Hands On Xiaomi Mi 5 India during Xiaomi Fan Meet Bangalore

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Hands on Xiaomi Mi 5 techturismo

Xiaomi VP Hugo Bara took the stage at MWC 2016 to welcome another much-hyped flagship the Xiaomi Mi 5. The device is already getting millions of registrations in China already, setting up new records for the company. Xiaomi mi 5 is rumored to be launched in April for Indian customers.

Xiaomi Mi 5 comes in three variants, underclocked CPU with 32 GB memory and 3GB Ram, 64 GB memory and 3GB Ram, Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro with 128 GB memory, 4GB Ram and ceramic glass on the back.

Xiaomi Mi 5 Gallery

Xiaomi Mi 5 32GB specs:

  • Form factor: Metal and glass body
  • Screen: 5.15″ IPS 1080p display (428ppi)
  • Camera: 16MP Sony IMX298 sensor, f/2.0, phase-detection AF, 4-axis optical image stabilization, pixel-to-pixel isolation; 4MP front camera with 2ยตm pixel size
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 820: Kryo CPU @ 1.8 GHz, Adreno 530 @ 510MHz, 3GB RAM @ 1333MHz
  • Storage: 32GB UFS 2.0
  • Connectivity: Optional dual-SIM; LTE Cat.12; NF; Infrared blaster; USB Type-C connector
  • Battery: 3,000 mAh; Quick Charge 3.0
  • Software: Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 7.0

Xiaomi Mi 5 64GB specs:

  • Chipset: Snapdragon 820: Kryo CPU @ 2.15 GHz, Adreno 530 @ 624MHz, 3GB RAM @ 1866MHz
  • Storage: 64GB UFS 2.0

Xiaomi Mi 5 128GB specs:

  • Form factor: Metal and glass body, ceramic back
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 820: Kryo CPU @ 2.15 GHz, Adreno 530 @ 624MHz, 4GB RAM @ 1866MHz
  • Storage: 128GB UFS 2.0

Xiaomi Mi 5 Design:
The phone feels feather light in hand despite having metal chassis and 3000mAh battery. Xiaomi were the one’s to introduce curved back design with their Xiaomi Mi Note and Xiaomi Mi Note Pro. This time for Mi 5 they have smoothen the edges, curved the chasis and made the design more ergonomic. It almost looks alot alike Samsung S6/S7 series and many people would debate that Xiaomi copied design from Samsung. This is because Xiaomi Mi Note was launched only in China which was the first ever device to have curved back.

On the front there is a notification light, earpiece and 4mp ultra pixel camera borrowed from Xiaomi Mi Note. While at bottom of the screen the phone comes with a physical fingerprint sensor on front just like the one’s on Samsung devices. The left side has dual SIM housing tray while the right side is taken up by Volume rockers and a Power button. There is an infrared sensor on top for remote control, 3.5mm audio jack along with secondary microphone while at the bottom there is USB Type C port which lies in between two grills. The mic is located at the left whereas the speaker is located at the right and the rear houses a new 16mp camera along with dual tone flash.

Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro features a ceramic back whereas ither

Display:
The Xiaomi Mi 5 features a new 5.15″ bright IPS display of 1080p resolution with a pixel density of 428ppi. The Mi 5 also has this Sunlight Display technology, which adjusts the contrast at pixel level. This ensures that Mi 5 should preform great as it doesn’t have to push extra pixels for higher resolution. The display is very bright and the viewing angles are also great. The new display utilizes 16 LEDs on backlighting, allegedly four more than most of the present-day flagships. Xiaomi claims it will provide brightness up to 600 nits.

Camera:
The camera setup in the Xiaomi Mi 5 uses a 16MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and 4-axis optical image stabilization – which is a brand new technology. The sensor itself is the Sony IMX298, which comes with phase detection auto focus and deep trench isolation technology. This is the same sensor used in Huawei Mate 8. The rear camera is protected by a piece of sapphire glass without a lens bump. On the front, there is a 4MP UltraPixel camera – lifted from the Xiaomi Note. Unfortunately we were not allowed to transfer the images but while testing the photos came up really good even in indoor lights.

Performance
Xiaomi Mi 5 is the first device to run on Marshmallow 6.0 on top of MIUI 7.ย  Mi 5 runs on the Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 820 chip. The SoC features Qualcomm’s custom built quad-core Kryo CPU which promises up to 2x higher performance than the Snapdragon 810. Adreno 530 is the chip taking care of GPU. The internal memory used is UFS 2.0 which ensures faster Read/Write speeds within the device.

GeekBench 3 Benchmark Xiaomi Mi 5 techturismo Benchmark Xiaomi Mi 5 techturismo

Conclusion:
Xiaomi Mi 5 brings a more premium design compared to its predessecor Xiaomi Mi 4. The phone packs a Powerful processor, 4Gb ram, 128GB memory, Bright sunlight display, IR blaster, 4 axis image stabilization making its specs on par with top dogs like Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5 and more.

There will always be a trade off for a thing or two from making it a perfect smartphone. In this case, the battery size could have been better. The way they introduced 4050mAh battery in Redmi Note 3 and yet were able to keep down the weight was amazing. Even Samsung came up with bigger batteries for their latest flagship. I wish if the battery size was atleast 3600mAh battery, it won’t matter if few grams would increase; considering its already light weight. That would have been better than carrying your phone along with PowerBank.

So overall, based on the price point, Xiaomi Mi 5 is a device you can look out for if you are looking for premium design with high end specs on a budget.

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