Chinese Challenger Xiaomi's Mi 5 Manages to Clone Apple AND Samsung

By Gary Cutlack on at

This exciting new phone here is the latest product from upcoming Chinese titan Xiaomi, with its Mi 5 somehow managing the amazing trick of being reminiscent of Apple's iPhones and Samsung's Galaxy S models simultaneously.

The Android phone is quite the packed modern gadget, coming with Quick Charge 3.0 power injection, a 5.15-inch 1080p IPS display that's just on the right side of phablet proportion, plus in big news for followers of trends no one really asked for -- a physical home button that incorporates a fingerprint scanner.

Poker-insiders will enjoy the fact that it runs on the hot new Snapdragon 820 platform backed by 3GB or 4GB of RAM (the latter in a "Pro" model variant with a ceramic back cover), so ought to deliver 2016's class-leading power at a substantial discount to the asking price of the LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7. Plus the 3,000 mAh battery ought to last well given the modest-ish display size.

A 16MP Sony sensor with optical image stabilisation does the main big photos, with the Mi 5 managing to weigh just 129g despite having all the things. The bad news is that the Mi 5's prices were only announced in foreign money, working out to an equivalent of around £300 for the Pro; so there's going to be quite the wait for one with English as a default, a proper plug and no import duty shock. [Xiaomi]

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