Xiaomi Mi 5: The Lightweight Superlative Flagship

Price : INR 24,999/-\n\nRating : 83/100\n\nHow does it feel out of the box?\n\nThe Xiaomi Mi5 is just not like any other smart phones coming out of the retail box. It gave me a glimpse of Samsung Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s.Nevertheless, this descendant brags on its glamourous appearance giving you the feeling like holding a S7 with sides being curved, easily fitting in the hands. The resemblance of 6s comes from the bottom with speaker grilles and USB Type C port charging. It is the lightest from all the flagships in the market now.  The glossy glass is curved well into a metal frame, wrapping around the front with chamfered edges. The bezels on the side are neatly designed giving the phone the much desired, premium look.\n\nWhat am I getting for the price?\n

You are definitely getting more for what are paying for. Xiaomi still bears in mind and caters to consumer’s demands of budget flagship, giving you the attitude to owning an high end flagship device. The capacitive button is not marked, giving you the freedom to customize the way you want to. It comes with the top of the line of the processor for 2016 that is Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. Other than that, packed with a 3GB RAM for multi tasking, it lets you store all your personal data up to24 GB and the rest of 8GB is occupied with pre-installed apps from Xiaomi. An efficient finger print scanner, which unlocks your phone within seconds without pressing the unlock button.  The rear panel is neatly stacked with 16MP with Dual Tone LED flash and Mi branding Logo lying individually at the bottom. The front stacks up with 4MP for shooters with flash as well, an invisible LED notification light, which is visible when it blinks.  The glass design on the screen and curved display to give you the grip, while holding the phone makes the Mi 5 looks supreme to touch and feel.

\nHow does it perform?\n\n

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Operating on Quad core on Snapdragon 820, clocking on 1.8 GHz Kyro, multi tasking is seamless. With 4 days of use, there wasn’t a day where an app froze and was forced to shut down. Being a heavy user, the Mi 5 was thrown with a lot of apps checking how seamlessly it multitasks. Why worry, when it is runs really well on a 3GB RAM. The call quality was average and output volume of the music, too. The major drawback was the gaming experience, as it forced us to play on medium level of visual quality,  makes us wonder how is it possible, when it is supported well with Adreno 530, the one’s which we see in best flagships. That being said, it does support fast charging giving you a complete charge within 1 hour 10 minutes. The 3000 mAh does give us one full day of battery life with heavy loading. The MiUI 7 OS is smooth and simple as compared to other UI’s. It is feasible to understand and to customize on the home screen. There is no complexity while swiping through the screen.

\nWhat’s so special?\n\nThis is the talking point. When you see what’s special, you will ignore and forgive the bad. The IR blaster integrated is a remote which can be used to control devices at home. Although, there is a slight disturbance in the IR blaster with connectivity issues, stating device can’t be found.  Nevertheless, with the latest SoC and fingerprint scanner on the front of the home button isn’t what grabs our attention. In fact, the RAM is DDR4 dual channel which is really fast and helps you perform tasks and access social media simultaneously. The headlines grabber is the camera and display. The 16MP with 4 Axis, OIS and Sony IMX 298 module gives you brilliant pictures under low light as well as, when exposed directly to sunlight. So much so, you will fall in love with photography instantly and you will click images, without any reason.  The front snapper with 4MP gives great selfies images. The balance of colour, warmth, brightness and saturation of images from front and rear is of superior quality. We do have the iPhone reading mode as well to toggle as per your need while reading or using the phone at night, protecting your eye sight.  With 600 nit display which changes according to light, is breathe taking.  Reduce your brightness to zero in sunlight and look at it, light up your screen with automatic brightness. Shocked! Aren’t you?\n\n\n\nWhat’s your final take?\n\nAll in all, it’s the best you can ask for under 30K. A flagship with superlative quality of images, smart display switch, lightweight, latest android version of Marshmallow as well as Snapdragon 820 SoC processor and graphics of Adreno 530, which we see in other top notch flagships is an absolute delight, distinctive from its siblings, makes it a great buy. A few flaws are forgivable and the perfect device you are looking for if you want to show off in front of your friends.\n\nSpecs\n


  • 5.1 inch IPS LCD display
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  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 with Adreno 530
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  • Android OS v6.0 Marshmallow skinned on MIUI 7.0
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  • 16MP rear with PDAF, OIS (4-axis), Dual LED (Dual tone) flash
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  • 4MP front
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  • Sunlight display for outdoor visiblity
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  • 3000 mAh supporting Quick charge 3.0.
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