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[Review] Xiaomi Mi5 review | 3GB | 64GB | 1080P | NFC | Sony IMX298 | 9 hours SoT!

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By Chinaphonearena, Senior Member on 2nd June 2016, 04:11 PM
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We have reviewed the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 MTK, Xiaomi Redmi 3, Xiaomi Mi4i, Xiaomi Mi4c, Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime. Now it's time for the flagship beast Xiaomi Mi5, rated the most powerful phone in the universe for Q1 2016.

We really appreciate the users reading our reviews as we put many hours into making them. Thank also for taking the time to read our work.

Note, everything you see below except for the final summary conclusion is re-written from memory of the full review.

Xiaomi Mi5 Display
The display is great, and about as good as it gets before moving into Super AMOLED. Colors are rich and contrasty without being obnoxiously so. Viewing angles are great.

Xiaomi Mi5 review SoC Power
As we know, the Mi5 carries Snapdragon 820. This SoC has taken mobiles to a whole new level, making an incredibly leap over Apple's A8 and Snapdragon 810 from last year. Not only are the Kryo CPU's superpowered, the Adreno 530 is also a huge bump up from last year. This literally made Xiaomi Mi5 the most powerful phone in the universe according to Antutu for Q1 2016.

Even when throttled the Xiaomi Mi5 pushes 100k+ on Antutu. This test was run in 40c ambient temps! We see that what's mostly throttled is the CPU, the GPU is only moderately affected. Check it:

Xiaomi Mi5 MIUI Marshmallow Android 6.0
The OS on Xiaomi Mi5 is MIUI Android 6.0. It's very smooth. Because of the hyperpowered Kryo cores and UFS 2.0 ROM, apps load FAST. Sometimes as fast as if you had them already in RAM.

Xiaomi Mi5 GPS
GPS SNR is great. Cold lock achieved in 2 or 3 seconds. SNR is 30-40 in 8 satellites

Xiaomi Mi5 WiFi
Xiaomi Mi5 WiFi strength is great. Reaching 144ft/44m from home router with concrete wall between phone and router.

Xiaomi Mi5 Charging
What's beautiful about the Xiaomi Mi5 is Quick Charging 3.0. This chargest Mi5's 3000mAh battery to 90% in 1 hour, or 100% in 1h 15m. Wow. You can charge the phone while getting ready in the morning and phone is fully charged before going out the door.

Xiaomi Mi5 review battery life screen on test
Of course, quick charging isn't much of a help if the phone doesn't have good battery life. Luckily, that's not the case with Xiaomi Mi5. We hit 9 hours on our screen on SOT onscreen time Xiaomi Mi5 battery life test. This test is a 720p YouTube video streamed through WiFi with display at 140lux.

Does it mean you will get 9 hours screenon SOT time? Not necessarily, as this will depend on your use. Whatever the case, it's an excellent result and actually this beats the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 MTK6795 w/4000mAh by a full hour.

Xiaomi Mi5 camera samples
No good phone is complete without a good camera. We're pleased to relay that the Sony IMX298 is very good, giving us sharp pictures with realistic colors. This particular shot is HDR, but standard shots also produce good results. We have a full set of 60 images with 100% crops at the full review.

And, here we have a 100% crop from one of the pics. Remember, these pics are straight out of the camera (SOOC) with no processing other than reduce and save at 75% jpg.

Here's one more 100% crop of Floki.

Xiaomi Mi5 review summary
Battery life is great, charging time is fantastic, it carries a great looking display and comes with most of the goodies, including NFC, Gorilla Glass 4, infrared remote, gyroscope, step counter, and compass.

You can now own the most powerful consumer mobile in the known universe– Xiaomi Mi5, for a few hundred bucks– about half as much as the Galaxy S7. The Mi5 is a near perfect phone; super-powered with all components working great. If it’s within your budget, jump on it… You won’t be disappointed. If a bit too much, we recommend the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro. Available at half the price of the Mi5, RMN3P offers great value and is a mobile you’ll be happy to own.

Review credit: Mod Edit by @Darth : Link removed. Leads to selling site links. Not allowed on xda.
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