Right before Xiaomi had its global launch for its flagship Mi 5, the phone along with the Mi 4s were announced in China.
Xiaomi's Hugo Barra was at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona to unveil the new phones and said that the new Mi 5 had perhaps one of the thinnest bezels ever on a smartphone. Besides the sleek slim design, the phone houses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820, 3,000mAh battery and a 5.15in 1920 x 1080 display.
Its 16MP rear camera is one of the first to use Sony’s IMX298 sensor and features phase detection and four-axis optical image stabilisation, with a 4MP front camera. The phone has three variants: one with 32GB/3GB RAM, the second is 64GB/3GB of RAM and the Pro edition has 128GB/4GB RAM. The latter also possesses a ceramic back. Pricing is RMB1,999 (RM1,293), RMB2,299 (RM1,488) and RMB2,699 (RM1,746) respectively.
As for the Mi 4s, it runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, with a 5in 1920 x 1080 display, 3GB of RAM and 64GB storage. Other features include a 13MP rear camera and 5MP frrnt camera as well as a fingerprint sensor, 3,260mAh battery and infra-red module. It is priced at RMB1,699 (RM1,099).
The phones wil be available in China by March 1, but global availability for the other two models has yet to be confirmed. It is likely the 4s will be a China-exclusive for a while as it was not part of the Mi 5 announcement at MWC.