Xiaomi Mi 5, Raising the Standard



The Xiaomi Mi 5 is the star of today’s article, as it’s the logical successor of the Mi4, which was released almost two years ago.

Indeed, it took the Chinese company quite a while for the latest Mi reiteration, but that’s ok, we have all the patience in the world.

So, what’s up with the latest and the greatest from the Mi line? Basically, this is a logical, incremental upgrade from the previous generation and an attempt from Xiaomi to setting the bar higher, in order to conquer the hearts and minds of potential customers.

The Xiaomi Mi 5 is the first smartphone in the company’s history which was released with pomp and circumstance, via a massive promotional campaign at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the world’s biggest tech-expo.

And judging from the Xiaomi Mi 5’s stunning design and looks, together with its impressive hardware performance, I must admit that the smartphone deserved all the attention.

This baby is very likable at first sight, with its flagship looks, due to its incredibly thin bezels, the curved back and the sharp profile. The ultra-light chassis and the impressive design look very modern and avantgarde, making for a hugely desirable piece of gear if you’re a fashion conscious user.

So, what are the key features of the Xiaomi Mi 5? Let’s begin with the generous 5.15 inches wide IPS LCD screen, featuring full HD 1080p resolution, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and boasting its impressive 448 pixels per inch density.


The rear panel is made from the same Gorilla Glass for the 32 and 64 GB versions, while the 128 GB features a ceramic back panel.

So, there are 3 models to choose from, in terms of internal storage capacity, and they’re all running on a Snapdragon 820 system on chip, a quad-core variety and 3 GB of RAM, except for the 128 GB version which pack 4 gigs of RAM.

The multimedia department is taken care of by an impressive 16 megapixels shooter which comes fully packed with high-end features, like an f/2.0 aperture, phase detect auto-focus, 4 axis optical image stabilization and all the bells and whistles you would expect from a flagship camera.

There’s also a dual tone LED flash and QHD video recording capability, i.e. 2160p @30 frames per second, together with full HD@1080p at 60 frames per second.

For video calling and selfies, the Xiaomi Mi 5 offers a secondary camera on the front panel, a 4 megapixels variety which is capable of 1080p video recording at 30 frames per second.

Connectivity is again top notch, as the Xiaomi Mi 5 comes fully loaded with all sorts of gadgets: Bluetooth 4.2, Dual-SIM; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, GPS, Cat.12 4G LTE, IR blaster, GLONASS and Beidou.

The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Xiaomi’s in-house user interface on top, the MIUI 7.

The power plant is a beefy 3000 mAh fast charging-non removable battery and the pricing is very attractive, to say the least.

That’s the Xiaomi Mi 5in a nutshell.

Now, let’s take a closer look at some important features, shall we?

Let’s start with the hardware overview. The Xiaomi Mi 5 is one of the smallest/most compact flagship smartphones on the market and it measures 144.6 x 69.2 x 7.3 mm and weighs an incredible 129 grams.

Looking at it, I must confess that this is one of the best looking phones I’ve ever seen in a while, with its sexy, slim profile and exceptional design. The chassis is a dual glass-metal frame sandwich with the front panel perfectly flat and gentle curves on the back panel.

The handling is perfect and pleasant, the Xiaomi Mi 5 feels very confident, grippy and solid in hand, while the almost bezel-less display is astounding, to say the least.

The ceramic version is 10 grams heavier than the regular, but it’s still lightweight league and a pleasure to handle.

The display has 16 LEDs on back-lighting and comes with excellent contrast and color rendering, offering great sunlight legibility.

The Lithium Polymer battery is exceptional, offering more than three days endurance rating, despite the tremendous performance levels of the Xiaomi Mi 5.


And speaking about performance, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 system on chip is the best in the company’s line-up, featuring four CPU’s of the Kryo variety, 2 of them clocked at 1.8 ghz and the other two @1.6 ghz.

The Xiaomi Mi 5 uses an Adreno 530 graphic processing unit, with flawless performance both in daily use or modern games.

The camera uses a Sony IMX 298 sensor, staying true to the smartphone’s flagship status, and there’s no lens bump on the body, which is very interesting.

In conclusion, if you want a stunning looking smartphone with high-end hardware at an affordable price, the Xiaomi Mi 5 is very easy to recommend.








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