Google Nexus 5X vs. Xiaomi Mi 5S – Specs, Build, Performance, Features and Price

Many people are definitely not familiar with Xiaomi but ask a 7-year old kid what’s Google and you’ll probably get an answer.

Similarly, the Xiaomi Mi 5S smartphone will definitely need some real introduction for many to know what it really is, but the story is not the same when it comes to the Google Nexus 5X. While the latter might be reveling in the fact that Google is a renowned company, the former definitely trounces it when it comes to power or rather performance. If you don’t believe this, here’s a head-to-head look at the two in terms of specs and features.


In case you didn’t know, the Xiaomi Mi 5S is a China-made smartphone that carries quite an immense set of specs and features and like many Chinese phones, the price is amazing, especially when compared to other phones carrying the same specs. The Mi 5S is valued at about $340 for the 64GB model while the LG-made Google Nexus 5X is priced at about $379 for the same 32GB model. The Mi 5S gets another 128GB model while the 5X also gets an even smaller 16GB variant. As you can see, the two are priced almost the same, but there are some real differences when it comes to the performance power and features in general.

Display and build

You will come across an almost same-size screen on both Xiaomi Mi 5S and Google Nexus 5X. Where the former has a 5.15-inch screen size, the latter has a slightly larger 5.2-inch screen. However, both phones have the same resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which means you end up with just about the same picture quality.

When looking at the build, you’ll for sure enjoy the full metal build used on the Xiaomi Mi 5S as opposed to the plastic covering used by LG on the Google Nexus 5X. The former looks more premium and classy than the latter, but this doesn’t make the 5X a poor phone in terms of build quality, it just doesn’t match the quality of the Mi 5S.

Xiaomi Mi 5S

Performance power

As noted earlier, this is where the real differences rest. While the Google Nexus 5X is lower end offering of the Google Nexus 6P, the Xiaomi Mi 5S is a compact version of the flagship Xiaomi Mi 5S Plus. The latter two have the same specs – flagship specs – but the 5X has midrange specs. Under the hood of the Xiaomi Mi 5S are a Snapdragon 821 SoC that is paired with a RAM of 3GB and an Adreno 530 GPU. In case you are not aware, this chipset is the latest flagship offering from Qualcomm and it is the same found in the Google Pixel phones and OnePlus 3T.

As for the Google Nexus 5X, the phone has a Snapdragon 808 processor, which is also a flagship chipset, but slower than the 821. This System on Chip is paired with a RAM of 2GB and an Adreno 418. These won’t give you any performance power close to the Xiaomi Mi 5S and it gets even worse for the Google Nexus 5X when it comes to the battery. There is a huge 3200mAh battery inside the Mi 5S with support for Quick Charge 3.0 technology while the 5X has a smaller 2700mAh with no fast charging technology.

Nexus 5X

The Xiaomi Mi 5S also ships with a much better camera than the Google Nexus 5X. The back of the former has a 12MP snapper with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, dual-tone LED flash, and auto-HDR. The front carries a 4MP sensor with the same aperture. As for the Nexus 5X, you get a 12.3MP snapper on the back with f/2.0m aperture, laser autofocus, dual-tone LED flash, HDR and no PDAF. The selfie camera has a 5MP sensor with the same aperture and HDR as well.

As far as software is concerned, the Google Nexus 5X is currently installed with Android 7.1.1 Nougat following a recent update from Android 7.0 Nougat. As for the Xiaomi Mi 5S, it still stuck on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow that it launched with, but an update to Android Nougat should come out this 2017.

So, will you go for raw power or brand name? Take your pick and please share with us in the comments.

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