Hugo Barra reveals Xiaomi Mi 5 features ahead of formal launch

Hugo Barra reveals Xiaomi Mi 5 features ahead of formal launch

Xiaomi is all set to once again disrupt the smartphone market by launching the Mi 5 on February 24. But ahead of the formal launch, Global VP Hugo Barra revealed some of the major features of the upcoming flagship.

Barra used his social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook to reveal the Xiaomi Mi 5 features. Unlike some previous leaks, he showcased a screenshot of the Mi 5 that details its features. “Here’s sneak peek of my #Mi5 home screen today. Spot anything new?” he tweeted along with the screenshot.

The screenshot suggests the presence of NFC and dual-SIM connectivity on the Mi 5. In addition, it reveals Xiaomi’s Mi app store that would offer an app marketplace on the new smartphone.

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Xiaomi Mi 5 screenshot (Courtesy: Hugo Barra)

Xiaomi ditched NFC support from the Mi 4, though it was available on its predecessors — Mi 3 and Mi 2A. CEO Lei Jun advocated the Xiaomi’s move and mentioned in an interview that only one percent of the Mi 3 and Mi 2A users actually used NFC. However, with the arrival of some mobile payment services, the company is perhaps started favouring the wireless technology.

In addition to the presence of NFC, dual-SIM connectivity is one of the major new changes in the Mi 5 over the Mi 4. Asian markets, especially India and China, largely favour smartphones with dual-SIM option. This appeared to be the reason that why Xiaomi is planning to offer two SIM card slots instead of just one on its upcoming offering.

The Mi 5 is likely to have a hybrid SIM card slot that would hold either a microSD card and a SIM card or two SIM cards. This new slot has already been featured on some of the new Chinese smartphone models.

Barra’s screenshot also reveals that the Mi 5 would have a display panel with 1920 x 1080 pixels (full-HD) resolution. A previous report claimed that Beijing-based Xiaomi is planning to launch four different variants of the Mi 5, where the two metal variants will have full-HD display panels while the other two will come with premium glass build and will sport a QHD display panel.

The Xiaomi Mi 5 will be launched at a high-scale event in Beijing. The new smartphone will feature 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset that has an octa-core CPU and up to 4GB of RAM.

Apart from the new chipset, the company is preparing to offer a large, 3,600mAh battery with fast charging support. The smartphone is rumoured to have a 16-megapixel primary camera sensor and a fingerprint sensor. Also, it is said to be running on Android-based MIUI 7 skin and would also come in a Windows 10 variant.

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