These days, you don’t have to pay top dollar for a decent smartphone with bleeding edge tech.
Want a an edge-to-edge screen but strapped for cash? There’s the B$400 LG Q6. Hate those budget phones that only come in plastic? Motorola’s Moto G5 is sturdy metal for just around B$300.
China is also getting its own mid-range phone with flagship specs in the form of a Xiaomi Mi 5X.
Launched in Beijing yesterday, Xiaomi’s newest phone is essentially a more affordable version of the company’s flagship Mi 6 that came out earlier this year.
The main headliner of the Mi 5X is the dual camera setup, which is similar to the one built on the Mi 6; one a wide-angle lens while the other a telephoto shooter. Both use 12-megapixel sensors.
New to the Mi 5X is MIUI 9, Xiaomi’s newest OS based on Android 7.0 Nougat. The software has three new features – image search, smart app launcher and smart assistant.
The Mi 5X sports a 5.5-inch Full HD screen and is powered by a Snapdragon 625 SoC chip coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It uses USB Type-C for data transfer as well as to charge its 3,080mAh battery.
All this enclosed in a full metal unibody design with rounded edges and anti-fingerprint coating which, along with the horizontal dual camera setup and the placement of the antenna bands, bears a striking resemblence to Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus (the second one I’ve seen this year after the One Plus 5).
Not that that’s a bad thing, considering it’s a sleek design that you’d be spending over a thousand dollars for.
The similarities end with the location of the two-tone flash (left rather than right of the camera), and that round fingerprint scanner on the back.
The Mi 5X comes in black, gold and rose gold variants. For now, it will be exclusively sold in China for RMB 1,499 (around B$300). That’s quite a steal for a solidly-crafted mid-range phone with a dual lens camera system!
Let’s hope the Mi 5X arrives in our shores later this year.