The all new Mi 5 continues with the Xiaomi legacy of launching smartphones with top-end specs but at rock bottom prices. Or how well can one describe a device with specs matching the likes of the Galaxy S7 or the LG G5 while costing less than half the price.
To elaborate on this further, the Xiaomi Mi 5 is built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 – the chipset tech majors have made a beeline for their flagship stuff. Other tech bits that the Mi 5 comes with include 3 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 64 GB of storage for the base model or 4 GB of RAM coupled to 128 GB of storage for the Pro version.
Up front, it’s a 5.15-inch 1080p display that stretches almost to the edges. There is a 16-megapixel rear camera that’s flush with the rear and boasts of 4-axes stabilization. A 4-megapixel cam at the front caters to the selfie addicts.
Mention must also be made of the overall design that matches its high-end innards to the hilt. The handset also tapers around the edges which make it a pleasure to hold. A thin strip of metal along the edges adds to the style element of the handset.
The Mi 5 runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with a layer of Xiaomi’s own MIUI 7 running on top.
However, the Mi 5 is expected to remain relevant to its usual strongholds while giving the western world a miss, no matter how much they wish otherwise. Initially, the Mi 5 will go on sale in China for ¥2600 for the Pro version and ¥1999 for the basic model, both of which comes to around $350 and $260 respectively.
There have also been rumors of Xiaomi launching a version of the Mi 5 running Windows 10 Mobile though nothing of that sort has come to the fore as yet. Whether Xiaomi will come up with a version running the Windows OS pre-installed or will work with Microsoft to launch a custom Windows 10 Mobile ROM as was done with the Mi 4 is not known either.
Something similar is also being speculated for the OnePlus 2 and 3. While there is no confirmation on this so far though some claim to have it from reliable sources that Microsoft is indeed working on Windows 10 Mobile ROM for running on several popular Android devices including the above-mentioned models.
Meanwhile, there also are reports of OnePlus readying their new flagship, the OnePlus 3 by June this year. The Chinese manufacturer declined to reveal any other details but said the device will come with a captivating design reminiscent of the first-gen model.