Two years after making headlines as the world’s most valuable technology startup, Xiaomi is a household name in China—but this is the first time that the six-year-old electronics company has made an appearance at Mobile World Congress (MWC), which means that this is the first year that international press will have a chance to get up close and personal with Xiaomi’s latest family of premium-tier smartphones.
Each powered by the premium-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, the Xiaomi Mi 5 32GB, Mi 5 64GB, and Mi 5 Pro carry on the company’s tradition of offering affordable, high-quality devices. All three devices are optimized to take full advantage of the next-generation capabilities of the Snapdragon 820, including Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology for up to 4 times faster charging over conventional chargers, and the superior connection strength and speeds of the integrated X12 LTE modem.
But just how fast is this new Xiaomi family of phones? With the inclusion of carrier aggregation technology, the X12 LTE modem can support peak upload speeds up to 150 Mbps. But just for fun, Xiaomi teased the Mi 5 release with a video of the world’s record-holding jump-roper. So here’s the metaphorical answer:
Additionally, the combination of the Snapdragon 820’s Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU and custom-architected Qualcomm Kryo CPU sets the stage for console-quality games and life-like virtual reality applications. And for the selfie-set and mobile-media geeks, the Qualcomm Spectra 14-bit dual image signal processors (ISPs) will keep your shots crisp, along with offering support for vivid 4K Ultra HD video with immersive 3D audio.
All three devices are designed for high-speed performance thanks in part to the power of the Snapdragon 820. The primary difference between each model is the amount of internal storage, conveniently reflected in two of the device's names. Both the Mi 5 32GB and Mi 5 64GB have 3GB LPDDR4, while the Mi 5 Pro boasts 128GB internal storage and 4GB LPDDR4 for the power user.
Xiaomi announced that the Mi 5 portfolio will be one of the first devices with Snapdragon 820 to be commercially available, with sales starting March 1 on Mi.com and Mi Home outlets in China. It will be made available in select regions at a later date.