Xiaomi Mi 5 FAQ, Everything you wanted to know – hard-reset.net

The Xiaomi Mi5 was just launched at the MWC 2016 event, and there is a lot to know about the phone before it gets released in the market, and you as a buyer will have several things to ask about it.

Read the FAQ below to find out most of the details of the flagship smartphone from Xiaomi.

Xiaomi Mi 5

What are the variants of the Xiaomi Mi5?

The phone comes in three variants, and these are differentiated by RAM, Storage and Processor clock speed. Here are the variants.

  • 32GB storage, 1.85GHz processor, 3GB RAM
  • 64GB storage, 2.15GHz processor, 3GB RAM
  • 128GB storage, 2.15GHz processor, 4GB RAM (Mi 5 Pro)

There are three variants based on the colors too – White, Black, and Gold.

Is the RAM different as well?

Yes, the 32GB variant has dual-channel 1333MHz 3GB LPDDR4 RAM, while the 64GB variant has dual-channel 1866MHz LPDDR4 3GB RAM, while the 4GB RAM in 128GB variant has the same 1866MHz speed.

What is Xiaomi Mi5 Pro and how is it different?

The Mi 5 Pro is no different from the Mi5 in most of the specs, but it is the third variant in the list above, i.e. it comes with 128GB internal storage, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 clocking at 2.15 GHz, and 4GB of RAM is included.

What’s the display included in the Mi5?

The Mi 5 has a 5.15-inch 1080p display and that gives a pixel density of 428 PPI. The display has 600nit brightness and there is 1500:1 contrast ratio.

What are the internal specs of the Mi 5?

The Xiaomi Mi5 comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, Adreno 530 GPU and the RAM depends on the variant, since the 32GB and 64GB internal storage variants have 3GB RAM included while the 128GB storage variant has 4GB RAM.

The clock speed of the processor also changes with the variant, as the basic 3GB and 32GB variant has 1.85GHz processor, and a 32GB and 3GB variant has 2.15GHz processor as well.

Also, the Xiaomi Mi5 has UFS 2.0: Universal Flash Storage, which is 87% faster for read/write operations and uses a different data architecture than eMMC. UFS is vastly superior than the eMMC storage that is used in most of the other phones.

Does the Mi5 come with MicroSD card slot?

No, there is no MicroSD card slot provided by Xiaomi, and that could be a disappointment because most of the companies have started including the slot but Xiaomi chose against it.

Is the phone a Single SIM or Dual SIM one? What type of SIM card is supported?

The Mi5 has two Nano SIM card slots provided.

Does the phone have 4G LTE connectivity? What other connectivity features are included?

Yes, the Mi 5 does have 4G LTE support with several networks, but that is not it. The better thing here is the support for Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE), which should be a great one where it is supported. Apart from that, there is Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac dual-band wireless network, with MU-MIMO technology, Bluetooth 4.2 technology, Fully featured NFC and WiFi Display, WiFi Direct as well.

Mi5 CameraWhat does the Mi5 pack on the camera aspect?

The phone packs a 16-megapixel camera on the back and there is a lot added along with it – Phase Detection Autofocus, DTI pixel isolation technology, Spectra image processor, 4-axis optical image stabilization (OIS), and the 16MP camera can capture 4K videos. There is support for 32-second manual exposure, Auto HDR capture, Panorama mode, Facial recognition and Burst mode.

The rear camera has a 6-piece lens and there is F/2.0 aperture while the camera lens is covered by Sapphire glass. The camera is supported by Dual LED dual-tone flash.

The front camera is a 4MP camera with a pixel size of 2 microns, so that more light passes through it and brighter captures can be done. It is a F/2.0 aperture and 80-degree lens.

Does the camera support slow-motion video capture?

Yes, there is a support for Slo-mo captures, as the phone can capture 120 fps videos at 720p resolution.

What are the dimensions and weight of the Xiaomi Mi5?

The device measures 144.55 x 69.20 x 7.25mm, and the weight is just 126 gm.

Does the phone battery support fast charging?

Yes, there is support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology, i.e. the new technology that works with Snapdragon 820 processor. The 3000 mAh battery of the phone has USB Type-C connectivity.

What are the sensors included in the Mi5?

Infrared, Gyro, Acceleration sensors, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Hall Sensor, Electronic compass, and Barometer are the sensors provided in the phone.

Does the IR sensor help in using the phone as a remote?

Certainly, that is what the Infrared sensor helps in, as you can use it as a quick remote on the Mi 5.

Does the Mi 5 have a fingerprint sensor for security?

Yes, there is a front fingerprint sensor just below the display, and it is a physical home button as well, with a ceramic coating so it comes with dual purpose.

Does the Xiaomi Mi5 support USB OTG connectivity?

Yes, there is support for the USB OTG connectivity on the Xiaomi Mi 5 smartphone, but you need to make sure you are using an OTG drive that has a USB Type-C pin and not the MicroUSB pin, because the Mi5 has a Type-C port.


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