Today, Xiaomi announced their all new Xiaomi Mi 5 smartphone, which is the latest flagship from Mi India. The phone features some amazing hardware on paper and looks even better. It was launched earlier in China but the Indian launch was desperately awaited by the Mi fans in the country.

Xiaomi Mi5 (4)

Xiaomi Mi 5 Pros

  • Powerful performance
  • Good Display
  • Premium design
  • 3000 mAh battery
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Quick Charge 3.0

Xiaomi Mi 5 Cons

  • Lacking micro SD card support
  • Non removable battery

Xiaomi Mi 5 Specifications

Key SpecsXiaomi Mi 5
Display5.2 inches
Screen ResolutionFHD (1080 x 1920)
Operating SystemAndroid Marshmallow 6.0
Processor 1.8 GHz quad-core
ChipsetSnapdragon 820
Memory3 GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage 32GB
Storage UpgradeNo
Primary Camera16 MP with PDAF, OIS
Video recording2160p@30fps
Secondary Camera4 MP with 2 microns size pixel
Battery 3000 mAh
Fingerprint SensorYes
NFCYes
4G readyYes
SIM card typeDual SIM
WaterproofNo
Weight129gms
Price INR 24,999

Xiaomi Mi 5 Coverage

Question- How is Design and Build Quality?

Answer- The Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with a 3D glass body with beautiful curved back, just like the Galaxy S7. The outer edges at the front are sharp and the frameless display looks beautiful. The curved back makes it very easy to hold and the grip is really impressive. It is 7.15 mm thin, which is something really amazing for a smartphone with such power. Screen to body ratio is minimal. It feels premium and solid as well, but that doesn’t save it from cracking if dropped.

Xiaomi Mi 5 Photo Gallery

Question- Does the Xiaomi Mi 5 Have Dual SIM Slots?

Answer- Yes, it has dual SIM Slots.

Question- Does the Xiaomi Mi 5 Have microSD Expansion option?

Answer- No, it does not have a microSD card slot.

Question- Does Xiaomi Mi 5 Have Display Glass Protection?

Answer- Mi 5 comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 4.

Question- How is the Display of the Xiaomi Mi 5?

Answer- Mi 5 comes with a 5.15 inch IPS LCD display panel with 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution. The pixel density is 428 ppi and it is protected by Gorilla Glass 4. It is a great display in terms of color production and viewing angles. One of the best displays in Xiaomi phones till now.

Question- Does Xiaomi Mi 5 Support Adaptive Brightness?

Answer- Yes, the phone does support Adaptive Brightness.

Question- Are navigation Buttons Backlit?

Answer- Yes, there navigation buttons are backlit.

Question- Which OS Version, Type Runs on Phone?

Answer- The phone runs on Xiaomi’s own Custom UI, the MiUi 7.0 based on Android Marshmallow 6.

Question- Is there any Fingerprint Sensor, How Good or Bad It Is?

Answer- Yes, there is a fingerprint sensor built in the home button.

Question- Is Fast Charging Supported in Xiaomi Mi 5?

Answer- Yes, it comes with Qualcomm’s quick charge 3.0.

Question- How Much Free Internal Storage is Available to User?

Answer- Out of 32 GB you will get around 25.5 GB of storage.

Question- Can Apps be moved to SD card on Xiaomi Mi 5?

Answer- It does not have a support for micro SD.

Question- Does it have any Bloatware Apps are Pre-installed?

Answer- Yes, Xiaomi has installed some of the usual Mi bloatware but thankfully, it is not pounded with a lot of useless apps.

Question- How Much RAM is Available on the first Boot?

Answer- On the first boot, you have 1.8 GB of RAM available out of the 3 GB RAM that the phone has.

Question- Does it have LED notification light?

Answer- Yes, the LED notification light is at the top bezel.

Question- Does it support USB OTG?

Answer- Yes, it supports USB OTG.

Question- Does Xiaomi Mi 5 offer theme options to choose from?

Answer- Yes, Mi 5 offers some pre-installed themes and you can also install themes from the online store.

Question- How Loud is The Loudspeaker?

Answer- We were not able to test the loudspeaker at the event, we will update this section once we receive the review unit.

Question- How is the Call quality?

Answer- We will test the call quality later in our full review.

Question- How good is The Camera Quality of the Xiaomi Mi 5?

Answer- On the photography front, the Mi 5 is equipped with a 16-megapixel rear camera with Sony IMX298 sensor and 4K video recording capabilities. It also features PDAF, 4-axis OIS and dual-tone LED flash. Up front, there is a 4-megapixel selfie camera with 2-micron pixels for better selfies.

Question- Can we Play Full HD 1080p Videos on Xiaomi Mi 5?

Answer- Yes, you can play Full HD 1080p videos on the phone.

Question- Can Xiaomi Mi 5 record slow motion videos?

Answer- Yes, it can record slow motion videos.

Question- How is the Battery Backup on Xiaomi Mi 5?

Answer- It is too soon to tell about the battery backup of the device. We will definitely cover more about this in the full review.

Question- What Color Variants Available for Xiaomi Mi 5?

Answer- The Mi 5 is available only in Black and White color variants.

Question- Can we set the display colour temperature on Xiaomi Mi 5?

Answer- Yes, we can set the display colour temperature on the device.

Question- Is there any in-built power saver in the Xiaomi Mi 5?

Answer- Yes, there are in-built power saving modes in the device.

Question- Which Sensors are available on Xiaomi Mi 5?

Answer- There are Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer.

Question- What is the Weight of Xiaomi Mi 5?

Answer- The phone weighs a mere 129 grams.

Question- What is the SAR Value of Xiaomi Mi 5?

Answer- The SAR Value is not available till now.

Question- Does It Support Tap Wake up Commands?

Answer- No, it does not support tap wake up commands.

Question- Does It Support Voice Wake up Commands?

Answer- No, it does not support voice wake up commands.

Question- Does Xiaomi Mi 5 Have Heating Issues?

Answer- We will comment on this only after we have spent enough time with the phone.

Question- Does it have support for VoLTE?

Answer- Yes it supports VoLTE.

Question- Can Xiaomi Mi 5 be connected to a Bluetooth Headset?

Answer- Yes, it can be connected to a Bluetooth Headset to listen to music or to answer calls.

Question- How is the Gaming Performance?

Answer- The gaming performance of the Mi 5 can be expected to be exceptional. It boasts of a great set of hardware on paper, so it is obvious to expect an exceptional gaming performance. We will do the complete gaming review later to check if our assumptions are correct.

Question- Mobile Hotspot Internet Sharing Supported?

Answer- Yes, the phone has mobile hotspot Internet sharing.

Conclusion

At INR 24,999, this phone is a steal. It has everything that you’ll find in high end flagships like Galaxy S7. The camera is very impressive and there is no question about performance. The sad part is that it has no option for expandable storage, but we have many phones which have the same problem.

We will be coming up with more on Mi 5 very soon, keep visiting for updates.