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Xiaomi Launches Flagship Smartphone

The leading smartphone producer in China is hoping to maintain its stranglehold on the market with its new flagship phone.

xiaomiXiaomi, during this week’s Mobile World Congress, showed off its Mi 5 device and the reception was positive. Not a surprising response considering the device’s specs, low cost and sleek design.

“This is basically ahead of the pack in many ways when it comes to flagship devices,” Hugo Barra, Xiaomi’s vice-president of international operations, was quoted as saying by The Financial Post after the Mi 5 was presented in Barcelona.

“You’re looking at a third to a half of the price that you would expect to pay for another flagship device with similar capabilities,” he stated.

Website Phandroid laid out the phone’s details noting its 5.2-inch 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 16MP camera, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 3,00mAh battery. Those figures place the device beside Samsung’s S7 and LG’s recently announced G5.

The device will enter the Chinese market next month and will come in three versions. The Mi 5 Pro, with more memory and a ceramic body, will cost 2,699 yuan (US$413).

The cheapest version will cost 1,999 yuan (US$305).

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