Xiaomi Mi 5X/Mi A1 In-Detail Honest Review – is it worthy?

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Xiaomi is known for leaving no stone unturned when it comes to satisfying customers with its new products, and the company’s latest Mi 5X smartphone is yet another example of that. It seems that the Chinese technology giant has put in extra efforts while making the smartphone.

Launched in Xiaomi’s home country of China last month, the Mi 5X is expected to hit the shelves in other markets, including India, soon. Recently, news surfaced that Xiaomi and Google are working together to launch an ‘Android One’ variant of the Mi 5X, which will come with stock Android. And although nothing is confirmed yet, we’ll surely update you if there are any developments.

So with that said, let’s talk about the Mi 5X. I personally love Xiaomi’s products and how they generally meet the expectations of customers. Let’s see if the newest Mi 5X is any good or not.

Note: Our review unit was imported from China and thus, ran the Chinese version of Mi 5X. So we installed all apps (complete with their APKs and data files) manually to test the smartphone’s performance.

PHYSICAL APPEARANCE | Xiaomi Mi 5X Physical appearance

As soon as I unboxed the Mi 5X, I was amazed. “What an awesome design!,” was the first sentence that came out of my mouth on seeing the smartphone.

Mi 5X Physical Appearance

Xiaomi has crafted the Mi 5X beautifully. Despite being a lower mid-range smartphone, it has a metallic body that gives it a premium look and feel.

Mi 5X Physical Appearance

The smartphone is sleek, stylish and easily fits in the hand. Even people with small hands can easily reach every corner of the screen. The front panel is identical to several other Android smartphones. Coming to the back, the Mi 5X’s design resembles that of the iPhone 7 Plus. It’s also worth mentioning that the smartphone is quite lightweight and thus, can be easily operated with one hand.

DISPLAY | Xiaomi Mi 5X Display

The Mi 5X is built around a 5.5 inch LTPS IPS LCD capacitive display with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels and pixel density of 403ppi. The display is sharp, vibrant and bright.

Mi 5X Physical Appearance

When I was playing with Mi 5X, I also had the Lenovo P2 with me so I tried to compare the two to see which one is better. Indeed, the color accuracy and brightness of Xiaomi Mi 5X is better than that of the Lenovo P2. Unfortunately, there’s no screen protection included.


If you are a Xiaomi fan, then I probably don’t need to tell you about the MIUI user interface. Much like the latest Mi smartphones, the Mi 5X comes with MIUI 8, with an upgrade to MIUI 9 arriving in the near future.

MIUI, Xiaomi’s custom Android UI layer, has many features such as:

  1. Three finger screenshot (scrolling screenshot)
  2. Built-in app lock
  3. Infrared remote control app
  4. Dual app or second space
  5. Quick ball shortcut

There are a few difference between the Chinese and Global version of MIUI, but they hardly make a difference. For example, the app installation animations are different.

PERFORMANCE | Xiaomi Mi 5X performance

Xiaomi Mi 5X is powered by a 2.0GHz octa-core CPU, embedded into a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC. Other major hardware specifications include 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

I found the handset’s performance to be remarkable, and it runs heavy games quite smoothly. For example, I played Asphalt 8: Airborne for about half an hour and didn’t experience any lag or stutter. It can handle heavy graphics flawlessly, but does start heating up a bit in about 15 minutes of gaming.

Switching between heavy applications is also very smooth, but there is an occasional stutter here and there.

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As indicated below, benchmark results of the Mi 5X are very good, with the smartphone scoring 464 points in 3DMark.

CAMERA | Xiaomi Mi 5X Camera review

The USP of Xiaomi Mi 5X is its dual rear camera setup. Comprised of two 12MP modules, it also gives the smartphone an effective 2x optical zoom. One module has a 26mm lens with f/2.2 aperture, while the other has a 50mm lens with f/2.6 aperture.

I had a lot of expectations from the Mi 5X’s camera(s), but unfortunately they didn’t perform that well. Talking about the 2X zoom, the handset loses detail when you zoom-in and uses some kind of filter to whiten the objects. But still, it’s way better than digital zoom.

Coming to the portrait mode, it’s the only feature I loved the most. The portrait mode effective blurs everything in the background, while focusing on the primary object. The feature doesn’t work as effectively in 2X zoom, as it does in close shots.

Images taken in artificial light also appear to be a bit better than average, though the details are missing.

Talking about the front camera, it is just average, like that in Xiaomi’s Redmi series of smartphones. Again, it uses some kind of filter to whiten the photos and doesn’t capture details in artificial lighting conditions.

For more camera samples, click here.

SOUND | Xiaomi Mi 5X Sound Quality

Xiaomi Mi 5X comes with average on-board acoustics, and doesn’t include any bundled pair of earphones either. The handset is good at producing treble, but not bass. If you really want to enjoy your music, you should invest in a good pair of earphones/headphones.

BATTERY | Xiaomi Mi 5X battery

The Mi 5X comes with a 3,080mAh non-removable Li-ion battery with fast charging support. During my review, the charger took about 2.23 hours to completely charge the battery. For testing, I did about half an hour each of video recording, video playback, music playback and gaming to test battery consumption. Below are the results:

Video recording: 11% consumption

Video playing: 5% consumption

Music playing: 3% consumption

Game playing: 10% consumption

The smartphone’s battery performance is good. The handset easily lasts a day in a single charge. I also did a heavy usage test. I opened several heavy applications and let them run in background. Apart from that, I turned on its flashlight while playing music and Asphalt 8: Airborne. It took 2 hours and 41 minutes to drain the battery.

Find the usage details screenshot below:


The Mi 5X features a fingerprint sensor at the back, supporting 360-degree fingerprint recognition. Much like all Xiaomi smartphones, it’s fast and accurate.


While there are several smartphones available in the market in the lower mid-range Rs 15,000 price segment, I would recommend the Mi 5X. With its amazing design and good overall performance, I surely think that the smartphone is worth the price. If you’re looking for a good handset and your budget is around 12K, the Mi 5X is the best option for you.

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