaction which no longer requires users to key in their passwords as their fingerprint already serve such to do such function. The fingerprint reader is embedded into the home key button that sits below the display you users can easily access the feature and use them.


Another highlight on the new Mi 5 is its enhanced photography features. The flagship device is equipped with a very impressive 16 Megapixel main camera at the back with phase detection autofocus, Dual-tone LED flash and features a 4-axis Optical Image Stabilization and can record and playback 4K videos. The front is equipped with 4 Ultrapixel Selfie camera with features that adds touch to image manipulation and customization options. Talking a self-portrait is more enhanced with Xiaomi’s beautify feature and can even make a video call with a group of friends or colleagues in a video conference of up to 4 participants. The latter is a convenient way to make conference calls with friends and family and even in the work place without relying on a full-blown PC.

The handset runs on the latest MIUI 7.0 that is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, keeping the clock ticking is the large and embedded 3000 mAh Li-Po battery and supports QuickCharge 3.0 that could charge the handsets battery for only 5 minutes for a 2.5 hours on normal use. It could also quickly charge the battery up from 80 to 90 percent for just one hour. All is packed on a device with144.6 x 69.2 x 7.3 mm dimension and weighs around 129 grams for the base model, for the Pro variant expect it to weigh around 139 grams which is still light despite the ceramic plate on the back.


The handset will be coming into different markets soon and will be available in White, Gold and Black.