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Xiaomi launches new phone at Rs 24,999 in India

Mi 5 comes with a Sony IMX298 16 megapixel sensor with dual-tone LED flash, 4K video recording

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Publish Date: Apr 1 2016 4:02PM | Updated Date: Apr 1 2016 4:02PM

Xiaomi launches new phone at Rs 24,999 in India

 Chinese smartphone maker has finally launched its new flagship smartphone - Mi 5 - in India. 

 
While the phone comes in three storage options, the company has introduced only the 32 GB variant in India at a price of Rs 24,999. Xioami's latest flagship phone will go on sale in India from April 6. It will be available on Mi.com. The Xiaomi Mi 5, which is the successor to the Mi 4, is said to be inspired by the design of the Mi Note. 
 
The new phone features curved edges and sports a slim metal frame with a 3D ceramic body which is claimed to be durable, wear resistant, and feels like marble. As Xiaomi VP Hugo Barra explains, the 3D ceramic body is 75 per cent more expensive than 3D glass. 
 
Touted to be "insanely fast", the Mi 5 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 64-bit quad-core chipset, which is the latest Snapdragon processor in the market and is claimed to offer 200 per cent improved performance with 50 per cent reduction in power consumption. It includes 3 GB of RAM. The Mi 5 ships with MIUI 7 which is based on Android Marshmallow. 
 
The Mi 5 comes with a Sony IMX298 16 megapixel sensor with dual-tone LED flash, PDAF, OIS, and 4K video recording. It sports a 4 megapixel front camera with 2um pixel size. It has a 3000 mAh battery with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology. Weighing 129 grams, the Mi 5 is about 14 g lighter than the iPhone 6s. 
It is 7.25 mm thick and features a 5.15-inch QHD display with a resolution of 2560x1440 pixels. In a bid to offer more user security and ease of use, Xiaomi has also added a front fingerprint sensor to the Mi 5. The Mi 5 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Xiaomi's newest MIUI7 layer atop. Other specifications include 4G LTE with VoLTE support and dual SIM support. The Mi 5 comes in white, black, and gold colour options.