Xiaomi Mi 5

Mobile World Congress

During a keynote at Mobile World Congress, Xiaomi unveiled its flagship for 2016, the Mi 5. The phone is the vendor's first to offer a home button at the front, which houses a fingerprint scanner.

Xiaomi Mi 5

The phone has curved edges that are reminiscent of a certain Galaxy handset. However, unlike the glass back of the Galaxy S6 series, Xiaomi is going with a ceramic back on the Mi 5.

Xiaomi Mi 5 back

Here's what's on offer with the Xiaomi Mi 5:

Category Features
Display 5.15-inch Full HD IPS display | Max. brightness of 600 nits
SoC Snapdragon 820 | Adreno 530
Storage 32GB/64GB/128GB UFS 2.0 flash storage
Camera 16MP camera with 4-axis OIS and dual-LED flash
Connectivity Category 12 LTE, Wi-Fi ac, NFC
Software MIUI 7 with Android 6.0
Battery 3000mAh battery with QUick Charge 3.0

Xiaomi is going with UFS 2.0 storage, which is what Samsung used last year with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. The Mi 5 offers 4G+ (LTE Advanced) delivered via a Qualcomm Category 12 LTE modem. The phone weighs 129g and has a thickness of 7.25mm despite housing a 3000mAh battery.

The Mi 5 is the first in the world to offer Sony's IMX298 imaging sensor, which is a 16MP offering with PDAF and DTI (Deep Trench Isolation) pixel-to-pixel isolation, which leads to better photorealism.

The phone comes in black, white and gold, with the gold variant offering a textured back design.

Xiaomi Mi 5

The vendor announced that it sold 70 million devices in 2015, falling short of its sales goal of 80 million. Xiaomi is now the fifth-largest handset vendor in the world, with a global market share of just under five percent. MIUI has a staff of 700, making it the largest division within Xiaomi. The goal with MIUI is to localise services based on the region, which is why Xiaomi set up a software facility in India.