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Xiaomi Mi 5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 82 reviews of Xiaomi Mi 5. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People really like the portability and camera. The design and price are also appreciated, whereas there are some less positive comments about the GPS navigation and reliability.

performance, price, design, camera, portability

reliability, GPS navigation

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Xiaomi Mi 5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

Xiaomi Mi 5 review: Time-saver edition

 

Xiaomi surely took the time to make the Mi 5 worthy of its name. And Xiaomi Mi 5 sets the bar even higher! The Mi 5 was the first Xiaomi phone to be unveiled under the massive spotlight of the world's biggest mobile expo - the MWC in Barcelona.

A stunning looker. ; The display is great ; The Snapdragon 820 chipset offers stellar performance ; Battery life is excellent ; Camera photos are absolutely great

Xiaomi surely took the time to make the Mi 5 worthy of its name. And Xiaomi Mi 5 sets the bar even higher! The Mi 5 was the first Xiaomi phone to be unveiled under the massive spotlight of the world's biggest mobile expo - the MWC in Barcelona. And...

Apr, 2016

Expert review by : Aloysius Low (cnet.com)

Xiaomi Mi 5 review

 

Spending the better part of my two-week vacation testing a phone seems like a terrible idea, but like my colleague Jessica Dolcourt, who took the Samsung Galaxy S7 for a spin in London and Berlin, I took the Xiaomi Mi 5 with me into the frigid,...

The Xiaomi Mi 5 has a sleek, lightweight design with a beautiful finish that's as good as any high-end phone. Great camera and dual-SIM features will let you use this as a travel phone too. It's top-of-the-line hardware at a low price.

There's no microSD card slot like the Samsung Galaxy S7, or removable battery like the LG G5.

Xiaomi's impressive Mi 5 has the features to stand up against the very best, but it's a shame it won't be officially available worldwide.

Mar, 2016

Expert review by (cnet.com)

Xiaomi Mi 5 ( white)

 

The result? The Mi 5 is terrific, especially when you consider that Xiaomi's new flagship phone costs significantly less than the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 , without compromising on its most important features. It's fast and has a good camera. And...

The Xiaomi Mi 5 has a sleek, lightweight design with a beautiful finish that's as good as any high-end phone. Great camera and dual-SIM features will let you use this as a travel phone too. It's top-of-the-line hardware at a low price.

There's no microSD card slot like the Samsung Galaxy S7, or removable battery like the LG G5.

Xiaomi's impressive Mi 5 has the features to stand up against the very best, but it's a shame it won't be officially available worldwide.

Mar, 2016

Expert review by : Vlad Savov (theverge.com)

Xiaomi Mi 5 review: an alarmingly good smartphone

 

2016 is shaping up to be a great year for smartphones and the Xiaomi Mi 5 embodies many of the best trends that we can look forward to. Like Samsung's Galaxy S7, the Mi 5 is a handsome mix of the latest specs and Android software.

Raises the bar for cheap phones in a big way ; Zero worries about performance or battery life ; Software additions are smart and helpful

Some fit and finish concerns ; Image quality is a step below the best ; Not available in the US or Europe

Mar, 2016

Expert review by : Marcus Herbrich (notebookcheck.net)

Xiaomi Mi 5 Smartphone Review

 

Light smartphone heavyweight. The newest flagship model by the Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi proves that it has arrived in the premium smartphone sector. High-end specifications, a generous configuration, weight of just 129 grams, and high-quality glass...

superb price-performance ratio ; casing materials & build ; very good system performance ; bright IPS panel ; dual-SIM ; LTE Cat.9 ; decent camera...

...but not premium quality ; "only" 3 GB of RAM (64 GB version) ; no storage expansion despite 2nd slot ; availability / lack of LTE band 20 support ; (GPS)

Xiaomi's newest flagship smartphone made a very good impression in our test, and there is not much to be criticized considering the price of a mid-range handset (street price: approx. 300 Euros, ~$332, 32 GB version). Only the availability in Germany...

Jul, 2016

Expert review by : Victor H. (phonearena.com)

Xiaomi Mi 5 vs Apple iPhone 6s

 

Xiaomi is one of China's most popular brands: the company started by making Apple clones and selling them for super affordable prices, but it has now largely moved past that stage. For a long time, it's been hard at work to bring a new flagship and...

Unlike the Mi 5, it is sold in the US and EU, with warranty and full LTE support ; Well-built, good-looking phone ; More compact ; Takes great photos and videos ; Excellent app ecosystem

We end with reminding you: the Xiaomi Mi 5 is not a phone meant to be sold in the U.S. or Europe. It’s only available via unofficial channels (you can find it on eBay in the United States and shop from resellers with European warehouse like GizChina’s...

May, 2016

Expert review by : Luis D. (phonearena.com)

Xiaomi Mi 5 Review

 

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...

Pleasant design ; Very good all-around performance ; Competitive price

Underwhelming video recording ; No microSD slot ; Hard to get

While the Xiaomi Mi 5 is a great all-around smartphone, only customers in China and India will be able to score it at bargain prices, starting at the equivalent of around $300 for the 32GB model. Shoppers from the rest of the world can buy the Mi 5...

May, 2016

Expert review by : Hadlee Simons (gearburn.com)

Xiaomi Mi 5 review: flagship performance at a lower price

 

The Xiaomi Mi 5 represents great value for money if you're comparing it to other flagships. Compared to Xiaomi's own price though...?

: Between the improved camera, powerhouse processor and quality screen, the Xiaomi Mi 5 is a compelling proposition at a price few mobile manufacturers can even get close to. : 8.5/10

Jul, 2016

Expert review by (androidcentral.com)

Xiaomi Mi 5 review: Incredible hardware, irritating software

 

Xiaomi's Mi 5 is the Chinese vendor's most refined device yet. The hardware is outstanding for the price, but availability and lingering issues with the software continue to be drawbacks.

Great display ; Premium design ; Fast hardware

Software niggles ; Camera not great in low-light ; No microSD slot

The Mi 5 is a great phone, offering incredible hardware in the mid-tier segment. Overall refinement is still missing when you compare the Mi 5 to the Galaxy S7, but then again Samsung's offering costs twice as much.

Apr, 2016

Expert review by : Bailey Stein (androidauthority.com)

Xiaomi Mi 5 Review

 

With flagship specs at an astonishing price, the Xiaomi Mi 5 has a lot to offer but can it topple the flagships of today? Here's our Mi 5 review.

Excellent design & solid build quality ; Impressive display ; Unmatched performance for the price ; Good battery life with Quick Charge 3.0 support ; Great camera in good light ; 4-axis OIS is helpful ; Fingerprint reader is very fast & accurate ;...

No U.S. availability ; Lack of U.S. 4G LTE support ; Low-light camera performance is sub-par ; MIUI is still missing features found in stock Android ; Bootloader unlocking process is unwieldy

Xiaomi has dotted the i's and crossed the t's with the Mi 5 and delivered an astonishingly impressive smartphone. By offering what is quite possibly the best mobile experience at this price, Xiaomi has yet again redefined what an affordable smartphone...

Apr, 2016

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:3000
Battery performance:3000
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)

Call Management

Call divert:Y
Call hold:Y
Call timer:Y
Call waiting:Y
Caller ID:Y
Conference call:Y
Speakerphone:Y
Speed dialing:Y
Vibrating alert:Y

Camera

Auto focus:Y / Yes
Built-in flash:Y / Yes
Face detection:Y / Yes
Flash Type:LED
Front Camera:Y
Front camera aperture number:2
Front camera resolution (numeric):4
Geotagging: Yes
Maximum frame rate:120
Night mode:Y
Optical sensor size:1 / 2.8
Rear camera aperture number:2
Rear camera resolution (numeric):16
Rear camera type:Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:1280x720@120fps, 1920x1080@30fps, 3840x2160@30fps
Smile detection: Yes
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:720p, 1080p, 2160p / 720p,1080p

Certificates

Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified:Y
DLNA Certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black / Gold / White
Fingerprint reader:Y / Yes
Form Factor:Bar

Display

Contrast ratio (typical):1500:1
Display brightness:600
Display Diagonal:5.15
Display number of colors:16.78 million colors / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1080 x 1920 / 1920 x 1080
Display Type:IPS
Orientation sensor:Y
Pixel density:428
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer:Y
Ambient light sensor:Y
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes

Memory

Internal RAM:3

Messaging

Chat:Y
E-mail:Y
Instant messaging (IM):Y
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y
Short Message Service (SMS):Y

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:AAC,AMR,APE,FLAC,MP3,WAV
FM radio: No
Video formats supported:ASP,H.264,H.265,M4V,MKV,MP4,MPEG4,XVID

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
Barometer:Y / Yes
Electronic compass:Y / Yes
GLONASS:Y
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G bands (secondary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GPRS,GSM / GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:850,900,1900,2100
3G standards:CDMA,EVDO,HSPA,TD-SCDMA / TD-SCDMA,WCDMA
4G:Y
4G bands supported:1800,1900,2100,2300,2500,2600 / 850,1800,1900,2100,2300,2500,2600
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP
Bluetooth version:4.2 / 4.2 LE
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y / Yes
SIM card capability:Dual SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi Direct:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:USB Type-C
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Warranty card:Y

Performance

Flight mode:Y
Graphics:Adreno 530
Graphics adapter:Adreno 530
Microphone mute:Y
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts
Support for contact groups:Y
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call:Y

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:USB Type-C
USB port:Y
USB version:3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)

Processor

Processor:820
Processor cores:4
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1.8 / 2.15
Processor model:820

Software

Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:6.0 / 6.0 Marshmallow + MIUI 7.0

Storage

Internal RAM:3072
Internal storage capacity:32 / 64
RAM capacity:3
RAM type:DDR4 / LPDDR4

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.285 / 0.287
Height:5.69 / 5.71
Weight:4.55
Width:2.72