Xiaomi Mi 5 released, with 3D design and 16MP camera

Xiaomi Mi 5 released, with 3D design and 16MP camera
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Chinese smartphone sensation Xiaomi on Wednesday unveiled its latest flagship smartphone called the Mi5 at MWC in Barcelona. The phone which has been rumoured and leaked multiple times in the lead up to the launch event has an all new design, which Xiaomi calls a 3D design.
Unlike previous rumours, the phone has a 5.1-inch display with full HD resolution but uniquely it has a very bright screen that can go up to 600 nits. Its design has a combination of metal and glass and it has a home-button which also doubles as a fingerprint scanner. The phone is also quite slim at 7.25mm and weighs 129 grams. On expected lines, the phone is powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, which has been also seen on phones like the Galaxy S7, the LG G5 and even the Sony Xperia X Performance.

However, the phone is offered in three different variants. The top of the line model has 128GB of storage and 4GB RAM. The 64GB and 32GB models comes with 3GB RAM. Xiaomi claims that the phone has 100 per cent faster RAM than on the Mi 4. Mi 5 is the first Xiaomi product to use UFS storage which is eMMC storage. The company claims it is 87 per cent faster than eMMC technology that it previously used.

The phone has a 16-megapixel camera with a PDAF auto-focus with a 4 axis optical image stabiliser which the company claims is better than the one on the iPhone 6S Plus. The company also claims that it has added DTI isolation technology for improved picture quality. It also has a 6 element lens system. The phone also has a 4-megapixel camera on the front which has a 2-micron pixels. This is similar to the selfie camera on the Mi Note and sounds a lot like the HTC camera.

Other features of the phone include a 3,000mAh battery with support for quick charge 3.0 technology, which is faster than quick charge 2.0 found on the recently released Mi 4s. The phone also has dual-SIM support, NFC and VoLTE technology. The phone supports category 12 LTE and supports 3x carrier aggregation.

Xiaomi talks about a new 'loss prevention' feature which will allow users to lock the phone remotely in case it is lost of has been stolen. The phone will be available for 2,699 Yuan (Rs.28,300) for the 128GB model, 2,299 Yuan (Rs.24,000 approx) for the 64GB version and 1,999 Yuan (Rs.21,000 approx) for the 32GB version. As of now, there is no word when it will be available in the China market, leave alone India. 

It will be available in three colours - gold, black and white. Xiaomi is also calling the 128GB model the Mi 5 Pro. The Mi 5 will be the first Snapdragon 820 processor that will be available in the market even before the LeEco Le Max Pro. It will be available in China, March 1 onwards. There are no details about an international launch, including India
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