Xiaomi Mi 5 Review – A Great Smartphone That Can Better Its Software

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Xiaomi comes straight out of AP’s Sri City plant. The pride of the new state that is soon becoming India’s largest mobile manufacturer.

The new Mi 5 series, as assured by Hugo Barra, VP, Xiaomi International went on sales in India. The phone had been in the making for over two years.

Mi 5 is a huge leap forward for the Chinese flagship mobile giant. Even though Xiaomi has been selling phones in India since 2013, Mi 5 comes forth with enhanced quality and higher expectations in the target market. The new variant is also an elevated goal for Xiaomi that plans to expand its presence in India and other south east Asian markets.

The all new Mi 5 comes breaking into the market with style. Let us look at the features.

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Pros – An Elegant Make Similar to Mi Note Series

Yes, the new Xiaomi adapts lot of looks from the Mi Note series. The new handset has a dainty 3D Glass Curve Design, as smooth as they come. The metal frame skilfully merges with the glass back on the edges. The Mi 5 has is more of slopes and curves, and bears super elegant looks with 7.25 mm thickness. The handset that weighs close to 129 grams is quite an impressive make with an efficient camera features. The phone also has a 3D ceramic variant.

Cons – Too Slippery

The new Mi 5 handset is quite a slippery slope. Users have to hold this kind of phone with extra care and fragility. The handset’s bezels are much thinner on the sides than those at the top and bottom. The display is close to 5.15-inch, making the phone have a taller frame. There is a slim ceramic home button on the front, the first of its kind among Xiaomi phones. This also functions as a fingerprint scanner, just like in case of Redmi Note 3. The soft buttons beside the home button show two backlit pin points.

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Pros – Excellent Spec Sheet

Xiaomi has transgressed all levels as far as spec sheet is concerned. Mi 5 becomes the first device to ship with Qualcomm’s Flagship Snapdragon 820 chipset in India, ahead of Samsung Galaxy S7 / S7 edge’s Exynos 8890 chipset. The Snapdragon 820 offers Qualcomm’s custom processor cores. Four Kyro cores (two clocked at 1.8GHz and two clocked at 1.4GHz) have been paired with the Adreno 530GPU.

Cons – No Expanded Storage

Xiaomi Mi 5 variant in India comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage configuration. The top end Xiaomi Mi 5 with a ceramic back has 4GB RAM and 128GB storage along with the Kyro cores clocked at 2.15GHz. And just like last generation Xiaomi flagships, the Mi 5 too doesn’t allow an option to expanded storage.

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Pros – Really Reflective Display

The Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with a 5.15-inch full HD display, which is really reflective. The handset has IPS LCD panel which gives good viewing angles and sharp text display. Mi 5 also supports Sunlight Display just as Mi4, that dynamically adjusts the brightness on pixels. This means no strained eyes when out in bright sunlight.
Cons – Software Could be Upgraded

Mi 5 comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow coupled with Xiaomi’s MIUI 7 OS atop it. You really cant make out the difference in Mi 5 from the older Android OS sporting devices such as the Redmi Note 3 or Mi 4i.

There is no drastic upgrade from the MIUI 6, apart from some new features in the OS. Xiaomi has added more Indian themes to the MIUI 7. An animated profile picture feature called ‘Showtime’ has been introduced, which lets other MIUI users see your animated selfies when you call them instead of the routine profile picture.

Pros – Performance

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC along with 3GB of RAM make Mi 5 efficient with performance. Opening and switching between apps, playing high end games, opening over 20 tabs in Chrome and so on are things that the Mi 5 can handle with ease.

Other than the main features above, the camera and the battery are sustainable, making Mi5 a great choice for buying, as against the main players in the Indian market.

Xiaomi Mi5 Full Phone Specs

LAUNCH Announced 2016, February
Status Available. Released 2016, April
BODY Dimensions 144.6 x 69.2 x 7.3 mm (5.69 x 2.72 x 0.29 in)
Weight 129 g / 139 g (4.90 oz)
Build Corning Gorilla Glass 4 back panel
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.15 inches (~73.1% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~428 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 4
– MIUI 7.0
PLATFORM OS Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
CPU Dual-core 1.8 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.36 GHz Kryo – Standard edition
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo – other editions
GPU Adreno 530
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 128 GB, 4 GB RAM – Pro edition
32/64 GB, 3 GB RAM – other editions
CAMERA Primary 16 MP, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, OIS (4-axis), dual-LED (dual tone) flash,check quality
Features 1/2.8″ sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR
Video [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], check quality
Secondary 4 MP, f/2.0, 1/3″ sensor size, 2µm pixel size, [email protected]
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE
Infrared port Yes
Radio No
USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
– Fast battery charging: 83% in 30 min (Quick Charge 3.0)
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.265 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
MISC Colors Black, White, Gold, Ceramic
Price group 7/10
TESTS Performance Basemark OS II: 2444 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 2180
Basemark X: 33110
Display Contrast ratio: 1227:1 (nominal), 3.240 (sunlight)
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker Voice 67dB / Noise 67dB / Ring 74dB
Audio quality Noise -95.3dB / Crosstalk -95.4dB
Battery life

*  The information above is close to 100%. Not accurate.



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