The Xiaomi Mi 5 is the Chinese company’s latest flagship smartphone with a planned release date of March in the Chinese market, followed by India .
It should cost around £300.
The Mi 5 sports a premium design with a metal core and a 3D glass or ceramic rear for a beautifully slick finish. It measures 144.55 x 69.2 x 7.25mm and weighs just 129g, with these design specifications,it should be one of the lightest smartphones out there.
It has a 5.15-inch display with a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution offering 427ppi. Xiaomi did well in staying with a 1080p display as it will help with DDIC and display controller power to achieve better battery life.They also went one step further to improve power efficiency of the screen and disclosed that they’re using more backlight LEDs which supposedly allows for greater display brightness and overall backlight efficiency.The display’s viewing angles are also said to be among one of the best achieved on an LCD panel.
It is powered by two different variants of the Snapdragon 820 processor depending on price options.The lowest priced option with 32GB of storage comes with an MSM8996lite which is the relatively lower powered version of the Snapdragon 820 and whose cores reach up to 1.36GHz on the efficiency cluster and 1.8GHz on the performance cluster. The 64GB and 128GB options come with the stronger Snapdragon 820 clocking 1.59GHz and 2.15GHz respectively.
Power efficiency with the Snapdragon 820 has really been an issue and i’m sorry to say there’s likely to be some voltage converter inefficiency at play and more thorough measurements in the future may result in lower figures.
The right side of the device will have a power button with a volume rocker above it. The Sim-Tray will be on the upper part. At the top we see a IR blaster, microphone hole and the 3.5mm headphone jack. The bottom shows a USB-C connector which is flanked by 4 speaker holes on each side.Surprisingly, the smartphone has a physical home button. Primary reason for this is the new inclusion of a fingerprint sensor with a wakeup feature which if you wake the device via the home button will immediately unlock the device without showing the lock-screen.
In terms of camera, the Mi5 sports Sony’s new IMX298 16MP sensor which sports phase-detection autofocus for fast focusing and deep-trench isolation for better colour reproduction and reduced noise.
A first in the smartphone industry is the introduction of a 4-axis optical image stabilization. Effectively, the module is now able to move around sideways on a plane on top of correcting its pitch and yaw. The end result is quite impressive and represents one of the best OIS systems in current smartphones.
A truly exquisite phone in my books.
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