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27 Jul 2017

Xiaomi launches dual-camera Mi 5X and MIUI 9

Xiaomi's Mi 5X smartphone and MIUI 9

Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi has launched yet another mid-range smartphone, the Mi 5X, in China.

It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.

The 5.5-inch metal unibody device comes with a 12MP dual rear camera setup and 5MP front camera.

It runs on the much-anticipated MIUI 9, which was also launched at the event.

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Xiaomi's Mi 5X smartphone and MIUI 9

Mi 5X offered in three colors

Mi 5X would be available in China from 1 August at CNY 1,499 (about Rs. 14,200) in three color options: Black, Gold, and Rose Gold/Pink. It comes with a fingerprint scanner on the back. The highlighted feature of the phone is the MIUI 9.


About Xiaomi's MIUI ROM

MIUI ROM, the Android-based firmware, is the first product launched by Xiaomi in 2010.

It is available in 55 languages; it is used in 142 countries and has over 2.8 billion active users.

The latest iteration of the popular customized Android version is MIUI 9 based on Android 7.0 Nougat.

MIUI 9 highlights three new features: Smart Assistant, Image Search, and Smart App Launcher.

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About MIUI 9

Comes with more refinements and under the hood improvements

The highly-anticipated MIUI 9 highlights several "nifty" improvements.

It offers Android Nougat's split screen feature allowing the users to multitask and run apps side-by-side.

In the previous MIUI versions, foreground apps would fight for resources; but MIUI 9 touts faster app launch times and accelerated startup.

Its 'dynamic resource allocation' feature allocates priority to apps and allows users to enjoy a fluid experience.


Other highlighted features of MIUI 9

Xiaomi is also focusing on Artificial Intelligence; MIUI 9 has an AI-based assistant; Xiaomi says it is smart enough to "find anything and everything."

The 'smart app launcher' can launch apps based on on-screen elements; for example, it suggests Google Maps if a user is having a conversation about some location.

The 'universal search' differentiates images based on locations, events, screenshots, expressions, people, etc.

Release Dates

MIUI 9 ROM compatible with several devices

MIUI 9 developer version would be released to Mi 6, Mi 5X, and Redmi Note 4X on 11 August and to Mi MIX, Mi Note 2, Mi 5, Mi 5s, Mi 5s Plus, Mi 5c, Mi Max 2, Mi Max, Mi 4S, Mi 4c, Mi Note Pro, and Redmi 4X on 25 August.

The public version would be released to these devices around September.

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