Thorough review of Xiaomi's high-end smartphone 'Mi 5' with overwhelming performance & low price and 4G / 3G dual standby

The high-end model 'Mi 5 ' released by the rapidly advancing Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi (Xiaomi) for the first time in a year and a half is gaining popularity all over the world due to its overwhelming performance and price. Among them, the top model (commonly known as 'Pro' model) equipped with 4GB memory & 128GB UFS 2.0 storage is known as a model that is rarely received and difficult to obtain. I finally got such a Pro model, so I thoroughly used it and checked its true value.

Mi 5 --Mi Global Home

◆ Opening & appearance check
Xiaomi Mi 5 is a white package. The package similar to MUJI up to the Mi4 series has been changed to an Apple-like package.

When you open the box, Mi 5 appears.

The contents are the Mi 5 main unit, Type-C USB cable, AC adapter, explanation card and pins for SIM slot.

Peel off the protective film at once.

This is Xiaomi's high-end model Mi 5. The display size is 5.15 inches (1920 x 1080), the SoC is Snapdragon 820 , and the memory is LPDDR4. While the standard model is 3GB memory and 32GB / 64GB high-speed UFS 2.0 storage, the top model of the so-called 'Pro model' is a combination of 4GB memory & 128GB UFS 2.0 storage. And the Mi 5 reviewed this time is the top Pro model.

There is a sticker on the back, but you can remove it by peeling off the transparent film.

If you think of it as a smartphone over 5 inches and pick it up, it will be thinner and lighter than it looks. The size is 144.55 in length × 69.2 in width × 7.25 mm in thickness, and weighs 129 g. It's lighter than the iPhone 6s, which has a smaller screen size.

At the top of the surface is a 4-megapixel front camera. The extremely narrow design of the side bezel is adopted.

At the bottom is a home button that has become a physical button. It has a built-in fingerprint authentication function.

SIM card slot on the left side.

It is a nano SIM card size dual slot and supports 4G / 3G dual standby.

Power button and volume button on the right side.

Earphone jack on the top.

The rear camera uses the Sony sensor 'IMX298' and has 16 million pixels. The 4-axis camera shake correction function is carried.

The USB port on the bottom is Type-C.

◆ I compared the designs
The curved design on the back edge combines the functionality of indescribable beauty and fit.

・ Comparison with Xiaomi Mi 4
Let's compare it with the previous model '

Mi 4' (right). First of all, the big difference is that it is equipped with a physical home button with a fingerprint authentication function.

Mi 5 on the left and Mi 4 on the right. It has been changed to a more rounded design with gentler corners.

The Mi 5 is 7.2mm and the Mi 4 is 8.9mm, so the difference in thinness is obvious.

If you look closely, the placement of the front camera has also changed.

The rear camera has also been changed to an iPhone-like position and shape. However, the lens does not pop out.

The same white model, but the Mi 5 (left) has a yellowish color, while the Mi 4 (right) has a bluish white color.

・ Comparison with Galaxy and iPhone
In addition, the black model of Mi 5 has a stronger plating contrast of the home button with fingerprint authentication, and it is a cool color different from the white model. However, when I saw the black model, I felt déjà vu that boiled out of nowhere.

I put Samsung's '

Galaxy S6 edge ' (right) next to it.

The home button looks just like that.

Or rather, there is a suspicion that the design is the opposite of the front and back of the Galaxy S6 edge ...

By the way, on the Galaxy S7 edge (lower right), the edge of the home button is black-plated, so the Mi 5 still gives the impression that it is

an inspiration for the Galaxy S6 edge.

When this happens, it's strange that even the wallpaper will give you a sense of déjà vu.

By the way, it goes without saying that the previous model Mi 4 is similar to the iPhone 5 / 5s / SE.

◆ I tried using it
First, check the specifications with

'CPU-Z'. SoC is Snapdragon 820 (2.15GHz, 4 cores)

Since it is a Pro model, it has 4GB memory and 128GB storage. Since the Mi 5 cannot use a microSD card, the storage size seems to be important.

The OS is MIUI 7, which is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

The battery capacity is 3000mAh.

・ App
The global version of Mi 5 comes with Google Play pre-installed. So, the usability is not different from a normal Android device.

Of course, Google related apps can also be installed.

If you measure the benchmark with 'AnTutu ' instead of greeting, the score is over 130,000 points.

It is the first time in high performance that seems to be a high-end model.

With this class of Android smartphones, you rarely get stuck while using it, and browsing is extremely comfortable.

I couldn't feel the 'weight' in everyday use, so I played the

game 'Idolmaster Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage (Deleste)', which is famous for its power.

You can see how to play Dereste on Mi 5 in the following movie.

I played the Idolmaster Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage on Xiaomi Mi 5-YouTube

Play is comfortable. There are only high-end models in the streets, and while there are terminals where Dereste does not work properly, Mi 5 seems to have sufficient gaming performance.

Mi 5 is equipped with a rear camera with 4-axis camera shake correction. For standard camera apps ...

Many filters are available.

Swipe the screen from left to right to quickly access various setting changes with icons.

I took a picture. It looks like this when shooting outdoors. The image quality of the 16-megapixel rear camera is also sufficient.

In a dark place ...

The image quality was not dissatisfied even in close-up photography.

・ Charging speed
The Mi 5's Type-C / USB port supports the quick charge function

Quick Charge 3.0 . If you charge the battery from 7% to 30 minutes with the included charging adapter, it will recover to about half.

Further 30 minutes to 92%. It is comfortable because it can be fully charged in about 1 hour.

From the settings, it is also possible to display the remaining battery level with a thin green bar at the top of the screen. It was convenient because you can see the remaining battery level in one shot without checking small numbers or battery icons.

・ 4G / 3G dual standby
The Mi 5 is, of course, a SIM-free terminal, but it has the great feature of supporting 4G / 3G dual standby. When I inserted DoCoMo's SIM into SIM slot 1 and SoftBank's SIM into SIM slot 2, I was able to receive calls with both DoCoMo and SoftBank phone numbers. You can also switch the internet line. For those who have two for calls or who use both a carrier line and a cheap SIM, the Mi 5 that can dual standby with two SIM cards seems to be extremely convenient.

I compared the displays of Mi 5 (left) and iPhone 6s (right). The image is in the state of maximum brightness on all terminals, but Mi 5 is more vivid even at a glance.

I felt that the Mi 5 display was superior to the iPhone 6s in both brightness and saturation.

◆ Summary
Xiaomi's flagship model 'Mi 5' is the highest spec of the current smartphone, and there was almost no problem with usability, and it was comfortable. Even though it is a 5-inch over display, it weighs only 129g, has excellent fingerprint authentication accuracy, and has a battery life that is not dissatisfied at all.

Since it is equipped with 4GB memory, there is no problem even if you launch many apps. It is also convenient to be able to quit the application and release the memory with one shot from the button on the lower left. The Xiaomi Mi 5, which has excellent performance and texture, was a terminal with no flaws that seemed to be flaws.

Xiaomi Mi 5 is on sale at GearBest, which supports shipping to Japan. At the time of writing the article, the 32G model was 37,048 yen, the 64GB model was 44,920 yen, and the 128GB model was 52,333 yen. However, the 128GB Pro model is unstable in arrival and sold out in seconds, so if you want it, you will have to wait patiently.

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