Xiaomi Unveils The Mi 5: Poor Man’s Galaxy S7

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While the MWC rush continues, one of the fastest growing brands, Xiaomi made a big announcement. The company showcased its flagship, dubbed as the Mi 5.

The handset features a 5.15-inch 1080p curved display. According to Xiaomi, the screen covers 95 percent of the NTSC colour gamut. It covers more colours than the sRGB standard, which is a good thing.

Xiaomi has decided to give Samsung a run for its money with a premium metal and glass construction. In fact, the guys at Xiaomi seem so obsessed with the Korean brand that the Mi 5 has an uncanny resemblance with the Galaxy S7. Hopefully, the Korean-giant will take this imitation as a flattery. As our reader Kesh B points out, Xiaomi has been using curved glass back much before Samsung.


The Mi 5 is backed by a quad-core Snadpragon 820 chip. Let’s hope it doesn’t end up like Qualcomm’s previous generation top-end chipsets. In the photography department you get a 16-megapixel rear camera with OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation). For selfies, a trend that refuses to die, there’s a 4 megapixel front-facing snapper.

The phone comes with 3 GB RAM and 32/64 GB internal storage. Those willing to spend more, can get their hands on the 4 GB RAM version with a fancy a ceramic finish. The dual-SIM 4G supports Nano SIM cards.

The Xiaomi Mi 5 expected to hits the store in China next month. The price tag RMB 1999 (approx Rs 21,000) for thebase model. The ceramic edition is pegged at RMB 269, which translates to around Rs 28,500. Considering the lukewarm response received by the Mi 4, it seems that the Indians are not keen on spending over Rs 20,000 on a Chinese brand.

Chandrakant 'CK' Isi

Technology editor, movie buff, and wannabe space explorer.

  • Lalit Sahoo

    Did they upgrade OS to Marshmallow or still stuck at KitKat?

  • Kesh B

    this design was around with the Mi Note which was released way before Samsung started using curved glass backs. it is plain wrong to say that Mi copied from Samsung here. get your facts straight.

  • http://MiserlyGeek.com Chandrakant Isi

    I have corrected my mistake. Thank you for your feedback :)