During the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 launch event in New Delhi today, Hugo Barra, Vice President of Xiaomi Global has confirmed that they will bring the recently launched Xiaomi Mi 5 to India next month (April 2016). However, the company did not announce any exact date.
Mi India had been accused of only launching outdated products by their Mi Fans and technology enthusiasts in general. Today, Hugo Barra had acknowledged that and has promised the Indian audience that they are doing everything they can to bring in new Xiaomi products in India as quickly as possible. Hence, the promise of launching Mi 5 in India as early as next month. However, we should take the announcement with a pinch of salt since China has seen crazy demands for the flagship smartphone already. According to reports, Xiaomi had received around 17 million registrations for the first flash sale itself that took place on March 1. The Mi 5 Pro (4GB RAM + 128GB ROM + Ceramic body) has not gone on sale in China yet and the company has not announced an exact date of sale as well. Hence, we cannot expect Mi India to bring the higher end variants of Mi 5 initially, if at all they manage to launch it next month.
Mi India has also unveiled the Mi Bluetooth speaker for Rs 1999 which will go on sale by last week of March. Also, the 20000mAh Mi Power Bank is coming to India soon and was given away to all the attendees at the event today. However, the pricing of the power bank has not been announced yet.
Xiaomi Mi 5 Specifications
The Xiaomi Mi 5 features a 5.15-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD LCD display with 2.5D curved protection. It has a brightness of 600 nits and comes with a NTSC color gamut of 95%. It is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (MSM8996) 64-bit processor along with Adreno 530 GPU. It packs in 3 GB of LPDDR4 RAM along with 32 / 64 GB of internal storage (UFS 2.0) or comes with 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 128 GB of internal storage (UFS 2.0). The device runs on MIUI 7 based on Android Marshmallow OS. One version comes with a 3D glass body with strong glass on the back side and another has ceramic.
The Mi 5 rock a 16 megapixel rear primary camera with dual-tone LED flash, Sony IMX298 sensor, f/2.0 aperture, Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF), 4-axis OIS. It can shoot 4K videos, comes with DTI pixel isolation technology and Spectra image processing. It comes with a 4 megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture and 80-degree wide-angle lens for selfies and video calling. It support Dual SIM (nano), comes with a fingerprint sensor and an infrared sensor. It is 7.25 mm thick, weighs 129 grams for the glass variant and 139 grams for the ceramic variant.
On the connectivity front, the Mi 5 comes with 4G LTE with VoLTE, 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (Dual Band) MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C and USB OTG. The smartphone packs in a 3,000 mAh built-in non-removable battery under the hood that supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. A 5 minute quick charge will offer up to 2.5 hours of talk time.
The Xiaomi Mi 5 is available in White, Black and Gold color variants and has been priced at CNY 1999 (US $305 / INR Rs 20,810 approximately) for the standard 3GB RAM with 32GB ROM variant along with 1.8 GHz Snapdragon 820 chipset. The high-end version with the same 3GB RAM, 64GB ROM and 2.1 GHz Snapdragon 820 chipset will cost CNY 2299 (US $351 / INR Rs 24,001 approximately) and the exclusive Mi 5 Pro ceramic black edition with 4GB RAM, 128 GB ROM and 2.15 GHz Snapdragon 820 chipset costs CNY 2699 (US $412 / INR Rs 28,097 approximately).