The last time a flagship Xiaomi introduced back in 2014, the manufacturer had begun to carve a good reputation in the mobile industry, not only in Asia but also in the West. In many respects, Xiaomi challenged many of the rules that had been established big names. MI5 has come only official way to China and India, but that has not prevented the huge international expectation that has won these months. In this context, and considering the options available now in the market, it is inevitable to ask: does it make sense to continue getting excited for Xiaomi flagship in 2016?
Xiaomi Mi 5 – Availability and Pricing
The latest flagship Xiaomi is already available in p resale and can be purchased for about 375 euros in its version of 32 GB of storage and RAM. The variant with 64 GB of internal storage, which will also bring a back shell 3D glass, can be purchased from 409 euros. Finally, the Pro version, the only one to bring 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory can be found from 465 euros.
The only problem is that, although it was presented at an event for the international press in Barcelona during MWC, the only countries where the phone has appeared are China and India. The chances that appears officially in Europe are virtually nil according to statements Barra has given in the past, so your only option is to go to importers, which will increase the final price.
Xiaomi Mi 5 – Design and finishing
During the presentation of the terminal, Xiaomi explained that the reason why we had to wait almost two years to see the successor to the Xiaomi Mi 4 is precisely the design. According to Hugo Berra, has been a great effort to introduce a camera lens at the position of the iPhone 6 (upper back) not to excel, and a home button with fingerprint scanner like the Samsung Galaxy S6 (elongated and the front part) to reduce body-screen ratio. The result, unfortunately, is a phone with a look halfway between the star Samsung and Apple phones.
It’s a little disappointing that a manufacturer that has achieved such great international attention as Xiaomi, whose efforts in recent years have kept us on the edge of the seat, has fallen into the annoying tendency to imitate the design of its two main competitors. Although, in its defense, it must be remembered that this phone will probably land more than an emerging market where imitations of i Phones and Galaxy s may have more room.
Comparisons aside, we are very well designed, with a solid and elegant appearance, and a surprising thinness phone, especially if one takes into account the considerable size of its battery.
One of the highlights, especially given the account the time of submission, is the striking resemblance that keeps its back with the Galaxy S7. 3D glass (or 3D ceramic in the case of the Pro version) is curved in a similar manner to that of the latest flagship of Samsung, but also binds to the metal frame in an elegant way and without touching just note the point of Union.
Although one of the most remarkable aspects is probably your weight. 129 grams of MI5 do one of the flagships lighter presented in recent times. Neither the Galaxy S7 with its 152 grams, or the LG G5 with 159 grams get even how nice it is to keep the Xiaomi MI5 hands.
Most worrying in this case is its durability. At one point, I dropped the phone less than half a meter above the ground, and broke the back of the frame. The positive part is that it again was as easy as putting it out. With just a little push to pressure on the sides of the phone returns to normal. That said, most likely want to invest in a good cover if you end up buying it.
Xiaomi Mi 5 – Screen
The Mi5 Xiaomi has a 5.15 inch screen offers a resolution Full HD. These numbers offer more than enough pixel density, which does not show a single blemish on the screen, which is, in fact, one of the best aspects of this phone.
The brightness and image quality are excellent under any light condition. At 600 nits of brightness is added the Sunlight Display, which is capable of illuminating the dark areas of the screen under bright light technology, but not clear, to show a good image quality.
Overall screen experience goes beyond technical specifications, and the excellent body-screen ratio has been achieved makes viewing images or media playback is pretty nice.
Xiaomi Mi 5 – Software
With the absence of an official of the international version ROM, I had to use the phone with the Asian version of MIUI 7 (in this case on Android 6.0 Marshmallow). This complicates things and, in many cases, makes it difficult to judge the software properly, considering that the first hours of use of the terminal used to download Google applications, remove bloatware, install the correct keyboard, etc. However most users who purchase the phone in Europe or Latin America will opt for the international version, the ROM seems to come soon.
Users familiar with versions of Android purest, as Xperia or HTC Sense UI, brow furrowing be found at times.Notifications messaging applications like WhatsApp or Messenger, do not allow viewing messages separately. Instead, you need to enter the application to check messages individually (and consequently face pressure to appear as read Message ).
In addition, Xiaomi has included its own management permits applications that often hinders rather than helps. At times why an application is not working properly has to do with the restriction of the permit within the app Security , but no message warns of this. The truth is that this problem is not, much less intrinsic MIUI and is more related to the improved performance that Google has done on this. Permission management was excellent news when it was announced Marshmallow, and something that Android needed urgently, but implementation has not been ideal, and MI5 confirmed.
That said, and once left bias aside, there is sufficient interesting functions within MIUI 7. To begin with , the lack of application drawer is now so widespread that even LG has incorporated into its G5 . The software also has many customization options, plus a useful childish way (to protect information) and an equalizer and audio effects, depending on the type of headphones that are introduced.
In addition, since Xiaomi constantly work on improving the interface and include security patches, although these are less frequent in the global version.
MIUI has matured a lot, there’s no doubt. You may count on some weaknesses regarding other versions of Android but usually is an interface with few problems and many customization options.
Xiaomi Mi 5 – Performance
The performance is by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, whose four cores running at 2.15 GHz in the two most expensive variants, and 1.8 GHz in the most economical. Flash memory is 128, 64 or 32 GB, more expensive to cheaper. The unit used for this analysis has an internal memory of 64 GB.
The power of the Snapdragon 820 is more than proven. The last chip Qualcomm has broken records in virtually all the rankings, and in the case of MI5 is no exception.
These numbers are impressive and, in almost most cases, the phone pays smoothly. However, I have experienced some frostbitten so frequent applications like Spottily or Gmail, and especially on Twitter, sometimes even opened.Although it is quite likely that these problems can be solved with a software update.
This is particularly surprising considering that most games more demanding work perfectly as you would expect with numbers like those listed above, and yet others, like Yesterday, are not even able to start.
Xiaomi Mi 5 – Audio
An interesting option MIUI 7 is its sound effects and equalizer. When inserting headphones into the phone, the system allows you to select the type of introduced handset and optimizes the sound on this basis. Stereos that beneficial most from this are those of Xiaomi, which are recognized within the configuration.
Xiaomi Mi 5 – Battery
Given the compact dimensions of the phone, surprised to see that Xiaomi has managed to install a battery of 3,000 mAh. In addition, we have implemented the Quick Charge 3.0 technology thanks to the Qualcomm processor. This system significantly reduces the charging time, which lasts just over an hour.
The phone makes good use of autonomy, which reaches 24 hours without problems, ie, the standard at this time. To this is added the technology Doze Marshmallow , turning off unnecessary resources while the phone is idle
The Xiaomi Mi5 is a good phone and there are enough reasons to buy it. However, buy from Europe or Latin America entails additional costs, and it is necessary to do so through third parties. The final price, thus, would remain between 400 and 450 for the smaller version, and about 500 to Pro edition.
We must not forget one important factor: this phone is not designed for Western audiences, and the absence of a global ROM, despite its introduction in India, confirms this. Seen this way, this is a phone you should consider?
The truth is that there are sufficient grounds for the average user is not comfortable with some of the software features of MI5, but if you get here, chances are you’re not an average user. MI5 has its limitations, pointing especially to the camera and some discomfort performance, but usually is a solid and relatively balanced terminal. The decision to opt for it, therefore, will be based on what you think that will end up costing 400 € that its economic variant, can give him.