Xiaomi’s first global release brings the Mi5

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Xiaomi went head-on with Samsung and LG this year at MWC and had its first global launch for its flagship Mi5. Based on its beastly specs, the Xiaomi Mi5 can definitely rub shoulders with the likes of the Samsung S7 and S7 Edge, and the LG G5.

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The Xiaomi Mi5 looks like a new and improved version of the highly popular Mi Note with its curved back and sleek edges. The Mi5 measures 69.20 x 144.55 x 7.25mm. It is also surprisingly light at 129g with a 3D glass back. There is also going to be a Mi5 Pro version, which will come with a ceramic back. The Xiaomi Mi5 has a 5.15-inch IPS display with a 1080p resolution, ultra-bright 16-LED backlighting (usually it is 12LEDs), and is almost bezel-less. Sunlight Display technology is upgraded as well and promises contrast adjustment on a per-pixel level.

The Xiaomi Mi5 is powered by the Snapdragon 820 processors, which is backed by 3GB and 4GB RAM (Pro version).  The entry level 32GB one has been clocked at a speed of 1.8GHz and 3GB of RAM, the 64GB has the same 3GB RAM but a processor speed of 2.15GHz. The Pro clocks at 2.15GHz with 4GB of RAM.

Xiaomi has also made changes to its storage to prove their focus on speed. Instead of using eMMC, the Xiaomi Mi 5 128GB is UFS 2.0 memory, which promises significant increases of 80 per cent and more over eMMC 5.0. The Snapdragon 820 chip also supports Quick Charge 3.0.

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At the bottom of the device, for the first time, is a fingerprint reader. The Mi5 will have a 3000mAh battery. The device supports 4G+ speeds of up to 600Mbps, VoLTE and NFC. The device runs MIUI 7, which is now based on Android Marshmallow 6.0.

The camera is pretty neatly set up, with a Sony IMX 298 sensor, at 16MP with an aperture of f/2.0 and OIS which is based on its new 4-axis technology. It also has phase detection auto focus and deep trench isolation technology.

Thanks to the Snapdragon 820, it can shoot 4K videos. One very impressive feature of the device is that unlike most of its competition, the Mi5’s camera is completely infused in the body and there’s no camera bump. The front-facing shooter is a 4MP UltraPixel camera.

There is no word yet of local availability but do keep your eyes peeled on this space for further updates.