After the endless leaks and rumors, Xiaomi has finally announced the Mi 5c smartphone at an event in China. As rumored previously, the Mi 5c is powered by Xiaomi’s first in-house processor named Surge S1. Integrating a Mali-T860 quad-core GPU, the new octo-core SoC is built with a 28nm fabrication process and clocked at 2.2GHz.
Serving as the successor to the Xiaomi Mi 4c, the Mi 5c sports a metal unibody and 5.15-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixel) IPS display with a pixel density of 428ppi, 94.4% NTSC color gamut coverage, 550 nits maximum brightness and 72.6% screen-to-body ratio. It packs 3GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC 5.0 flash storage. The bad news is that the Mi 5c doesn’t have a micro SD card slot, so you cannot expand the storage.
In the camera department, the Mi 5c comes with a 12MP rear camera with an aperture of f/2.2, large 1.25-micron pixels, PDAF, LED flash, and 1080p video capture. The front-facing camera has an 8MP capacity with an aperture of f/2.2, and 27mm wide-angle lens. Connectivity features include Wi-Fi 802.11 ac dual-band, Bluetooth 4.1 Low Energy, fingerprint scanner underneath the Home Button in the front, 4G VoLTEm, GPS with GLONASS, dual SIM slots, USB Type-C, a 3.5mm audio jack, and FM radio. The Mi 5c draws its power from a non-removable Li-Ion 2860 mAh battery with fast charging support. Its dimensions are 144.38 x 69.68 x 7.09mm and it weighs 135 grams.
The Xiaomi Mi 5c ships with Android 7.1 Nougat and MIUI out of the box. It will be available in China on March 3 for CNY 1,499 ($218) and comes in three color variants: Rose Gold, Gold and Black.
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