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Xiaomi Mi 5 and flagships at MWC 2016

Xiaomi has just announced the new Mi 5 smartphone and it has all the makings of a flagship device. It has the new Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 128GB UFS 2.0 storage and a 16MP camera with OIS from Sony. Apart from those key features, it also sports a fingerprint sensor, NFC and a 3000mAh battery which supports Qualcomm’s quick charge 3.0. However, the biggest USP of this phone will be its price. The Mi5 is available starting RMB 1999 (Rs. 21,000 approx). So, how does the phone stack up against the competition? We took the liberty of pitting the Mi 5 against a few of the flagship smartphones which were launched at MWC 2016 and are expected to come to India in the coming months.

We compared the three flagship devices from MWC 2016, the LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Xperia X Performance with the Xiaomi Mi 5. Here are the results.

Xiaomi Mi 5/Mi 5 Pro LG G5 Samsung Galaxy S7 Sony Xperia X Performance
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Exynos 8890 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Display Size 5.15-inch 5.3-inch 5.1-inch 5-inch
Display type IPS LCD IPS LCD Super AMOLED IPS LCD
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080p 1440 x 2560p 1440 x 2560p 1920 x 1080p
RAM 3/4GB 4GB 4GB 3GB
Storage 32/64/128GB 32GB 32/64GB 32GB
Expandable Storage No Yes Yes Yes
Rear Camera 16MP 16MP 12MP 23MP
Aperture size f/2.0 f/1.8 f/1.7 f/2.0
Front Camera 4MP 8MP 5MP 13MP
Battery (mAh) 3000mAh 2800mAh 3000mAh 2700mAh
OS Android 6.0 Android 6.0 Android 6.0 Android 6.0
Fingerprint scanner Yes Yes Yes Yes
Build Glass and Metal Metal Glass and Metal Metal and plastic
Thickness 6.95mm 7.7mm 7.9mm 7.6mm

Going by the comparison sheet it is quite evident, that the Mi 5 ticks all the right boxes. On paper, the only thing which doesn’t go in its favour, is the lack of a microSD card slot which is coming back in trend. Also, the phone does not feature a 2k display i.e 2560 x 1440p resolution and makes do with just a 1920 x 1080p FullHD resolution. However, this also suggests that the phone might have a better battery life than its competitors. On the optics front, the 16MP camera which uses the Sony IMX298 sensor is quite capable and was seen earlier on the Huawei Mate 8, but Xiaomi has added a 4-axis OIS to the mix, which should help it take better and stable images.

However, to answer if the Xiaomi Mi 5 is a better phone, we might have to wait until we review all these above mentioned devices thoroughly. We are awaiting the Indian launch as much as you are.

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