The Google Nexus 6P was released last year and it happens to be one of the most brilliantly crafted smartphones in the Nexus line of devices.
The product you see in the Nexus 6P is courtesy of Huawei, a Chinese maker that is gaining footage in the smartphone market with its amazing designs. Speaking of designs, Apple has been known to be the best, but there is “the Apple of China” or better known as Xiaomi. This company graced this year’s MWC event in Barcelona by launching an undeniably excellent Xiaomi Mi 5 smartphone that easily makes you think twice about getting the newer Galaxy S7 or LG G5.
So, how does this new Xiaomi Mi 5 compare against its fellow Chinese-inspired Nexus 6P in terms of specs, features and price?
Design and display
Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with a 5.15-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels. On the other hand, the Nexus 6P packs a 5.7-inch AMOLED screen with 1440 by 2560 QHD resolution.
The Mi 5 is protected by a metal frame that runs around the edges and features a glossy glass on the rear. Just like the Nexus 6P, the edges of the Xiaomi Mi 5 are chamfered and the device has a near bezel-less display. The Google device comes in a metallic chassis that features antenna bands along the edges.
There is no doubt that both devices have premium looks, they only differ in sizes.
Under the hood, the Nexus 6P is equipped with last year’s flagship chipset – Snapdragon 810 – whereas the Xiaomi Mi 5 packs the latest Snapdragon 820 chipset. This is 2016’s flagship SoC and according to the recent tests, it tops the charts.
The Xiaomi Mi 5 has two variants: one has a RAM of 3GB and the other (Xioami Mi 5 Pro) comes with 4GB RAM. The Pro version also offers users with a 128GB storage variant and of course, the MIUI 7 software will come on top of the Android Marshmallow OS out of the box. On the other hand, the Nexus 6P packs a similar RAM of 3GB as the standard Mi 5.
Both devices have decent battery capacities, but the Nexus 6P is a standout with its 3550mAh compared to the 3000mAh the Xiaomi Mi 5 packs. Both battery units are not removable.
Photography and pricing
As far as photography is concerned, the Mi 5 has a 16MP lens on the rear that supports OIS and has a dual-LED flash. On the front there is a 4MP snapper, which when compared to the 8MP selfie camera on the Nexus 6P, the Xiaomi kind of lags behind. The phablet also comes with a 12.3MP lens on the rear, which still offers high-quality photography.
The differences keep on up to the pricing department. The Xiaomi Mi 5 (32GB) can be preordered for $439 inclusive of shipping. On the other hand, the Nexus 6P (32GB) costs $499 on the Google Store.
Given the specs sheet of the Xiaomi Mi 5, it is a surprise that it is still priced lower than last year’s Google flagship. However, if you are looking for the best value for your money, this is the device you should go for.