Many were looking forward to this very day in the Asia Pacific region. Why? Because today was the day when Chinese device manufacturing startup Xiaomi has finally unveiled their upcoming Mi Series phone: The mighty Mi5. The device was showed off at Barcelona, as declared before, by former Android Boss of Google and Current Vice President of Xiaomi Hugo Barra.
For those of you living under a rock, Xiaomi is world’s one of the most valued startup that started manufacturing smartphones way back in 2011. Initially to gain dominance in the regional market, Xiaomi limited its operation to China and a few of Asian countries.
And after getting phenomenal response in the Asian market, Xiaomi opened its business in U.S. and Europe last year. But it did not put up its smartphones in the online stores. Rather Xiaomi keep the product lines limited to accessories such as headphones and battery packs.
Maybe this is the year when Xiaomi finally emerges as true global player. So, what is the Mi5 packing? Well, the latest flagship is backed by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GM of RAM, and 128GB of on-board flash storage. This device will be available three colors: black, white, and gold. The phone has a unique 3D ceramic back, and a front fingerprint sensor as well as a physical home button.
For charging this device has a USB-type C charging port. It also has a 16MP rear-facing camera, NFC, quick-charge 3.0, and supports 600Mbps 4G+. There are actually three Mi5 versions to cater to three different crowds: The Mi5 Pro will cost $354 while the entry-level version will cost $262. The device will be available in China on March 1, followed by India.
We, at HiFi Public expect that the phone will be available in the grey market by second/ third week of March.