Xiaomi Announces Flagship Mi 5 and Midrange Mi 4s with Unbelievable Prices

Xiaomi made its first ever global announcement at MWC 2016 and announced its long-awaited flagship, the gorgeous Mi 5. The three Mi 5 variants were joined by a powerful midranger, Mi 4s. Amazingly, all devices come with price tags unseen in the mobile realm. Without further ado, here are the details:

Xiaomi Mi 5

Mi 4 was announced back in August 2014 and Xiaomi took its sweet time to release its next flagship phone. It seems the company really did pay attention to details and wanted to release a device which is a real flagship killer. The eagerly anticipated Mi 5 is rubbing shoulders with the latest flagships from Samsung, Sony and LG (which were revealed over the past few days).

Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with a trendy curved design on the back not much different from what the Mi Note started. What’s different about the curved back is that it’s not metal but glass. Xiaomi thought 2.5D glass was too mainstream and went with an actual 3D glass back. There will be a Pro version as well with a curved Ceramic back, which is harder than steel with an 8H rating.xiaomi_mi_5_front[1]

The company’s new flagship comes with a 5.15-inch 1080p IPS display. Xiaomi believes 2K screens are unnecessary on such a small screen. The display has been improved and is ultra-bright thanks to 16 LED back-lightening and Sunlight Display Technology which adjusts per-pixel contrast for increased legibility. There are no side bezels here. A curved glass goes well with the metal frame and curved back. Below the screen is a home button with an embedded fingerprint sensor.

The phone boasts a 3,000mAh body in a super-slim 7.25mm body. To top it off, Mi 5 weighs only 129 grams. If that doesn’t amaze you, this will – there’s a 3,000mAh battery inside despite the slimness and light body.

Xiaomi Mi 5 is powered by a Snapdragon 820 and 3GB or 4GB LPDDR4 RAM depending on the version. The three variants come with 32GB, 64GB and 128GB flash storage. Xiaomi has used the UFS 2.0 storage and not the eMMC 5.0 storage which should give an 80% percent boost in disk access time.

The company has used Sony’s 16MP IMX298 camera sensor with an aperture of f/2.0 and 4-axis optical image stabilisation (OIS), a first for any smartphone. The sensor uses Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) and deep trench pixel isolation (DTI) to prevent light leakage in each pixel. The front camera makes use of the 4 Ultra Pixel camera which was used in HTC One M8. Cameras are protected by a sapphire glass lens.

Xiaomi Mi 5 cameraMi 5 will come with MIUI 7 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The phone supports latest 4G+ and 4G Advanced standards with Cat 12 LTE theoretical speeds of up to 600Mbps. There’s complete NFC implementation unlike other phones and users can copy NFC cards and write on them as well. Mi 5 comes with full IR Remote functionality as well.

Now for the price, Mi 5 with 3GB/32GB RAM and storage combo costs $304, 3GB/64GB costs $352 and Pro version with ceramic back and 4GB/128GB costs $413. Phones will come in Gold, Silver and Black color options and go on sale from 1st March in China. International availability will be announced later on.

Xiaomi Mi 5/Mi 5 Pro Specifications:Xiaomi Mi 5

  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
  • CPU: 2X 1.8 GHz Kryo & 2X 1.6 GHz Kryo – 32GB Version
    2X 2.15 GHz Kryo & 2X 1.6 GHz Kryo – Other Variants
  • GPU: Adreno 530
  • OS: MIUI 7 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • Supported Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G+ LTE (Optional Dual SIM)
  • Design:
    • Dimensions: 144.55 x 69.20 x 7.25mm
    • Weight: 129 g
    • 3D Curved Glass Back or Ceramic Back
    • Fingerprint scanner
  • Display: 5.15” with FHD resolution (428PPI)
    • Power Saving 16 LED Backlight
    • Sunlight Display Technology
  • Memory:
    • RAM: 3 GB, 4 GB(Pro Version)
    • Internal Storage: 32/64/128 GB UFS2.0
    • MicroSD Card: No
  • Camera:
    • Rear Camera: 16 MP (f/2.0), 4K Video, Phase Detection Auto Focus, 4-axis OIS, DTI, Dual LED Flash
    • Front Camera: 4 MP front-facing camera with 2um pixels and 1080p video
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi ac, USB Type-C, Full NFC, GPS with GLONASS, IR Remote, FM Radio
  • Battery: 3,000 mAh, USB-Type-C (3.1 Standard), Quick Charge 3.0 supported
  • Colours: Gold, Black, Silver, Ceramic
  • Price: $304 (3GB/32GB), $352 (3GB/64GB), $413 (Pro 4GB/128GB)

Xiaomi Mi 4s

Xiaomi also unveiled the Mi 4s, which will probably stand between the current flagship Mi 5 and previous king Mi 4. Mi 4s is an improvement over last year’s Mi 4i as well.

Xiaomi Mi 4s

The Xiaomi Mi 4s boasts glass panels at the front and the back but there’s no 3D glass, just a ‘plain old’ 2.5D glass panel. The glass panels are supported by a metal frame. The screen size stands at 5-inches with 1080p resolution. Placed at the back is a touch-based fingerprint sensor. Mi 4s also comes with full IR Remote functionality.

In terms of specs, Mi 4s is powered by a Snapdragon 808, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a microSD card slot. Rear camera uses a 13MP sensor with PDAF and dual LED flash while the front one uses a 5MP sensor. Fitted inside the 7.8 mm body is a big 3,260 mAh non-removable battery. There is a USB Type-C connector at the bottom which supports Quick Charge 2.0. With all the heft of the battery, metal and glass, Mi 4s still comes in a 7.8mm thin with a weight of only 133 grams.

Mi 4s will go on sale alongside the Mi 5 and come with the same MIUI 7 based on Android 6.0. The phone will come in no other options except for the four color variants; Black, Gold, Purple, and White. Finally, the price is a meagre $260, which is less than what used ex-flagships usually cost.

Xiaomi Mi 4s Specifications:Xiaomi Mi 4s

  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
  • GPU: Adreno 418
  • OS: MIUI 7 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • Supported Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE Optional Dual SIM
  • Design:
    • Dimensions: 139.26 x 70.76 x 7.8mm
    • Weight: 133 g
    • 2.5 Curved Glass Back with Metal Frame
    • Fingerprint scanner
  • Display: 5.0” with FHD resolution (441PPI)
    • Sunlight Display Technology
  • Memory:
    • RAM: 3 GB
    • Internal Storage: 64 GB
    • MicroSD Card: Yes, up to 128GB
  • Camera:
    • Rear Camera: 13 MP (f/2.0), 4K Video, Phase Detection Auto Focus, Dual LED Flash
    • Front Camera: 5 MP and 1080p video
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi ac, USB Type-C, NFC, GPS with GLONASS and BDS, IR Remote, FM Radio
  • Battery: 3,260 mAh, USB-Type-C (3.1 Standard), Quick Charge 2.0 supported
  • Colours: Gold, Black, Silver, Pink
  • Price: $260

Image Credits: Official Xiaomi Press Shots

He is the Editor at ProPakistani.

  • Idiosyncratic

    super brand

  • Imran

    How can we buy it from Pakistan, is there any retailer here who is importing Xiaomi phones?

  • If MI 5 had QHD screen it would have been absolutely killer. Still a phone worth getting. Lenovo ZUK Z1 would be a good competitor to it.

    • nakaiun

      u r kidding 801 and 820

      • Fahad J

        808 not 801

    • Aadil

      I think its the right option from Xiaomi, Oneplus, Huawei and Sony to ignore 2k screens on such small screens with close to 5-inch displays. It saves a lot more battery and processing power.
      And Zuk doesnt even come close to Mi5, perhaps Zuk Z2 (coming in two months) will be a better competitor.

    • Muhammad Yasir

      2k ?! its a battey hog !
      nothing special as well !

    • Muhammad Saeed

      Zuk z1 vs is more of an lg g3 competitor

    • GGXD

      ZUK is worst …..old flagship hardware

    • Fahad J

      what you need QHD for bro, it kills the batter and there is not much of a difference between full HD and QHD on a 5 inch screen, its more visible on a 40 inch screen, i am sure it gives 2k or 4k recording, you can cast them on your LED to enjoy QHD… on a smartphone i think its not that effective….

  • Adeel

    Sab chorho writer ki excitement dekho bas… Jaise ye brand Pakistan mein launch ho raha hai ?

    • Aadil

      These brands deserve the limelight, they are more focused on consumer than Apple or Samsung. XIaomi and Oneplus make single digit profits and still provide better after sales service than the companies which make hundreds of dollars on each phone sale.

      • Adeel

        True but I’m waiting for the lg g5 ?

  • Farrukh Khan

    The the best and reasonable phone I have seen so far. Almost same specs compare to other fancy brands. But the problem here is it wont be available in Pakistan and if you want to buy it online there is **** involved by the PTA for clearance.. Which is ***

    Zuk is no where near t it :)

    • Muhammad Yasir

      exactly. i said a similar thing on the ZUK launch post in propk.

  • KMQ

    Aey kash ke hum, phone yeh yahan, itne main le paeen…

  • Aman Chawla

    Dukh Hota h AAMIR Sb Jo Price Official Company Ki Hoti hain Aur Aise Specification Dekh Kar Dil Kehta kash yehi Price Yehi Specification Pakistan m available hote Kash :(

  • Aman Chawla

    #AamirAtta Sb Request Please Dont Publish These Type Phone which was official Not Available in Pakistan Thanks

    • Aadil

      Why not? People still deserve to know whats out there. Otherwise they will keep on thinking that Qmobile is cheap and great value for money or that Samsung and Apple are the best. The market is becoming more consumer friendly and Xiaomi, Oneplus, Lenovo are at the forefront. These companies make single digit profits, they deserve the limelight. On the other hand Samsung and Apple make hundreds of dollars on each phone and still poor after sales service. Qmobile sells cheap chinese phones and no after sales service despite huge profits.

      • Muhammad Yasir

        well said … these Chinese companies will surpise you greatly if you tend to explore them a bit. infact some of them are making phones of the highest quality which give phones like Iphone a v.good fight but cost less than half of an Iphone’s retail !

        sadly Pakistanis seems to have redundant , blind mindsets … they almost NEVER learn to endorse and embrace new things !

        • Aadil

          Rightly said. Most people are stuck with their first impressions of low quality chinese goods. China’s big and so is the variety in their standard of quality. There are some extremely good OEMs while their are some cheap ones too.

          • Muhammad Yasir

            exactly ! but this is what the local populace fails to see … its like there’s this transparent veil clouding their fair vision.

            i have seen people demanding Qualcomm chipsets on Infinix phones because MTK ‘suck’ apparently !

            • Aadil

              True. And MTK isn’t even a Chinese company. Yet it gets all the hate because its cheap and is used in cheap Chinese phones.
              When compared against the SD810, i’d say X10 was superior. It was let down by the use of old graphics chips by most OEMs. Last year was MTK’s year and its made itself quite prominent now.

              • Muhammad Yasir

                yeah … Taiwan is pretty hot in terms of hardware manufacture and goes to show that …

                1. Hardware market and Hardware fields are not dead. you fricking need something to run your famed software on. you cant just simulate anything on thin air. So its not that Software will take over the world , there’s money to be made in every field , one has to be prudent enough. Hardware and Software hold their own spots in the market.

                2. Even a 3rd/2nd world country can handle sophisticated manufacture processes like CPU/GPU manufacture , which should be a slap on Pakistan’s face for not taking any steps in this regard for their own share in the market. Maybe Spreadtrum could use some subsidized and tax free zones here for making chips ?

                SD 810 was a disaster , to MTK’s Benefit and they almost took Full advantage with the X10. I hope their X20 will be something good altho eyes are on the X30 which is supposed to go up against the SD 820 and any upcoming Exynos. Hopefully we can get more MTK phones here to kill off inflation and get fantastic smartphones at killer prices locally !

                • Aadil

                  Yeah Taiwan is known for chip manufacturing. Everyone’s heard of TSMC, after all they manufacture chips for Apple.
                  You are right, we’ve got abundance of silicon, cheap labour, software developers, one the biggest smartphone markets, engineers. Chip manufacturing should be easy and its a recipe for success.
                  Hell! Pakistan can easily overtake India’s Silicon Valley within a decade.

                  Hope phones boasting MediaTeks coupled with some good GPUs come around in the next few years. Qualcomm has always overpriced their chips all because of the lack of competition. Remember how OnePlus 2’s price had to be raised by $30 because of the SD810?

  • Shehzad

    Launching Date in india is 3rd March. Getting it from there inshaAllah :)

    • Aadil


    • How? Can you guide others as well. Thanks

      • Shehzad

        Its a Long String idea Actually. My Czn is in duabi and he has many indian buddies. Baqi aap sb smjh skty ho :)
        InshaAllah without PTA clearance and other bullshits k set mil jaey ga tou pics zaroor share karon ga.
        Everyone has someone in dubai yar try karo aap log bhe.

        • Muhammad Yasir

          i dont have anyone :(

        • KMQ

          Shehzad bhai kia Dubai main launch nahi hoga yeh officialy? agar wahan hota hai launch tu phir tu koi issue hi nahi… :-)

      • Adeel

        Simple hai yar amazon pe order place kar do wo deliver kar den because they deliver their products worldwide ya agar wahan relative ya friend hai to us se mangwa lo

    • forever

      mainu ve das oye

  • Usman

    Hey Xiaomi Pak is big market your competitors making big profits here. Plz come to Pakistan ?

  • Farrukh Khan

    Official prices are something like this :

    3gb ram with 32gb storage is for PKR. 32,000
    3gb ram with 64 gb storage is for PKR 36,000
    4gb ram with 128gb storage is for PKR 43,000 with 3d glass back

    • Muhammad Yasir

      pretty sweet but im sure the local market will cause horiid inflation and spoil the overall pleasantries on offer by Xiaomi :/

    • Imran

      Source of these ‘Official’ prices ?
      From where we can buy and see these hand sets in Pakistan ?

      • Farrukh Khan

        I saw in the official press release by Hugo Barra CEO of Xiaomi in the live event. You can search any ways..

    • Aadil

      EDIT: 4GB RAM version has Ceramic back, the rest have 3D glass back

  • AB

    folks, i believe these devices are not available in pakistan. correct ?

    • Nawaz Arshad


    • Muhammad Yasir

      nothing good ever is….

  • is it better then samsung???