This MWC was a big leap for the Chinese company Xiaomi, which has come up in a very short span of time as one of the largest smartphone manufacturing companies in the world, currently ranked among the top five. It was the first ever global stage launch for the company in Barcelona, Spain. They made the launch as big as the event was for the company by announcing the powerful additions to the Mi family, Mi5 and Mi5 Pro, which were eagerly anticipated.
The devices have a sturdy look with an edge to edge design so good that it can be compared with the most talked-about phones at this year’s MWC, the LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7. The phones have a stylish curved design which seems to be taken from the Xiaomi Mi Note, which has gained a lot of popularity among fans.
The Mi5 comes with a 5.51 inch full HD IPS display with ultra-bright 16-LED backlighting. There is almost no bezel that adds to the attractive look of the phone. Xiaomi promises a contrast adjustment on a per-pixel level as the Sunlight Display technology is highly enhanced in the Mi5. The company also added a fingerprint sensor on the home-button which makes it the first phone by Xiaomi to include the sensor. The battery is 3000 mAh which is fairly big when compared to the other devices landing in the class. Mi5 will have the glass chassis while the Mi5 Pro, which is the high-end version, will rock a ceramic back.
The phones are stylish from the outside, but the real game-changer hides inside the body. Mi5 is powered by top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor coupled with 3 or 4 gigs of LPDDR4 RAM. There are two options for internal storage, 32 GB entry level and the 64 GB. The phone supports quick charge and has an 80 percent increase in the speed of the storage memory (thanks to the UFS 2.0 storage module). The phone supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0. The Pro version simply adds one extra gigabyte of memory to the device.
The network connectivity also encountered some significant changes. The phone has a smarter NFC with card virtualization and write mode. The 4G advanced technology is claimed to show speeds of up to 600 Mbps.
The main camera has a 16 MP Sony IMX298 sensor with 4-axis Optical Image Stabilization. The camera can take 4K videos, thanks to the Snapdragon 820. The front camera is a 4 MP UltraPixel camera which is the same as the Mi Note. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow coupled with company’s famous MIUI 7 OS.
As Xiaomi steps up with its beautiful phones like Mi5 and Mi5 Pro, this kind of global stage launch may become mainstream for the company. Keep it up, Xiaomi!