[/blockquote] Today, Xiaomi has made its debut a the global audience on the Mobile World Congress and unveiled its latest flagship device, the Xiaomi Mi 5. The Mi 5 is a classic Android flagship in the sense that it has a mind-blowing spec sheet. Xiaomi pairs Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 820 chipset with 4GB of UFS memory, the latest 16-megapixel camera sensor from Sony (IMX298), and as much as 128GB of storage. It’s engineered to wow with its sheer speed and power, but it’s also extremely light and almost delicate in its design.
It has a 5.15-inch 1080p IPS LCD display with almost no bezels on either side and an efficient use of the space above and below. This becomes Xiaomi’s first handset with a home button on the front, which as you might expect, also integrates a fingerprint reader. Framing that are a pair of capacitive keys: a Menu button on the left and a Back key on the right.
Just to compete with the newly announced Samsung Galaxy s7 and LG G5. Xiaomi’s Mi 5 has a very polished and refined design. It has a curved back — glass on the regular model or ceramic on the Pro — and its size is ideal for one-handed use. This phone weighs only 129 grams and also fits in a 3,000mAh battery, the same as you’ll find on Samsung’s new Galaxy S7. Supporting Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0, the Mi 5’s battery is said to have the highest energy-density available today.
Sapphire glass protects the 16-megapixel camera, which works with lightning quickness.It comes with phase-detect autofocus, four-axis stabilization (adding transversal — up / down and left / right — as well as rotational correction). It even has Deep Trench Isolation, just like the latest iPhone cameras. Unlike Apple or Samsung’s flagships, however, Xiaomi’s new camera sits perfectly flush with the rear of the phone — no camera bumps to be found here.
It should be noted that this time round, Xiaomi has not gone into copying the iPhone design as the company is making its pitch to a truly global audience with a smartphone that is uniquely its own. The Mi 5 is a handsome phone, with a good-looking display and will cost $260 (before taxes) for the regular Mi 5 and $350 for the Mi 5 Pro with extra RAM, storage, and a ceramic back. With such pricing, a good design, and a maxed-out spec sheet, the only thing the Mi 5 needs to do now is make its way worldwide.
Image Credit: BGR