Design/ building quality - 8.8
Display - 8
Performance - 8
Connectivity - 8
Camera - 8.5
Battery - 7.5
Early August, the Xiaomi Mi 5X was available on the market and thanks to CECT-Shop we have to possibility to review it for you. The Xiaomi Mi 5X looks like a mix of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 with a dual camera setup. But how’s does it act? Is this a payable sheep in wolves clothes? Let’s find out in our review of the Xiaomi Mi 5X.
Like we always do in our reviews we check out the packaging of the smartphones and as we are used to, the Xiaomi Mi 5X is packaged in the well known white box by Xiaomi with the orange Mi logo and model (4GB/32GB) on top and the model name on both sides. On the back we see the specifications of the M 5X. Next to the package we received an EU converter and two sticky stands from CECT-Shop.
When opening the package you see the device first which is wrapped in polyfoam-like bag. The smartphone itself is protected with a temporary screenprotector and a protector on the back. Further in the package there is also a USB Type-C cable, a Chinese manual, sim-tray pin and a Chinese adapter.
Design and building quality
The Mi 5X looks a lot like another device of the Xiaomi family, the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 and has some iPhone influences when looking at the back. The Xiaomi Mi 5X has a great design with a nice matte finish and has a premium feel. The Xiaomi Mi 5X has a all-metal body with the antenna lines on top and bottom for a better reception. A con is that the dual cameras on the back are not sunken in the backcover which means it can easily being scratched. The curved backcover and the size/ weight, which are 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3mm/ 165g gives the Mi 5X a convenient way of using despite it’s 5.5 inch display.
In design you will find the double hybrid SIM tray on the left side which means you can use two nano SIM’s at once or one nano SIM and one MicroSD card with a storage support upto 128GB. On the right side there is the powerbutton and volume buttons.
On the front there is a notification LED, sensors, earspeaker and a 5 megapixel selfiecam. Below the 5.5 inch display are backlit capacitive buttons placed. Moving to the top of the Mi 5X we see the IR blaster and a second mic while you will find the USB Type-C port, microphone and loudspeaker on the button.
Moving on to the back we find the earlier mentioned dual camera setup which is placed on the left together with a dual-tone flash and a fingerpint scanner below the camera.
The Xiaomi Mi 5X features a 5.5 inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and a pixel density of 403 ppi. The display is very sharp and reproduces a very impressive deep black level. The color reproduction is above avarage, the display usage in direct sunlight is good and can be viewed among all angles. Worth to mention is that some colors “washed out” a little when using the phone in direct sunlight.
The Mi 5X is running on a Qualcomm’s energy efficient Snapdragon 625 octa-core chipset, the Mali Adreno 506 GPU, 4GB RAM and 32GB/64 GB for your storage. All this gives the Mi 5X an Antutu score of 63296 which means the Mi 5X is very capable of running any task on your device. The device operates without any lags and had no problems with games like Real Racing 3.
The Mi 5X has a non-removable 3080mAh battery which gave use, thanks to the Snapdragon 625, enough juice to get through the day. It performed great while watching videos, making calls, web browsing and has a very good standby performance.The Mi 5X supports 5V/2A charging which, which restores 25% of the battery in 30 minutes of charging.
One of the highlights of the Xiaomi Mi 5X is in our opinion the camera. The main camerasetup on the back is the same as the high end Xiaomi Mi6 model except for the OIS. The setup includes two 12 megapixel sensors from Omnivision where one sensor has an f/2.2 aperture and 1.25 micrometer pixels and a second sensor has an f/2.6 aperture and 1.0 μm pixels. The camera setup supports HDR and telephoto zoom.
The rear camera performance is just awesome and is very fast while snapping photos. During daylight the photos have a lot of detail, almost no noise and a very good color reproduction. Photos taken during low-light conditions are very good for a midranger, but misses detail when zooming in on a snapped photo and has a lot of noise. Also the lack of OIS is a negative of this phone, if you can’t held you hand steady or not using a tripod the images can sometimes be blurry. But overall the low-light photos are good.
One of the keyfeatures of the camera setup is the possibility to make portraitphotos with bokeheffect, a feature that is very popular on the iPhone 7 where the front subject will be isolated from the background by blurring the background. The bokeh features performs very well, although when shooting pictures the (person) subjects are to much beautified in our opinion.
The Xiaomi Mi 5X also features a 5 megapixel front camera and does an average job. The colors are great, but is performing avarage in detail.
Of course the Mi 5X can shoot videos too and you can choose between 2160p (30fps) and 1080p (30fps). The quality of the videos in 4K are pretty good, you can shoot some great videos with it. But where it’s good in recording videos, it’s not performing well in audio recording with the same mentioned videos. The videos which are recorded in Full HD are a bit of a bummer, for example the level of details.
The Xiaomi devices are made for the China market which means that not all available bands are supported to provide 4G/LTE. The supported bands are:
CDMA EVDO: BC0
GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz (B5/B8/B3/B2)
FDD-LTE 850/900/1800/2100/2600 (B1/ B3/ B5/ B7/ B8)
While testing I got a 4G connection (dual SIM test with local providers KPN and T-Mobile) that were very stable and the calling quality was good, there were no hickups, errors etc. The Mi 5X produced just a clear crisp sound that we are known from Xiaomi. The earspeaker has also a crisp and clear sound and has a good volume. The loudspeaker has a nice clean sound and has an even better performance while using the audiojack. Both performance of the speaker and audiojack surprised us positively.
Furthermore the Mi 5X features also Wi-Fi 802.11 A/B/G/N/AC, Bluetooth 4.2 and for positioning the Mi5X offers GPS, GLONASS and Beidou. The GPS had a fix in just a couple of seconds where it also pointed out the correct location on Google Maps. While driving the GPS stayed stable without any losts.
The Mi 5X also features an IR blaster which can be used to controle any remote controlled device. For this Xiaomi has pre-installed the MiRemote app. Also a FM radio is featured on the Mi 5X.
The Xiaomi Mi 5X comes with Android 7.1 Nougat and MIUI 8.5. Our review device came with the original international ROM so now GAPPS where available at first. With some simple instructions we were ready to do our tests. The ROM was clean of virusses, malware etc.
Concerning the full package you will get when buying the Xiaomi Mi 5X aswell as the retailprice you will pay for it, you get a well balanced phone that can help you through the day. The smartphone got a very nice and premium design, a descent performance and acts like a top of the line midrange device.
The camera is very good, although could be a bit better in low light condition but performs almost superb in image quality while recording in 4K. Unfortunately no IOS has been integrated.
The Xiaomi Mi 5X is a smartphone that won’t dissapoint you. For a very affordable price you will get an awesome phone.