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Xiaomi Mi 5 is official: Xiaomi's most powerful phone ever boasts SD820, 4GB of RAM, and exquisite design

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Xiaomi Mi 5 is  official: Xiaomi's most powerful phone ever boasts SD820, 4GB of RAM, and exquisite design

Almost two years in the making, Xiaomi finally unwrapped the Mi 5 on stage at MWC 2016 in Barcelona. The highly-anticipated device that officially succeeds the Mi 4. While we were waiting for the Mi 5 to become, well, real, we witnessed the arrival of the Xiaomi Mi 4i and the so-so Mi 4c, though a full-fledged flagship remained a mirage, of sorts. Interestingly, the rumor mill never ceased to come up with possible release dates for the device, but we can finally say that the official announcement day is today, February 24, 2016.

So, what did Xiaomi cook for us? An impressive device, that is. Actually, we are not dealing with one, but three different versions of the Mi 5 - Standard, High, and Exclusive. Design-wise, they are all similar, with curved rear edges that will most likely make it a comfortable handset to hold. There are some differences in the build materials, though — the first two are elegant sandwiches of metal and Gorilla Glass 4.0, while the Exclusive version employs ceramics and glass. What's rather notable is that it tips the scales at merely 129gr, which is truly impressive. 

Here's what makes the Mi 5 click and tick: 

Xiaomi
Mi 5
PlatformAndroid 6 Marshmallow
Dimensions144,5 x 69.2 x 7.25mm, 129g weight
Display5.15" Full HD (1080 x 1920)
SoCSnapdragon 820
1.8GHz / 3GB RAM (Standard edition)
2.15GHz / 3GB RAM (High edition)
2.15GHz / 4GB RAM (Ceramic exclusive)
Cameras16MP rear cam, 4-axis OIS, 4K video, Sony IMX 298 sensor
4MP front cam with 2.0-micron camera
Storage32 GB (standard) / 64 GB (high)
128 GB (ceramic exclusive)
Battery3000 mAh
Extra featuresUSB Type-C

As you can see, all of the versions above come with 5.15-inch 1080p displays and are equipped with a quad-core Snapdragon 820 chipset, clocked differently depending on the version. Reportedly, the Exclusive version of the Mi 5 hits around 140,000 points on AnTuTu, which is rather interesting. What's also notable is that Xiaomi has decided to ditch the eMMC storage standard and jump on the UFS 2.0 one, a commendable change and logical evolution on Xiaomi's end. Additionally, it's worth saying that the device has a fingerprint scanner, which is embedded in the hardware button up front.

As far as pricing is concerned, here's what the Xiaomi Mi 5 will cost you (if you find a way to get one). The Standard version costs 1999 yuan (~$306), the High one will set you back 2,299 yuan (~$352), while the top-end Exclusive one will set you back 2699 yuan (~$413). Of course, these are the prices for mainland China, so you will most probably have to shell out a little bit more if you want to get one. The device will arrive to India and other markets later on, though the US one still looks like a bar too high.



source: Xiaomi

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posted on 24 Feb 2016, 02:14 27

1. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1498; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


1080p+ SD820= Winner

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 02:34 14

7. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


It's been 2 years since QHD came. Processors are more than good enough to handle QHD screens. And games don't run at QHD anyway. I don't see what the issue is with QHD screens, considering they look ultra-sharp.

Initial phones like the G3 had issues with handling QHD on screen, but even 805 handles QHD like a champ. 820 has almost 3-4x powerful GPU than 805. 820 on QHD is as powerful as 805 on 720p.

The only reason to go 1080p is to save on cost, or a tiny bit of battery. Then again, you don't buy a GTX 980 Ti with a 1080p monitor.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 02:50 7

15. Back_from_beyond (Posts: 55; Member since: 04 Sep 2015)


I'd prefer a continuous steady 60fps on a 1080p screen to an average score of 30fps on a QHD screen that frequently dips below 20fps. To the naked eye when using it normally you can't really notice the difference anyway so what's the point. It's quite a burden on batterylife as well, more than you make it out to be. The G3 you refer to had terrible batterylife the G4 had at best an hour and a half more. So yeah, 1080p is the better choice on many levels.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 03:03 9

19. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


QHD screens have 60 fps lol. Even last year's processors handle QHD extremely smoothly and even nexus 6 runs pretty smooth.

G3 and G4 had terrible battery life due to LG's UI. remember s5 premium? It had the exact same hardware as s5 but a QHD screen and it had the sane battery. The top performing phone on battery charts is s6 active which is a QHD phone. Battery life is a different issue not related to screen.

Not everyone has cloudy vision. I can clearly see the difference between a 1080p and QHD. I won't pay over 300$ for a phone with 1080p screen. It looks bad and now we're at a stage where it makes absolutely no difference in performance or battery.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 03:09

23. mahima (Posts: 146; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)


sd820 for $300, millions will pay happily for this...so bye bye...anyway,can you even buy?(even if you want to)

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 03:11 4

29. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Lol. No you can't buy a SD 820 for 300$. I just wanted to say that you can get QHD phones for as low as 300$. And screen is my top priority in a phone Hands down. Downgrading to a 1080p LCD is not an option to me.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 04:04

58. Back_from_beyond (Posts: 55; Member since: 04 Sep 2015)


Batterylife is an issue not related to the screen? You're joking right? Example: Xperia Z1 and LG G2 both running SD800, 1080p screen and 3000mAh battery, yet the LG G2 has about 25% better battery life, and why; IPS LCD(G2) vs TFT LCD (Z1). Screen makes a big difference and AMOLED is even more energy efficient than IPS LCD. Also the S6 Active has a 3500mAh battery with AMOLED screen and Exynos 7420 which is pretty energy savvy too. Unless you hold a phone with QHD or 1080p on your nose, at a normal 30cm distance from your eyes you wont notice the difference. As for my earlier post it was about gaming, not regular use, and benchmarks show that at native resolutions QHD vs 1080p, QHD can barely maintain 30fps, last year's SoC's not even 20fps. Good thing most games run at 720p or 1080p.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 04:19 3

62. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


So gaming is unaffected by resolution. What's the issue then. Yes, screens affect battery, but we can make QHD screens just as efficient as 1080p now. And resolution affecting battery is only true for LCD. On OLED the difference is really small.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 05:47

79. Shocky (unregistered)


No, quite a lot of games run at the native resolution. Some do and some don't, so yes resolution still affects gaming performance.

Outside of that it doesn't affect battery life that much, it does increase memory usage for higher resolution assets however.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 05:51 3

80. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


I can tone them down, at least on Samsung

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 14:31

111. marorun (Posts: 3384; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Using same tech a 1080p screen is easily 25% lighter on the battery.

Higher resolution egual to higher load on GPU and CPU.
Same Soc running a 1080p screen with identical screen tech will use less power than same device running a QHD screen.

This is physic and reality nothing more.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 09:43

95. true1984 (Posts: 822; Member since: 23 May 2012)


The S5 premium has an SD805 the G3 had the SD801

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 04:54

71. Macready (Posts: 859; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


A QHD phone offers you choice of output resolution., including 1080p of desired. A 1080p phone van never do 1440p (for example for VR purposes or clearer text).
The fill factor is similar, so battery life is only affected if yo CHOOSE to always run at 1440p and still only because of higher GPU strains.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 05:53

81. Shocky (unregistered)


qHD doesn't give users a choice, they are fixed to whatever options developers give them, if they bother to give them any at all.

Many games force 1440p when the hardware can barely handle it, the users have no choice because the developers were too lazy to consider performance of every device on the market.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 14:36

114. marorun (Posts: 3384; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Agreed proof is there is lots of story like this one :

https://www.reddit.com/r/lgg4/comments/3s519i/change_your_screen_resolution_to_save_battery/

Where making it 1080p give more battery life.

Personally i dont want crappy VR using my phone screen and lences this is a waste of my time and money i will only take real VR thats has its own screen.

Looking foward to the one on PS4 for example.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 14:03

107. marorun (Posts: 3384; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Nvidia 960 cant run some games at max detail with AA turn to max ect so your comparison is a joke Tyrion.

ofcourse 820 can run the QHD screen whitout issues its could even run a real 4k screen.

But its will use more battery than if its would run a 1080p screen and nearly 25% is more than a tiny bit.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 03:13 1

32. raky_b (Posts: 102; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


winner or noth, time will tell.
we will se how SD820 works and does it overheats as it's predecessor.

for me personaly resolution on that size of screen is good enough, and i belive it will be also good for all others who do not care about VR (wich is big thing this year).

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 03:16 1

37. vincelongman (Posts: 4158; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


PA there's an error

Its the IMX 298, not IMX 280
http://images.anandtech.com/doci/10087/1456304723986854967175.jpg
Same as in the Huawei Mate 8

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 04:27

64. nebula (Posts: 541; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


I am all with you as long as 1080 is quality panel and well calibrated. It will save on battery and system will be a touch faster too. I had M7 1+1 and last 1080 device was nexus 5x .Screen is a charm to use. At this point QHD display for anything less than 5.5" I consider being in the spec junkies realm.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 05:03

72. SYSTEM_LORD (Posts: 436; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


The white in ceramic is MINE!

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 05:40 1

78. Shocky (unregistered)


Samsung phone with resolution control for games = Winner.

Google need to integrate something similar into stock Android .

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 02:24 2

2. smallworld (Posts: 484; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Well unfortunately no 3600 mAh battery :(
Would have been too big to fit the phone

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 03:18 1

39. raky_b (Posts: 102; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


and Xioami is well known for bad battery optimisation (Mi4 and Mi4i can't do a day, Redmi Note3 has 4000mAh and still is bad).
are they lieing about capacity or their MIUI is just so bad when it comes to battery consumption, i don't know, but it is obvious that Sammy, LG, Apple (Sony is whole another world for them all when it comes to) battery lifes are much better even with much lower capacityes.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 03:53 1

55. Life_Engineer (Posts: 28; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Are you normal?! Are you kidding me?!
Go f*ck yourself you little hater!
My wife has the minote which is a 5.7" FHD phone with 3000mah! It makes double the battery life I can get on my note 4! Its battery life amazes me!
My bro has the new redmi note 3 and it can easily last 2 days with that 4000mah!
They are THE BEST and incomparable battery optimizations because it can kill any wakelock or unwanted background process!
I would dumb my note 4 and even any note 5 for this beast!

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 04:07

60. JvZeijst (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Feb 2016)


Well known for what, you gotta be kidding me!

I had multiple devices and all really boasted great endurance! Samsung does better? Hit me with facts man, you can make such bold claims out of your rear end! Yes sony does well, but keep in mind that almost any fullhd 5.xx incher on 3000mah does around 5-6hours sot on kitkat or like 4.5-5.5 on lollipoop! Xiaomi is one of the best on preserving drainage stability. You might see a Samsung or lg on a good day, do as nice as what xiaomi does on a poor day! Go outta here..i had plenty of phones from all sort of brands that completely proof your perception wrong..so yeah to your words are a load of crap.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 09:57

97. ibend (Posts: 3816; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


try to search for redmi3 review, they said it have top of the line battery life,.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 02:25

3. LittleGaGaKiller (Posts: 283; Member since: 19 Jan 2015)


BEAST !!!!!! BUT WHY ONLY 3000 MAH ????

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 02:35 5

8. bur60 (Posts: 838; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


Cuz design, look at s7

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 02:44

13. BradyCrack (Posts: 513; Member since: 29 Dec 2015)


Oh the thick-phone?

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 07:12

91. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1498; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Check your eyes asap.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 02:25 2

4. phichart (Posts: 264; Member since: 03 May 2014)


look like galaxy note 4

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 03:15

36. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


With S6E curved design.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 02:33 3

6. vliang86 (Posts: 152; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


FAIL!!! No Waterproof, No Watercooling, No curve screen, No expandable SD!!!!

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 02:55 2

17. skips (Posts: 152; Member since: 04 Oct 2015)


yeah ok someone knows how to compare a phone to Galaxy S7

but did you forget that this phone is 2-2.5x cheaper? ahem three-hundred-freakin-dollars for base model. THREE HUNDRED. compared to what might be even 800-900 for S7. wow "mindblown"

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 03:06 6

22. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1171; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


Thats only the price in Asia, in countries like the USA or Australia, a Chinese flagship would only be 200 dollar less than Samsung flagships, and in those price range people would rather go for the brand thats more popular.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 03:12

31. mahima (Posts: 146; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)


they will not sell in those countries....so, whats your point?

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 03:24

42. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1171; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


Obviously they do, thats why we have Huawei and Xiaomi phones in some stores here, thats my point.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 14:52

120. marorun (Posts: 3384; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


I can easily get chinese phone for a mere 100$ more than the price they sell it.

Thats shipping and custom fee.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 03:15

35. TerryTerius (Posts: 1587; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


I wonder whether not Xiaomi is selling this at cost. I seriously suspect so. There's no way in hell they are making more than a few dollars on each phone they sell at the very most. Then again, they make their money from their virtual store so I guess their set up is a bit different.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 03:30

45. raky_b (Posts: 102; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


In China they are competive, but outside of that country, you have to pay tax on that price and some seller trading margin. For me tax is 25% plus let say 20% trading margin and shiping insurance. So from 413$ it comes to 600$, which is price of LG G5 or Xperia X Performance (S7 will cost that much in one month).

AND THEN, LG, Sony,Sammy does provide international GUARANTEE, Xiaomi DOES NOT.

if something happens to your deevice, you are on your own and shoud rely on your seller good will.
Will he accept it, will he fix it and will he send you back your phone....anyway, in best case scenario, you will wait for it about 2 months to get it back.

So, when Xiaomi decides to pay all patents,and come legally to EU and US, maybe i will tink about it again.
Did burn my fingers with them once, not so stupit do do it twice.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 05:29

75. catze86 (Posts: 691; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


People buy this phone because only for the price. But if the phone f**ked up, well, you are on your own misery. And we know Xiaomi quality are so not good and not bad. More like on the bad part... hehehehe.
That is why I only buy Samsung and Sony.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 14:54

121. marorun (Posts: 3384; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Out of 10 year working in the cellphone industry i only had 2 phone with defect to repair on warranty.

I change phone every 3 to 6 months max.... this say a lots.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 03:11

27. mahima (Posts: 146; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)


99 out of 100 for sd820 at $300

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 02:35 1

9. belovedson (Posts: 986; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


when the price is revealed people will be like wtf

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 02:36 5

10. promise7 (Posts: 871; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Looks a lot like a Note 5.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 05:14

74. willytbk (Posts: 219; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


indeed

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 02:44 4

14. mimicryXD (Posts: 33; Member since: 03 Apr 2015)


Dunno. Feels like g5 or s7 are more interesting than mi5.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 02:59 1

18. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1171; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


Mi 5 = Top half iphone, bottom half Samsung.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 03:04 1

20. mahima (Posts: 146; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)


and half the price with same spec

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 03:11 3

28. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1171; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


yes same specs, other than no QHD screen, worst camera, smaller battery, No SD card, no water proof... but you're right same specs.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 03:12 1

30. redmd (Posts: 1247; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Good luck finding it in local stores.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 03:33 1

47. raky_b (Posts: 102; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


and getting guarantee

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 03:42 1

49. Teeeyoo (Posts: 97; Member since: 13 Jul 2013)


and getting a better support.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 05:35 1

76. catze86 (Posts: 691; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


The same specs? hehehehe
Chinese buses have almost the same specs as japanese buses in Indonesia. But in reality they burn easily.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 03:10 1

26. raky_b (Posts: 102; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


it's not comming with international guaratee, so not god choise to buy.

did burn my fingers once with Xiaomi, will not do it again!

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 03:14

33. T-rex (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 May 2013)


Does anyone else notice a hint of samsung galaxy series from the back of the phone?

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 03:17

38. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


It has resemblance of the Note4 front and S6edge side curves.

The phone looks slick.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 03:18 3

40. T-rex (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 May 2013)


OK, so a chinese phone gets coverage with such a zeal, and the new xperias went unnoticed as if they did not even happened. bad phonearena

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 03:39

48. villagerguyz (Posts: 92; Member since: 22 Jul 2015)


They did

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 04:04

59. SameerNazir (Posts: 8; Member since: 04 Dec 2015)


i m sorry brother bt thats the truth, people hav been waiting fr this phone fr around 2 yrs & nowadays nobody cares abt xperia, (even though i myself use xperia phone)

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