Xiaomi today launched its Mi 5X handset as was scheduled a couple days back. The Mi 5X brings a lot of the flagship Mi 6’s features to the masses in a more affordable package. Currently, the smartphone is exclusive to China and was launched for a price ¥1,499 (~Rs 14,300) and we do not know if Xiaomi will bring it to other markets.
Xioami has gone for a premium looking design rather than stick to something from last generation for the Mi 5X. The smartphone comes in a slick all-metal unibody with the customary wrap-around antenna bands at the top and the bottom. Clearly the iPhone 7 design language has resonated with a lot of Chinese brands and for this once Xiaomi too has decided to adopt it. To make sure that the smartphone remains pristine even after day-to-day usage, the company has used an anti-fingerprint coating on the handset. The major breaks from Apple’s design philosophy is the placement of the fingerprint scanner at the rear and presence of physical capacitive UI buttons below the display. Overall, the Xiaomi Mi 5X does look the part of a premium budget handset vis-à-vis its contemporaries.
What is budget about the Xiaomi though is the hardware it packs inside, featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory. On the display front the device has a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080 x1920) panel. Xiaomi has focused on getting the camera right, the primary shooter at the rear of the phone is a twin 12-megapixel arrangement. Apparently, one of the sensors is the SONY IMX386 coupled with a Samsung sensor. Both are 12-megapixel sensors but one is a telephoto shooter while the other is standard which is the same arrangement as on the more expensive Mi 6. Selfie duties are to be handled by a 16-megapixel snapper up front. What the budget Mi 5X misses out is any form of image stabilisation.
On the battery front, the Mi 5X is endowed with a 3080mAh unit with a USB Type-C connector for charging purposes.
Xiaomi has announced MIUI 9.0 alongside the Mi 5X and the smartphone comes out of the box with the company’s proprietary UI layer based on Android v.7.x, Nougat. Xiaomi is promising quick updates for all supported hardware and if you are the adventurous types you can enroll for the Beta which starts from the 11 of August.
Apart from being based on Nougat, MIUI also comes with a slew of important new features. The three most important of these are,
The image search basically allows you to pull up images by searching via keywords. This is across the handset, so the images will be pulled from the gallery, the messages et al.
The Smart application launcher allows the user to launch a set of applications depending on what is being displayed. E.g., it will open the Map application if you mention about travelling somewhere.
Smart Assistant, as you can imagine is a search function for whatever is on your smartphone. It can be used to pull up images and text via their description.
Currently, since the Mi 5X is only launched in China and other Xiaomi phones are yet to be updated to the same we might have to wait and see how they perform w.r.t. to Google’s services like Google Assistant and Google Photos.
Pricing and Availability
As stated earlier, Xiaomi has launched the Mi 5X exclusively in China for ¥1,499 (~Rs 14,300). You can pre-order the phone although availability will only commence from the 1 of August.
The smartphone would be available in Black, Gold and Rose Gold.