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Xiaomi Mi 5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 52 reviews of Xiaomi Mi 5. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Views about the battery and camera are on the whole positive. The design and price also get good feedback. There are some mixed comments about the size, and some have doubts about the GPS navigation and reliability.

performance, price, design, camera, battery

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 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Ian Morris (

Xiaomi Mi5 review


A beautiful phone at a beautiful price

Beautiful, premium design ; Low cost ; Excellent camera

Not stocked by networks ; No expandable storage ; User interface could be clearer

This phone looks great, feels great and has the spec list to match - with a price that's hard to believe. Sadly, it looks like distribution will be limited, but we can hope...

Nov, 2016

Expert review by: Marie Brewis (

Xiaomi Mi 5 review: Extraordinary value Android phone rivals Galaxy S7


The Mi 5 sits at the top of Xiaomi's Android phone line, where its devilishly fast performance and great all-round design place it as a true competitor to the likes of the S7, G5 and iPhone 6s - at half the price! Read our full Xiaomi Mi 5 review for...

A fantastic Android flagship that comes in at an outrageously low price, the Xiaomi Mi 5 has the braun and the beauty to match the greats. Perhaps not a wise choice for first time Android users, but those comfortable in customising the setup will love...

May, 2016

Expert review by: Max Parker (

Xiaomi Mi 5


The Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5 and HTC 10 are all great phones. No doubt about it. But, they're also expensive. You'll need to shell out at least £500 to buy each device outright or pay £40 a month as part of contract. But what if you could get a handset...

May, 2016

Expert review by: Mike Joubert (

Xiaomi Mi5


Stylish and filled with great specs - for R8000? Xiaomi has themselves a winner with the Mi5 (but it's still a bit buggy).

Fast, Stylish, Thin Bezel, MIUI is great, Strong Camera, Cloud-backup, Right Price

Still buggy at present with calls missed and phone not always cooperating, Slippery on surfaces, No MicroSD

The one massive benefit is off course the Xiaomi Mi5’s price. Pegged at R8 000, what you get for your bucks simply cannot be beat. It’s a top performing flagship which should put doubters firmly in their place, providing strong specs, and not just...

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: Nimish Sawant (

Xiaomi Mi 5 review: A great smartphone with not-so-great software experience - Tech2


We review the first Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset toting Xiaomi Mi 5

Xiaomi Mi 5 has been priced at Rs 24,999 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variant. The 64GB or 128GB variants haven’t been announced for the Indian market yet. At Rs 24,999, the Mi 5, apart from being the first Snapdragon 820 powered phone, is also the...

May, 2016

Expert review by: (

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 (

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: Aloysius Low (

Xiaomi Mi 5 review: This fantastic phone gives Samsung S7's a run for its money


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: Victor H. (

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. (

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

Product Specifications


Battery Capacity:3000
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)


Auto Focus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Face detection: Yes
Flash type:LED
Front Camera: Yes
Front camera aperture number:2
Front camera resolution (numeric):4
Geotagging: Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):16
Maximum frame rate:120
Night mode: Yes
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 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
Second Camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:4
Smile detection: Yes
Video recording: Yes
Video recording modes:720p, 1080p / 720p, 1080p, 2160p


Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified: Yes


Colour of product:Black / Gold / White
Curved Design:No / Yes
Fingerprint Reader: Yes
Form factor:Bar


Contrast ratio (typical):1500:1
Display brightness:600
Display diagonal:13.1
Display number of colours:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1080 x 1920 / 1920 x 1080
Display Type:IPS
Orientation sensor: Yes
Pixel density:428
Screen shape:Flat
Second display: No
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen: Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive


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


Navigation key: Yes


Internal RAM:3 / 4


Audio formats supported:AAC, AAC+, AMR, APE, DSD, FLAC, MP3, PCM, WAV / AAC, AMR, APE, FLAC, MP3, WAV
FM radio: No
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG
Video formats supported:ASP, H.264, H.265, M4V, MKV, MP4, MPEG4, XVID / M4V, MKV, MP4, XVID


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


2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G bands (secondary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM / GSM
3G: Yes
3G bands supported:850,900,1900,2100
4G: Yes
4G bands supported:1800,1900,2100,2300,2500,2600 / 1800,2100,2600 / 850,1800,1900,2100,2300,2500,2600
4G standard:LTE
4G standards:LTE
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP
Bluetooth version:4.1 LE / 4.2 / 4.2 LE
Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
SIM card capability:Dual SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi Direct: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Packaging Content

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


Accelerometer: Yes
Barometer: Yes
Graphics adapter:Adreno 530
Gyroscope: Yes
On-board graphics adapter model:Adreno 530
Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:6.0 Marshmallow + MIUI 7.0
Proximity sensor: Yes
Video call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

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


64-bit computing: Yes
Processor Cores:4
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1.8 / 2.15
Processor Model:820


Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:6.0 (Marshmallow) + MIUI V7 / 6.0 Marshmallow + MIUI 7.0 / Android 6.0 ( MIUI 7.1 )


Compatible memory cards: No
Internal RAM:3072 / 4
Internal RAM type:LPDDR4
Internal storage capacity:128 / 32 / 64

Technical Details

Dust-resistant: Yes
Optional accessories:SIM insertion tool
Waterproof: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:69.2 / 7.25 / 7.3
Height :14.5 / 7.25
Weight:129 / 139
Width:144.6 / 6.22 / 6.92