Xiaomi may be a lesser-known company in Kenya, but the Chinese OEM is now the leading smartphone vendor in India and has a spot on the top 5 leading smartphone vendors in China.
In its home country, Xiaomi has been nicknamed “The Apple of China” thanks to the premium full-metal designs of Mi and Redmi phones that closely mimic the iPhone. With this in mind, you’ll definitely love the feel and look of the Xiaomi Mi 5, a flagship phone that was announced at the same event as Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge – MWC 2016.
Since it is the company’s 2016 flagship, the Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with similarly flagship specs and features. In fact, the handset carries the same hardware specs as the highly-rated Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. However, Xiaomi has made its name in China, India and other Asian markets by selling high-end products at very affordable prices.
It is for this reason that you can get your hands on the Xiaomi Mi 5 at just ksh 34,205 at KiliMall. This is an unbeatable price in the Kenyan market, especially when looking at the performance levels you get from the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor that powers the Mi 5 phone. The processor is then paired with a decent 3GB RAM and for storage, the Mi 5 comes with a nice package of 64GB. Still, you get a microSD card slot, but this also doubles as the second SIM-card slot.
In terms of display, the Xiaomi Mi 5 has a compact 5.15-inch LCD screen that has a decent resolution of 1080p. This ensures that you get crystal clear views of those videos or even web content that you are checking on the phone. To protect it from easily catching scratches or cracking, there’s Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 technology, which is also used on the glass panel on the back.
For cameras, the Mi 5 comes in with a high-end 16MP sensor that features 4-axis optical image stabilization (OIS) and PDAF features that ensure you get the best shots no matter how shaky your hands get. The main sensor’s f/2.0 aperture and the presence of a dual-tone LED flash also mean that you get the best shots even when in low-light conditions. Being a flagship, this camera can also be used to record up to 4K videos at 30 frames per second, which is pretty good. The front has a powerful 4MP sensor with an aperture of f/2.0, meaning it delivers just as great selfies, however, you only get up to 1080p video recording, which is still great.
To keep the Xiaomi Mi 5 alive is a decent 3000mAh battery that is charged via the latest USB-C port. Also, the presence of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 means you get the company’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology, which promises to charge the Mi 5’s battery from 0-83% in just 30 minutes. Impressive huh! As for the software, there’s Android Marshmallow out of the box with MIUI skin on top, but an update to Android 7.0 Nougat is already available.
Other features that you’ll find on the ksh 35K-rated Xiaomi Mi 5 include a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, NFC for mobile payment, 4G LTE, the latest Bluetooth v4.2 and a 3.5mm audio jack, among others. As noted earlier, the Mi 5 is now selling via KiliMall at just ksh 34,205, but this is not inclusive of the shipping fee, which is about ksh 500 countrywide.