MWC 2016: Xiaomi Media Preview Live Blogby Ian Cutress & Andrei Frumusanu on February 24, 2016 3:02 AM EST
Additional: Will go on sale (in China most likely) next week.
04:32AM EST - OK, looks like a wrap. Devices are outside, so we'll have a look.
04:28AM EST - The chinese prices below include 17% tax
04:27AM EST - The cheapest model uses the 1.8 GHz bin of the 820
04:27AM EST - Pricing is $354 for the high end 'Mi 5 Pro' version with top end storage and high CPU bin
04:22AM EST - Up to 4 people
04:21AM EST - Real time video effects
04:19AM EST - screen in screen video calls while doing other things
04:18AM EST - Real time Beautify on video calls
04:18AM EST - New app: MI Video Call
04:18AM EST - MIUI 7 powered by Android 6.0
04:17AM EST - Comes with MIUI 7 with 5 themes as default
04:17AM EST - 10 mins of charge gives 2.6hr video, 2.7hr navigation or 7.5hr reading
04:17AM EST - Charges 80%-90% in an hour
04:16AM EST - 200mV increments, 20% faster than QC 2.0
04:15AM EST - Does card virtualization for payments or things like bus cards
04:15AM EST - Partnership with NXP
04:15AM EST - Full-Feature NFC
04:15AM EST - It's done in hardware via DSP
04:14AM EST - Video with Sunlight Display demos
04:14AM EST - Similar to Samsung's auto brightness
04:14AM EST - 'Sunlight display' dynamically adjusts contrast for each pixel in real time
04:13AM EST - Didn't mention APL for 600
04:13AM EST - 600 nits max brightness
04:12AM EST - 17% more power efficient LEDs
04:12AM EST - Mi 5 uses 16 low power, higher brightness LEDs
04:11AM EST - 'Typical displays are 350-500 nit, 72% sRGB and 12-14 LED backlights'
04:11AM EST - that would be helpful for writing reviews on the move...!
04:11AM EST - Reading mode to reduce blues
04:10AM EST - 1400:1 ratio, as low as 1 nit, NTSC up to 95%
04:10AM EST - 'ours is ultra-thin'
04:09AM EST - 'There are no bezel free phones'
04:09AM EST - 'Borderless display?'
04:09AM EST - Sapphire glass lens, 6-element
04:08AM EST - 4MP with 2 micron pixels and a Beautify mode
04:08AM EST - Front camera has same as Mi Note
04:08AM EST - 4K video, color enhancement and low light enhancement
04:07AM EST - Mi 5 uses Qualcomm Spectra ISP
04:07AM EST - about color accuracy
04:07AM EST - cleaner light separation
04:07AM EST - DTI prevents light leaking to other pixels
04:06AM EST - 16MP, PDAF auto focus, DTI (deep trench isolation)
04:06AM EST - Same sensor as the Mate 8
04:06AM EST - Sony IMX298 sensor
04:06AM EST - The shake table was moving 1cm in each direction at about 30 Hz
04:05AM EST - Of course, it's cherry picked examples, but it looks rather good
04:05AM EST - on a shaking table
04:05AM EST - Video showing it against the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus
04:03AM EST - that's rotational and translational correction
04:03AM EST - Mi 5 has 4-axis OIS
04:03AM EST - Typical config for OIS is large device and 2-axis
04:02AM EST - 'Taken OIS to a new level'
04:02AM EST - Has OIS
04:00AM EST - f2.0
03:59AM EST - Just to clarify, the ceramic design is an option over the glass design, most likely due to cost
03:58AM EST - 3000 mAh battery, 685 Wh/L density
03:57AM EST - 14g lighter than iPhone 6s
03:57AM EST - +/- 1-2 g
03:57AM EST - 129g total weight
03:57AM EST - 5.15 inch, feels like a 5-inch
03:57AM EST - Dimensions: 69.2 x 144.55 x 7.25 mm
03:56AM EST - 'looks just right'
03:56AM EST - Speaker and camera are centered at the top
03:55AM EST - Thinner home button than the Samsung
03:55AM EST - 'We wanted a balanced design and a camera that is tucked in as well as flat'
03:54AM EST - 'Two years to design for Mi 5'
03:54AM EST - 'A shorter forehead moves the camera down on the rear'
03:53AM EST - 'Front fingerprint sensors have difficulty in implementation - slim profile and screen to body ratio can be affected'
03:51AM EST - 3D ceramic is 75% more expensive than glass
03:51AM EST - Texture of marble without the weight
03:50AM EST - Rear texture in the ceramic is micro-crystalline nano-ceramic zirconia
03:50AM EST - Steel is 4, Diamond is 10
03:50AM EST - Up to 8 on the Mohs scale
03:50AM EST - '3D Ceramic body' as an option
03:49AM EST - 5.15 inch display
03:49AM EST - Mi 5 is completely curved
03:48AM EST - Mi 5 improves this
03:48AM EST - Mi Note had OIS camera that was flush and 6.95mm thick
03:47AM EST - 'It's not a coincidence it looks like Mi Note'
03:47AM EST - The gold back has like a cross hatch texture
03:45AM EST - Holding up a pair of Mi 5 devices
03:45AM EST - speakers on bottom
03:45AM EST - ok so rear is curved, front is not
03:45AM EST - USB Type-C
03:44AM EST - Those bezels look very thin
03:44AM EST - comes in black, white and gold
03:44AM EST - 'Very thin'
03:43AM EST - First XIaomi device with a home button and fingerprint sensor on the front
03:43AM EST - Camera with dual LED flash
03:42AM EST - Mi 5 inherits design from Mi Note
03:42AM EST - ?
03:42AM EST - So kind of like the S6 edge
03:42AM EST - Back is curved too
03:41AM EST - Mi 5 visuals, shows a curved edge
03:41AM EST - Video now
03:40AM EST - Speaking Mi 4 design
03:40AM EST - Now explaining the process of design
03:39AM EST - VoLTE gets preferential treatment
03:39AM EST - 'Best performance with VoLTE on each end'
03:39AM EST - 'Call clarity improved by 100%, 1-2s quicker call connections'
03:38AM EST - Voice over LTE
03:38AM EST - 'Using the peak bandwidth, that's 30s for a 1.8GB download'
03:37AM EST - That's 3x Carrier Aggregation and high-order modulation (256-QAM)
03:36AM EST - Cat 12 LTE supports 600 MB/s
03:36AM EST - i.e. LTE-Advanced
03:36AM EST - Mi 5 supports 4G+
03:36AM EST - UFS is based on SCSI
03:35AM EST - 450MB/s vs 250MB/s peak bandwidth on UFS vs eMMC
03:34AM EST - no longer using eMMC for flagships
03:34AM EST - UFS 2.0 high-speed flash
03:34AM EST - LPDDR4 at 1866 MHz
03:34AM EST - Hugo back on stage
03:33AM EST - 'Mi 5 is an amazing device'
03:33AM EST - '820 has been rearchitected, key IP blocks have been updated'
03:33AM EST - 'Latest and Best Experiences'
03:33AM EST - 'We have a shared vision of technology'
03:32AM EST - Derek Aberle, president of Qualcomm on stage
03:32AM EST - X12 LTE modem, Quick Charge 3.0, Hexagon 680 DSP
03:32AM EST - 50k Antutu GPU result, compared to 21k on S6 and 18.5k on Mate 8
03:31AM EST - Adreno 530 is +40% perf and +40% power efficiency
03:31AM EST - vs Snapdragon 810, it has 200% perf and 50% power
03:31AM EST - Apparently Snapdragon 820 is the best reviewed QC SoC for the past three generations
03:30AM EST - "Xiaomi is focused on innovation, or translated from Chinese as 'black magic'"
03:29AM EST - Apparently it's important in China...
03:28AM EST - 'Antutu score of 142084'. Wait, why are they quoting Antutu
03:28AM EST - So 100% faster than 810, GPU 40% faster, RAM 100% faster than LPDDR3, Flash 87% faster than eMMC 5.0
03:27AM EST - 4GB RAM, up to 128GB onboard storage
03:27AM EST - That's Qualcomm's custom Kryo cores
03:27AM EST - Snapdragon 820
03:27AM EST - 'Fast'
03:27AM EST - Hugo has been using it for a few months
03:26AM EST - So today is about the Mi 5
03:26AM EST - Mi 4 sold 16m phones worldwide
03:26AM EST - Now talking about 2016 Xiaomi flagship premiere
03:26AM EST - Basically a connected devices portfolio
03:25AM EST - Developed with Segway
03:25AM EST - Ninebot mini hoverboard as well, 22km travel on a charge up to 16km/h
03:25AM EST - Mi Bluetooth Speaker, Mi Smart Scale, Mi Air Purifier 2, Mi Bedside Lamp
03:24AM EST - Mi Power Banks is #1 power bank company in the world
03:24AM EST - E.g. Mi Band, Mi Headphones, Mi Power Banks and Yi Action Camera
03:24AM EST - 2015 was also an important year for the Xiaomi Ecosystem, a group of 50 companies to build lifestyle products with Xiaomi
03:23AM EST - 9 of 10 of the most active Android users on Tencent were Xiaomi devices
03:23AM EST - 'It's more important to track active users and revenue per user'
03:22AM EST - over 170 million MIUI users worldwide
03:22AM EST - 2015 was MIUI 7
03:22AM EST - 'Xiaomi wants to be the fastest to new software features when requested'
03:22AM EST - MIUI gets weekly software updates. 275 updates in 5.5 years
03:21AM EST - 'We support 347 different models from 96 brands'
03:21AM EST - '750 people working on it, larger than our hardware team'
03:21AM EST - Now talking MIUI, their interface
03:20AM EST - A big hit was Mi Pad 2: runs Win 10
03:20AM EST - Latest megahit is Redmi Note 3, only smartphone with Snapdragon 650
03:19AM EST - Mi Note Pro was one of the first devices with Snapdragon 810
03:19AM EST - Last year's flagship was Mi Note
03:18AM EST - #5 in the world
03:18AM EST - Xiaomi was #1 in China in 2015 at 15%, compared to 14.5% Huawei
03:18AM EST - To compare that to Huawei, who had 100-108m
03:18AM EST - 70m phones sold in 2015
03:18AM EST - Hugo Barra internally is known as 'Tiger Brother'
03:17AM EST - 'Xiaomi is still a startup in many ways'
03:17AM EST - 6th Birthday in a few weeks
03:17AM EST - Xiaomi founded April 6th 2010
03:17AM EST - MI logo stands for Mobile Internet
03:16AM EST - Event co-sponsored by Qualcomm
03:16AM EST - 'First time announcing a product on a global stage'
03:16AM EST - 'A historical day for Xiaomi, first media event in Europe'
03:15AM EST - Hugo Barra on a hoverboard
03:15AM EST - We're starting :)
03:12AM EST - Sorry, Hugo Barra is VP of International, and typically the spokesperson at these sort of events
03:06AM EST - We're expecting Xiaomi CEO, Hugo Barra, to take the stage for the announcements
03:05AM EST - I believe MWC 2016 is now officially the single event with the most Live Blogs we've ever done :)
03:05AM EST - Ian on text, Andrei on pictures
03:04AM EST - We're here, we've not slept enough, but the coffee is flowing and we're ready to go