— Xiaomi (@Xiaomi) February 24, 2016
Powerful enough to be compared to other flagship phones, the Mi 5 is like a reversed Samsung Galaxy Edge phone, with the screen curving on the back, instead of the front.
- Battery: 3,000 mAh, QuickCharge 3.0
- Camera: 16MP rear with 4-axis OIS; 4MP front, Sony IMX298 sensor, PDAF, dual-tone flash
- Color: black, white, gold, ceramic
- Connectivity: dual-bandWi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 4.2
- Dimensions: 144.6 x 69.2 x 7.3 mm (5.69 x 2.72 x 0.29 in)
- Display: 5.15-in FHD, 1080p IPS LCD
- Memory: LPDDR4 RAM (3 GB or 4 GB)
- Processor: Snapdragon 820 (32 Gb – 1.8 GHz; 64 GB – 2.15 GHz)
- Software: MIUI 7.0 (based on Android 6.0)
- Storage: 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB + micro SD
- Weight: 129 g/139 g
- Other: USB-C, fingerprint sensor
As you can see, the Mi 5 is jam-packed with everything the hardcore Chinese Android connoisseur can want. Yes, unfortunately, the Mi 5 won’t be coming to the U.S. As Ben Wood, a tech consultant from CCS Insight, told the BBC, “…Xiaomi has still not resolved issues over intellectual property and patent rights that it needs to do to put the handsets on sale in Europe and North America.”
The Mi 5 comes in two varieties: a Standard edition and a Pro edition. The Pro includes a ceramic body and 128 GB of storage, along with 4 GB of DDR4 RAM, while the Standard Mi 5 has either 32 GB or 64 GB of storage, and 3 GB of DDR4 RAM.
The launch date for the Mi 5 is expected to be next month in March 2016. Pricing is $306 (32 GB), $352 (64 GB), $460 (128 GB).