Xiaomi's 'most lovely' flagship rocks a Snapdragon 820
As promised, Xiaomi has unwrapped its new flagship telephone for us right here at Cellular World Congress. The Mi 5 is the lengthy-awaited successor to the Mi four from 2014, which took a again seat for the Mi Observe and Mi Word Professional final yr. The brand new handset runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, a beefy processor that solely broached the market in January. The highest configuration sports activities a 5.15-inch 1080p show, together with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. Show apart, it is a beast of a telephone, no less than on paper.
On the again of the gadget you will discover a sixteen-megapixel rear-dealing with digital camera, which makes use of Sony’s IMX298 sensor and optical picture stabilisation, mixed with a four-megapixel selfie-snapper on the entrance. Oh, and Xiaomi made some extent that its rear-dealing with digital camera is flush, in contrast to the iPhone 6s and 6S Plus. Photographs fired! There’s additionally a fingerprint scanner simply beneath the show and a USB Sort-C port (take that, Samsung Galaxy S7). To maintain the whole lot ticking over, Xiaomi’s packed the telephone with a 3000mAh battery that helps Qualcomm’s Fast Cost three.zero quick-charging.
The specs are strong, however they’re just one a part of the story right here. Xiaomi needs to emphasise the telephone’s design too, which has seen some appreciable refinements over the previous Mi four. The standout function is the glass again panel — a cloth it launched with the Mi Notice — which now curves on the left and proper in the direction of the metallic rail. The show and entrance panel are nonetheless flat, nevertheless, just like Samsung’s Word 5.
As typical, the Mi 5 runs on Xiaomi’s skinned MIUI model of Android. It is a fairly daring tackle Google’s cellular working system, prioritising flat iconography and heat, muted colors. The corporate’s newest take, MIUI 7, is constructed on prime of Android 6.zero Marshmallow, so you need to nonetheless get the platform’s beneath-the-hood advantages, like Doze battery saving.
Xiaomi’s determination to carry an occasion in Barcelona has definitely piqued our curiosity. In the intervening time, not one of the firm’s telephones can be found within the US or Europe — at the very least indirectly — however there have been hints of an enlargement. A few of Xiaomi’s equipment, together with headphones and battery packs, can now be bought on-line within the West, for example. Xiaomi’s technique thus far has been to focus on customers in China, its house turf, and creating markets akin to India — however perhaps, simply perhaps, that’ll change within the coming years.