MWC 2016: Xiaomi launches Mi 5, another mid-ranger with premium specs

Xiaomi launched its latest flagship Mi 5 phone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, and its cheapest variant may sell for as low as £219 when available in the UK.

As per Xiaomi, Mi 5 will be available in three storage variants that will range from 32GB to 128GB with 3GB and 4GB of RAM respectively.

Featuring a 5.15-inch display, Mi 5 is surprisingly light at 129g despite packing a metal and glass body. While the 32GB and 64GB variants will be available in Black, White and Gold, the premium 128GB variant will be available in an exclusive Ceramic colour finish. 

All variants of the Mi 5 will feature the latest Snapdragon 820 processor, 16MP and 4MP Large Pixel cameras with 4-axis OIS, a 3,000 mAh battery along with NFC, fingerprint sensor and Qualcomm's QuickCharge 3.0 battery saving features.

Xiaomi has also added a new Sunlight Display tech which will let you play and read the display on the Mi 5 even under direct sunlight. This technology can adjust contrasts of each pixel as per the available light conditions and can work just like Ambient Light sensors in most smartphones.

As per Xiaomi, the Mi 5 has clocked an impressive 142,084 AnTuTu score which they claim has never been achieved by a smartphone. It also comes with a VoLTE technology which facilitates HD voice and video calls with near zero call drop rates.

As per Xiaomi, Mi 5 will retail in China starting March 1 and will release in other countries in the next few weeks. The phone will retail in China for prices starting at RMB 1999 for the 32GB variant, RMB 2299 for the 64GB variant and RMB 2999 for the 129GB variant. These prices translate to £219, £252 and £329 respectively.

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