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Xiaomi Mi 5x Unboxing and First Impressions


Its been a while since we reviewed anything from Xiaomi so we really get excited when we received a Xiaomi Mi 5x for review. Xiaomi is doing very well on the company’s area of concentration – Asia. Though still unknown in many areas such as Europe and North America, it is getting some attention from these areas already.

In the Philippines, Xiaomi is officially present here and with large Filipino fan base. It is evident with the thousands of members of several Xiaomi smartphone support groups on Facebook. Though with large fanbase, it has limited online and offline store presence. You can also buy Xiaomi smartphones online via Mi Philippines FB page and Widget City.

We have the Xiaomi Mi 5x, one of the most requested smartphones for us to review. So let’s check it out and explore.

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
  • 3,080 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat with MIUI 9
  • Price: P13,500
  • Available via Widget City

What’s inside the box?

  • Xiaomi Mi 5x unit
  • Wall adapter
  • SIM card ejector
  • USB Type C cable

We must say that the Xiaomi Mi 5x has quite some similarities with the OnePlus 5. Some of the design cues were the rear camera placement, antenna bands, and overall feel. Nope, it does not a OnePlus 5 twin because OnePlus and Xiaomi are completely different companies.

Build quality seems to be solid thanks to metal unibody design. This means battery is non removable and you need to a SIM card ejector tool to pop up the SIM card/sdcard tray. The weight for us is not that heavy though 165 grams may be quite a weight for some.

Ports and buttons:

  • Top – IR blaster and noise cancelling microphones
  • Left – SIM card tray
  • Right – power button and volume rockers
  • Bottom – USB Type ┬áC charging port, speaker, 3.5mm headset jack, microphone
  • Back – dual camera with dual flash, fingerprint scanner
  • Front – three capacitive buttons, sensors, front camera, 5.5-inch display

On the software side, Xiaomi has a think layer of UI called MIUI which eliminates the app tray, leaving your apps on the home screen. This is quite typical on Chinese smartphones. We were just happy to know that this particular unit is using Global ROM version. The Chinese version does not have a Google Play Store. You need to download the APK first and tinker some settings. In other words, more work before you can use it.

We took some photos as soon as we unbox it. All photos were taken on its default settings. We have not explored much of the camera’s UI. Photos were promising and we are sure with some tinkering in the settings, we can achieve much better photos on our review.


The Xiaomi Mi 5x left us with very good first impressions especially the dual rear cameras. MIUI can be a love or hate affair for many but for us, we love MIUI. It is simple and easy to use. For now, we are currently using the device as our main daily driver. More to explore like the battery, performance, gaming, the display and more of its camera.