Ever since the Xiaomi Mi 5 was launched back at the MWC 2016, Xiaomi has been riding high on its first ever global handset announcement. Xiaomi recently launched the device in India, the 3GB+32GB variant at an amazing price of Rs. 24,999/- and we have been plummeted with queries from our readers regarding the device. Here’s a quick first impressions cum FAQ about the Xiaomi Mi 5:
5.15″ IPS LCD Screen (1080p)
Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
3GB RAM + 32GB Internal Storage
Primary Camera: 16 MP, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, OIS (4-axis), dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Secondary Camera: 4 MP, f/2.0, 1/3″ sensor size, 2µm pixel size, 1080p@30fps
USB Type C
Android v6.0 Marshmallow
One look at the Mi 5 and you’ll WANT it. Why we emphasized want is in case you ever wanted to woo that pretty lady at the bar or the times when you just needed something to go with your business suits, the Mi 5 is exactly what the doctor ordered. The unbelievably thin bezels, a curvy back and a lightweight body with just about the right mix of metal and glass make the Mi 5 one of the best designed smartphones. The chamfered edges along with the metallic frame look the part and make for an excellent grip.
The screen is quite small at 5.1″ given the love for 5.5″ smartphones but the Mi 5 manages to make up for the low estate with its pocket friendly dimensions. The 1080p panel churns out 428ppi and frankly, a quad HD display would have resulted in huge battery consumption. The display offers an excellent contrast ratio and the viewing angles are great: almost AMOLED level great.
Below the screen sits the home button that doubles up as a Fingerprint Scanner. It might look tiny at first but works quite well. Two capacitive navigation buttons flank the home button. The left side sports the dual 4G SIM tray while the right side has the volume rocker and the power button that offer just the right amount of feedback.
The device is powered by a 3000 mAh sealed battery which Xiaomi claims will easily last you a day of power usage. There is also support for Quick charge via the new Type C connector and the company claims that the phone can be fully charged in about an hour. What’s perhaps the most interesting feature of the Mi 5 is the new 4-axis OIS implementation, a first for any smartphone. It reduces motion blur when shooting moving objects and is more effective than the traditional 2-axis OIS.
The Xiaomi Mi 5 may not turn out to be a flagship killer or the fastest smartphone on the planet, but will surely win a lot of hearts. Some things will definitely turn off potential buyers like lack of memory expansion and no weather proofing but the phone is priced pretty sweetly at Rs. 24,999/- Some will argue that the Pro variant with 4GB of RAM should have been launched at this price point but given the exceptional build quality and the amazing camera, we think the Mi 5 is worth its asking price.
Stay tuned for our full review!