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The iPhone Killer: Xiaomi Mi5

The so called iPhone Killer will be coming out in three variants. The most affordable version will have 32 Gb of internal memory,3Gb RAM, 1.8Ghz clock speed, and a 3D glass panel on the back and will cost about USD 300. The second version will have 64 Gb of internal storage, 3Gb RAM,2.15Ghz clock speed, as well as a 3D glass rear panel, and will be available for USD 350. Last but not least, is the pro version of the Xiaomi Mi5 and will house 128 Gb of internal memory, 4Gb RAM, running at 2.15Ghz clock speed, and a 3D ceramic back panel which will put you back about USD 410.

It seems that Xiaomi is interested in targeting the Asian markets as, Vice President of Xiaomi, Huga Barra has confirmed the launch of the device in India and China only.

Xiaomi has strategically placed the camera lens in the same position where Apple placed the lens in the iPhone 6. Xiaomi has also taken inspiration from the Samsung Galaxy S6, by installing a finger print scanner in the home button of the front panel. The Chinese manufacturer has also managed to install a USB type C port in the Xiaimi Mi5.

We couldn’t help but notice how the elegant the curves of the 3D glass panel look, as it bends into the metal frame of the device. Weighing in at only 127 g, the Mi5 is probably the lightest flagship device in the market.

The display of the Xiaomi Mi5 is just brilliant, as the 5.15 inch screen with Full HD resolution makes pictures come alive. We at TEQnation have not been able to get our hands on the device yet, but we will very soon. We are unsure how the auto brightness feature will perform in bright outdoor conditions, but will surely get back to this.

The Mi5 comes with Xiaomi’s MIUI 7 interface installed on it, and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, hence, for those of you wondering, yes it does have the much acclaimed doze mode. Considering Marshmallow’s new Doze feature, the 3000mAh battery should keep the device running for quite a length of time. Even if the juice does empty out, Xiaomi claims that with the help of Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can charge upto 80%-90% in an hour. Not only is the Xiaomi MI5 4G+ enabled, reaching download speeds of up to 600 Mbps but It is also a dual SIM VoLTE enabled device, which hopefully should make the voice call quality much better.

Beneath all the bells and whistles, Xiaomi houses a beast of a Snapdragon 820 processor along with an Adreno 530 GPU. We predict that this new processor from Qualcomm should create a lag free and super-fast user experiance, and hopefully reduce the overheating issues caused by the previous processor, the Snapdragon 810.

The Mi5 has a 16MP main camera by Sony, with integrated 4 axis image stabilisation technology. This will ensure that you can get take better and focused images whilst in motion. The front camera is a 4MP, f/2 aperture camera capable of taking wide angle selfies. What really got us thinking was why Xiaomi hadn’t placed a minimum of 5MP lens.

Once again, we will have to wait till we get our hands on the device to do a proper review, but the specs seem very promising on paper. We just hope that Xiaomi will consider releasing the Mi5 in the US and Europe to make it easier to get hold of for our audiences there.

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Asus VivoBook S451LA

The Asus VivoBook S451LA is a midsize fancy looking machine that offers an 11 second boot time, and only sets you back about $650.  That’s about Rs. 40,000 for this 14 inch touchscreen laptop. Let’s take a geekier look at this.

As mentioned before it has a 14 inch screen, and a resolution of 1366 x 768. It also has a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 4200U processor, which can be upgraded to a Core i7-4500U processor. This Vivobook has 6GB DDR3 SDRAM, and a 32MB Intel HD 4400 Graphics card. It has a 500Gb 5400 RPM hard drive. However it does not come with an optical disk drive. The machine runs on a 64 bit Windows 8.1 OS, and is 802.11b/g/n wireless and Bluetooth 4.0 enabled. It also comes with an HDMI port, stereo speakers, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, and an SD card reader.

The makers have used a brushed metal look on the VivoBook S451LA, and yes they have pulled off the rich look again. The S451LA is merely 0.97 inches thick, which gives it a deceptively light appearance, however weighs just over 2 kilograms. This suave machine might have a nice glossy touchpad, and a smooth looking body, but lacks when it comes to the screen. Its 1366 x 768 resolution does not offer a variety of viewing angles, which is a setback for users like me, since I just can’t sit still.

Asus really should have thought of putting an illuminated keyboard, as I have a tendency to work in the dark. The limited viewing angles of the screen make it even harder to work, as I had to find a fine balance between viewing the keyboard, and viewing the screen. The makers could have spent some more time on the speakers as they had a slightly echoing sound.

Asus VivoBook S451LA
Asus VivoBook S451LA

At the end of the day, Asus did manage to please its valued customers by offering 3GB of cloud storage on Asus’s Web Storage systems. The Asus VivoBook S451 is fine looking touchscreen laptop, but seems to have compromised a bit too much whilst focusing on the looks. Apart from that, my final words would be: Buy it if you must.

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