Xiaomi is a leading smartphone maker from China whose reputation for powerful, stylish and aggressively-priced gadgets stretches well beyond the Republic’s borders. With its latest flagship smartphone, the Mi 5, the brand wants to offer almost everything that $700 handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S7 or iPhone 6s do, at a considerably lower price. It’s an ambitious undertaking that could spark anyone’s interest. Let’s see if the hype is worth it – or not!
In the box:
- Xiaomi Mi 5
- USB Type-C Cable
- USB Charger
- Warranty and instructions
- SIM tray ejector
Nice looks and great ergonomics with just a few rough spots.
Xiaomi’s flagship has a graceful, understated appearance. It’s got clean lines, slim bezels, a metal frame, and a glass-covered back (unless you get the Ceramic Exclusive variant). Unaware of the Mi 5’s affordable pricing, some could actually mistake it for an expensive smartphone, but its good looks are deceptive. The metal frame lightly prickles the palm at some spots, the glass back doesn’t feel as nice as those of more expensive handsets, and the power and volume keys are slightly wobbly.
Still, these are minor flaws that don’t offend, but merely make the Xiaomi Mi 5’s price tag seem realistic, rather than too good to be true. We’re fond of this sleek and elegant handset that’s comfortable to hold and easily lends itself to one-handed operation. The Home button is a bit narrow for our tastes and its tactile feedback isn’t very good, but the fingerprint scanner in it is top-notch – fast, accurate, and reliable. On the other hand, those capacitive navigation keys might appear dated in 2016, but they do what they are supposed to.
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 64bit Quad Core
GPU: Adreno 530
System: MIUI 8
RAM + ROM: 3GB RAM + 64GB ROM
Rear Camera: Sony IMX298 sensor, 16MP 4-axis OIS camera, with PDAF and DTI technology
Front Camera: 2µm-pixel 4MP camera
Front Fingerprint Sensor
By pushing fingerprint sensor area, you can unlock your phone and enter into your app, safe and considerate design to protect your privacy and account security
USB Type-C adopts thinner design with stronger power transmission and faster charging speed. Its advantage is the two-sides available design, which makes you use it as you please
Full feature NFC:
In addition to swiping your phone to make payments, full-feature NFC makes life easy with bus or subway transactions and recharges.
Infrared sensor, Light sensor, G-sensor, Proximity sensor, Hall Sensor, Gyroscope, Electronic Compass, Accelerometer and Barometer
Features: GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Quick Charge 3.0
SIM Card: Dual SIM dual standby. Dual Nano Cards
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 1800/2100/2600MHz