Mi 5 specifications & Review.
Even though Xiaomi has yet to open shop officially in the U.S., there are a large number of potential customers in the states that would love the opportunity to pick up the company’s latest flagship phone, the Xiaomi Mi 5. 19 months in development, the Mi 5 features a 5.15-inch screen with a 1080 x 1920 resolution. The Snapdragon 820 chipset is under the hood with a quad-core 2.15GHz CPU and the Adreno 530 GPU.
4GB of RAM is inside along with 128GB of native storage. The Sony IMX298 sensor is found on the 16MP rear facing camera, which uses PDAF to focus quickly. The 4MP front-facing camera handles selfies and video chats. A 3000mAh battery keeps the lights on, and thanks to Quick Charge 3.0, it powers up in no time. The Mi 5 also comes with a front-facing fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button. The phone is offered only in black, supports NFC and VoLTE, and sports a ceramic body. And to top it all off, the Xiaomi Mi 5 happened to score 179,566 on AnTuTu.
Xiaomi has added a Reading Mode that is similar to Apple’s Night Shift, and removes blue light from the screen to reduce eye fatigue. The UI’s Night Display makes the screen more comfortable for users to use in the evening.
There is a contingent of U.S. smartphone buyers that would love to see the Xiaomi Mi 5 offered in the states. However, it’s not going to happen this year. Last June, Xiaomi VP and former Googler Hugo Barra explained why Xiaomi has not yet planted its flag in the U.S. Barra said that most U.S. consumers buy their phones from U.S. carriers, and Xiaomi sells its wares at full price, unlocked only.
The executive also said that it would take a while to set up a proper customer service department in the states. Lastly, he noted that U.S. smartphone buyers would be less likely to purchase a phone based on a low price (possibly they are too specs-conscious). While that might be true, the Mi 5 is so loaded that a low price wouldn’t be the only thing that the phone would have going for it in the U.S.