Xiaomi Mi 5X/Mi A1 vs Moto G5 Plus Detailed Comparison

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Xiaomi finally launched its much-awaited mid-range smartphone – Mi A1 – in India on September 5, 2017. The first in Xiaomi’s brand new A series, the Mi A1 has already been available as Mi 5X in China for quite a while now. There’s a lot of buzz going around the new smartphone, so let us tell you something interesting about it.

The Mi A1 is essentially identical to the Mi 5X. The only difference between Mi 5x and Mi A1 is that it runs a stock version of Android Nougat (or more specifically, Android One), instead of Xiaomi’s MIUI-enhanced version of the popular OS.

Given its price tag of Rs 14,999, Xiaomi Mi A1 is specifically targeted at the Indian market. That said, it will be made available in some other countries as well. The tagline of the Mi A1 is, “Created by Xiaomi, powered by Google.”

Here’s our detailed comparative review of Xiaomi Mi A1 vs Moto G5 Plus

Even though I have been reviewing gadgets since the last 3-4 years, but the way I am confused right now is something that has happened very few times. And this time, it happened when I had to compare two of the best mid-range (Rs 10K-15K) Android smartphones currently available out there – Moto G5 Plus and Xiaomi Mi 5X(Mi A1 in India).

Mi A1 vs Moto G5 Plus

Compare Mi A1 vs Moto G5 Plus

I have been using the G5 Plus for more than 2 months now, while the Mi 5X is with me since the past 15 days. I’m confused because both smartphones have similar specifications and perform equally well too. The only difference between the two is that while Moto G5 Plus has a single rear camera, Xiaomi Mi 5X comes with a dual camera setup at the back.

Mi A1 vs Moto G5 Plus comparison

That said, let’s find out how the two smartphones fared against each other during our testing.

DISPLAY

The Mi 5X features a 5.5-inch FullHD LTPS IPS LCD display of 1080×1920 pixels resolution and around 403ppi pixel density. On the other hand, Moto G5 Plus has a smaller 5.2-inch FullHD IPS LCD display, with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels and a pixel density of about 424ppi.

Mi 5x vs Moto G5 Plus Display

Both smartphones’ display is crisp and sharp. Watching videos is fun, and so is playing games. I didn’t find any issues using the two handsets in direct sunlight either. That said,  Moto G5 Plus’s display definitely looks better in sunlight as compared to that of Mi 5X. The details on the former are also clearer, due to the smaller screen size.




One more thing worth mentioning is that while the G5 Plus’s display is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3, this is something that’s missing on the Mi 5X. So even though we found both smartphones to be impressive, the crown in this section ultimately goes to Moto G5 Plus.

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USER INTERFACE

The Mi 5X runs Xiaomi’s heavily-customized MIUI skin layer over Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Having version number 8.5, this build of MIUI packs numerous features that may seem a bit confusing in the beginning, but are easy to use. Some of the key features included in MIUI 8.5 are:

  1. Three finger screenshot (scrolling screenshot)
  2. App lock
  3. Infrared remote control app
  4. Dual app or second space
  5. Quick ball shortcuts

 

Moto G5 Plus, on the other hand, offers a simple and smooth stock Android experience. Running version 7.0 Nougat, the G5 Plus includes numerous gestures such as “Chop to switch between front and rear camera,” “Shake to turn on/off flashlight” and “Press the power button twice to open camera from the lock screen”. The clean UI also makes the smartphone easy to use, so even those users who don’t have too much of technical knowledge can easily use the G5 Plus.

 

Undoubtedly, the winner in this section is the Mi 5X, primarily because of its highly customized Android experience.

PERFORMANCE

Both Moto G5 Plus and Xiaomi Mi 5X are powered by a 2.0GHz octa-core (with Cortex-A53 cores) CPU and Adreno 506 GPU, embedded into Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 SoC. The smartphones also come with 4GB of RAM.

Graphics rendering on both smartphones is remarkable and during my time with them, the handsets performed flawlessly in this regard. Performance was almost similar on the G5 Plus and the Mi 5X while playing heavy games like Asphalt 8: Airborne..

Because both smartphones have metal bodies, they heat up a little during gaming. Moto G5 Plus and Xiaomi Mi 5X started heating up at around 20 minutes into Modern Combat, and heating reached at a considerable level in about 45-50 minutes. Both smartphones ran smoothly without issues, but gaming for longer durations of time caused them to lose quite some juice.

There’s no clear winner in this section, as Moto G5 Plus and Xiaomi Mi 5X perform equally good.

Benchmark Details:

 

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CAMERA (PRIMARY)

The USPs of Xiaomi Mi 5X are its dual rear camera setup and ‘portrait mode’. 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. Coming to the Moto G5 Plus, it features a 12 megapixel rear camera with f/1.7 lens aperture and dual-LED dual-tone flash.

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Mi A1 vs Moto G5 Plus Camera Comparison

Starting with daylight images, the Moto G5 Plus (unexpectedly) has the lead. I expected the Xiaomi Mi 5X to be better but it fails to properly capture details. Pictures taken from the G5 Plus are brighter and sharper than those clicked from the Mi 5X. As far as the HDR mode goes, Mi 5X is better than Moto G5 Plus. Its color tuning and contrast levels are sure to win you over.

Mi A1 vs Moto G5 Plus Camera Mi 5x vs Moto G5 Plus Camera

Now let’s talk about the ‘portrait mode,’ a feature that’s missing in the G5 Plus. It helps the Mi 5X click DSLR-like photos by blurring everything in the background and focusing on the primary object. Check Below:

Moto G5 Plus Camera

Another interesting feature of the Mi 5X’s camera is software-based ‘2X optical zoom,’ which is rarely found in smartphones in this segment. An image sample with 2X optical zoom is included below:

Mi A1 Camera

Lowlight photos taken from both smartphones are good, but Mi 5X appears to collect more details than G5 Plus. The Mi 5X’s low-light photos also have less noise as compared to those from the G5 Plus.

Mi A1 vs Moto G5 Plus low light photo

I’m afraid deciding a conclusive winner isn’t really that simple in the camera department. Moto G5 Plus is better at clicking daylight photos and capturing details, whereas the Mi 5X is better at HDR and low-light photos. In addition, the Mi 5X comes with some extra camera features like ‘portrait mode’ and ‘2X optical zoom’ in this price segment.

Mi 5x vs Moto G5 Plus Camera Comparison
(Sharpness Sample)

One more thing that’s worth a mention here is the camera app. Moto G5 Plus includes a fairly simple and stock Android camera app, while Mi 5X’s camera app is highly customized and includes a lot of features.

SECONDARY CAMERA

Both Moto G5 Plus and Mi 5X feature 5MP selfie camera. Selfies taken from both the smartphones look more or less the same but on zooming in, G5 Plus’s photos appear to be sharper. Moto G5 Plus’s camera also has a wider aperture, unlike that of Xiaomi Mi 5X.

 

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BATTERY

Moto G5 Plus and Mi 5X are backed by 3,080mAh and 3,000mAh batteries respectively. Both smartphones also support fast charging. To test the battery, we ran our standardized tests involving video recording/playback, gaming and music playback. Here are the results::

30 minutes of usage Moto G5 Plus battery level drop Xiaomi Mi 5X battery level drop
1 Video Recording 13% 11%
2 Video Playing 6% 5%
3 Music Playing 4% 3%
4 Game Playing 12% 10%

Both smartphones are a big No for heavy mobile gamers for as far as regular usage is concerned, they’ll easily a day for most of the users.

While both Mi 5X and G5 Plus have fast charging and (almost) similar battery capacity, Mi 5X took half an hour extra than Moto G5 Plus to fully charge its battery. Moto G5 Plus’s battery was fully charged in a little under 2 hours.

Here are the charging stats:

 

SOUND QUALITY

Moto G5 Plus and Mi 5X have average onboard acoustics and the sound quality is more or less the same on both.

Mi 5X doesn’t come with earphones whereas Moto G5 Plus does. Unfortunately, the earphones provided with Moto G5 Plus aren’t any good, so you’d be better off leaving them in the box

In this department, both smartphones are equally good.

FINGERPRINT SENSOR

Both Moto G5 Plus and Mi 5X have a fingerprint sensor with 360-degree fingerprint recognition support, enabling users to unlock the phones by placing their finger at any angle on the sensor.

The smartphones’ fingerprint sensors are extremely accurate and unlock the phones in a blink, However, Mi 5X is a little better in this regard as compared to G5 Plus.

CONCLUSION

While both smartphones fall in the same price bracket, the Mi 5X, in our opinion, offers a little bit extra than the G5 Plus. These include a highly-customized camera app with features like 2X optical zoom and portrait mode, funky-looking user interface, decent performance and good battery life.

On the other hand, Moto G5 Plus comes with a simple and straightforward stock Android UI, good camera, more than decent performance and great battery life. So it completely depends on you which one to go for. If you’re a regular user, get the G5 Plus, but if you’re a pro, go for the Mi 5X.

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