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Xiaomi unveiled its flagship device, the Mi 5, at the recently concluded Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, after months of anticipation. It was released in China via flash sale earlier this month, and was launched Thursday in India.

As expected, the Mi 5 is more powerful than its predecessor and comes with a fingerprint sensor, but there are chances of Mi 4 owners feeling indecisive over whether to go for an upgrade. They have several factors to consider, including pricing. Let's have a look at what these handsets offers — from design to specifications.

Design

Both the Mi 5 and Mi 4 come with a metal build, but the former looks sleeker. The Mi 5 has curved edges on the back, while its predecessor has a flat back. The premium variant called the Mi 5 Pro has a ceramic back.

Display

Xiaomi Mi 4 sports a 5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixel (441ppi pixel density) resolution. The Mi 5 is slightly larger than its predecessor. It has a 5.15-inch full-HD screen with 1,920x1,080 pixel (428 ppi pixel density) resolution.

Hardware and software

The Mi 5 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI v7.0. It also has a 16MP Sony IMX298 main camera, a 4MP front-snapper with 2µm pixel size and a 3,000mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology.

On the other hand, the Mi 4 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, Android 4.4.3 KitKat, a 13MP main camera, an 8MP front-snapper, and non-removable 3,080mAh battery.

Storage

Xiaomi Mi 4 comes packed with 16GB/64GB internal memory and 3GB RAM. On the other hand, the Mi 5 comes in three variants — 32GB internal memory and 3GB RAM, 64GB internal memory and 3GB RAM, and 128GB internal storage and 4GB RAM.

Features

The Mi 5 has a fingerprint sensor with the home button, but the Mi 4 doesn't have this feature. The new flagship is a dual-SIM (two nano SIM card slots) device that supports 4G LTE networks and USB Type-C, whereas the Mi 4 has a single micro SIM slot that supports USB 3.0.

Pricing

Only the 32GB variant of Mi 5 is available in India at the moment, and it comes with a price tag of Rs. 24,999. However, the Mi 4 16GB variant is currently available on its official website for Rs. 14,999, and the 64GB model is priced Rs. 17,999.

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