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Xiaomi Mi 5: Curvy, sexy phone

By Bryan Chan - 2 Aug 2016
Launch SRP: RM1549

Overview, Design and Features

Overview

For those of you who only want the latest gadgets and gizmos, the Xiaomi Mi 5 will likely be of interest to you. It's the company's latest flagship smartphone, and similar to its predecessors, is equipped with some of the latest hardware on the market today. Priced at RM1,549, just how does the the Mi 5 stack up against the competition? We find out in this review.

As mentioned, the Mi 5 is powered by some of the latest hardware on the market today. This includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, Adreno 530 GPU, 32GB of UFS 2.0 flash storage, and 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM in dual-channel configuration. All this makes the Mi 5 one of the most powerful phones on the market today.


Design

In terms of design, the Mi 5 is a very gorgeous phone. Its rear is made of glass, and curves at the sides, making it comfortable to hold, but while the glass does add a dash of class to the phone, it also makes it incredibly slippery, much like the Google Nexus 4. This means that you'll have to be extra careful where you place this phone, as it very likely will slip and fall if placed at the side of the bed or table.

The top image shows the left side of the Mi 5, while the bottom shows the right side.

At the bottom, you'll find the USB Type-C port, as well as the speaker grill and microphone, while up top is where you'll find an infrared transmitter and the 3.5mm audio jack. On the right are the volume rocker and power button, and on the left is the dual-SIM tray, which only accepts nano SIMs. That's right folks, there's no expandable storage for the Mi 5.

The Mi 5 only supports two nano SIMs. No, there's no room for a microSD card, so you're stuck with 32GB of storage.

Like many of the latest phones in the market today, the Mi 5 also sports a fingerprint sensor, but you won't find the sensor at the rear of the phone, as it's integrated into the Home button, similar to the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. This allows the Mi 5 to have a really slim profile, with a thickness of only 7.25mm.

The fingerprint sensor is integrated into the Home button.

The Mi 5 is also one of the lightest phones we've tested, weighing only 125g. In comparison, the Galaxy S7 edge weighs 152g, the OnePlus 3 comes in at 158g, and the HTC 10 is the heaviest at 161g.


Features

One of the most outstanding things about the Mi 5 is a 16MP camera system that has 4-axis optical image stabilization (OIS) technology. Thanks to OIS, taking clearer shots at night is made easier, as images taken at shutter speeds around 1/15 seconds still turn on sharp, but more on this later.

Other features that you should take note of is a 16-LED ultra-bright display, which offers a brightness of up to 600nit, allowing you to clearly view the screen, even under direct sunlight. If you're worried that the OIS and LED display would drain the phone's battery quickly, there's no need to worry about that, as the Mi 5 has a 3,000mAh battery that delivers about two days worth of battery life with light usage. If you do run out of juice, this phone supports Quick Charge 3.0 technology, which gives you up to four hours of talk time with just a 10-minute charge.

You can see the infrared transmitter in the middle.

There's also an infrared transmitter up to, which lets you use the MiRemote app to remotely control a number of devices, like TVs, air-conditioners, and even cameras. Apart from that, the Mi 5 also has a Wi-Fi antenna that supports MU-MIMO.

8.0
  • Design 8.5
  • Features 7.5
  • User-Friendliness 7.5
  • Performance 8
  • Value 9
The Good
Beautiful bezel-less metal and glass design
Lightning fast fingerprint scanner
Solid benchmark performance and battery life
Dual SIM
Great value
The Bad
Non-expandable 32GB internal storage
Some quirky UI issues
Slower version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor