Mobile World Congress continues this week with more flagship phone reveals like the just announced Xiaomi Mi 5 that made it's debut earlier yesterday. The Chinese manufacturer is known for the production of its more affordable, yet powerful smartphones. They have released several upgrades to the Xiaom Mi 4 with the Mi 5 Pro and the Mi 4s. So which one should you upgrade to if you're looking to make improvements with your Xiaomi device? Here's the run down on what the phones feature.
The Mi 5 will feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and Xiaomi claims the CPU runs 100% faster than the Snapdragon 810. It will have up to 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage with the premium version, the Mi 5 Pro. Unlike some of the other newly revealed all metal flagship phones that we have seen the Mi 5 has a "3D ceramic" design with a metal frame and rear and front glass panels. It comes in three colors: black, white, and gold. It will also feature a fingerprint scanner that will identify users and increase security with just a simple touch. The dual mobile SIM phone will be able to support 2 SIM cards at the same time so users can have two numbers on the same phone.
The improvements on the camera alone may cause users to switch to the next generation and upgrade.
The improvements on the camera alone may cause users to switch to the next generation and upgrade. The Mi 5 will feature built-in optical image stabilization to detect vibrations in the camera. This will help users capture an image that has been corrected by the sensors before the photo is snapped. It also has dual-LED flash which will also help with color balance to make the photos and videos appear even better. The phase detection auto-focus is faster than the Mi 4 and capable of creating a sharper picture too. This is the first version to ship with the Mi Video Calling app that lets users video chat and use multitasking modes.
The Mi 5 has a few upgrades versus the Mi 4 with its bigger screen size and camera. The 5.15 inch screen is only slightly bigger than the previous 5 inch display but it will make viewing photos with the improved camera a better experience. The Mi 4 featured a 13 megapixel camera and the Mi 5 boasts 16MP. The Mi 5 is also lighter, weighing only 129g versus the Mi 4's 149g. It's also thinner, measuring just 7.3mm thick versus the previous generation's 8.9mm dimension. The Mi 5 also has considerably faster downloading speed at 300mbps compared to the former 42.2mbps.
The Mi 5 will run Xiaomi's MIUI on top of 6.0 Marshmallow and be available on March 1st in China but there is no word yet on whether the phone will be made available in the United States or in Europe. The 128GB model is priced at $354 while the 32GB version is just $252. Xiaomi continues to make products that are more affordable for users while they pack in as much hardware and upgraded specs as possible.
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