Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi launched the Mi 4 flagship in India in late January 2015. The company is now all set to launch its latest flagship offering called the Xiaomi Mi 5 in the coming days. The Mi 5 is expected to be a feature-loaded flagship device for a budget price tag, just like its predecessor. The company is expected to launch the Mi 5 in its home market of China in the coming days, and since India is one of the largest vendors for the brand across the globe, it is expected to launch its latest flagship in the country in the country soon after the unveiling in China.
If you are a Mi 4 user and planning to upgrade to the Mi 5, or looking for a flagship device in budget prices, let’s compare the rumored specifications of the Mi 5 and Mi 4.
Xiaomi Mi 5 vs Xiaomi Mi 4: comparing budget feature-loaded offerings
The Xiaomi Mi 4 offers a decent design with a plastic back. The phone measures 8.9mm around the waist and weighs 149 grams. The Xiaomi MI 5 is on the other hand is expected to offer a sturdier build than its predecessor with a metallic body and a glass rear panel. The phone is expected to be released in the slim profile. Overall, the Mi 5 is expected to offer an all new better design than its predecessor.
Display and OS
The Xiaomi Mi 4 offers a 5-inch full HD display with a pixel density of 441 pixels per inch to deliver an impressive media viewing experience. Its successor on the other hand is expected to arrive with a slightly bigger 5.2-inch display that bears 2K resolution, which will offer better media viewing experience than its predecessor thanks to the higher ppi and rich colours. On the software front, the Mi 5 and Mi 4, both offer MIUI 7 based on Android Lollipop. However, the Mi 5 is expected to bring some additional software tweaks. Overall, the Mi 5 is certainly expected to offer a better display and software experience than its predecessor.
The Xiaomi Mi 4 is powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, which is further supported by a meaty 3GB of RAM. The phone comes with 16GB of internal memory. The Mi 5 on the other hand is expected to be powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, aided by a generous 4GB of RAM. It will be available in 32GB and 64GB internal storage variants. Overall, when it comes to the configuration, the Mi 5 will certainly offer better specs than the Mi 4.
The Xiaomi Mi 4 offers a 13-megapixel primary snapper with an LED flash, and an 8-megapixel secondary shooter. Its successor on the other hand is expected to bring a better 16-megapixel primary camera with phase detection autofocus, a dual-LED flash and 4K video recording capabilities. The Xiaomi Mi 5 will also get a better 13-megapixel secondary snapper for selfies and video calling. Overall, the Mi 5 will offer a much better camera experience than its predecessor.
Connectivity and battery
As far as the connectivity is concerned, the Xiaomi Mi 4 offers 4G LTE support in China, but was released as a 3G-only offering in India. Its predecessor on the other hand is expected to not miss any connectivity option available on the market. It will arrive with a 4G LTE support for global networks, NFC, latest standard Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 and A-GPS. Talking about the battery, the Mi 4 is equipped with a 3,080mAh unit, while its successor is expected to be fuelled by a bigger 3,600mAh battery.
The Xiaomi Mi 4 was one of the first devices to boast a Snapdragon 801 processor with 64-bit computing capabilities. It offers a compact and rich colour-producing display, great configuration, decent camera specs and amazing battery life. Its successor, the Xiaomi Mi 5 on the other hand will be bringing several upgrades over its predecessor with a bigger and better display, the latest Qualcomm processor, higher amount of RAM and internal storage, better camera features, and a larger battery. As for the pricing, the Xiaomi Mi 4 is available through the brand’s official sales partners for Rs 14,999. Since the Xiaomi Mi 5 will be bringing several upgrades over the Mi 4 along with a fingerprint sensor, it is expected to be offered for a higher price tag. The Mi 5 is expected to go official on January 21st, and will be available in China after the Spring festival, followed by a launch in India in the coming weeks.