Xiaomi's New Mi5 Is An Incredibly Cheap High-End Smartphone

Samsung and LG have had the lion's share of attention at Mobile World Congress this year, but the show ain't over yet. Xiaomi, China's biggest phone manufacturer, has a new flagship Mi5 and Mi5 Pro -- with pretty damn impressive specifications lists and enticingly low price tags.

Xiaomi has a long history of building impressively powerful phones with impressively low prices, and the Mi5 continues that trend. Like LG's G5 and the international Samsung Galaxy S7, the Mi5 is built around Qualcomm's newest and most energy efficient Snapdragon 820 processor -- a slightly lower-powered 1.8GHz version in the entry level Mi5, and a more powerful 2.15GHz version on the Mi5 Pro.

The 16-megapixel camera on the Mi5 has four-axis optical image stabilisation, impressive for a phone of the new Xiaomi's slim 7.25mm thickness and relatively light 129g weight. Using the new Sony IMX298 sensor -- which has deep trench isolation, a tech that separates individual pixels and prevents light bleed between them -- the Mi5 will also be a strong competitor to Samsung's 12-megapixel S7.

While the Mi5 has a glass and metal body, the Mi5 Pro has a ceramic finish with "the texture of marble", according to Xiaomi; that body hides a 3000mAh internal nonremovable battery with Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 tech -- zero to 90 per cent charge in an hour -- while the phone itself has a front fingerprint sensor and Xiaomi's usual extremely high screen-to-body display ratio.

Different storage options are the main differentiator between the Mi5 and Mi5 Pro. The basic version -- all come in black, white and gold -- has 32GB of storage and 3GB RAM, while the 64GB step-up has 3GB of RAM and the faster Snapdragon 820 and the Mi5 Pro is a 128GB-only model with 4GB of RAM. Pricing starts at RMB1999 -- $425 in Australian dollars -- and moves up through RMB2299 ($490) for 64GB to RMB2699 ($575) for the Mi5 Pro.

On paper, the Mi5 and Mi5 Pro are strongly competitive and largely similar internally to Samsung's Galaxy S7 -- but Xiaomi is hobbled down under by the lack of an official Australian distributor. We're checking to see whether the usual importers will be bringing the Mi5 into our country, so stay tuned. The phone itself will be out on Mi.com on March 1, and coming to "selected global markets" at "a later date". [Xiaomi]



    Impressive. Do you know if its dual sim and 4gx capable?

      Yes, it is dual sim... It is also 4g capable, in fact, look at the download and upload speed of this beast https://versus.com/en/xiaomi-mi-5 (see no. 11). No one can be wrong at buying this. Unfortunately for me, even though I know I'll get a lot for this price, anything more than 250USD for a phone for me is already a no-go.

    I'm definitely keen. My redmi note 2 is a workhorse and dirt cheap imported in. Most of xaiomi phones run a treat on telstra

    Too bad Xiao are pretty crap with their software updates and support.


        Nope. I'm sick of that hack stuff.

          this makes no sense. if you're lazy just say it.

            I'm not lazy it's the manufacturers that are. I pay them money so it shouldn't be a far fetched dream to expect a software update and security patches once in a blue moon. They should be supporting their devices with timely security patches and major software updates from Google.

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    Did I miss it, I did not see the screen specs ?

      The Mi4 has a five inch, 1080p, 444ppi screen, so it's safe to assume the new model will at least match that.

    I waited so long for the xiaomi mi4, They initially didnt support FDD LTE (4G Australia) and when they did, it came in white and 16GB only, then 2 months after that it finally came out in black but had 1GB less ram than the others, was really really odd.

    Clearly its not for the Australian market but i hope their rollout is smoother and quicker than the Mi4, because ill pick one of these up in an instant.

    In Australia, where can U pick 1 of these up from.?
    I'm on the Southside of Brisbane .. Need LTE etc, & an microSD ...

      They are not for sale yet (mid march) and they are not sold in Australia, only china,Taiwan etc
      If you want to buy one you can only do it through a 3rd party website that you need to research to avoid getting stuck with a fake phone

    whats the bet they will cost more than the prices quoted in the article as we get ripped off every time.

    You certainly are not wrong buddy,
    Most legitimate importers are quoting $650(32GB) $750 (64GB) $850 (128GB) in AUD, all that is before shipping costs too, Also almost every single importer is now out of stock for the black model

    Love my dual sim MI4, have not had one problem with it in 2 years, plenty of updates and so easy to use fantastic device. Mi5 will take it to next level I hope.

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