Many Xiaomi smartphones have been floating in the Nepali market and many companies are claiming to be distributors of Mi products. Finally, Vatsal Impex has been appointed as the official distributor for Xiaomi mobiles in Nepal. We had a bloggers meet with the company and they are coming up with the latest products as soon as they can. At first, the company is launching just one phone, so now people can buy genuine Xiaomi Mi 5 at a reasonable price. In this article, we are discussing the specifications, features, price, and hardware of the Mi 5.
For now, the official MRP or Xiaomi Mi 5 price in Nepal is Rs 49,999. This is a flagship phone that can compete with many other high-end and expensive mobiles of other companies. It comes with an FHD screen, Gorilla Glass 4, Snapdragon 820 processor, 16 MP camera with 4K video recording capability, and tons of other features. It is a very capable phone that competes with flagship phones at a lower price.
The smartphones from Xiaomi are known for having reasonable hardware for the lowest price. Mi products are Chinese and they are starting to create a market base in Nepal. Even though Chinese electronics have a somewhat questionable reputation in the market, Xiaomi is one of the leading and sought-after mobile manufacturers. Mi phones are reshaping public opinion of the quality of Chinese mobiles in Nepal.
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Xiaomi Mi 5 Specifications and Overview
- Dimension: 144.6 x 69.2 x 7.3
- Weight: 129g
- Display: 5.15 Inches IPS LCD Screen
- Resolution: 1080×1920
- Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 4
- SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (Quad-Core)
- CPU Details: 1.8 GHz Kryo and 1.36 GHz Kryo Dual-Core sets
- GPU: Adreno 530
- Memory: 3 GB LPDDR4 RAM
- Storage: 32 GB UFS 2.0 Internal, No memory card support
- Battery: 3000 mAh Lithium-Polymer
- Fast Charging Rate: 18W
- Back Camera: 16 Megapixels with f/2.0 Aperture (PDAF, OIS)
- Video: 4K at 30 fps, 1080p at 30 fps, and 720p at 120 fps
- Front Camera: 4 Megapixels with f/2.0 Aperture
- Video: 1080p at 30 fps
- OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow (MIUI 10)
- Connectivity and Sensors: USB Type-C, Front-mounted fingerprint scanner, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyrosensor, Proximity
Design and Build
The design of the Xiaomi Mi 5 is very premium looking due to its curved back, metallic side rails, and glassy finish. The bezel is very thin which makes the display look big and immersive. At the front, there are backlit soft keys and a home button with a fingerprint scanner as well. The top side of the phone has a headphone jack and IR blaster.
On the bottom side, there is a USB Type C port and speaker grill. On the right side of the phone, there is the power button and volume rocker. The buttons are brilliantly tactile and they feel really clicky. The back of the phone is also very simple with the Mi logo at the bottom and a camera with dual-tone LED flash at the top.
Internal Hardware: Processor, Memory, Battery
The Xiaomi Mi 5 is powered by the latest Snapdragon 820 chipset which has a quad-core processor and a beefy new Adreno 530 GPU. There are three versions of this phone which include ‘Standard’, ‘Prime’ and ‘Pro’. The edition that comes to Nepal is ‘Standard’ which means no 4 GB RAM or 128 GB option. In Nepal, we get 3 GB RAM and a 32 GB storage option. The ceramic or ‘Pro’ version isn’t coming to Nepal at this time. Also, there is no external storage or SD card option so you will have to work at 32 GB because 64 GB options also aren’t coming to Nepal.
For power, the phone is using a 3000 mAh battery. It is a non-removable sealed-in battery. The battery also supports Quick Charge 3.0 because there is a Qualcomm processor. This battery size is quite sufficient for a gadget of this specification. However, the usage and life depend on the application, network, and user.
As Mi 5 is a Xiaomi phone, there is the company’s own MIUI. It is very different from the standard stock Android UI. So users might need some practice for getting used to it. The MIUI runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, so it can get future updates.
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Display and Camera
On the front of the phone, Xiaomi Mi 5 has a 5.15″ IPS LCD screen with a 1080×1920 resolution. It is also protected by Gorilla Glass 4. Just above the display, there is a 4 MP camera for selfies and video chat. This is quite a small camera because many mid-range phones are now coming with 5 MP or even 8 MP cameras.
These days camera is very important because no matter what anyone says, a better camera equals a better phone. So the Mi 5 has a 16 MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and optical image stabilization (OIS) at the back. This camera can record 4K videos at 30 fps and 720p slow-motion at 120 fps. The aperture size is f/2.0 which means low light photography is good but not quite good as the Samsung Galaxy S7 or even Galaxy S6. By the way, Xiaomi has used dual-tone flash in this device so there is better color production.
For a price bracket of Rs 50,000, Xiaomi Mi 5 is a very good option if you want a cool-looking phone with fast hardware and a powerful camera. The only thing we found pinching here is the processor and storage option. Within this price range, many smartphone companies are giving octa-core processors. So if Xiaomi Mi5 only had such a processor and a 64 GB model available, it would have been the perfect phone for this range. Therefore we can only recommend you this phone if you can satisfy your needs with 32 GB storage and a quad-core processor, Anyway, this is just the start so we are positive that Xiaomi’s upcoming models will be better for Nepali consumers.