Xiaomi Mi5 has what it takes to win, but will India get it soon?

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Barcelona | Published: February 25, 2016 12:59:03 AM

The Xiaomi Mi5 is here. And it has enough specs and innovation to be able to take up a frenzy that gives it the kind of sales volume that will keep the Chinese start-up on top of global charts for a while.

The Xiaomi Mi5 is here. And it has enough specs and innovation to be able to take up a frenzy that gives it the kind of sales volume that will keep the Chinese start-up on top of global charts for a while.

The stylish new phone will be available in three versions including an Mi5 Pro version with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage and a ceramic body. This version should sell in India between Rs 25,000 and Rs 30,000 if you convert the China pricing. However, the question will be when the phone comes to India.

While Xiaomi vice president Hugo Barra specifically mentioned India will get the phone soon, going by past record that will be a few months from now. The Redmi 3, for instance, is just being launched in India.

The Mi 5 will, however, find lots of takers in India as the device has a great price, a stunning camera with the first implementation of four-axis optical image stabilisation and VoLTE which will become popular when Reliance Jio launches.

In fact, there is a possibility that the two launches might coincide. The phone also offers a great Full HD display which despite being among the brightest will be able to reduce power consumption.

It will also be among the first phones to be available with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, which has over 100 new models in the works.

The phone was simultaneously launched in China and at the MWC in Spain, the first time Xiaomi has organised a European launch. Incidentally, Xiaomi is among the top five smartphone vendors in the world despite a couple of slow quarters.

Barra said the company sold 70 million devices globally in 2015 and was the largest online brand in China. However, in markets like India its delay in getting a localised UI has given a look in for new brands like Le Eco which also has similar ambitions and business models. Still, the Qualcomm processor will protect Xiaomi from the litigation it has faced for using MediaTek chips without proper patents licences in India. That could mean an earlier rollout.

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