Xiaomi Mi 5 first impressions: Elegant design, 4-axis image stabilisation, Snapdragon 820, exceptionally low price
After weeks of speculations about the latest Xiomi flagship device, the handset is finally in our hands. The handset that costs almost one third compared to any top of the line handsets from top smartphone makers comes with the best of the best specs and features.
Its success is a foregone conclusion and the only question that people are asking is how many units the Chinese smartphone maker will be able to make.
Another Chinese smartphone maker, OnePlus, that comes out with handsets better than anyone else anywhere in the world can never cope with the supply issue. It must be kept in mind that demand is not an issue for either OnePlus or Xiaomi, the major question that confronts them is how many units they can churn out.
Nonetheless the supply woes are going to be sometime away as the company seems to be well prepared for the initial rush of its admirers.
The company has made it clear that the all new Xiaomi Mi5 will be available in multiple versions including an Mi5 Pro version with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage and a ceramic body. This version should sell in India between Rs 25,000 and Rs 30,000 if you convert the China pricing. However, the question will be when the phone comes to India.
The handset is going to be a worldwide success as it comes with a stunning camera with the first implementation of four-axis optical image stabilisation and VoLTE. It will also be among the first phones to be available with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, which has over 100 new models in the works.
The home market is going to get it first. The phone was simultaneously launched in China and at the MWC in Spain, the first time Xiaomi has organised a European launch. Incidentally, Xiaomi is among the top five smartphone vendors in the world despite a couple of slow quarters. The company CEO during the launch ceremony said that Mi sold 70 million devices globally in 2015 and was the largest online brand in China. However, in markets like India its delay in getting a localised UI has given a look in for new brands like Le Eco which also has similar ambitions and business models. Still