Xiaomi Mi 5s review

Readers regularly asked us about this device and cursed that the review did not come out for a very long time. The reason for this is quite simple: we wanted to test the normal PCT version of the model, not order it from China. Why? The point, of course, is in the firmware, since, when testing versions of Mi 5s with Chinese firmware and discovering that something is wrong in it, we often run into negativity from readers who claim that we need to manually install globals, fixes, etc. .d.

Content

Characteristics

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Specifications
Class Flagship
Form factor Monoblock
Case materials Aluminum
Operating system Android 6.0 + MIUI 8.0
Network 2G/3G/LTE (800/1800 /2600), Dual SIM
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
Processor Quad-core
Video accelerator Adreno 530
Internal memory 32 GB
RAM 4 GB
Memory card slotNo
Wi-Fi Yes, a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth Yes, 4.2 LE, A2DP
NFC Yes
Screen Diagonal 5.15 inches
Screen resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Matrix type
Protective coating Glass
Oleophobic coating Yes
Main camera 12 MP, f/2.0, PDAF, 4k video shooting
4 MP, f/2.0
Navigation GPS, A-GPS, Glonass
Sensors Accelerometer, light sensor, proximity sensor
Battery Non-removable, 3200 mAh
Dimensions 145.6 x 70.3 x 8.3 mm
Weight 145 grams
Price From $280 / 31,000 rubles

Packages

  • Smartphone
  • Charger
  • PC cable (also part of charger)

Appearance, materials, controls, assembly

When you look at Mi 5s, you immediately understand that when creating it, the company was inspired by the Samsung Galaxy S7 EDGE, the back of the case has the same beautiful curve, only, unlike EDGE, it is made of aluminum, not glass.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

But the glass on the front panel has only a slight bend, which is actually great. Owners of the same S7 EDGE regularly complain that the edges of their smartphone dig into the hand and because of this it is not very convenient to use it. Mi 5s does not have this problem, thanks to the curve at the back, the device feels thinner and lighter, and the lack of a strong screen curvature allows you to hold it more comfortably.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

The smartphone is sold in four colors: silver, dark gray, gold and pink, we had the first option on the test.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

Above the display are the front camera, earpiece mesh, light and proximity sensors, and a light indicator.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

There are three touch buttons below the screen: Recent Apps, Home and Back. The central button is inscribed in an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. I like that the scanner was installed in the front, but its operation was disappointing. Unfortunately, it successfully unlocks the smartphone only half the time. At first I thought that this was a single problem, but readers complained that it also works unstably for them. For the sake of interest, I read the w3bsit3-dns.com branch on the device, they suggest either installing some special version of the firmware, or hammering the same finger four times, or very carefully adding all areas of the finger. In any case, the problem exists, be aware of it before buying.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

At the top end there is a minijack, and at the bottom there is a Type C port, an external speaker mesh and a main microphone. Keep in mind, the speaker here is not stereo, two meshes are made just for beauty, a microphone is hidden in the left.

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A volume rocker and a power button are installed on the right, and a tray for two SIM cards is installed on the left, alas, there is no slot for a memory card.

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On the back cover you can see the eye of the main camera, dual LED flash, laser autofocus and plastic inserts for antennas.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

The device is perfectly assembled, for a month of use I had no complaints about its assembly.

Dimensions

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Height (mm) Width (mm) Thickness (mm) Weight (grams)< /td>
Xiaomi Mi 5s 145.6 70.3 8.3 145
Meizu Pro 6 147.7 70.8 7.3 160
Huawei Honor 8 145.5 71 7.5 153
ZTE Nubia Z11 151.8 72.3 7.5 162

In the comments, readers often ask why I call five-inch devices compact. The fact is that there are practically no smartphones with a smaller diagonal on sale, and most flagships are gradually moving from 5 to 5.5-inch displays. Therefore, even a smartphone with a 5.15-inch screen already looks and feels compact in the hand.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

Compared to Apple iPhone 6

Xiaomi Mi 5s

Mi 5s feels great in the hand, it is quite thin and light, and the narrowing at the edges of the case makes it visually and tactile even thinner.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

Screen

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Characteristics Value
Screen size 5.15 inches
Display resolution 1920 x 1080 dots
PPI value 428
Matrix type IPS
Protective coating Glass
Oleophobic coating Yes
Auto brightness control Yes
Multitouch support Present, up to ten simultaneous touches

To be honest, before I looked at the table with the characteristics, I was sure that this device had an AMOLED matrix installed. The fact is that the picture contrast is very similar to AMOLED displays. Moreover, you can even notice red halos on the edges of the letters when scrolling! Surprisingly, for some reason I didn't see any https://cars45.com/listing/jeep/grand_cherokee/2017 information about this in other reviews.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

The problem with ghosting is solved by switching to the "default" mode. Automatic setting is initially enabled, but I recommend disabling it.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

Checking the screen's behavior in the sun in the current weather is problematic, but outdoors the picture is perfectly distinguishable at about 60-70% brightness and above. It is also convenient to read from a smartphone, thanks to a large range of brightness.

There is also a separate reading mode in the settings, when it is turned on, the entire color scheme goes into yellow tones. There is also a slider that adjusts the intensity of this transition. I didn’t like the reading mode, according to my feelings, my eyes get tired of it even more. In general, there are a lot of color settings, I was especially pleased with the ability to turn on the display with a double tap.

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The oleophobic coating is excellent, in no way inferior to flagships from other major brands. The finger glides perfectly on the glass, it is convenient to use swipes.

Summarizing: the screen in the model is excellent, using it is a pleasure.

Operating system

The device runs Android 6.0 and MIUI 8.0. Once again I promise you to tell you more about the shell, I think that the time has come to do this. Below I will list the main features of MIUI, although, in a good way, it deserves a separate review.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

Desktops. The launcher in MIUI has not changed much over the past time, it still uses the display of all applications at once on desktops and oval rims for the icons of some third-party programs. Interestingly, the settings call here is made by pinching with two fingers, a long press does not work. I liked the application sorting mode, when you turn it on, you can add as many icons as you like to the bottom panel, and then scatter them across desktops. A kind of help in general cleaning on the desktop.

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Dialer. The dialer in MIUI has long been the benchmark for many users, and I myself use the exDialer application, made on its basis. The program supports the Russian language, there is a search for T9, setting actions for swipes left and right, a separate black list and call recording. Unfortunately, in Russian versions of Xiaomi smartphones, for some reason, the search for Russian contacts does not work, I don’t know what this is connected with.

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SMS messages. The application is quite simple, but if you are authorized in your Mi account, then it automatically makes a backup copy of your correspondence.

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Browser. I like that the browser's home page is represented by shortcuts to popular pages, from here it's easy to navigate to the desired page. Of course, you can add your own links, change their places or delete them. But a separate reading mode does not work well, when it is turned on on our site, the pictures are automatically flattened.

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Notification shade. In MIUI 8, they refused to split the curtain into two parts, and this is the right decision, when you lower it, you immediately see four labels and a brightness adjustment slider. The transition to the next buttons is done on a horizontal swipe, as in TouchWiz. A long press of the button opens the settings of the corresponding interface, which is convenient.

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Screenshots. Now, after taking a screenshot, it hangs in the upper right corner for about three seconds, if you click on it, the settings for editing and forwarding it will open. MIUI also knows how to take long screenshots.

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Second space. Possibility to create an additional user on the smartphone. This is handy if you want to use different accounts for the same apps at work and at home, for example.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

Double applications. Well, if you just need to have two accounts in some WhatsApp, then for this you can use this function, which creates a copy of it within one account.

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Permissions. MIUI has a very detailed panel with application permissions, in which you can fine-tune which interfaces and functions a particular program will have access to and which ones it will not.

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One-handed control mode. To enter this mode, swipe from the center to the left touch button, and to exit, tap on the dark area of ​​the screen. In the settings, you can specify which diagonal emulation you want to use.

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Keys. For the bottom buttons, there is a fine-tuning of actions for both short and long presses.

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Headphones. MIUI also knows how to customize the actions for the buttons on the headset. This is convenient if you want to skip to the previous / next track instead of switching the volume.

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In general, the whole MIUI is made in such a way that you can customize any sneeze, for which geeks love it.

Performance

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Characteristics Value
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
Processor Quad-core
Video accelerator Adreno 530
RAM capacity 4 GB
Internal storage capacity 32 GB
Memory card slot None

I received several requests from our regular readers regarding device performance testing, in particular, they asked to add results from GeekBench, measure the write speed of a card read, and also check the operation of the device in WoT Blitz. I think that the review of Mi 5s is a great reason to start doing all this.

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The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm's top-end chipset and has a good internal memory speed, which is felt in all work scenarios: desktops and browser scroll quickly, all toys run at maximum settings. Now about WoT: Blitz, it also runs at maximum settings, there are no lags and delays, the picture in the toy is simply amazing.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

After 15 minutes of playing, the smartphone becomes very hot, the case temperature rises to 45 degrees. The back cover becomes hot, it is noticeable.

In everyday use, there are no such problems, the smartphone case is only slightly warm.

Work offline

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Characteristics Value
Battery capacity 3200 mAh
Battery type Non-removable, Li-Pol
User time when playing WoT at maximum brightness 5 hours
Utilization time when watching FHD YouTube video at maximum brightness 6.5 hours
Mixed scenario (maximum brightness: web+social+email+some music) 3 hours
Background discharge time per night 10 %

I also redesigned the offline section a bit. Now, instead of testing the operating time when watching HD video and reading mode, I will measure the operating time when watching a YouTube FHD video and while playing WoT. And, of course, my routine of everyday use has not gone anywhere either.

When using Mi 5s, you can safely count on one day of work, there are no super-impressive results here.

The smartphone supports Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 technology, the device charges 41% in half an hour, 83% in an hour, the total charging time is approximately 100 minutes. Unfortunately, you will need a separate charger to use this mode.

Camera

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Characteristics Value
Main camera resolution 12 MP
Front camera resolution 4 MP
Aperture value f/2.0< /td>
Movie resolution Up to 4k
Frames per second Up to 60 fps
Press focus Yes
Stereo sound

I asked Roman Belykh to evaluate the quality of shooting Mi 5s, below is his detailed comment:

During the day, the camera shoots perfectly, there are practically no complaints, the only thing I would like is a little higher detail. Focus is instant, accurate.

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Under artificial lighting, the white balance may “jump” towards warm shades, but pleasant colors “overlap” everything, without noise, distortion, etc.

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The picture looks good at night, although there is soapy noise in the dark areas, but this is quite normal, given that the device sometimes “lifts” the ISO to 3200. The white balance is usually perfect, the colors are excellent.

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The front camera is a regular wide-angle one. In the dark, it can soap.

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The camera made an unambiguously good impression, it is definitely a trump card in the "sleeve" of Mi 5s.

Video in 4k is not bad, the focus is instant, like on the Samsung Galaxy S7.

Wireless interfaces

Interfaces Availability
Wi-Fi Yes, b/g /n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth Yes, 4.2, A2DP, LE
GPS Cold start takes about 3 seconds
Mobile data GSM 900/1800/1900, 3G, LTE, two SIM cards
USB On-The-Go Yes
NFC Yes

The smartphone was pleasantly pleased with the presence of NFC, for some reason the Chinese often save on this little thing. At the same time, a full-fledged module with support for MiFare Classic is used here.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

Conclusion

I have no complaints about the quality of voice transmission. You and your interlocutor hear each other perfectly.

The official PCT version of Xiaomi Mi 5s is sold in Xiaomi brand stores or the same Svyaznoy for 31,000 rubles, on AliExpress the device can be found for $ 270-300.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

After a month of use, I have mostly positive impressions. The Mi 5s has cool dimensions, the idea of ​​​​a curved case has found its practical implementation here, while the lack of a strong bend at the screen has allowed us to maintain overall ease of use, that is, the edges of the smartphone do not dig into your hand. The display in the model is cool, bright juicy colors, a large margin of brightness and the ability to fine-tune. The only thing I didn't like was the halos when scrolling, visible in some modes, but the problem is also solved.

The camera in the smartphone is decent, but I would like it to more accurately determine the white balance. But the real disappointment was the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. The percentage of successful definitions of my fingers was about 50%. And it seems that this is a massive problem, however, it is not clear whether it is software or hardware.

With the exception of the scanner, the smartphone makes a very good impression, a worthy model in all respects in its niche. However, competitors are not asleep and for the same 30,000 rubles (+/- a couple of thousand) they offer solutions that are not inferior.

Huawei Honor 8. Cool beautiful smartphone in a glass case with a good screen and long battery life.

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Xiaomi Mi 5s

ZTE Nubia Z11. Frameless device from ZTE boasts a cool display, aluminum body, functional shell and spectacular appearance. Otherwise, the models are very similar, except that the Mi 5s has a fresher chipset.

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Meizu Pro 6. A compact music flagship that recently received an upgrade to the Pro version. However, the “firmware” will compete with the Plus version of Mi 5s, and it is appropriate to compare the younger model with the small Pro 6. In principle, these are devices of the same level, so you should focus on your impressions of the appearance and love / dislike for Flyme / MIUI .

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The author expresses his gratitude to RDC GROUP and Smart Orange LLC (the official Xiaomi online store in Russia) for providing Xiaomi Mi 5s for testing.

Xiaomi Mi 5s review

Readers regularly asked us about this device and cursed that the review did not come out for a very long time. The reason for this is quite simple: we wanted to test the normal PCT version of the model, not order it from China. Why? The point, of course, is in the firmware, since, when testing versions of Mi 5s with Chinese firmware and discovering that something is wrong in it, we often run into negativity from readers who claim that we need to manually install globals, fixes, etc. .d.

Content

Characteristics

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Specifications
Class Flagship
Form factor Monoblock
Case materials Aluminum
Operating system Android 6.0 + MIUI 8.0
Network 2G/3G/LTE (800/1800 /2600), Dual SIM
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
Processor Quad-core
Video accelerator Adreno 530
Internal memory 32 GB
RAM 4 GB
Memory card slotNo
Wi-Fi Yes, a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth Yes, 4.2 LE, A2DP
NFC Yes
Screen size 5.15 inches
Screen resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Matrix type I PS
Protective coating Glass
Oleophobic coating Yes< /td>
Main camera 12 MP, f/2.0, PDAF, 4k video shooting
Front camera 4 MP, f/2.0
Navigation GPS, A-GPS, Glonass
Sensors Accelerometer, light sensor, proximity sensor
Battery Non-removable, 3200 mAh< /td>
Dimensions 145.6 x 70.3 x 8.3 mm
Weight 145 grams
Price From $280 / 31,000 rubles

Packages

  • Smartphone
  • Charger
  • PC cable (also part of charger)

Appearance, materials, controls, assembly

When you look at Mi 5s, you immediately understand that when creating it, the company was inspired by the Samsung Galaxy S7 EDGE, the back of the case has the same beautiful curve, only, unlike EDGE, it is made of aluminum, not glass.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

But the glass on the front panel has only a slight bend, which is actually great. Owners of the same S7 EDGE regularly complain that the edges of their smartphone dig into the hand and because of this it is not very convenient to use it. Mi 5s does not have this problem, thanks to the curve at the back, the device feels thinner and lighter, and the lack of a strong screen curvature allows you to hold it more comfortably.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

The smartphone is sold in four colors: silver, dark gray, gold and pink, we had the first option on the test.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

Above the display are the front camera, earpiece mesh, light and proximity sensors, and a light indicator.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

There are three touch buttons below the screen: Recent Apps, Home and Back. The central button is inscribed in an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. I like that the scanner was installed in the front, but its operation was disappointing. Unfortunately, it successfully unlocks the smartphone only half the time. At first I thought that this was a single problem, but readers complained that it also works unstably for them. For the sake of interest, I read the w3bsit3-dns.com branch on the device, they suggest either installing some special version of the firmware, or hammering the same finger four times, or very carefully adding all areas of the finger. In any case, the problem exists, be aware of it before buying.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

At the top end there is a minijack, and at the bottom there is a Type C port, an external speaker mesh and a main microphone. Keep in mind, the speaker here is not stereo, two meshes are made just for beauty, a microphone is hidden in the left.

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A volume rocker and a power button are installed on the right, and a tray for two SIM cards is installed on the left, alas, there is no slot for a memory card.

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On the back cover you can see the eye of the main camera, dual LED flash, laser autofocus and plastic inserts for antennas.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

The device is perfectly assembled, for a month of use I had no complaints about its assembly.

Dimensions

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Height (mm) Width (mm) Thickness (mm) Weight (grams)< /td>
Xiaomi Mi 5s 145.6 70.3 8.3 145
Meizu Pro 6 147.7 70.8 7.3 160
Huawei Honor 8 145.5 71 7.5 153
ZTE Nubia Z11 151.8 72.3 7.5 162

In the comments, readers often ask why I call five-inch devices compact. The fact is that there are practically no smartphones with a smaller diagonal on sale, and most flagships are gradually moving from 5 to 5.5-inch displays. Therefore, even a smartphone with a 5.15-inch screen already looks and feels compact in the hand.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

Compared to Apple iPhone 6

Xiaomi Mi 5s

Mi 5s feels great in the hand, it is quite thin and light, and the narrowing at the edges of the case makes it visually and tactile even thinner.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

Screen

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Characteristics Value
Screen size 5.15 inches
Display resolution 1920 x 1080 dots
PPI value 428
Matrix type IPS
Protective coating Glass
Oleophobic coating Yes
Auto brightness control Yes
Multitouch support Present, up to ten simultaneous touches

To be honest, before I looked at the table with the characteristics, I was sure that this device had an AMOLED matrix installed. The fact is that the picture contrast is very similar to AMOLED displays. Moreover, you can even notice red halos on the edges of the letters when scrolling! Surprisingly, for some reason I didn't see any https://cars45.com/listing/jeep/grand_cherokee/2017 information about this in other reviews.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

The problem with ghosting is solved by switching to the "default" mode. Automatic setting is initially enabled, but I recommend disabling it.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

Checking the screen's behavior in the sun in the current weather is problematic, but outdoors the picture is perfectly distinguishable at about 60-70% brightness and above. It is also convenient to read from a smartphone, thanks to a large range of brightness.

There is also a separate reading mode in the settings, when it is turned on, the entire color scheme goes into yellow tones. There is also a slider that adjusts the intensity of this transition. I didn’t like the reading mode, according to my feelings, my eyes get tired of it even more. In general, there are a lot of color settings, I was especially pleased with the ability to turn on the display with a double tap.

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The oleophobic coating is excellent, in no way inferior to flagships from other major brands. The finger glides perfectly on the glass, it is convenient to use swipes.

Summarizing: the screen in the model is excellent, using it is a pleasure.

Operating system

The device runs Android 6.0 and MIUI 8.0. Once again I promise you to tell you more about the shell, I think that the time has come to do this. Below I will list the main features of MIUI, although, in a good way, it deserves a separate review.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

Desktops. The launcher in MIUI has not changed much over the past time, it still uses the display of all applications at once on desktops and oval rims for the icons of some third-party programs. Interestingly, the settings call here is made by pinching with two fingers, a long press does not work. I liked the application sorting mode, when you turn it on, you can add as many icons as you like to the bottom panel, and then scatter them across desktops. A kind of help in general cleaning on the desktop.

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Dialer. The dialer in MIUI has long been the benchmark for many users, and I myself use the exDialer application, made on its basis. The program supports the Russian language, there is a search for T9, setting actions for swipes left and right, a separate black list and call recording. Unfortunately, in Russian versions of Xiaomi smartphones, for some reason, the search for Russian contacts does not work, I don’t know what this is connected with.

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SMS messages. The application is quite simple, but if you are authorized in your Mi account, then it automatically makes a backup copy of your correspondence.

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Browser. I like that the browser's home page is represented by shortcuts to popular pages, from here it's easy to navigate to the desired page. Of course, you can add your own links, change their places or delete them. But a separate reading mode does not work well, when it is turned on on our site, the pictures are automatically flattened.

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Notification shade. In MIUI 8, they refused to split the curtain into two parts, and this is the right decision, when you lower it, you immediately see four labels and a brightness adjustment slider. The transition to the next buttons is made on a horizontal swipe, as in TouchWiz. A long press of the button opens the settings of the corresponding interface, which is convenient.

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Screenshots. Now, after taking a screenshot, it hangs in the upper right corner for about three seconds, if you click on it, the settings for editing and forwarding it will open. MIUI also knows how to take long screenshots.

Xiaomi Mi 5s Xiaomi Mi 5s< /p>

Second space. Possibility to create an additional user on the smartphone. This is handy if you want to use different accounts for the same apps at work and at home, for example.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

Double applications. Well, if you just need to have two accounts in some WhatsApp, then for this you can use this function, which creates a copy of it within one account.

Xiaomi Mi 5s Xiaomi Mi 5s< /p>

Permissions. MIUI has a very detailed panel with application permissions, in which you can fine-tune which interfaces and functions a particular program will have access to and which ones it will not.

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One-handed control mode. To enter this mode, swipe from the center to the left touch button, and to exit, tap on the dark area of ​​the screen. In the settings, you can specify which diagonal emulation you want to use.

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Keys. For the bottom buttons, there is a fine-tuning of actions for both short and long presses.

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Headphones. MIUI also knows how to customize the actions for the buttons on the headset. This is convenient if you want to skip to the previous / next track instead of switching the volume.

Xiaomi Mi 5s Xiaomi Mi 5s< /p>

In general, the whole MIUI is made in such a way that you can customize any sneeze, for which geeks love it.

Performance

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Characteristics Value
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
Processor Quad-core
Video accelerator Adreno 530
RAM capacity 4 GB
Internal storage capacity 32 GB
Memory card slot None

I received several requests from our regular readers regarding device performance testing, in particular, they asked to add results from GeekBench, measure the write speed of a card read, and also check the operation of the device in WoT Blitz. I think that the review of Mi 5s is a great reason to start doing all this.

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The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm's top-end chipset and has a good internal memory speed, which is felt in all work scenarios: desktops and browser scroll quickly, all toys run at maximum settings. Now about WoT: Blitz, it also runs at maximum settings, there are no lags and delays, the picture in the toy is simply amazing.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

After 15 minutes of playing, the smartphone becomes very hot, the case temperature rises to 45 degrees. The back cover becomes hot, it is noticeable.

During everyday use, there are no such problems, the smartphone case is only slightly warm.

Work offline

< tr>
Characteristics Value
Battery capacity 3200 mAh
Battery type Non-removable, Li-Pol
Working time when playing WoT at maximum brightness 5 hours
Utilization time when watching FHD YouTube video at maximum brightness 6.5 hours
Mixed scenario (maximum brightness: web+social+email+some music) 3 hours
Background discharge time per night 10 %

I also redesigned the offline section a bit. Now, instead of testing the operating time when watching HD video and reading mode, I will measure the operating time when watching a YouTube FHD video and while playing WoT. And, of course, my routine of everyday use has not gone anywhere either.

When using Mi 5s, you can safely count on one day of work, there are no super-impressive results here.

The smartphone supports Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 technology, the device charges 41% in half an hour, 83% in an hour, the total charging time is approximately 100 minutes. Unfortunately, you will need a separate charger to use this mode.

Camera

< td>Yes
Characteristics Value
Main camera resolution 12 MP
Front camera resolution 4 MP
Aperture value f/2.0< /td>
Movie resolution Up to 4k
Frames per second Up to 60 fps
Press focus Yes
Stereo sound

I asked Roman Belykh to evaluate the quality of shooting Mi 5s, below is his detailed comment:

During the day, the camera shoots perfectly, there are practically no complaints, the only thing I would like is a little higher detail. Focus is instant, accurate.

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Under artificial lighting, the white balance may “jump” towards warm shades, but pleasant colors “overlap” everything, without noise, distortion, etc.

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The picture looks good at night, although there is soapy noise in the dark areas, but this is quite normal, given that the device sometimes “lifts” the ISO to 3200. The white balance is usually perfect, the colors are excellent.

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The front camera is a regular wide-angle one. In the dark, it can soap.

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The camera made an unambiguously good impression, it is definitely a trump card in the "sleeve" of Mi 5s.

Video in 4k is not bad, the focus is instant, like on the Samsung Galaxy S7.

Wireless interfaces

Interfaces Availability
Wi-Fi Yes, b/g /n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth Yes, 4.2, A2DP, LE
GPS Cold start takes about 3 seconds
Mobile data GSM 900/1800/1900, 3G, LTE, two SIM cards
USB On-The-Go Yes
NFC Yes

The smartphone was pleasantly pleased with the presence of NFC, for some reason the Chinese often save on this little thing. At the same time, a full-fledged module with support for MiFare Classic is used here.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

Conclusion

I have no complaints about the quality of voice transmission. You and your interlocutor hear each other perfectly.

The official PCT version of Xiaomi Mi 5s is sold in Xiaomi brand stores or the same Svyaznoy for 31,000 rubles, on AliExpress the device can be found for $ 270-300.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

After a month of use, I have mostly positive impressions. The Mi 5s has cool dimensions, the idea of ​​​​a curved case has found its practical implementation here, while the lack of a strong bend at the screen has allowed us to maintain overall ease of use, that is, the edges of the smartphone do not dig into your hand. The display in the model is cool, bright juicy colors, a large margin of brightness and the ability to fine-tune. The only thing I didn't like was the halos when scrolling, visible in some modes, but the problem is also solved.

The camera in the smartphone is decent, but I would like it to more accurately determine the white balance. But the real disappointment was the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. The percentage of successful definitions of my fingers was about 50%. And it seems that this is a massive problem, however, it is not clear whether it is software or hardware.

With the exception of the scanner, the smartphone makes a very good impression, a worthy model in all respects in its niche. However, competitors are not asleep and for the same 30,000 rubles (+/- a couple of thousand) they offer solutions that are not inferior.

Huawei Honor 8. Cool beautiful smartphone in a glass case with a good screen and long battery life.

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Xiaomi Mi 5s

ZTE Nubia Z11. Frameless device from ZTE boasts a cool display, aluminum body, functional shell and spectacular appearance. Otherwise, the models are very similar, except that the Mi 5s has a fresher chipset.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

Xiaomi Mi 5s

Meizu Pro 6. A compact music flagship that recently received an upgrade to the Pro version. However, the “firmware” will compete with the Plus version of Mi 5s, and it is appropriate to compare the younger model with the small Pro 6. In principle, these are devices of the same level, so you should focus on your impressions of the appearance and love / dislike for Flyme / MIUI .

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The author expresses his gratitude to RDC GROUP and Smart Orange LLC (the official Xiaomi online store in Russia) for providing Xiaomi Mi 5s for testing.

Xiaomi Mi 5s review

Readers regularly asked us about this device and cursed that the review did not come out for a very long time. The reason for this is quite simple: we wanted to test the normal PCT version of the model, not order it from China. Why? The point, of course, is in the firmware, since, when testing versions of Mi 5s with Chinese firmware and discovering that something is wrong in it, we often run into negativity from readers who claim that we need to manually install globals, fixes, etc. .d.

Content

Characteristics

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Specifications
Class Flagship
Form factor Monoblock
Case materials Aluminum
Operating system Android 6.0 + MIUI 8.0
Network 2G/3G/LTE (800/1800 /2600), Dual SIM
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
Processor Quad-core
Video accelerator Adreno 530
Internal memory 32 GB
RAM 4 GB
Memory card slotNo
Wi-Fi Yes, a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth Yes, 4.2 LE, A2DP
NFC Yes
Screen size 5.15 inches
Screen resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Matrix type I PS
Protective coating Glass
Oleophobic coating Yes< /td>
Main camera 12 MP, f/2.0, PDAF, 4k video shooting
Front camera 4 MP, f/2.0
Navigation GPS, A-GPS, Glonass
Sensors Accelerometer, light sensor, proximity sensor
Battery Non-removable, 3200 mAh< /td>
Dimensions 145.6 x 70.3 x 8.3 mm
Weight 145 grams
Price From $280 / 31,000 rubles

Packages

  • Smartphone
  • Charger
  • PC cable (also part of charger)

Appearance, materials, controls, assembly

When you look at Mi 5s, you immediately understand that when creating it, the company was inspired by the Samsung Galaxy S7 EDGE, the back of the case has the same beautiful curve, only, unlike EDGE, it is made of aluminum, not glass.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

But the glass on the front panel has only a slight bend, which is actually great. Owners of the same S7 EDGE regularly complain that the edges of their smartphone dig into the hand and because of this it is not very convenient to use it. Mi 5s does not have this problem, thanks to the curve at the back, the device feels thinner and lighter, and the lack of a strong screen curvature allows you to hold it more comfortably.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

The smartphone is sold in four colors: silver, dark gray, gold and pink, we had the first option on the test.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

Above the display are the front camera, earpiece mesh, light and proximity sensors, and a light indicator.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

There are three touch buttons below the screen: Recent Apps, Home and Back. The central button is inscribed in an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. I like that the scanner was installed in the front, but its operation was disappointing. Unfortunately, it successfully unlocks the smartphone only half the time. At first I thought that this was a single problem, but readers complained that it also works unstably for them. For the sake of interest, I read the w3bsit3-dns.com branch on the device, they suggest either installing some special version of the firmware, or hammering the same finger four times, or very carefully adding all areas of the finger. In any case, the problem exists, be aware of it before buying.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

At the top end there is a minijack, and at the bottom there is a Type C port, an external speaker mesh and a main microphone. Keep in mind, the speaker here is not stereo, two meshes are made just for beauty, a microphone is hidden in the left.

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A volume rocker and a power button are installed on the right, and a tray for two SIM cards is installed on the left, alas, there is no slot for a memory card.

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On the back cover you can see the eye of the main camera, dual LED flash, laser autofocus and plastic inserts for antennas.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

The device is perfectly assembled, for a month of use I had no complaints about its assembly.

Dimensions

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Height (mm) Width (mm) Thickness (mm) Weight (grams)< /td>
Xiaomi Mi 5s 145.6 70.3 8.3 145
Meizu Pro 6 147.7 70.8 7.3 160
Huawei Honor 8 145.5 71 7.5 153
ZTE Nubia Z11 151.8 72.3 7.5 162

In the comments, readers often ask why I call five-inch devices compact. The fact is that there are practically no smartphones with a smaller diagonal on sale, and most flagships are gradually moving from 5 to 5.5-inch displays. Therefore, even a smartphone with a 5.15-inch screen already looks and feels compact in the hand.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

Compared to Apple iPhone 6

Xiaomi Mi 5s

Mi 5s feels great in the hand, it is quite thin and light, and the narrowing at the edges of the case makes it visually and tactile even thinner.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

Screen

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Characteristics Value
Screen size 5.15 inches
Display resolution 1920 x 1080 dots
PPI value 428
Matrix type IPS
Protective coating Glass
Oleophobic coating Yes
Auto brightness control Yes
Multitouch support Present, up to ten simultaneous touches

To be honest, before I looked at the table with the characteristics, I was sure that this device had an AMOLED matrix installed. The fact is that the picture contrast is very similar to AMOLED displays. Moreover, you can even notice red halos on the edges of the letters when scrolling! Surprisingly, for some reason I didn't see any https://cars45.com/listing/jeep/grand_cherokee/2017 information about this in other reviews.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

The problem with ghosting is solved by switching to the "default" mode. Automatic setting is initially enabled, but I recommend disabling it.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

Checking the screen's behavior in the sun in the current weather is problematic, but outdoors the picture is perfectly distinguishable at about 60-70% brightness and above. It is also convenient to read from a smartphone, thanks to a large range of brightness.

There is also a separate reading mode in the settings, when it is turned on, the entire color scheme goes into yellow tones. There is also a slider that adjusts the intensity of this transition. I didn’t like the reading mode, according to my feelings, my eyes get tired of it even more. In general, there are a lot of color settings, I was especially pleased with the ability to turn on the display with a double tap.

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The oleophobic coating is excellent, in no way inferior to flagships from other major brands. The finger glides perfectly on the glass, it is convenient to use swipes.

Summarizing: the screen in the model is excellent, using it is a pleasure.

Operating system

The device runs Android 6.0 and MIUI 8.0. Once again I promise you to tell you more about the shell, I think that the time has come to do this. Below I will list the main features of MIUI, although, in a good way, it deserves a separate review.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

Desktops. The launcher in MIUI has not changed much over the past time, it still uses the display of all applications at once on desktops and oval rims for the icons of some third-party programs. Interestingly, the settings call here is made by pinching with two fingers, a long press does not work. I liked the application sorting mode, when you turn it on, you can add as many icons as you like to the bottom panel, and then scatter them across desktops. A kind of help in general cleaning on the desktop.

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Dialer. The dialer in MIUI has long been the benchmark for many users, and I myself use the exDialer application, made on its basis. The program supports the Russian language, there is a search for T9, setting actions for swipes left and right, a separate black list and call recording. Unfortunately, in Russian versions of Xiaomi smartphones, for some reason, the search for Russian contacts does not work, I don’t know what this is connected with.

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SMS messages. The application is quite simple, but if you are authorized in your Mi account, then it automatically makes a backup copy of your correspondence.

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Browser. I like that the browser's home page is represented by shortcuts to popular pages, from here it's easy to navigate to the desired page. Of course, you can add your own links, change their places or delete them. But a separate reading mode does not work well, when it is turned on on our site, the pictures are automatically flattened.

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Notification shade. In MIUI 8, they refused to split the curtain into two parts, and this is the right decision, when you lower it, you immediately see four labels and a brightness adjustment slider. The transition to the next buttons is made on a horizontal swipe, as in TouchWiz. A long press of the button opens the settings of the corresponding interface, which is convenient.

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Screenshots. Now, after taking a screenshot, it hangs in the upper right corner for about three seconds, if you click on it, the settings for editing and forwarding it will open. MIUI also knows how to take long screenshots.

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Second space. Possibility to create an additional user on the smartphone. This is handy if you want to use different accounts for the same apps at work and at home, for example.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

Double applications. Well, if you just need to have two accounts in some WhatsApp, then for this you can use this function, which creates a copy of it within one account.

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Permissions. MIUI has a very detailed panel with application permissions, in which you can fine-tune which interfaces and functions a particular program will have access to and which ones it will not.

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One-handed control mode. To enter this mode, swipe from the center to the left touch button, and to exit, tap on the dark area of ​​the screen. In the settings, you can specify which diagonal emulation you want to use.

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Keys. For the bottom buttons, there is a fine-tuning of actions for both short and long presses.

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Headphones. MIUI also knows how to customize the actions for the buttons on the headset. This is convenient if you want to skip to the previous / next track instead of switching the volume.

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In general, the whole MIUI is made in such a way that you can customize any sneeze, for which geeks love it.

Performance

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Characteristics Value
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
Processor Quad-core
Video accelerator Adreno 530
RAM capacity 4 GB
Internal storage capacity 32 GB
Memory card slot None

I received several requests from our regular readers regarding device performance testing, in particular, they asked to add results from GeekBench, measure the write speed of a card read, and also check the operation of the device in WoT Blitz. I think that the review of Mi 5s is a great reason to start doing all this.

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The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm's top-end chipset and has a good internal memory speed, which is felt in all work scenarios: desktops and browser scroll quickly, all toys run at maximum settings. Now about WoT: Blitz, it also runs at maximum settings, there are no lags and delays, the picture in the toy is simply amazing.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

After 15 minutes of playing, the smartphone becomes very hot, the case temperature rises to 45 degrees. The back cover becomes hot, it is noticeable.

In everyday use, there are no such problems, the smartphone case is only slightly warm.

Work offline

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Characteristics Value
Battery capacity 3200 mAh
Battery type Non-removable, Li-Pol
User time when playing WoT at maximum brightness 5 hours
Utilization time when watching FHD YouTube video at maximum brightness 6.5 hours
Mixed scenario (maximum brightness: web+social+email+some music) 3 hours
Background discharge time per night 10 %

I also redesigned the offline section a bit. Now, instead of testing the operating time when watching HD video and reading mode, I will measure the operating time when watching a YouTube FHD video and while playing WoT. And, of course, my routine of everyday use has not gone anywhere either.

When using Mi 5s, you can safely count on one day of work, there are no super-impressive results here.

The smartphone supports Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 technology, the device charges 41% in half an hour, 83% in an hour, the total charging time is approximately 100 minutes. Unfortunately, you will need a separate charger to use this mode.

Camera

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Characteristics Value
Main camera resolution 12 MP
Front camera resolution 4 MP
Aperture value f/2.0< /td>
Movie resolution Up to 4k
Frames per second Up to 60 fps
Press focus Yes
Stereo sound

I asked Roman Belykh to evaluate the quality of shooting Mi 5s, below is his detailed comment:

During the day, the camera shoots perfectly, there are practically no complaints, the only thing I would like is a little higher detail. Focus is instant, accurate.

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Under artificial lighting, the white balance may “jump” towards warm shades, but pleasant colors “overlap” everything, without noise, distortion, etc.

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The picture looks good at night, although there is soapy noise in the dark areas, but this is quite normal, given that the device sometimes “lifts” the ISO to 3200. The white balance is usually perfect, the colors are excellent.

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The front camera is a regular wide-angle one. In the dark, it can soap.

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The camera made an unambiguously good impression, it is definitely a trump card in the "sleeve" of Mi 5s.

Video in 4k is not bad, the focus is instant, like on the Samsung Galaxy S7.

Wireless interfaces

Interfaces Availability
Wi-Fi Yes, b/g /n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth Yes, 4.2, A2DP, LE
GPS Cold start takes about 3 seconds
Mobile data GSM 900/1800/1900, 3G, LTE, two SIM cards
USB On-The-Go Yes
NFC Yes

The smartphone was pleasantly pleased with the presence of NFC, for some reason the Chinese often save on this little thing. At the same time, a full-fledged module with support for MiFare Classic is used here.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

Conclusion

I have no complaints about the quality of voice transmission. You and your interlocutor hear each other perfectly.

The official PCT version of Xiaomi Mi 5s is sold in Xiaomi brand stores or the same Svyaznoy for 31,000 rubles, on AliExpress the device can be found for $ 270-300.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

After a month of use, I have mostly positive impressions. The Mi 5s has cool dimensions, the idea of ​​​​a curved case has found its practical implementation here, while the lack of a strong bend at the screen has allowed us to maintain overall ease of use, that is, the edges of the smartphone do not dig into your hand. The display in the model is cool, bright juicy colors, a large margin of brightness and the ability to fine-tune. The only thing I didn't like was the halos when scrolling, visible in some modes, but the problem is also solved.

The camera in the smartphone is decent, but I would like it to more accurately determine the white balance. But the real disappointment was the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. The percentage of successful definitions of my fingers was about 50%. And it seems that this is a massive problem, however, it is not clear whether it is software or hardware.

With the exception of the scanner, the smartphone makes a very good impression, a worthy model in all respects in its niche. However, competitors are not asleep and for the same 30,000 rubles (+/- a couple of thousand) they offer solutions that are not inferior.

Huawei Honor 8. Cool beautiful smartphone in a glass case with a good screen and long battery life.

Xiaomi Mi 5s< /p>

Xiaomi Mi 5s

ZTE Nubia Z11. Frameless device from ZTE boasts a cool display, aluminum body, functional shell and spectacular appearance. Otherwise, the models are very similar, except that the Mi 5s has a fresher chipset.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

Xiaomi Mi 5s

Meizu Pro 6. A compact music flagship that recently received an upgrade to the Pro version. However, the “firmware” will compete with the Plus version of Mi 5s, and it is appropriate to compare the younger model with the small Pro 6. In principle, these are devices of the same level, so you should focus on your impressions of the appearance and love / dislike for Flyme / MIUI .

Xiaomi Mi 5s< /p>

The author expresses his gratitude to RDC GROUP and Smart Orange LLC (the official Xiaomi online store in Russia) for providing Xiaomi Mi 5s for testing.

Xiaomi Mi 5s review

Readers regularly asked us about this device and cursed that the review did not come out for a very long time. The reason for this is quite simple: we wanted to test the normal PCT version of the model, not order it from China. Why? The point, of course, is in the firmware, since, when testing versions of Mi 5s with Chinese firmware and discovering that something is wrong in it, we often run into negativity from readers who claim that we need to manually install globals, fixes, etc. .d.

Content

Characteristics

Specifications Class Flagship Form factor Monoblock Case materials Aluminum Operating system Android 6.0 + MIUI 8.0 Network 2G/3G/LTE (800/1800/2600), Dual SIM Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Processor Quad-core video accelerator Adreno 530 Internal memory 32 GB RAM 4 GB Memory card slot No Wi-Fi Yes, a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band Bluetooth Yes, 4.2 LE, A2DP NFC Yes Screen diagonal 5.15 inches Screen resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels Matrix type IPS Protective coating Glass Oleophobic coating Yes Main camera 12 MP, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, 4k-video shooting Front camera 4 MP, f/2.0 3200 mAh Dimensions 145.6 x 70.3 x 8.3 mm Weight 145 grams Cost From $280 / 31,000 rubles

Packages

  • Smartphone
  • Charger
  • PC cable (also part of charger)

Appearance, materials, controls, assembly

When you look at Mi 5s, you immediately understand that when creating it, the company was inspired by the Samsung Galaxy S7 EDGE, the back of the case has the same beautiful curve, only, unlike EDGE, it is made of aluminum, not glass.

But the glass on the front panel has only a slight bend, which is actually great. Owners of the same S7 EDGE regularly complain that the edges of their smartphone dig into the hand and because of this it is not very convenient to use it. Mi 5s does not have this problem, thanks to the curve at the back, the device feels thinner and lighter, and the lack of a strong screen curvature allows you to hold it more comfortably.

The smartphone is sold in four colors: silver, dark gray, gold and pink, we had the first option on the test.

Above the display are the front camera, earpiece mesh, light and proximity sensors, and a light indicator.

There are three touch buttons below the screen: Recent Apps, Home and Back. The central button is inscribed in an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. I like that the scanner was installed in the front, but its operation was disappointing. Unfortunately, it successfully unlocks the smartphone only half the time. At first I thought that this was a single problem, but readers complained that it also works unstably for them. For the sake of interest, I read the w3bsit3-dns.com branch on the device, they suggest either installing some special version of the firmware, or hammering the same finger four times, or very carefully adding all areas of the finger. In any case, the problem exists, be aware of it before buying.

At the top end there is a minijack, and at the bottom there is a Type C port, an external speaker mesh and a main microphone. Keep in mind, the speaker here is not stereo, two meshes are made just for beauty, a microphone is hidden in the left.

A volume rocker and a power button are installed on the right, and a tray for two SIM cards is installed on the left, alas, there is no slot for a memory card.

On the back cover you can see the eye of the main camera, dual LED flash, laser autofocus and plastic inserts for antennas.

The device is perfectly assembled, for a month of use I had no complaints about its assembly.

Dimensions

Height (mm) Width (mm) Thickness (mm) Weight (grams) Xiaomi Mi 5s 145.6 70.3 8.3 145 Meizu Pro 6 147.7 70.8 7.3 160 Huawei Honor 8 145.5 71 7.5 153 ZTE Nubia Z11 151.8 72.3 7.5 162

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In the comments, readers often ask why I call five-inch devices compact. The fact is that there are practically no smartphones with a smaller diagonal on sale, and most flagships are gradually moving from 5 to 5.5-inch displays. Therefore, even a smartphone with a 5.15-inch screen already looks and feels compact in the hand.

Compared to Apple iPhone 6

Mi 5s feels great in the hand, it is quite thin and light, and the narrowing at the edges of the case makes it visually and tactile even thinner.

Screen

Characteristics Value Screen diagonal 5.15 inches Display resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels PPI value 428 Matrix type IPS Protective coating Glass Oleophobic coating Yes Automatic brightness control Yes Multi-touch support Present, up to ten simultaneous touches

To be honest, before I looked at the table with the characteristics, I was sure that this device had an AMOLED matrix installed. The fact is that the picture contrast is very similar to AMOLED displays. Moreover, you can even notice red halos on the edges of the letters when scrolling! Surprisingly, for some reason I did not see any https://cars45.com/listing/jeep/grand_cherokee/2017 information about this in other reviews.

To be honest, before I looked at the table with the characteristics, I was sure that this device had an AMOLED matrix. The fact is that the picture contrast is very similar to AMOLED displays. Moreover, you can even notice red halos on the edges of the letters when scrolling! Surprisingly, for some reason I did not see any https://cars45.com/listing/jeep/grand_cherokee/2017 https://cars45.com/listing/jeep/grand_cherokee/2017 information about this in other reviews.

The problem with ghosting is solved by switching to the "default" mode. Automatic setting is initially enabled, but I recommend disabling it.

Checking the screen's behavior in the sun in the current weather is problematic, but outdoors the picture is perfectly distinguishable at about 60-70% brightness and above. It is also convenient to read from a smartphone, thanks to a large range of brightness.

There is also a separate reading mode in the settings, when it is turned on, the entire color scheme goes into yellow tones. There is also a slider that adjusts the intensity of this transition. I didn’t like the reading mode, according to my feelings, my eyes get tired of it even more. In general, there are a lot of color settings, I was especially pleased with the ability to turn on the display with a double tap.

The oleophobic coating is excellent, in no way inferior to flagships from other major brands. The finger glides perfectly on the glass, it is convenient to use swipes.

Summarizing: the screen in the model is excellent, using it is a pleasure.

Operating system

The device runs Android 6.0 and MIUI 8.0. Once again I promise you to tell you more about the shell, I think that the time has come to do this. Below I will list the main features of MIUI, although, in a good way, it deserves a separate review.

Desktops. The launcher in MIUI has not changed much over the past time, it still uses the display of all applications at once on desktops and oval rims for the icons of some third-party programs. Interestingly, the settings call here is made by pinching with two fingers, a long press does not work. I liked the application sorting mode, when you turn it on, you can add as many icons as you like to the bottom panel, and then scatter them across desktops. A kind of help in general cleaning on the desktop.

Dialer. The dialer in MIUI has long been the benchmark for many users, and I myself use the exDialer application, made on its basis. The program supports the Russian language, there is a search for T9, setting actions for swipes left and right, a separate black list and call recording. Unfortunately, in Russian versions of Xiaomi smartphones, for some reason, the search for Russian contacts does not work, I don’t know what this is connected with.

SMS messages. The application is quite simple, but if you are authorized in your Mi account, then it automatically makes a backup copy of your correspondence.

Browser. I like that the browser's home page is represented by shortcuts to popular pages, from here it's easy to navigate to the desired page. Of course, you can add your own links, change their places or delete them. But a separate reading mode does not work well, when it is turned on on our site, the pictures are automatically flattened.

Notification shade. In MIUI 8, they refused to split the curtain into two parts, and this is the right decision, when you lower it, you immediately see four labels and a brightness adjustment slider. The transition to the next buttons is made on a horizontal swipe, as in TouchWiz. A long press of the button opens the settings of the corresponding interface, which is convenient.

Screenshots. Now, after taking a screenshot, it hangs in the upper right corner for about three seconds, if you click on it, the settings for editing and forwarding it will open. MIUI also knows how to take long screenshots.

Second space. Possibility to create an additional user on the smartphone. This is handy if you want to use different accounts for the same apps at work and at home, for example.

Double applications. Well, if you just need to have two accounts in some WhatsApp, then for this you can use this function, which creates a copy of it within one account.

Permissions. MIUI has a very detailed panel with application permissions, in which you can fine-tune which interfaces and functions a particular program will have access to and which ones it will not.

One-handed control mode. To enter this mode, swipe from the center to the left touch button, and to exit, tap on the dark area of ​​the screen. In the settings, you can specify which diagonal emulation you want to use.

Keys. For the bottom buttons, there is a fine-tuning of actions for both short and long presses.

Headphones. MIUI also knows how to customize the actions for the buttons on the headset. This is convenient if you want to skip to the previous / next track instead of switching the volume.

In general, the whole MIUI is made in such a way that you can customize any sneeze, for which geeks love it.

Performance

Specifications Value Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Processor Quad-core video accelerator Adreno 530 RAM 4 GB Internal storage capacity 32 GB Memory card slot No

I received several requests from our regular readers regarding device performance testing, in particular, they asked to add results from GeekBench, measure the write speed of a card read, and also check the operation of the device in WoT Blitz. I think that the review of Mi 5s is a great reason to start doing all this.

The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm's top-end chipset and has a good internal memory speed, which is felt in all work scenarios: desktops and browser scroll quickly, all toys run at maximum settings. Now about WoT: Blitz, it also runs at maximum settings, there are no lags and delays, the picture in the toy is simply amazing.

After 15 minutes of playing, the smartphone becomes very hot, the case temperature rises to 45 degrees. The back cover becomes hot, it is noticeable.

In everyday use, there are no such problems, the smartphone case is only slightly warm.

Work offline

Specifications Value Battery capacity 3200 mAh Battery type Non-removable, Li-Pol WoT play time at maximum brightness 5 hours Play time when watching FHD YouTube video at maximum brightness 6.5 hours Mixed scenario (maximum brightness: web surfing +social networks+mail+some music) 3 hours Background discharge time per night 10%

I also redesigned the offline section a bit. Now, instead of testing the operating time when watching HD video and reading mode, I will measure the operating time when watching a YouTube FHD video and while playing WoT. And, of course, my routine of everyday use has not gone anywhere either.

When using Mi 5s, you can safely count on one day of work, there are no super-impressive results here.

The smartphone supports Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 technology, the device charges 41% in half an hour, 83% in an hour, the total charging time is approximately 100 minutes. Unfortunately, you will need a separate charger to use this mode.

Camera

Specifications Value Main camera resolution 12 MP Front camera resolution 4 MP Aperture value f/2.0 Movie resolution Up to 4k Frames per second Up to 60 fps Push focus Yes Stereo sound Yes

I asked Roman Belykh to evaluate the quality of shooting Mi 5s, below is his detailed comment:

During the day, the camera shoots perfectly, there are practically no complaints, the only thing I would like is a little higher detail. Focus is instant, precise.

Under artificial lighting, the white balance may “jump” towards warm shades, but pleasant colors “overlap” everything, without noise, distortion, etc.

The picture looks good at night, although there is soapy noise in the dark areas, but this is quite normal, given that the device sometimes “lifts” the ISO to 3200. The white balance is usually perfect, the colors are excellent.

The front camera is a regular wide-angle one. In the dark, it can soap.

The camera made an unambiguously good impression, it is definitely a trump card in the "sleeve" of Mi 5s.

Video in 4k is not bad, the focus is instant, like on the Samsung Galaxy S7.

Wireless interfaces

Interfaces Wi-Fi available Yes, b/g/n/ac, dual-band Bluetooth Yes, 4.2, A2DP, LE GPS Cold start takes about 3 seconds Mobile data GSM 900/1800/1900, 3G, LTE, two SIM cards USB On-The-Go Yes NFC Yes

The smartphone was pleasantly pleased with the presence of NFC, for some reason the Chinese often save on this little thing. At the same time, a full-fledged module with support for MiFare Classic is used here.

Conclusion

I have no complaints about the quality of voice transmission. You and your interlocutor hear each other perfectly.

The official PCT version of Xiaomi Mi 5s is sold in Xiaomi brand stores or the same Svyaznoy for 31,000 rubles, on AliExpress the device can be found for $ 270-300.

After a month of use, I have mostly positive impressions. The Mi 5s has cool dimensions, the idea of ​​​​a curved case has found its practical implementation here, while the lack of a strong bend at the screen has allowed us to maintain overall ease of use, that is, the edges of the smartphone do not dig into your hand. The display in the model is cool, bright juicy colors, a large margin of brightness and the ability to fine-tune. The only thing I didn't like was the halos when scrolling, visible in some modes, but the problem is also solved.

The camera in the smartphone is decent, but I would like it to more accurately determine the white balance. But the real disappointment was the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. The percentage of successful definitions of my fingers was about 50%. And it seems that this is a massive problem, however, it is not clear whether it is software or hardware.

With the exception of the scanner, the smartphone makes a very good impression, a worthy model in all respects in its niche. However, competitors are not asleep and for the same 30,000 rubles (+/- a couple of thousand) they offer solutions that are not inferior.

Huawei Honor 8. Cool beautiful smartphone in a glass case with a good screen and long battery life.

ZTE Nubia Z11. Frameless device from ZTE boasts a cool display, aluminum body, functional shell and spectacular appearance. Otherwise, the models are very similar, except that the Mi 5s has a fresher chipset.

Meizu Pro 6. A compact music flagship that recently received an upgrade to the Pro version. However, the “firmware” will compete with the Plus version of Mi 5s, and it is appropriate to compare the younger model with the small Pro 6. In principle, these are devices of the same level, so you should focus on your impressions of the appearance and love / dislike for Flyme / MIUI .

The author expresses his gratitude to RDC GROUP and Smart Orange LLC (the official Xiaomi online store in Russia) for providing Xiaomi Mi 5s for testing.