Review Xiaomi Mi5: the leader of the Chinese production

The first rumors and information leaks associated with Xiaomi Mi5, appeared in late 2014. The following year, Xiaomi has updated all of its line of smartphones, has released the second tablet, giroskuter and even a suitcase, but "forgot" about the new flagship. The long-awaited announcement occurred only at MWC 2016. Apparently for Xiaomi was important to Mi5 name received the same sign for the industry product, what were at one time Mi3 and MI4. We have a young Chinese company once again to surprise their fans and competitors? Let's see, check, test the. Download Xiaomi PDF manual

Specifications Xiaomi Mi5

  • Screen: IPS, 5,15 ", 1920x1080, 428-ppi, capacitive, multi-touch;
  • Processor: 64-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 1.8 GHz;
  • Graphic accelerator: Adreno 530;
  • Operating system: Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI interface 7
  • RAM: 3 GB;
  • Internal memory: 32 GB;
  • Contact: GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz || UMTS: 850/900/1900/2000/2100 MHz || LTE: 1, 3, 5, 7, 38, 39, 40, 41
  • SIM: 2 Nano-SIM, Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS)
  • Wireless interfaces: Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, infrared
  • Navigation: GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
  • Camera: Basic - 16 MP (4-axis optical image stabilizer, two-color LED-flash), front - 4 MP
  • Sensors: lighting, proximity, accelerometer, microgyro, a compass, a Hall sensor, a barometer, a fingerprint reader
  • Battery: 3000 mAh non-removable
  • Dimensions: 144,55x69,2 x 7,25 mm
  • Weight: 129 grams

Box content and Packaging

The smartphone set includes a 2.5-amp power adapter, USB Type-C cable, "clip" and a user manual. All this is packaged in a box made of white cardboard, typical for Xiaomi gadgets.

Appearance

It is necessary to clarify that Xiaomi Mi5 entered the market in three different versions: "lightweight" (3/32 GB), Standard (4/64 GB) and maximum (4/128 GB). The first two models are available in black, white and gold colors. The top model is only black and has a ceramic back cover. On the test got the youngest model in white.

On the front surface of the device are located above the screen facing camera, grill earpiece, light sensor / proximity and silver logo. Under the screen is a physical button "Home" and touch the "Menu" button and "Back".

On the right side are located on / lock button and volume rocker. On the left - a dual slot for SIM-cards.

At the top are a 3.5mm audio output, infrared port and the microphone hole. On the ground - connector USB Type-C, on either side of it - four symmetrical perforations, but the speaker in one gadget.

On the rounded edges on the rear cover next to nothing, or rather only the main camera lens, two-color LED-flash and yet another logo.

Ergonomics

Xiaomi Mi5 assembled at the level of the top champions. No hint of crunch or squeak when twisting with both hands, the monolithic body of the smartphone does not bend even a millimeter.

Side frame gadget is made of metal, and faces turned tangy - it immediately notice, because it is only in contact with them and hand when holding the smartphone. The front and rear surfaces are covered with glass Gorilla Glass 4 with quality oleophobic coating. Prints easily erased from the screen, but on a white backdrop and is not visible. It is a glass with rounded corners, very slippery.  The device slips out of dry hands, like a piece of wet soap. If you can not fully grasp the housing with one hand, hold the smartphone is not just. One hand is not cost - Mi5 worth putting on any surface with minimal slope, he immediately tries to "run away", so you want to Case for him flatly.

Physical buttons are convenient, but there is one comment to them: they are narrow and heavily dominate the body, fingers clinging to them literally. New physical button "Home" first cause discomfort because the narrow and tight enough. But it turned out that it is also a sensor. In the settings you can choose how the button will be triggered - or at the touch of a simple touch. The latter claim is to the black frame around the display. Display a smartphone perfect, but double frame - is in vain.

Screen

Xiaomi Mi5 is equipped with a 5.15-inch IPS-matrix with a resolution 1980h1080 pixels. The pixel density - 428 ppi. The maximum number of simultaneous touches - 10. Safety glass - Gorilla Glass 4 with oleophobic coating.

Display Xiaomi Mi5 without any exaggeration be called one of the best on the market. Yes, this is not 4K or Quad HD, but it is hardly necessary for a five-inch diagonal. Screen already incredibly clear, individual pixels can not distinguish, no matter how hard you try.

Display Xiaomi Mi5
Display Xiaomi Mi5

For backlight responsible 16 LEDs that provide 600 nits of brightness, it is 30% brighter than the MI4. The screen displays 95% of shades of NTSC color gamut, which is much wider than the standard sRGB palette, screen contrast ratio of 1500: 1. Put simply, the color and juicy "live", the image is bright and saturated. The viewing angles are maximum, no distortion and fading - it seems that you look at a printed image on the paper. Due to the increased supply of brightness and good anti-glare filter screen virtually "fades" in the sun. Light sensor works quickly and accurately by automatically changing the brightness level.

Program settings allow you to change the display color temperature (to make the image more warm or cool), contrast, and enable read-only mode, which blocks blue light.

Interface

The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with a proprietary interface MIUI 7. We will not argue about the convenience or, on the contrary, the MIUI shortcomings - and that, and another is sufficient. Here it is as lucky with the firmware version.

In favor of MIUI can be said that a firmware update appear every week. Moreover, the company does not stop supporting older devices. The shell of the Xiaomi - perfectly balanced interface that combines the simplicity of iOS and Android openness. And the presence of a huge list of options - so all joy for any geek.

Of the original application MIUI is to provide a good file manager and Security, which protects the phone from viruses, monitors the power consumption and permissions for applications, making contacts in the black list, cleans the cache and debris.

One of the interesting features include the One-handed mode, which is activated by a simple swipe to the right or to the left of the button "Home". In what direction is made swipe in that direction and will move a smaller screen. Screen size can be selected: 3.5, 4 or 4.5 inches. Another "feature" - reading mode, when the screen is no longer emit a blue color, is harmful to the eyes. The intensity of the blue light can also be adjusted in the settings. LED-indicator can be customized to display various events. At various notifications (a message, calling, social networking, etc.) LED will react to the selected color. What it does when you press the Android-button and volume buttons can also be reassigned.

Apparatus in the work

Xiaomi Mi5 officially is in first place in the list of benchmark AnTuTu. 136 875 points - what else do you say? At the low-end model that has fallen on the test results a little more modest - 109897 points. This is because the clock frequency quad-core Snapdragon 820 chipset is artificially reduced from 2.15 GHz to 1.8 GHz and 3 GB of RAM instead of 4GB.  However, in everyday use is unlikely someone will feel a big difference between the youngest and the Pro-version. Type of RAM - Dual Channel LPDDR4 with a frequency of 1296 MHz. Built-in memory in the younger version of the very small - only 32 GB with no expandable memory cards. But in the modern Mi5 used flash memory card UFC 2.0, which runs on 87% faster than the eMMC 5.0.

Paint gaming performance does not make sense - all the flies on the highest setting and will fly more next couple of years. On the smartphone has been tested Asphalt 8, Modern Combat 5, Godfire and WoT Blitz. Games are like the console that is launched and have fun. In WoT Blitz with maximum graphics settings the frame rate never (this is no exaggeration) does not fall below 60 fps, in what would be "fierce batch" you did not get in the game. In general, the Adreno 530 - it's about the game. By the way, in contrast to the "unfortunate» Snapdragon 810, no problems with overheating was observed during the test. The device heats up during heavy use, but not stronger than its competitors.

With video playback is also no problem. The smartphone is easy to cope with both offline and online with playing videos in 720p and 1080p. During the test several times reproduced MKV-file in 1080p resolution and a weight of 12 GB. Mi5 not even sweating.

The two speakers on the bottom give very loud and high-quality sound. So loud that at arm's length, he unpleasant "hits" on the ears. Sometimes it is better to keep Mi5 in silent mode, and then all at a distance of fifty meters will know that you call. At the same sound quality at a high level - no extraneous noise.

The fingerprint scanner works really fast. For creation of the impression you need to attach to it a finger around seven times. To unlock the smartphone you just click on the button "Home". Of the second, which goes to press, enough so that the scanner correctly considered a fingerprint. If the "wake up" Mi5 using the unlock button, the button "Home" did not even have to press. Suffice it to just touch it. Conveniently, the finger precision applications do not affect the reading rate. You can make it even "upside down", so to speak. Scanner Mi5 really want to use. Not a thought like, "Yes, I do this, and do not keep the phone to bother with the scanner." His work simply do not notice.

The fingerprint scanner
The fingerprint scanner

Camera

The Xiaomi Mi5 main camera uses a 16-megapixel sensor Sony IXM298, and six lenticular lens with f / 2.0 aperture. In conjunction with their work phase detection autofocus (PDAF), four-axis optical image stabilization and dual LED flash. At the presentation of the smartphone four axial stabilization we have been given special attention. Mi5 Camera significant compared to other flagship cameras, and all comparisons were clearly in favor of Mi5. Stabilization system ensures movement of the camera module in the eight directions, so shake the device less impact on the quality of the photo. At the program level imagery improves special technology isolated pixels (DTI), which prevents ingress of light from one pixel to the neighboring.

Front camera resolution of four megapixels. The pixel size is increased to two microns, whereby the sensor absorbs more light. The lens has an aperture of f / 2.0 and 80 degree viewing angle.

The camera takes great pictures both day and night. Autofocus is fast and accurate, the shutter release takes place in an instant, the work of auto-recording mode perfectly debugged in software. In good light, you can not even work hard to make a good shot - the camera will do everything for you myself. Auto HDR mode will correct the defects carefully, without spending a extra milliseconds.

At night, the camera shoots as fast as during the day, only in the HDR mode, it is a small hitch. But the result is worth it to wait a couple of seconds: a picture obtained in this light, if not on the street late at night, and only begins to darken. At night shots the sky turns a bit "noisy", the other objects remain clear and well detailed.

Camera application interface as simple as possible, but it does have everything you need. In the viewfinder shows only six icons: shutter release, the transition in the "Gallery", including video, HDR mode (Off, On, Auto), the flash (on, off, automatic, runs constantly) and the inclusion of the front camera.

If you make a swipe to the right, then you get to the filter menu, swipe to the left - in the shooting-mode selection menu. A total of nine modes: panorama, timer, voice shutter, manual mode, auto crop (avoids trapped horizons), Beauty mode (makes the face smoother), Night Mode, Tilt-Shift (perspective distortion) and fisheye.

In manual shooting mode, you can set the ISO, shutter speed, white balance, focus distance. Maximum exposure length is 32 seconds. With such exposure can take pictures of a black cat on the bottom of a coal mine.

There is a separate menu of camera settings. Here you can enable framing grid, change the size and aspect ratio, assign action to volume button (zoom or shutter) change the metering, contrast, saturation and sharpness.


Below you can evaluate the quality of images taken at different times of the day on the street.

The camera can shoot video in 4K resolution (frequency of 30 frames / second) and slow motion video in HD-resolution (120 frames / sec).

Wireless interfaces

Xiaomi Mi5 is equipped with a set of the most advanced wireless communications: a module Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac (2,4 GHz and 5 GHz) supporting MU-MIMO technology, Bluetooth 4.2 and NFC. Wi-Fi-module provides support for Wi-Fi Display and Wi-Fi Direct technology. Also, the smartphone is equipped with an IR port and can be used as a universal remote control. To do this, the device is pre-installed special application MI Remote, which works with all devices.

The device supports 4G LTE-A (download speed of up to 600 Mbit / s), VoLTE technology and works with two SIM-cards in Dual Standby mode. Navigation module is able to communicate with the satellites of three navigation systems: the American GPS, the Russian GLONASS and China's Beidou. In fact, to communicate with 25 satellites in devaysa takes less than five seconds.


Autonomy

Mi5 equipped with a non-removable battery capacity of 3000 mAh. Despite the support functions of quick charging QuickCharge 3.0, a powerful 2.5-amp adapter cable and USB Type-C smartphone does not set records for speed charging - to full completion of the battery takes 1 hour 50 minutes. But Mi5 keeps well received charge, which is confirmed by synthetic and practical tests. Benchmark AnTuTu Tester praised the autonomy of the smartphone in 7407 points, which is one and a half times higher than the average results (4500-5000 points), which produces the majority of its competitors. Testing of autonomy in the PCMark benchmark showed that continually use Mi5 for web browsing and applications can work for 8 hours.


Hour game WoT Blitz-enabled Wi-Fi and reduced to half brightness level has spent only 22% of the charge. More than five hours of continuous play - this is a very good result. Play the video in the "Flight" and at the maximum brightness level smartphone capable for 12.5 hours.

To control power in the MIUI provided a lot of options. Here you can assign automatic shutdown of each individual application, rolling in the background, you can select the percentage of the battery, which will turn a certain power saving mode, you can choose not only the proposed power modes, but also create their own.


Results

Xiaomi Mi5 - is "superflagman" compete with that at the moment can not be more than a dozen smartphones. Xiaomi has chosen for his MI5 all the best: a powerful processor (and this is the only entry-level), very high-quality screen, excellent camera, capacious battery with rapid charging function, rugged, two SIM-cards, sensitive fingerprint scanner.  Of course, not without its rough spots, like black frames, slippery body and problems with the translation, but for the price to such trifles simply close your eyes. In no way inferior to its famous competitors, Xiaomi Mi5 worth almost twice cheaper. This is the main guarantee of the success of Xiaomi, and we hope that their policy will never change.

Pros:

  • quality FHD-display;
  • superproductive processor;
  • quality camera with four axial optical stabilizer;
  • a capacious battery with rapid charging function;
  • fast fingerprint scanner.

Cons:

  • black frame around the display;
  • the slippery body;
  • translation difficulties.