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Xiaomi Mi5 has finally gone official in India, and well the launch took place slightly earlier than expected. Hugo Barra, Vice President of Xiaomi had detailed at a press meet in Barcelona during the MWC that the Chinese upstart smartphone brand will try their best to launch Xiaomi Mi5 during April in India.
Hugo Barra, Vice President, Xiaomi said: "We are so excited to bring to India the most beautiful device we have unveiled so far, and only within a month of its global launch. Mi 5 is the perfect embodiment of high performance and a beautiful, lightweight design. It has been in the making for 19 months, and has several tech breakthroughs built into it, like the 4-axis OIS camera."
The high flying Chinese company has priced their flagship smartphone competitively. Priced at Rs 24,999 for the base variant, the Xiaomi Mi5 is all set to give a stiff competition to a number of devices in the Rs 25K price segment, especially the likes of OnePlus 2 and Honor 7.
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Well, it would be just to say that the smartphone will give a tough time users by swaying users away from the costlier flagship! While it goes without saying that the Samsung Galaxy S7 still has an edge over the Xiaomi Mi5 (First Impressions), but that's in a few negligible areas. In fact, considering the huge price difference between the two smartphones those can easily be ignored.
Xiaomi has decided to stay put at 1080p resolution instead of going all the way up to QHD or a 4K panel for its flagship device. While the move definitely gives the Xiaomi Mi5 an edge when it comes to battery life, but it falls behind current generation flagship like the Samsung Galaxy S7 or the LG G5 when it comes to the screen resolution. However it's worth noting that Xiaomi has used an excellent panel on the Mi5, and you would surely not miss QHD display in the device. As per the official statement the Xiaomi Mi5's display can attain a peak brightness of 600nits.
Just like the Samsung Galaxy S7 priced at Rs 49,000 in India, the Xiaomi Mi5 comes with an all-new Snapdragon 820 SoC. The latest chip from Qualcomm helps Xiaomi Mi5 attain a whopping score of 113,000 in Antutu Benchmark. Apparently the Xiaomi Mi5 is current highest scorer in the benchmarking application.
It's however worth noting that variant of the Xiaomi Mi5 launched in India comes with a slightly lower clocked speed of 1.8GHz. Apart from that the Samsung Galaxy S7 in India is powered by an Exynos 8890 chip, while the international models don Qualcomm 820.
Xiaomi mayn't be making use of a new RGW image sensor as seen in the Samsung Galaxy S7, but it surely fetches you the best your money can buy. The Xiaomi Mi5 makes use of 16MP rear camera which makes use of Sony latest image sensor available namely IMX298. Xiaomi claims that the Mi5 is first camera making use of DTI (Deep Trench Isolation) technology for cleaner colour separation.
Hugo Barra widely publicized the 4-Axis Optical Image Stabilisation of the Xiaomi Mi5 during the press conference, both at Barcelona and India. Apparently the charismatic VP of Xiaomi claims that this new OIS implementations helps the Xiaomi Mi5 capture more stabilized videos than those captured by the iPhone 6S and Galaxy S7. In fact he showed of a video of the 4-Axis OIS in action to emphasize his statement.
Despite coming at a steep price of Rs 49,000 Samsung Galaxy S7 doesn't come with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. Apparently Samsung tried to save some money by not going with the Quick Charging certification, in spite of support for the same in Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip. Xiaomi on the other hand didn't skimp on the same and the 3000mAh battery on the inside can be charged in a matter of 1 hour.
"Qualcomm Technologies is very pleased to work with Xiaomi on their latest flagship Mi5 device, featuring the cutting-edge premium tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, designed to deliver amazing performance, connectivity and power savings," said Sunil Lalvani, Vice President, Qualcomm, and President of Qualcomm India. "Xiaomi and Qualcomm Technologies have a long-standing, strong relationship and have worked closely together for many years to deliver a shared vision of bringing new and truly compelling user experiences to consumers and we are excited to help bring the Mi 5 to consumers in India."