Xiaomi on Thursday unveiled its flagship smartphone Mi 5 in India and it has happened within a month of its global launch. With that, Xiaomi Mi 5 is now the first smartphone in India powered by Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor. At a price tag of Rs. 24,999, Xiaomi Mi 5 features a sleek look along with a 3D glass body made from Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4. Mi 5 houses 3GB RAM and 32GB flash memory and will be available for sale on Mi.com starting from 11am on April 6 as part of Mi Fan Festival to celebrate Xiaomi’s sixth anniversary.
Hugo Barra, Vice President, Xiaomi, said: “We are so excited to bring to India the most beautiful device we have unveiled so far, and only within a month of its global launch. Mi 5 is the perfect embodiment of high performance and a beautiful, lightweight design. It has been in the making for 19 months, and has several tech breakthroughs built into it, like the 4-axis OIS camera.”
Xiaomi Mi 5 is very light in weight at 129g with a thickness of just 7.25mm. Not going on how light the smartphone is, Mi 5 houses a large high-density 3000mAh battery and a front fingerprint sensor. Another breakthrough on Xiaomi’s end is on the 16MP camera with 4-axis Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), which is more effective at compensating for handshake in a variety of shooting scenarios, and is particularly effective for video. It is also one of the first devices to feature Sony IMX298 sensor, which is also Xiaomi’s first camera featuring Deep Trench Isolation (DTI), a pixel-to-pixel isolation technology for cleaner color separation. Mi 5 also comes with a 2-micron pixel 4MP front camera for great selfies.
“Qualcomm Technologies is very pleased to work with Xiaomi on their latest flagship Mi5 device, featuring the cutting-edge premium tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, designed to deliver amazing performance, connectivity and power savings,” said Sunil Lalvani, Vice President, Qualcomm, and President of Qualcomm India. “Xiaomi and Qualcomm Technologies have a long-standing, strong relationship and have worked closely together for many years to deliver a shared vision of bringing new and truly compelling user experiences to consumers and we are excited to help bring the Mi 5 to consumers in India.”
Mi 5 will support LTE bands in India and would be capable of making high-quality HD voice calls with the supported networks. It also features a very vibrant display of 600-nit brightness, giving an increase to 16 LED lights behind the LCD display. The screen is also 17% more power efficient, which means that it is battery-saving despite being extremely bright.
The device comes with MIUI based on Android M, and also features an infrared port and Mi Remote app for controlling hundreds of appliances of various brands.