Considered the Chinese Apple, but powered by Android and led by former VP of Android at Google Inc, Hugo Barra, Xiaomi introduced earlier this morning the 2016 flagship smartphone dubbed Mi 5 in a first-ever global launch event held at Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona.
Xiaomi Mi 5 packs quite the hardware and it comes with a beautifully curved design starting on the edges and going all the way to the back, like we’ve seen on the Mi Note or Samsung’s Gnote5. Aesthetics that’s slowly becoming Xiaomi’s high-end handset series signature.
Mi 5 features 5.1″ Full HD display, integrates a fingerprint sensor at the front and it is powered by Qualcomm’s top chipset – Snapdragon 820, as for the RAM and ROM you’ll have two options; either choose the Mi5 with 3GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of ROM (Internal storage) or get the Mi 5 Pro which ships soon with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of ROM.
Xiamoi’s new flagship is also equipped with an 16MP Sony IMX298 camera sensor and OIS, coupled by a 4MP front-facing selfie camera. MI 5 has a built-in 3.000 mAh battery powered by Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology, runs its own skinned MIUI ROM based on Android Marshmallow and there’s also a USB Type-C port.
Xiaomi Mi 5 will go on sale in Black, White and Rose Gold colors, in Asia for now, for a price tag of £220, £300 the Mi 5 Pro variant with 4GB of RAM. No word on its availability in Europe, but we will get back with details once Xiaomi announces it.