Xiaomi announces Mi 5

Alex Kidman 25 February 2016 NEWS


Anyone fancy a seriously inexpensive premium flagship phone? Xiaomi's new flagship phone has premium features at a cut-rate price.

Xiaomi isn’t exactly a brand name in smartphones in Australia, but it’s not for want of having models that should appeal to all tastes. At Mobile World Congress, it announced its latest flagship model, the Xiaomi Mi 5.

In design terms the Mi 5 rather looks like much of Samsung’s output, but it’s what’s under the hood that’s more striking, especially given the projected price point. The Mi 5 packs in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, up to 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of onboard storage and a 3,000mAh battery behind a 5.15 inch 1080x1920 pixel display.

All of which points to a strong competitor against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5, both of which were also introduced earlier in the week at Mobile World Congress.


Where the Xiaomi Mi5 stands out -- or could stand out, at least -- is in its pricing. There’s no official Australian distributor for any Xiaomi phones, although some direct importers have imported devices in the past. Xiaomi announced three variants of the Mi 5 today.

The entry level model comes with 32GB of onboard storage and 3GB of RAM for an asking price of 1999 Yuan, or roughly $425 sans taxes. The mid-range Mi 5 has 64GB of storage and 3GB of RAM for 2299 Yuan (~$490), while the top end Mi 5 Pro comes with 128GB of storage and 4GB of RAM for 2699 Yuan (~$426). The top end Mi 5 Pro also ups the processor to a 2.15Ghz model compared to the 1.8GHz processor in the lower cost units.

Even allowing for a margin for any direct importer, presuming internal compatibility with Australian networks, that’s a serious discount against the kinds of asking prices that flagships from Samsung, LG or Apple usually command.

Here are the critical specifications of the Xiaomi Mi 5:

Xiaomi Mi 5
Screen size 5.15in
Storage 32/64/128GB
Weight 129g
Processor Snapdragon 820 1.8Ghz/2.15Ghz
Rear camera 16MP
Front camera 4MP
Battery 3000 mAh
Resolution 1080x1920
Display density 428ppi

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