After a slump in its popularity last year, Xiaomi bounced back in 2016 (atleast in India) with a slew of new smartphones including the likes of Redmi Note 3 and Mi 5. The spotlight is back on the Chinese giant which recently introduced the Xiaomi Mi5S with a refreshed design and improved specifications. The Xiaomi India fans have been eagerly waiting for its arrival in India. There are a lot of questions related to Xiaomi Mi5S that must be brawling in their minds. Therefore, we decided to answer all those questions in this sort of Xiaomi Mi5S quick review.

Full specifications of Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus:

MODEL NAME Xiaomi Mi 5s Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus
Display 5.15-inch, Full-HD, NTSC Color gamut 5.7-inch, Full-HD, presure sensitive, NTSC Color gamut
Chipset 2.15GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 821, Adreno 530 GPU 2.35GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 821, Adreno 530 GPU
Software Android Marshmallow based MIUI8 Android Marshmallow based MIUI8
RAM and Storage 3GB RAM, 64GB (UFS 2.0) Storage

4GB RAM, 128GB (UFS 2.0) Storage

4GB RAM, 64GB (UFS 2.0) Storage

6GB RAM, 128GB (UFS 2.0) Storage

Primary camera 12MP sensor, dual Tone flash, f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, Slow Mo, 4K video recording 13MP + 13MP sensor, dual Tone flash, PDAF, Slow Mo, 4K video recording
Secondary camera 4MP Front Camera, Large 2-micron pixels, f/2.0 aperture, wide angle lens 4MP Front Camera, Large 2-micron pixels, f/2.0 aperture, wide angle lens
Battery 3200mAh, Quick Charge 3.0 3800mAh, Quick Charge 3.0
Colors Gold, Dark Grey, Silver and Rose Gold Gold, Dark Grey, Silver and Rose Gold
Others Dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, NFC Dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, NFC
Price 1999 yuan (Rs. 19,900 approx.)

2299 yuan (Rs. 22,900 approx.)

2299 yuan (Rs. 22,900 approx.)

2599 yuan (Rs. 25,900 approx.)

Design and Display

Question: How is the Xiaomi Mi5s design and build quality?

Answer: There built quality of the Mi 5 raised more than a few eyebrows, something which Xiaomi clearly wanted to avoid this time. Therefore, it went back to drawing board and did some serious brainstorming before coming out with the Mi5S. The glass on the back has been replaced by metal, which does make the new Mi phone look a lot more substantial.

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The phone is clearly a mm thicker, taller and wider than its predecessor and about 16 grams heavier as well. The matte finished back doesn’t feel slippery anymore. Phone’s compact form factor and curved edges also ensure a firm grip.

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Question: Does Xiaomi Mi5s comes with capacitive buttons or physical buttons?

Answer: The capacitive keys present below the display are backlit and can be customized.

Question: How is the display of Xiaomi Mi5s?

Answer: The Xiaomi Mi 5s borrows display from its predecessor. It houses a 5.15-inch IPS display with 1080p resolution and 428ppi pixel density. It provides 600 nits of max brightness and minimum brightness of 1.1nits. The color rendering capabilities of the display is also excellent.

In Auto mode, colors appear punchier than usual but the white point lies a tad on the colder side. If you are someone like me who don’t enjoy blue screen you can switch to standard mode from settings.  The display also supports Apple’s 3D touch style force touch.

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Question: How is the outdoor visibility? Does the Xiaomi Mi5s has the option for automatic brightness?

Answer: Well, we didn’t find any issue in the Xiaomi Mi5s sunlight legibility.The Screen is bright enough and easily readable.

Question: Does the Xiaomi Mi5s display has gorilla glass protection?

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Answer: No there is no Gorilla Glass Protection on the Mi 5S.

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Performance and Storage

Question: How much internal storage space is free on Xiaomi Mi5s?

Answer: 54GB out of the 64GB storage is available to users.

Question: How much RAM is free on Xiaomi Mi5s?

Answer: About 1.5GB RAM is available out of 3GB RAM.

Question: Does Xiaomi Mi5s support microSD card?

Answer: There is no memory card slot on the phone.

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Question: Does Xiaomi Xiaomi Mi5s support Adoptable storage?

Answer: No.

Question: Does Xiaomi Mi5s support USB OTG?

Answer: Yes, it does support USB OTG.

Question: Does Xiaomi Mi5s has a fingerprint sensor?

Answer: The fingerprint sensor has been embedded in the home button. We found fingerprint sensor pretty accurate. However, it is not one of the fastest fingerprint sensors in the market.

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Question: How is the day-to-day performance of Mi 5S? How was the gaming performance of Xiaomi Mi 5s?

Answer: Well, Xaiomi has sourced Qualcomm’s most powerful chipset and coupled it with 3GB of RAM and Adreno 530 GPU to meet the day-to-day challenges. The flagship smartphone manages to offer a premium smartphone experience.

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There is no visible lag, all apps work well. Switching between multiple apps is a cake walk. As expected, all graphic intensive games don’t flutter. We tried a bunch of games like NFS most wanted, Morden Combat 5 and a few more. There were no visible frame drops and everything sailed through very well. The overall gaming experience on the phone is excellent. Also, I didn’t notice any overheating issues.

Question: What are benchmark scores of Xiaomi Mi5s?

Answer: Here are some benchmark scores.

Benchmark Standards Scores
AnTuTu 101904
Vellamo (browser, Metal, Multicore) 4723, 3101, 2303
Nenamarks2 60.0 fps
Quadrant 23205
Geekbench4 (Single core, Multi-color) 1449, 3907


Question: Does Xiaomi Mi5S has heating issues?

Answer: No, it doesn’t.

Question: Does Xiaomi Mi5s support Google cardboard and other VR Apps?

Answer: Yes. It does.

Camera

Question: How is the Xiaomi Mi5s camera quality?

Answer: The camera app is simple and lets you snap picture quickly.  The camera manages to capture some pretty neat and sharp images in decent lighting. However, sometimes it fails to do justice with the shadows and the low light photography is not up to the benchmark standards established by high-end 2016 flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S7.

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Xiaomi has ditched Optical Image stabilization which is disappointing for someone like me who likes to take a lot of photos on the move. It offers various camera modes including a pro mode which lets you take control of ISO, Focus and exposure time. The four-megapixel ultra pixel camera on the front also managed to capture some excellent self-portrait for social media purposes. The video capabilities of the phone is second to none in Xiaomi portfolio. It can shoot up to 4K videos that look sharp, vivid and detailed. The continuous auto-focus feature also work well. However, in lowlight, noise creeps in.

Question: Is HDR mode present in Mi5s camera?

Answer: Yes, HDR mode is present and works well.

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Question: Can you record slow-motion videos on Xiaomi Mi5s?

Answer: Yes, it can record slow-motion videos.

Xiaomi Mi 5S Camera Samples:

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Software

Question: How is the software on the new Xiaomi Mi5s?

Answer: The Xiaomi Mi5s comes out of the box running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow based on MIUI Custom ROM. It is one of the most refined custom ROM’s in the market. If you have used a Xiaomi device in the past than there won’t be any learning curve. The software should feel intuitive.

There is no app drawer and all the apps are stacked on the home screen. Xiaomi offers various animation and customization option for a customer to explore.

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Question: Does the Xiaomi Mi5s support Gestures?

Answer: Yes, Xiaomi Mi5s does support smart gestures.

Question: Does the Xiaomi Mi5s support double tap to wake feature?

Answer: Yes, double tap to wake feature is present in the Xiaomi Mi5s.

Miscellaneous

Question: What kind of SIM cards does Xiaomi Mi5s support?

Answer: It supports Dual Nano SIM cards.

Question: How is the call quality on Xiaomi Mi5s? Does it support Jio VoLTE?

Answer: Yes, it supports jio calling and call quality is excellent.

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Question: How is the Battery backup on Xiaomi Mi5s?

Answer: It easily delivers 4.5 hours of screen-on-time with heavy to moderate usage.

Question: Does Xiaomi Mi5s support fast charging?

Answer: Yes, it supports Quick Charge and comes bundled with a fast charger.

Question: What are the sensors present in Xiaomi Mi5s?

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Question: How loud is the loudspeaker on Xiaomi Mi5s?

Answer: Not very. In the quiet environment, you can enjoy media without headphones or any other audio aid, but the loudspeaker on the rear side can’t cope even with small amount of ambient noise, say a ceiling fan. Audio output quality from speakers isn’t compelling either.

Verdict

Xiaomi Mi 5s is what the Mi 5 should have been in the first place. The new Xiaomi phones improves on its predecessor and offers a better camera, a more pragmatic design and metal body and much better battery endurance. It would have been better if the Mi 5s had retained OIS as well.

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