Xiaomi Mi 5: Form Meets Function at a Beautiful Price

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Xiaomi Mi 4 went on sale in 2014’s summer and unlike most other phones, it stood relevant for more than 20 months, surpassing lifespan of many other competitors. The Xiaomi Mi 5 is now here, threatening the industry giants with its spectacular looks and lightning fast performance.

Xiaomi Mi 5 – Overview

Xiaomi, also termed as China’s Apple, is a brand very well-known for producing feature-rich phones at an insanely affordable price and the Mi 5 is no exception. It clearly is a beauty to hold with its unbelievably thin bezels, curved back, a sharp profile and lightweight body. The Snapdragon 820 chipset with 3 or 4 GB Ram, 16MP OIS Camera with 4-axis optical stabilization, beefy battery, plenty of storage options and a bulk load of other features make it stand tall against the competition. Let’s have a look at some of Mi 5’s key specifications in the next Paragraph

Technical Specifications

ChipsetSnapdragon 820 Chipset with 3 or 4GB RAM
Internal Storage32/64/128 GB
Display5.15 IPS LCD 1080p Display @428ppi protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Camera16MP f/2.0 Rear Camera with 4-axis Optical Image Stabilization, phase detect autofocus, dual-tone LED flash and 4K video recording @30fps
MISCDual-SIM (Nano-SIM), Cat.12 4G LTE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.3, GOS, NFC, IR Blaster
OSAndroid Marshmallow out of the Box with MIUI 7
Battery3,000 mAh non-removable battery with Quick Charge 3.0, 0-83% in 30 minutes (Type-C 1.0 reversible connector)
SensorsFingerprint scanner, IR Blaster, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
ColorBlack, White, Gold and Special Ceramic (weighs 139 grams)

Key Features

Xiaomi Mi 5 Design
  • Unbeatable Price-Value ratio
  • Attractive and solid build quality with its ultra-thin bezels, metal frame and dual Gorilla Glass 4 protection
  • Bright, colorful full HD display
  • Lightning fast performance
  • Dual-SIM, one phone for work and home
  • Solid Battery life and fast charging
  • 16MP Camera with OIS, produces sharp, vivid and detailed images
  • Android Marshmallow out of the box with MIUI 7

Design and Build Quality

This is where Mi 5 really shines and is one of the hottest-looking flagships around with its compact and light weight design. The metal frame compliments the dual-glass design and provides a strong grip, making handling easier and pleasant. There also is a ceramic back version available, which offers an extra feel of luxury – something we have never seen before on a smartphone up to this point.


Some may argue that Mi 5 offers only a 1080 display, while the competitors are offering displays with a much higher resolution. The point is that do we really need a display with resolution higher than 1080p? It’s almost impossible for a naked eye to spot the difference in resolution, which also takes its toll on the battery life.
Mi 5’s 1080p display offers excellent viewing angles, vivid colors and good sunlight readability. At around 600 nits of brightness, you should have no problem in reading the display even under direct sunlight.

Xioami Mi 5 Display


The 16MP 4-axis stabilized camera is incredibly fast and especialy for action packed outdoor experience a perfect companion. The camera features the SONY IMX 298 sensor, which captures some pretty detailed images without much noise and is suitable for all lighting conditions. The Xiaomi Mi 5 definitely performs at best during the day! Movies are also made in up to 4K-Resolution making this smartphone perfect not only for quick snapshots! The front-facing 4MP Megapixel camera also does the job well and is able to record 1080p videos @ 30fps.

Battery life

It’s surprising to see a 3,000 mAh battery installed in such a slim and light-weight phone. The battery should last for at least 2 days under moderate-heavy use, which should be more than enough for most users. With around 14 hours of video play back, 13 hours of web browsing and 20 hours of 3G talk time per charge (separately), the battery should suffice for even the power users.

Pros and Cons

  • Insanely affordable price
  • Beautiful, Premium Dual-glass design
  • Powerful internals and performance
  • Great front and rear camera
  • Excellent Battery Life
  • Price!
  • Customized MIUI 7 OS based on Android Marshmallow
  • Excellent audio quality
  • Limited Availability
  • Non-removable battery and non-expandable storage
  • Some may not prefer the MIUI’s Customized Android Interface


The Xiaomi Mi 5, available for almost half the price of the Galaxy S7, is undoubtedly one of the best-looking and capable phones out there and there is little to complain about it. If it’s available in your region, go grab it as you may not be able to find another killer phone at this price. To sum it all in one word, the phone is simply “impressive!”

How To Buy

Available on GearBest in different warehouses, in three different colours and with up to 128GB Storage. The Xiaomi Mi 5 is perfect for every wallet!

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