Why Xiaomi Mi 5 Is the Phone to Beat

Why Xiaomi Mi 5 Is the Phone to Beat
Xiaomi logo sign Jon Russell / Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0

Tech giants may have to prepare for another contender as several reviews and a new benchmark listing prove that Xiaomi can produce quality phones. According to a recent listing, Xiaomi Mi 5 just defeated Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and LG G5 – with some hints that Apple should also take notice of Xiaomi as well.


The Mobile World Congress 2016 is seeing a surge of new and excellent products including the Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and LG G5. Then came Xiaomi, who just introduced the Xiaomi Mi 5. While it might be too early to tell which phone is really better, a new benchmark report from Android Headlines suggests that Xiaomi Mi 5 may be leading the pack.

According to the report, during the announcement, Xiaomi’ Hugo Barra also said that the Xiaomi Mi 5 scored 142,084 on AnTuTu v.6.0.4. The score is better than Samsung’s Galaxy S7 at 116,668 points. Nonetheless, like other benchmark results, they are still on paper and actual application may be different. Performance could still vary and some may or may not register well with the users. Xiaomi Mi 5’s display may also have something to do with the results because it features a full HD display unlike LG G5 and Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge with QHD panels.

Still, this is not a bad start for Xiaomi. Ars Technica’s Mark Walton already praised the device saying that Apple and Samsung should watch out.

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“No doubt about it, the Mi 5 is an impressive phone. The build quality is excellent—I especially like the clicky feel of the home button/fingerprint reader—while the features Xiaomi has piled in for the price are remarkable. Granted, Xiaomi’s MIUI 7 interface won’t be everyone’s cup of tea—it’s very similar to Huawei’s painful “Emotion” UI—and there’s also the question of how good the company’s long-term software support is,” Walton wrote.

Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with 5.15 inches (~73.1% screen-to-body ratio) screen wutg 1080 x 1920 pixels (~428 ppi pixel density) resolution. It runs on Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820.

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