Xiaomi, a Chinese smartphone maker, has unveiled its latest Mi 5 handset at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with beastly hardware specs to compete with the likes of iPhone 6s and the Samsung Galaxy S7, but at a half price of its competition.
Xiaomi, for its Mi 5, has opted for an industrial design that seems like a cross between the current latest Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 6s. Inside the casing, the device is as much powerful as any latest flagships available in the market from any big name.
Hardware & Software
A quick list of hardware specs include Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chipset, a 5.5-inch edge-to-edge IPS LCD display with 1080p resolution, 4GB of RAM module, a 16 megapixels camera sensor from Sony with Sapphire lens protection on the back, a fingerprint sensor incorporated in the home button, 128GB of built-in storage with an option of external microSD card, and more. The device also supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 fast-charging technology and is very light in weight at just 129 grams. All of these hardware components are powered with a whopping 3,000mAh battery. The smartphone runs on Google’s Android operating system.
The 32GB Xiaomi Mi5 variant with 3GB of RAM is priced at 1,999 renminbi, roughly $305. There is also a Pro Edition: Mi 5 Pro, which comes with more RAM and storage, and it is priced around $350.
The regular edition of Xiaomi Mi 5 will be available in Black, White, and Gold color options. The models with 3GB of RAM module will hit the Chinese market on March 1. The Pro Edition of Mi 5 with more RAM, storage, and a black ceramic back will also be available. The devices will be made available in India and other international markets as well, soon after the launch in the China.
While the specs on paper do not always translate into a better performance and user experience, but with the specs that compete almost any flagship and that at a price almost half of those flagships is truly one heck of a steal.
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