My review after 2 months:
I live in the UAE (where Dubai is -_-) and I got my Mi5 128 GB almost 2 months back from a Dubai online shop for about 490 USD. (Expensive, I know, but best price I found).
*SUPER fast and lag free S/W performance (easily my best Android experience till now).
*Premium and beautiful H/W design (I get lots of complements almost daily).
*Tough back (thanks to the Ceramic cover).
*Annoying little bumps in the S/W that shouldn't be in a high-end device (ex: screen rotation doesn't work lots of times, and more annoying stuff).
*Front edges around device are the real drawback in durability and ruggedness of the Mi5, little falls will leave dents all over the front edge that will become very noticeable in a little while.
*I have no access some of MIUI exclusives (this could be me only) like Themes and stuff (I have to search for them via Google Now to be able to click into), probably bcz this is the International version.
*Camera is fast, but very blurry n shaky, great in full light and TERRIBLE in low light (way behind when compared to my wife's GS7), but the front camera is surprisingly great.
Its a keeper for me..
I may break my rule of no-phone-covers for this, though.
mominul9, 01 Nov 2016Which is best mi5 or mi5s I am totally confused !anyone suggests please which is better (about... moreI suggest xiaomi mi5, ultrasonic fingerprint has just started and is not quite develop for mi5s, and as per review cat12 capability of mi5 is now missing on mi5s.
Which is best mi5 or mi5s I am totally confused !anyone suggests please which is better (about camera and performance and battery backup).
i have mi5 prime ( 128g) black cermic, work fast, very light, good pictures the same enfine of samsung s7 in half price.
it alsow have ota firmware by xiaoimi.
This company has ZERO BUILD QUALITY. Cheapest possible components and IT SHOWS. The phone is quite hot, battery life is unpredictable, the phone may occasionally become irresponsive. You cannot get GOOD customer care if you can get ANY AT ALL!!! And we are talking almost flagship money, so purchasing this phone makes no sense. Every other phone with a contract from telecom is much better buy that this piece of cheap materials. And of course, you are at the mercy of Chinese servers monitoring your system activity and information... Great!
Vikas, 31 Oct 2016Pls tell me about the camera of mi5 ? I have been using Mi5 for more than two weeks now.
The phone takes excellent pictures in day light and evening times.
When i zoom into some pictues i was able to see details that human eyes missed.So, it provides great pictures with high detailing.
Great panoramas too.
I have not used the phone for night photography.But have heard that use HDR or HHT mode for night and the photos will be good
HelloFromMars, 30 Oct 2016Hey. If you guys don't mind me asking, what's the downside of this Mi5? Other than the MIUI, t... morei am using mi5 since june 2016. when you hold first time mi5 youll feel you are holding a 40k smartphone. Design is much better than samsung and its not copied at all. Ui is not ios. ppl compare it with ios becuase its flat UI but you can do much more than ios in MIUI. You dont need 4k display. i can easily say it is the best display panal used by mi. even i have compared it with iphone 6s side by side and believe me colour saturation, brightness is better than iphone. so dont worry about display its one of the best even its not 4k or 2k. now come to heating part as everyone say its heat so let me tell you that ever smartphone heats while gaming or any heavy work buts its always under 45 degree so its normal, just that during charging using fast charging it heats beacuase of fast charging apart from that in normal usage temprature is well below 40 degree. I have played lots of heavy games and no problem at all even its not higher clocked. speaker sound is average not too loud not too low. if you listen lots of music like me than ill say its not good through wired headphones but youll be surprised to know that through wirless mode sound quality is awsome as i am using v moda wireless headphones with it. Build quality is top notch according to the price . battery backup depends on your usage as i am using dual sim with 4g sim and 4g data on all the time so i need to charge the device again in a day but its not a problem as it supports fast charging so charge it for half an hour and you are good to go for full day.
previously i have used samsung galaxy s2, moto x2014, htc one e8 and now mi 5 so ill say again for the price you are paying for this its really good smartphone. Only cons i find on this device its only 32 gb and no card slot as i am heavy user so i have installed lots of games and music so sometimes i feel if it supported card slot than it would be great but still i am happy with my purchase.
MIUI is very similar to iOS in terms of looks. Mi5 should be faster, take better pictures and last longer.
Only thing to worry about is it that it bends
Hey. If you guys don't mind me asking, what's the downside of this Mi5? Other than the MIUI, the design, screen display. Like i want to know, is it worth it? Like is it going to lag after at least 6 months after? And should i change it from iPhone 5s to this mi5?
Been hearing people complaining about it copying samsung, UI copying iOS, screen is not 4K. Not really need all of that negativity since there's no problem it copying samsung and apple, and the non 4K or amoled screen - doesn't seem to much if a problem for me as long as it is in HD or FHD.
So what's the downside on this mi5 actually?
maakbar, 27 Oct 2016Don't go 8 month back if willing to enjoy current Android updates.Mi5 released in March,so loo... moreI'm also interested to buy this Mi5, looks very good in the mid-range phone in India.
If you are using it, can you please share some good and bad points of this phone? Thanks.
viki again, 26 Oct 2016Does it supports VR Glasses for mobile?NFC is very nice.
Aftr ugrading to miui 8.0.5 i am facing battry performance issue .now battry backup is not upto mark like earlier ..
Earlier aftr usage it mosty come to 100 to 72% but now it is draing nd coming to 100 to 47% ..
Suggestion pls what should i do now?
mae, 28 Oct 2016does mi5 have a led light? If you mean a notification light, yes.
maakbar, 27 Oct 2016Don't go 8 month back if willing to enjoy current Android updates.Mi5 released in March,so loo... moreOneplus 3 is larger @5.5", has worse battery performance and costs more. It's not a bad phone, but it's way too big for me. Mi5 is perfect, size wise. I have it for a week now, and so far no major problems (unlocking the bootloader was a pain because of them hosting their servers on a toaster and it timing out). Everything runs smoothly, the camera is good, the battery is good. MIUI8 also doesn't seem to cause issues with missed notifications or randomly unloading apps, unlike what I had with MIUI7 on my Redmi Note 2.
And unlike the Mi5s, the sound output on Mi5 is clean and it has OIS. The kernel sources are released and there is an official build of TWRP. Plus, because the Mi5s is out, the prices of the Mi5 are falling, I got the 64GB version for like 275Â€ + 20Â€ shipping. Probably possible to get it even cheaper now, haven't checked.