Xiaomi’s global vice president Hugo Barra has said that the company will release its new Mi 5 smartphone in the Indian market within a month.
The announcement was made at the sidelines of the launch of Redmi Note 3 budget phablet, which the company released today.
Xiaomi Mi 5 comes in three variants:
- 1.8GHz quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor, 32GB storage, 3GB RAM, 3D curved glass body
- 2.15GHz quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor, 64GB storage, 3GB RAM, 3D curved glass body
- 2.15GHz quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor, 128GB storage, 4GB RAM, 3D ceramic body
The three Xiaomi Mi 5 variants are priced at 1,999, 2,299 and 2,699 yuan, respectively. This translates to approximately Rs 21,000, Rs 24,000 and Rs 28,000 in India by currency conversion.
Xiaomi Mi 5 has a 5.15-inch screen that is 30% brighter. The smartphone is powered by the Android Lollipop-based MIUI 7 custom software; there was no official word on the Android Marshmallow update for Mi 5 at the event. Xiaomi is using UFS flash memory in the new model, which is 87% faster in read-write operations.
The smartphone’s 16MP rear camera has 4-axis optical image stabilization for blur-free photo & videos as well as sapphire glass lens and two-tone, dual-LED flash; it can capture 4K as well as 120fps slo-mo videos. The front camera has 5MP resolution and pixel size of 2 micron.
For connectivity, Xiaomi Mi 5 supports 4G+ (also called LTE-Advanced) networks for faster downloads (up to Cat12), NFC, and USB Type C. The battery capacity of the smartphone is 3,000mAh and features QuickCharge 3.0 technology that provides 4 hours of battery life on charge of 10 minutes.
On the design side, Xiaomi is offering Mi 5 in two finishes: metal and ceramic. The smartphone is based on the company’s ‘3D’ design language, which has been previously seen in the company’s Mi Note. Mi 5 is the first smartphone in Xiaomi portfolio having the fingerprint sensor in front.
Mi 5 went on sale in Xiaomi’ home market, China, on March 1 and amassed 16 million registrations for the first flash sale. India is likely to be the first foreign market getting the smartphone.