Xiaomi MI 5

Xiaomi has finally released its long-awaited flagship, the Xiaomi Mi 5. Could this be the best phone of 2016?

  • BATTERY SIZE:        3000 mAh
  • SCREEN SIZE:          5.15 inch
  • SCREEN:                    1920 x 1080 pixels (427 ppi)
  • FRONT CAMERA:    4 megapixels
  • REAR CAMERA:        16 megapixels
  • FLASHLIGHT:               LED
  • ANDROID VERSION:    6.0 – Marshmallow
  • RAM :    3GB ,4GB
  • CHIPSET:                     Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

The Xiaomi Mi 5, which was first announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, has been two years in the making.

We had been hearing about its rumored launch since last year. Xiaomi’s announcement at MWC 2016 – its first outside of Asia and in front of the global media – is a huge step forward for what was till now considered to be just a Chinese brand. Of course, Xiaomi has been selling its phones in India since 2013. But with the Xiaomi Mi 5, it certainly has ambitions that go beyond China, India and other southeast Asian markets

The Xiaomi Mi 5 borrows a lot of elements from its Mi Note series of phones. The Mi 5 looks elegant and with just around 7.25mm thickness and weighing around 129g, it’s impressive that Xiaomi has managed to have the camera flush with the plane of the body and included a 3000mAh battery at the same time.

The base model, with 32 GB of flash and 3 GB of RAM. The Pro, the premium version, comes with 128 GB of flash memory, 4 GB of RAM

The display is a 5.15-inch full HD LCD unit. Thanks to a LED backlight redesign over its predecessor, the maximum brightness can be increased to 600 cd/m². It also comes with pixel-level adaptive contrast, meaning you have serious control over display brightness.

Its resolution is sufficient for everyday tasks and its brightness is more than sufficient. The colors are rich and deep and make pictures and videos look realistic.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 powers the Xiaomi Mi 5. This is considered the fastest smartphone processor of 2016 and is also used in other flagship devices,

The presence of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC along with 3GB of RAM ensures that the Mi 5 is more than capable of running anything you throw at it. Opening and switching between apps, playing high end games, opening over 20 tabs in Chrome and so on are things that the Mi 5 can handle with ease.

The Mi 5 uses many of the new features of this chip. Thus, the signal processor is actively used in the camera, where it ensures enhanced picture quality.

The Xiaomi Mi 5 battery lasts one day. It can be remarkably fast to charge. In about an hour it’s charged enough for a whole day’s use. For charging, it uses the Type-C connector.


The Mi 5, apart from being the first Snapdragon 820 powered phone, is also the most economical at that price point. With the 820, Qualcomm has certainly improved upon the heating issues that were plaguing the Snapdragon 810 chipset. Also, the return of its custom cores is a welcome change – giving superior scores in benchmark tests. If you want a fast phone, which also looks elegant and has a good camera then this is a good deal

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