Xiaomi Mi 5X smartphone with MIUI 9 launched in China

NEW DELHI: Xiaomi on Wednesday unveiled its Mi 5X smartphone in China close by the next-gen smartphone interface, the MIUI 9. Unlike other Xiaomi smartphones, the Mi 5X just comes in one RAM and storage capacity version 4GB+64GB and costs CNY 1,499, which is approximately Rs 14,200. The smartphone will go on a sale in China in August. It will be available in three color variants – Black, Gold and Pink.

The highlight of the smartphone is its dual rear cameras and MIUI 9. The Xiaomi Mi 5X sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor alongside 4GB RAM.

It has dual 12MP rear cameras, of which one is used for telephoto zooming while the other is for wide-angle shots. The wide angle lens comes with f/2.2 aperture while the telephoto zoom lens comes with f/2.6 aperture. A similar setup was also used in the recently announced Xiaomi Mi6 flagship smartphone. There is also a 5MP front-facing sensor with constant beautification feature.

Supporting a microSD card (up to 128GB), the Xiaomi Mi 5X also includes 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, GPS, A-GPS and USB Type-C. Other than featuring a fingerprint sensor at the back, the Xiaomi Mi 5X also has bolster for DHS Audio Calibration Algorithm for better audio quality output. The device is backed by a 3080mAh battery and has a metal unibody design with curved edges.

The MIUI 9, then again, brings features like Xiaomi’s Smart Assistant, built-in Image Search and a new file system among other features. Based on Android 7.0 Nougat, the new user interface’s Smart Assistant lets you search for images inside the gallery based on names and locations, something similar to what Google has for the Photos app. The UI also includes a Smart App Launcher, which can open apps based on the contents on the screen. The MIUI 9 ROM is only available in China until further notice. There is no word with reference to when the UI, or for that matter the smartphone will hit other locales.

Xiaomi at the same event also launched its artificial intelligence based speaker, the Mi AI speaker for CNY 299, approximately Rs 2,850.