Xiaomi is upgrading its Xiaomi Mi 3 and Mi Note to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, while the newer Mi 4 is getting 6.0.1 Marshmallow all over the world. The last time we’ve checked, all three smartphones were running on different KitKat versions and the users will be thrilled to hear that their devices will be upgraded directly to Marshmallow.
The Xiaomi Mi 5 is expected to hit the markets this month, it will come pre-installed with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and its price will start at $442.99. If you have an older Xiaomi device, such as a Mi 3, Mi Note or Mi 4, then you will get the latest operating system globally. If your device is running MIUI 5.12.17 or older, then you will need to update to the 5.12.17 version, then install MIUI 6.3.17, Xiaomi’s UI that is based on Android Marshmallow.
The MIUI 7 was released alongside the Mi 5 flagship and it comes with permission management, account locking features, wireless data transfer, some applications have suffered design changes and the battery life has been extended by restricting data to applications. There are also bug fixes and you can check the entire list of changes on the official Xiaomi MIUI forum.
At this moment, it isn’t sure if Marshmallow will roll out to other Xiaomi smartphone such as Xiaomi Mi Pad, Redmi Note 4G, Redmi Note 3 and Mi 4i.
Xiaomi Mi 5 – Specs and Features
If you’re interested in buying the Xiaomi Mi 5 flagship, then you will surely be impressed by its refined the 3D glass curve design, which makes it more rounded than the Xiaomi Mi Note and without a doubt, the metal back really looks gorgeous. As for the screen, it’s an IPS LCD and measures 5.15-inch, but it supports a Full HD resolution at 428ppi and it’s protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The phone houses a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 chip, but the standard edition is powered by a dual-core 1.8 GHz Kryo CPU and a dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo CPU which are paired with 4GB of RAM, while the other version has a combination of two Kryo processors with two cores each running at 2.15 GHz and 1.6 GHz, but they’re backed by 3GB of RAM.
The standard edition has an internal memory of 128GB, while the second model is available in variants of 32GB or 64GB, and unfortunately, the Xiaomi hasn’t added a microSD card slot for expansion. As for the cameras, the primary one supports 16MP and has an aperture of f/2.0, as well as features such as phase detection autofocus, OIS (4-axis), dual-LED (dual tone) flash, 1/2.8″ sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size etc, while the secondary camera is 4MP with the same aperture, but it has a 1/3″ sensor size and 2µm pixel size. The Xiaomi Mi 5 is powered by a non-removable battery of 3000mAh.