Xiaomi Mi5 is the current flagship smartphone from this Chinese company that is sometimes referred to as “the Apple of China.”
There is no doubt that this company has it takes when it comes to the looks of phones. This is what you can see in the Mi5, however, the device gets even better thanks to the fact that it has the latest flagship hardware that promises more powerful performance as compared to a number of well-known devices out there, among them Samsung Galaxy Note 5.
The Galaxy Note 5 will be turning one year in a few months’ time and in fact, the device’s successor, Samsung Galaxy Note 6, is just around the corner. While this is happening, it means the Note 5 will soon find itself in the same price category as what is currently being offered for Xiaomi Mi5.
Here’s how these two smartphones compare in terms of design, display, performance, and price.
Design and display
Samsung Galaxy Note 5, alongside the Galaxy S6 series, is the pioneer of the glass and metal combination that Samsung has recently turned to as far as its smartphone design is concerned. You will also come across a similar thing as far as the Xiaomi Mi5 is concerned, with the device featuring a metal frame and a glass rear. You can also turn to the ceramic back version if the glass rear model isn’t your thing.
Xiaomi Mi5 is smaller in size as compared to the Note 5. This huge size of the Note 5 ensures that writing notes using the S Pen stylus is more fun. Samsung also incorporated a fingerprint sensor in the home button of the phablet, which is the same place you’ll find the fingerprint sensor on the Mi5. As for the S Pen stylus, you won’t find it on any variant of Xiaomi Mi5.
As for the display, the larger Note features a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED panel with QHD resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels. This translates to a pixel density of 518ppi, thus ensuring really crispy and sharper views. On the other hand, the Xiaomi Mi5 comes with a 5.15-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels, which translates to a lower pixel density of 428ppi. Still, the display quality you get on this device is great, but it won’t be able to beat what the Note 5 has to offer.
Going into the phones’ performance specs, the newer Xiaomi Mi5 has the upper hand here. This is true because the phone features the state-of-the-art Snapdragon 820 SoC, an Adreno 530 GPU and a solid RAM of 3GB for the standard version and 4GB for the ceramic back premium version. These beat what the Galaxy Note 5 offers, with the device packing an Exynos 7420 SoC that also comes with a Mali-T760MP8 GPU and a RAM of 4GB.
For those into photography, the two devices are great at what they do, but the Galaxy Note 5 has often received higher ranks in reviews as opposed to the Xiaomi Mi5. This is despite the fact that both units have a rear snapper of 16MP. As for the selfie cameras, the Note 5 still leads the way with its 5MP snapper as compared to the 4MP installed on the Mi5.
The pricing aspect is where it gets interesting. Apparently, the 32GB Xiaomi Mi5 has a price tag of $374 while Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is priced at $696 for the base model.