Expect this phone to kick some serious butt in 2016

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The jury might have been split on the Mi4 but Xiaomi’s 2016 flagship more than makes up. The Rs 24,999 price tag might have disappointed many Mi fans but it ticks quite a few boxes.

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Sunset at the beach at Park Hyatt Goa

We dig the form factor: The gorgeous curves on the rear of the device might be reminiscent of the Note 5 but we like how this device feels every inch like a premium device. The curved back makes it less prone to drops while the featherlight (129 gms) form factor makes it ridiculously light in your hands.

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It’s power packed: we certainly don’t believe that a great spec sheet equals a great user experience. But in this case it does. It’s the first device with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor to debut in India (along with 3GB of RAM) and it almost never stutters whether you’re gaming or multi-tasking

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Indoor shot clicked at the Savera Hotel Chennai

Solid power management: that translates into decent battery life; at least a whole day in the office with a mix of data and multimedia usage. First it’s the 3000 mAh battery and then it’s the lower screen resolution (compared to some of the flagship Android devices) – 428 PPI (Pixels per inch). The 5.15-inch display is still among the best in the sub 30K price band

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Outdoors. Park Hyatt Goa

It’s got some useful features: like Infrared (No we ain’t kidding) that allows you to not just control your TV but a host of appliances through a companion App; Imagine the expression on your guests’ faces when you lower the AC temperature from your Mi5. The fingerprint sensor is one of the most responsive out there.

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And yet it’s not perfect: our big gripe – there’s no extendable memory; 32GB onboard might not work for all folks. The camera is a mixed bag; it walks the talk in optimal lighting conditions but it isn’t quite the Samsung S7 when the sun sets.

Bottomline: The Mi5 has its share of chinks but the positives clearly outweigh the cribs. At Rs 24,999, its beautifully poised to attack the pricey Android flagships and still tempt those with 15,000-20,000 for a device to up their budget a bit.

 

 

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