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    Ask MoDaCo: The Xiaomi Mi 5


    PaulOBrien

    Nearly 2 years after the announcement of the last Xiaomi flagship - the Mi 4 - its successor, the cleverly named Mi 5, is now available. Featuring a Snapdragon 820 CPU, 3 or 4GB RAM, 32GB - 128GB storage and a 16 Megapixel camera with innovative IOS, the device ticks all the boxes on the dream spec sheet. But how does it measure up as a whole? We're testing one, so if you have questions, ask away!

    The full specs are as follows:

    • Android 6.0 with MIUI 7.2
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 @ 1.8GHz (32GB model) / 2.15GHz (64GB/128GB models)
    • Adreno 530 graphics processor @ 510MHz (32GB model) / 624MHz (64GB / 128GB models)
    • 3GB LPDDR4 1333MHz dual-channel RAM / 32GB UFS2.0 storage
    • or 3GB LPDDR4 1333MHz dual-channel RAM / 64GB UFS2.0 storage
    • or 4GB LPDDR4 1333MHz dual-channel RAM / 128GB UFS2.0 storage
    • 5.15" Full HD (1920x1080) screen with 600 nits brightness, 428PPI
    • 16 Megapixel rear camera with 4 axis OIS, f/2.0 aperture, 6 part lens, sapphire glass cover, PDAF, auto HDR
    • Ultrapixel front facing camera - 4 Megapixel, f/2.0 aperture, with wide angle and beauty shot
    • 4K video capture
    • Dual SIM
    • 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac dual-band wireless network, with MU-MIMO
    • Bluetooth 4.2
    • NFC
    • Front mounted fingerprint reader / home button
    • White / Black / Gold plastic curved-edge back panel (3GB models)
    • Black ceramic curved-edge back panel (4GB model)
    • 3000mAh battery
    • USB Type-C
    • 144.55 mm x 69.2 mm x 7.25 mm 
    • 129g (3GB models)
    • 139g (4GB model)

    Full details can be found at the Chinese site - http://www.mi.com/mi5/.

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    Hi Paul - bit hard to contact you via twitter so for doing this :D

    1) How do you find the battery life compared to the devices you currently have, including the redmi 3 (i have one of these)
    2) Is the camera the let down some articles are saying it is?
    3) How is the build quality?
    4) How is the screen quality compared to the competition

    non xiaomi mi 5 questions:

    1) are you still gonna do a podcast? i really enjoyed them
    2) recommend me a cheap VPN?

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    2 hours ago, toge64 said:

    Hi Paul - bit hard to contact you via twitter so for doing this :D

    1) How do you find the battery life compared to the devices you currently have, including the redmi 3 (i have one of these)
    2) Is the camera the let down some articles are saying it is?
    3) How is the build quality?
    4) How is the screen quality compared to the competition

    non xiaomi mi 5 questions:

    1) are you still gonna do a podcast? i really enjoyed them
    2) recommend me a cheap VPN?

    1) Too early to say really, I doubt it will be up to the standard of the Redmi 3 though, as that is epic.

    2) So far I'm finding it good!

    3) Flawless on my unit

    4) Very very good, no complaints.

    5) Podcast is on hiatus for now, but never say never!

    6) I use this VPN and it's very good

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    On 3/22/2016 at 3:41 PM, toge64 said:

    How is the speaker quality? 

    Well it's a single speaker on the bottom, so it isn't BOOMSOUND quality but it's pretty loud and decent!

    P

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    Hi Paul, 

    Hope you have spent some time with the new MI5 now. Few things I would like to find out - 

    1. Can you share how the camera is esp low light performance? I am using the LG G4 currently and its spectacular when it comes to camera so was wondering how do you rate this phone's camera? 

    2. If you import it from China, how easy is it to install the global ROM and install play store etc? Would OTA be a problem if you import?

    3. If its a Chinese import and requires root to install google services/English ROM? 

    4. Does good for enterprise work on this phone ? 

     

    Thanks

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