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Xiaomi Mi 5x Review: Best Midrange Smartphone So Far

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Xiaomi is doing very well in budget conscious markets such as India and other Southeast Asian countries. The strategy is simple – Xiaomi offers great products at very low prices.  Let’s take a look at the Xiaomi Mi 5x, the company’s new midrange offering. It is priced on lower side of the bracket with specs that you will be compelled to buy. Should it be on your wishlist? Let’s find out.

Xiaomi Mi 5X:

  • 2.0GHz octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
  • Adreno 506 graphics
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal memory expandable via microSD up to 128GB
  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (1920 x 1080 pixels) 401 ppi
  • Dual 12 megapixel rear facing cameras (f/2.2 and f/2.6 aperture) with autofocus and dual LED flash
  • 16 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner, USB Type C
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 3,080 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat with MIUI 9
  • Price: P13,500
  • Available via Widget City

HARDWARE AND DESIGN

We discussed much of the hardware on our unboxing and first impressions. To sum it all up, it is a solid piece of hardware. Though the design is a bit generic, the fingerprint scanner at the rear gives the Xiaomi Mi 5x its distinct character.

The phone’s surface may not be fingerprint prone but it is very slippery. Better get a clear case for this. Lastly,we love the black variant we are reviewing but we prefer the gold color.

We normally don’t include audio on our reviews. But we just need to point out that the speakers on the Xiaomi Mi 5x is extraordinarily loud at max volume with minimal distortions. Audio using your third part earphones is also great.

DISPLAY

For an IPS LCD display, we are surprised to see a warm and colorful tone on the screen that we usually see on AMOLED panels. If you don’t like the color tone and contrast, you can tweak it via Settings > Display > Contrast & Colors. Auto brightness is a bit slow. Sometimes we just want to manually adjust the brightness.

SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE

Xiaomi, just like any other Chinese-branded smartphone, has a thick layer of software on top of Android 7.0 Nougat called MIUI. It does not surprise us that it has no app drawer. MIUI is very clean, easy to understand and simple. We just find the icons too cartoonish but it is not much of a big deal.

Our daily grind with the Xiaomi Mi 5x is very smooth. Underneath the hood we have a Snapdragon 625 chipset paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. More memory for your storage, games and multi tasking.

Gaming is very smooth as the Snapdragon 625 is known for its gaming prowess despite being a mid-tier processor.

CAMERA

We visited Xiaomi’s global website and came across the Mi 5x page. On their website, they said the Xiaomi Mi 5x (Mi A1) has a “flagship dual camera” and it truly is. Photos taken look great in good lighting – good color saturation and dynamic range. The f/2.2 aperture means it has grainy photos taken in low light.

Apparently, this not applicable on all low-light photo taking situation. For us, it is quite inconsistent. Take a close look at our low light photos taken from the Mi 5x.

CONNECTIVITY

Calls are clear with no issues, FIngerprint Scanner works very well too. We get pretty stable 4G/LTE signals from either Globe and Smart SIMs. Internet speeds are also within the usual range too.

BATTERY

On paper the 3,060 mAh battery should give you a solid day of heavy use but to our surprise, the Xiaomi Mi 5x died on us on many occasions. We think Xiaomi has no battery optimizations for the Mi 5x. We consider the battery as average since most of us are moderate smartphone users.

VERDICT

We are truly impressed on how Xiaomi managed to offer the Xiaomi Mi 5x for only P13,500. With specs like a Snapdragon 625, 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM, you’ expect this to be around P16,000 or more. Current smartphones like the ASUS Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro with the same chipset and memory configuration costs around 19k.

Apart from its value for money goodness, the Xiaomi Mi 5x has a terrific hardware, great cameras, nice display and fluid MIUI experience. The Xiaomi Mi 5x should on your list today!