Xiaomi Mi 5 unboxing: unwrapping the brand’s latest flagship

“We take a peek inside the Mi 5’s retail box”

Xiaomi Mi 5_4

As promised, Xiaomi has launched the Mi 5 flagship in India within a month of launching the Redmi Note 3 (review). In China, there are three variants of the Mi 5 – 32GB, 64GB and the 128GB Pro variant. While it was always unlikely that the Mi 5 Pro would make it to India, Xiaomi has also decided to skip the 64GB variant for now, leaving Indian buyers with just the 32GB model. Priced at Rs 24,999, the phone doesn’t wow in terms of pricing, but considering it’s loaded innards (specifically the flagship Snapdragon 820 chip), it’s a justifiable price.

The Mi 5 goes on sale starting April 6th, but we’ve already got ourselves a retail unit. We’ve brought you our first impressions of the Mi 5 from the initial launch at MWC, but now let’s take a look at the box contents.

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Xiaomi’s brown box packaging had become something of a trademark, but the brand decided to forgo that for a more mainstream approach with the Redmi Note 3. The Mi 5 follows suit, packed in a white box with the various colour options of the smartphone in the front. Opening up the lid, the Mi 5 greets you in a cardboard tray. Underneath the tray you’ll find the rest of the box contents – a user guide and warranty information, SIM ejector tool, two-pin wall charger and USB Type-C cable. 

Surprisingly, while the Mi 5 supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 tech, the included charger supports only Quick Charge 2.0. While Quick Charge 3.0 tech doesn’t offer massive increases in charging speeds, it does make for more efficient charging, so we’re left wondering why Xiaomi didn’t include a charger with native support for the technology.

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To recap on the specs, the Xiaomi Mi 5 features a 5.15-inch full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. It’s powered by a 1.8GHz quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor, paired with 3GB of RAM. There’s 32GB of internal storage, but no microSD card slot for expansion. The smartphone features a 16MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, along with a 4 UltraPixel front camera. A 3,000mAh battery fuels the device. In terms of connectivity, the Mi 5 offers dual-SIM, 4G LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, Infrared and USB Type-C.  The Mi 5 runs MIUI 7 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. We’ll be bringing you more on the Mi 5 over the coming week, so stay tuned for our review.
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