Xiaomi Mi5 is this year’s flagship handset from the Chinese OEM Xiaomi. The company also launched the largest smartphone in its Mi lineup, the Xiaomi Mi Max.
As pointed out, the former is a flagship phone, but as for the latter, it falls into the mid-range family thanks to its specs and pricing. So, how do these two phones compared against each other in terms of specs and price?
Design and display
You will come across a metal unibody on the Xiaomi Mi Max, molded into a 7.5mm thickness that translates to a weight of 203 grams. On the other hand, the flagship Xiaomi Mi5 went for the flagship material that combines glass and metal. The metallic frame joins the glass on the rear and front to form a magnificent design, but you can also get a ceramic-back Xiaomi Mi5 Pro, which also features higher specs.
Despite their huge difference in other dimensions, the two phones are very close in terms of thickness, with the flagship measuring 7.3mm, but weighs a lot less at 129 grams. As for the display size, the flagship is smaller with a screen size of 5.15 inches whereas the phablet Xiaomi Mi Max has massive 6.44 inches of display. However, both handsets have Full HD resolutions and are protected by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
Performance and storage
Coming down to the performance, Xiaomi Mi Max lags behind the flagship Xiaomi Mi5. This is true because where the former comes with mid-range Snapdragon 650 and Snapdragon 652 chipset variants, the latter only comes with the flagship Snapdragon 820 SoC.
As for the Snapdragon 650, you will get 3GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. However, the high-end Snapdragon 652 variant will get you 4GB of RAM and a massive 128GB of onboard storage. Just like the base model, the premium model’s memory can be expanded using a microSD card of up to 200GB.
As noted earlier, the Mi5 has a Snapdragon 820 SoC that is supported by 3GB of RAM and two storage options of 32GB and 64GB. However, there is a Pro version of this phone that packs the same chipset but more RAM of 4GB. It also comes with the highest amount of onboard storage offered for this device – 128GB. Unlike Xiaomi Mi Max, the Mi5 does not support microSD cards.
Both handsets are powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, but you will get the Xiaomi Mi Max with the latest MIUI 8 skin as opposed to the MIUI 7 available on the Mi5.
Camera, battery capacity, and price
Both handsets do not disappoint in this area. The Xiaomi Mi Max has a main camera of 16MP that is equipped with a dual-LED flash but lacks the OIS feature available on the 16MP sensor used on the Xiaomi Mi5. Still, the flagship camera has a dual-LED flash feature on board, among others.
You will get a 5MP selfie sensor on the Mi Max whereas the Mi5 has a 4MP selfie camera. As for the battery, you get a smaller 3000mAh battery capacity for the smaller Xiaomi Mi5 whereas the phablet Xiaomi Mi Max gets a humongous 4850mAh unit. The latter is charged via a microUSB port while the former uses USB Type-C chargers.
Being the flagship version, Xiaomi Mi5 is priced at about $305 for the base model, $351 for the 64GB variant while the Pro version costs $413. However, these are Chinese price tags, but the phone can also be bought in a few select markets in Asia, including India. On the contrary, you get the high-end Xiaomi Mi Max for just $306 while the mid-version, which homes 64GB of storage, costs $260. The base model is valued at $230.