- Heart touching design included with metallic body
- High-resolution display
- Accelerated CPU and RAM size
- Lightweight and perfect size
- Back body with scratch protected and glass used
- High power battery and included quick charging technology
- Excellent front fingerprint scanner (really quick)
- Great camera (back) for outdoor picture
- Front facing selfie camera take awesome selfie
- High-speed 4G LTE
- Superb high standard sound quality
- Average affordable price
- 64GB and 128GB not available in India
- Few US 4G LTE bands not supported
- Indoor camera performance is average
- Often slips by hand
- Heat-up while quick charge from 5% to 87% battery charge
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Xiaomi is one of fastest growing smartphone manufacturer in the Asia, the maximum Mi lover from India, most of the Indian users wait for Mi new device from announcement date, sometimes stock end within few minutes (that’s strange), if you looking for Mi 5 64 GB and 128GB model in India, you will have to order it directly from Chinese online retailer, those who ship product without shipping cost and with cheap price, GearBest is one of them, which is a most popular and famous for low pricing, after using this device for few days (23-days) i personally analyse it should be listed in the top 10 phones of the year 2016, and decided to review it online.
Key Features –
- 15-inch Full HD 1080 pixel display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (Fastest Chip)
- 3GB RAM and 32GB, 64GB, 128GB internal storage (ROM)
- USB Type C and Quick charging 3.0 Included
- Front Fingerprint sensor
- NFC (Near field communication) enabled
- 16 megapixel back camera and 4-megapixel front selfie camera
- Back panel with Glass protection (Corning gorilla glass 4)
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI Global 220.127.116.11 stable version
- 3000 mAh battery (Li-polymer)
- Expected Price – $289 from china
Xiaomi – currently engaged in a bitter war, they ship nearly 75 million android smartphones in 2015, the company shake off its premium phone in the market, global buyer sees and analyses that Xiaomi is the contender of premium phones and offering their devices with affordable price to compete android giants such as Samsung, LG, even more, global people eyes see gaze what would be the next phone from Mi, so that they can buy new phone at low price with good features, Mi 5 is powerful and plushy design android phone as the Samsung and LG that cost around $289 to $530 (price depends on ROM size – 32GB, 64GB, 128GB), also the brand is promoted by users itself.
After first sharing our reviews and experience of Mi 5, we tested a 32GB ROM model of Xiaomi Mi 5 for a 23 days periods, on Reliance Jio India cellular network, I will explain experience with this phone, on the topic such as technology, camera, display, design, specs, battery, processing, connectivity, and more, see what would be the impact on you of this review.
Xiaomi Mi 5 Design & Build-up Quality
There are two different version of Mi 5 in the market, 32GB, and 64GB storage included 3GB DDR4 RAM and back body covered with corning gorilla glass 4. There also a pro version, it has features like 4GB DDR4 RAM and 128GB storage with ceramic back body design. The steps to design smartphone as an elegant & premium is its look and design like a costly item.
Xiaomi Mi 5 looks flabby in the hand, it almost similar to S7 design and look, as far as the back body material (corning gorilla glass) used to design its quality more improved and secure, with the side corner or edges give a comfortable feeling in hand. This handset is lightweight, slim, and shiny, after adding full body cover it approx. similar to other devices, i personally realize after 23 days of use that the perfect dimension for ideal handset height 144.55 mm, width 69.2 mm, thickness 7.25 mm and 129 grams weight.
The premium aspect in terms of the design and quality we observe, is curved design, speaker placing, complete packed body, metallic finish design, illusionary bezel-less display, decent colors, easy to carry on single hand these are the most notable qualities prepared by me to take it on premium series. According to technical experts phone slid off from hand (it happens three times with me) or some surfaces due to glass on back panel and it delivers minimum friction, same accident was happened with Samsung phone due to same (curved back) back body design somehow look similar, the glass on back does occur listed issue, but it’s endurable.
The overall build quality is great feels like an expensive gadget in hand, Xiaomi did not advertise their self on phone, only written small MI on back bottom and front top body, also get an invaluable response from fingerprint scanner on the front panel which respond quickly and designed in a good manner. However, the both side key volume and power designed and placed solid in every way, as well as camera and mini SIM slot placing are extremely excellent.
Mi 5 included with IR blasters on its top, it allows you to control your TV, fan and more household gadgets, and brand support system is really good and fastest. On the bottom USB type-C connector, looks pretty cool, it help us to charge mi phone battery fast (approx. 87 minutes) and headphone jack placed on the top of the handset.
The Flagship smartphone powered by flagship processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, it was rumor that the chip has a heating issue, it’s the fastest and most cutting-edge mobile chip from Qualcomm, company claim that supports the ultimate in connectivity, graphics, photography, power and battery efficiency, if you are game lover Qualcomm GPU perform very fast we try it with several games it performed really fast and appropriate, Mi 5 is powered by Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU, it offers 40% improvements to graphics performance, compute capabilities, if you compare the CPU and GPU with it’s earlier 810 version, 820 is much faster. MI 5 is economical and efficient. You also get a quick response over camera and apps installation, ‘’Brand added more functionality.
The user will be able to see significant amount of changes on the battery performance and network technology as currently battery get charged within 90 minutes, currently network capability as much as 600 Mbps download and 150 Mbps upload over fast LTE cat 12. This phone GPU competing LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7 but Mi 5 has lower pixels than the G5, reason is that the g5 and s7 equipped with quad HD display, and the most noticeable thing is Mi 5 has the better display (428-PPI) than the Apple iPhone 6S.
In addition to its processor configuration is ok, while we play good quality games, I mean those required good quality CPU, GPU. Mi 5 includes Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU. Move was really good, and it helps us to play high-end games at minimum efforts, overall the combination of all features are balanced.
Camera and Quality
On the rear left side you will find a 16 megapixel camera with two-tone led flash, deep trench isolation, 4-axis OIS, calibrates in 8 directions, 6-piece lens, f/2.0 aperture and sapphire glass lens cover, the camera has been imported from Sony (Sony IMX298 sensor), rear camera capture picture with the size of approx. 5.15 Mb or more, even can shoot a very good movie of 4K or 4000 x 2000 pixels.
In terms of the quality of a rear camera, we can compare it with Apple iPhone 7 and Samsung galaxy s7. I also test camera performance while takes multiple pictures for 1 minute (without stopping), it gives brilliant output, phone can store approx. 93 picture in 60 seconds with great quality, while the front selfie 4MP camera makes everybody picture beautiful at night or sunlight, genuinely impressive picture and video quality as well as share your age and info because of 36 smart beauty profiles, large 2-micron pixels, face recognition, f/2.0, 80° wide angle lens.
Xiaomi has added filter technology on its camera features, filter such as mono, vivid, yesteryear, blur, mosaic, dawn, Japanese, autumn, indigo, normal, mirror, sketch which helps to take pictures in different modes. Mi 5 camera also includes many more settings for picture and video quality, timer, audio, panorama, manual, beauty, flash eye, HHT, tilt shit, straighten, I have used it’s camera a lot and the results are sometimes great, I love it’s auto HDR and selfie picture quality.
Hardware, Software and Network Technology
You aware of that, Xiaomi Mi 5 is the first android phone equipped with Qualcomm snapdragon 820 chip, it makes phone quality great. Few more included hardware by the support of 820 chip, it has some amazing hardware technology USB type-C reversible connector, quick charge 3.0, unlocked 2 nano SIM card, a/b/g/n/ac dual-band wireless Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, Bluetooth HID, NFC, premium navigation technology, even you can use both numbers simultaneously. In our opinion, these sensors (infrared, fingerprint, gyroscope, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, hall sensor, electronic compass, Barometer) technology help us a lot in our daily life routine. Overall the hardware is superb and nice looking phone.
It is not the first time Xiaomi gives full effort to designed their high-end smartphone, launched with 3GB LPDDR4 dual-channel (4GB in Mi 5 pro) RAM, 32GB & 64GB, (128GB in pro version) UFS 2.0 Flash, which will provide more energy to its performance, last year Xiaomi had launch Mi 4 with some similar configuration, but Mi 5 and pro is much faster than mi 4, we notice that device became hot while quick charge and play high-end games, but it is normal in metal body design and fast charging, it will not affect your user experience and performance.
They will be vastly more powerful when we set up all apps and settings, Mi 5 comes with stable MiUi 18.104.22.168.0 based on Android 6.0 marshmallow, MIUI just the place to start looking completely different function and well-organized interface appeared on the screen. Xiaomi makes it really different from others and similar to iOS but not the same.
Mi 5 have Pre-loaded features such as security, virus scanner, report bug, compass, awesome sound recorder, app permissions, data usage statistics, battery power management, themes available in themes app, even you can add new available feature directly from mi by pressing single option, choose your own home setting by dragging and adding options. It has powerful software that you have full control over your phone.
The most fabulous feature of the phone is unlock using fingerprint, you can add up to 5 fingerprints to unlock your phone and child mode, sometimes users try to add more than 5 fingers, it shows message ‘’can’t add more than 5 of fingerprints. To add a fingerprint, delete an existing fingerprint first’’.
The network technology of Mi 5 is versatile LTE includes fastest downloads and upload speed (HSPA 42.2 Mbps/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat12 600 Mbps/150 Mbps) with GSM, CDMA, HSPA, EVDO, LTE technology.
Supported Network Bands
FDD-LTE: B1 / B3 / B5 / B7
TD-LTE: B38 / B39 / B40 / B41
TD-SCDMA: 1900 / 2000MHz
WCDMA: 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100MHz
GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz
Battery and its performance
I would call the Mi 5 and pro power pack, seemed to last a complete day without needing a recharge because of 3000 mAh lithium-polymer, not take too much time to get a complete charge, therefore it takes around 1.26 hour to full charge. In quick charge 3.0 technology, your phone get charged up to 32% in 15 minutes, that’s is enough to use for talk time up to 10 hours. Here I disclose common scenario of charging, Mi 5 get 30% in 15 minutes, 42% in 20 minutes, 78% in 40 minutes, rest 22% takes 40 minutes.
Great feature in terms of battery and its power system, you can create your own power profiles according to usage to improve battery backup, even you can change brightness, check GPS, Bluetooth, wi-fi, hotspot, and running apps, surely get more backup, it’s somehow vary on cellular networks and data usage. The overall battery life (Talk time, Video playback, Music playback is more than 20 hours) of phone is good, I had personally analyze the cellular data (Reliance Jio Network) and hotspot it goes completely 0% within 9.2 to 11 hours continuous usage, can add few more hours if you use it with personal or public Wi-Fi.
Price and Conclusion
Xiaomi has built amazing flagship smartphone, the phone price depends on country and versions, if you willing to buy from the origin (China) you will get only $279, rest of countries start price approx. $300 or more for 32GB version (basic model) available in 3 colors white, black and golden, even you can select 64GB, 128GB models.
Xiaomi is famous for it mid-budget; android smartphone, i get Mi 5 practically good and beauty-loaded device. The company is trying to raise their status by adding more feature in average price. Perhaps Mi 5 would be the best choice in under $300, I like phone comfort level, design, camera, technology and network, overall excellent value device.
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