Đánh Giá Mi5S, Xiaomi Mi5S Plus Review


You’ve sầu decided lớn splurge on a massive sầu new điện thoại thông minh, and are eyeing those with cool dual-lens cameras, but getting bewildered by the growing number of options. While Huawei, Apple, & even Honor phones will already be on your danh sách, what about an imported phone like the Xiaongươi Mi5S Plus? It’s a svào performer on paper, và comes with that dual-lens camera, but the price puts it in the same category as awesome phones from OnePlus & ZTE.

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This means it’s far less of an impulse, what-the-hell buy than you may expect, and more of one that needs some consideration. Can the dual-lens camera swing the deal? We’ve sầu been trying out the Mi5S Plus khổng lồ see if you should be happy spending such a sizeable amount of money on an import device, or if it’s better khổng lồ stay closer lớn trang chủ.


Xiaomày makes great-looking phones, & it’s sticking closely to lớn an established theme — shapely bodies with curved brushed metal rear panels — with the Mi5S Plus. It’s very similar khổng lồ the Redngươi Pro, the last Xiaongươi phone we examined closely, just on a larger scale. It’s about the same form size as an iPhone 7 Plus, but has a 5.7-inch screen, so it’s a compact shape. However, the toàn thân is quite thiông xã at 8milimet.





This extra thickness is effectively disguised by the curved metal sides, which make it very comfortable to hold, especially where the bottom corner rests at the base of your palm. It’s not quite as easy to lớn use one-handed as the Huawei Mate 9 — a bigger phone — & I struggled to reach across the screen with my thumb. It’s lighter than the Mate 9 at about 170 grams, putting it closer to lớn the iPhone 7 Plus.

A fingerprint sensor is mounted on the baông xã under the twin camera lenses. It’s easily located when picking up the phone, và quick lớn react. In addition to locking the phone, it can secure apps & activate a child mode. What it doesn’t bởi is make the Mi5S Plus compatible with Android Pay. Try to set the mobile wallet feature up, and you’ll get a warning that because the phone runs a custom version of Android, it won’t work.

The rear cam takes solid enough pictures, but we are left feeling there should be something more.

How about the build quality? It’s not quite up there with hardware we’re used to lớn paying nearly $400 or more for. The rear panel has a slight flex khổng lồ it when pushed, something that probably isn’t a bad thing, but just feels off. I prefer my smartphones to feel solid, something the Mi5S Plus does everywhere else, which makes this aspect st& out more. Additionally, our nhận xét mã sản phẩm arrived with a very slight imperfection where the metal rear panel meets the antenmãng cầu b& at the top of the phone. The super-shiny surface means it catches the light, & is very noticeable.

This makes the Mi5S Plus a mixed bag. We lượt thích the cool, minimadanh sách kiến thiết, its simplicity, its in-hvà comfort & lightness, but aren’t sold on the build chất lượng of a phone that costs this much money. It’s not a deal-breaker, because the things we noticed don’t affect its operation in any way; but they’re flaws we’d rather not see at all in a phone we otherwise rather lượt thích.


Here’s the big selling point, at least, it should be given the increased attention on dual-lens cameras over the past year. Because there are two 13-megapixel camera lenses on the Mi5S Plus, you may expect it khổng lồ shoot those cool bokeh pictures with the blurred background. You’re wrong, it doesn’t bởi that — well, not like the Huawei Mate 9, Redmi Pro, or iPhone 7 Plus, at least. Instead, the two lenses work together to lớn take higher-chất lượng pictures, mixing together results from the two lenses.

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Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

It’s a bit of a disappointment. Not that it’s a bad camera, it’s just the higher-chất lượng shots aren’t all that much “better” than the normal ones, just different. Scroll through your images, và you’ll see the regular và enhanced snaps aren’t identical, but it’s often impossible to lớn pin down which one was taken in what mode, & which one ultimately looks better than the other. With a bokeh mode, you instantly see the benefits of the dual lenses. It’s not like Xiaomi doesn’t make cameras with artificial bokeh modes. The Redmày Pro has one, và it’s perfectly fine.

The higher-unique dual lens shots aren’t much better than ‘normal’ single-lens photos.

Through experimentation, we found that used inside, Stereo Mode revealed clearer blacks but less detail in shadowy areas. Without Stereo Mode, the opposite was true. It’ll be down lớn you which looks better. The improvement in black levels makes sense, because one lens shoots only in monochrome, lượt thích Huawei’s Leica camera, & there’s a dedicated Mono mode, too. We miss optical image stabilization as well, & are surprised it has been left out of a flagship phone.

The selfie cam is much more fun. It has 4 megapixels, which is rather low these days, but the f/2.0 aperture lets in plenty of light, which makes up for any shortfall in raw pixel count. There is a massive sầu range of live filters lớn play around with — including a Mosaic mode lớn pixelate out your friend’s faces, or amusingly pretover they’re doing something rude — và a decent beauty mode with adjustments for skin tone & slimness. It’s not complicated, is fun khổng lồ use, và who doesn’t lượt thích lớn snap a good selfie every now and then?

Again, it’s all a mixed bag. We lượt thích the selfie cam, think the rear cam takes solid enough pictures, but are left feeling there should be something more.


Xiaomày phones run Google Android, but with a heavily customized user interface over the top called MIUI. Because it originates in Đài Loan Trung Quốc, where Google software is barred, Google Play doesn’t come standard. Depending on where you purchase a Xiaongươi phone, it may come with Google Play & related apps pre-installed. Our version, through importer GearBest, has Google Play ready for us khổng lồ use.

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Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

MIUI is a step beyond most third-tiệc nhỏ Android user interfaces, covering many of the familiar aspects of the operating system, with altered views, different apps, or new ways of doing things. Rather than being a hateful mishmash of half-baked ideas, MIUI is a solid, attractive sầu, và endlessly customizable piece of software. MIUI 8.0 is installed on our Reviews phone — it comes in English, & is currently the most stable version out there. Xiaongươi also pushes regular updates to its phones, but the Android security patch status does still lag behind — it was July 2016 on our phone. The base version is Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which is also out of date.

 If you want a phone that will shrug off even the most taxing tasks, the Mi5S Plus is the device for you.

Apps are spread across multiple home page screens, like an iPhone, & the notification shade works slightly differently than usual, presenting shortcuts in a horizontally scrolling list instead of a further pulldown window. Xiaomi knows how to lớn present an attractive UI, và all its standard icons are minimacác mục blocks in solid colors, with clear, helpful icons. It really looks fantastic. A theme store on the phone lets you alter most aspects if it’s not khổng lồ your liking.

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Xiaongươi pre-installs a selection of apps, including a calculator, cloông chồng, voice recorder, QR scanner, compass, & plenty more. Our phone didn’t have sầu any other pre-installed third-buổi tiệc nhỏ apps, but that may not always be the case. If any demos or third-buổi tiệc ngọt apps are included on your phone, previous experience tells us they’re quickly uninstalled.

Non-Google apps often get a bad rap, but there are several Xiaomày apps we like, & wouldn’t replace. The weather tiện ích is very good, providing plenty of detail in an easily viewed manner. The data comes from AccuWeather. The standard calendar & gallery apps are also great, repeating Xiaomi’s preference for clean, simple kiến thiết. There are a few chất lượng Xiaongươi features on the Mi5S that are also useful. Second Space lets you mix up a separate trương mục, perhaps for work or a child, on the phone. If that’s overkill, Dual Apps allows two versions of a single app to lớn work on the phone, making it handy for a work & personal Facebook tài khoản, for example.

Some early hiccups with the software, where the camera ứng dụng crashed và others performed slowly, soured our initial week with the Mi5S Plus, but a software update sorted them out, & it has run without a problem since. Of all the non-standard Android user interfaces out there, Xiaomi’s MIUI is one of the best. Don’t let it put you off trying a Xiaongươi phone.


The Mi5S Plus has Qualcomm’s SnapLong 821 processor inside. It’s not quite the lachạy thử, but it’s pretty close, và good enough for the OnePlus 3T, the Điện thoại HTC U Ultra, và other smartphones. It’s supported by 4GB of RAM in our phone, but a version with 6GB of RAM is also available if you’re willing to pay more. We’d say 4GB of RAM is more than enough for most tasks. The 4GB Mi5S Plus has 64GB of internal memory, while the 6GB Model has 128GB. There’s no MicroSD thẻ slot, sadly, but the SIM card tray will accept a second SIM card.

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Guess what? The Mi5S blazes along. The SnapLong 821 is an excellent performer, & we have no complaints at all about phầm mềm compatibility, speed, or playing games. If you want a phone that will shrug off even the most taxing tasks, the Mi5S Plus is the device for you. Riptide GP 2, with the graphics resolution turned up to lớn maximum, plays like a dream with no frame rate issues or slowdown at all. Bullet-hell shooter Danmaku Unlimited plays superbly in HD and on Hard mode, where an awful lot happens on screen at once.

Zipping through the usual apps, The Mi5S Plus is a pleasure. It’s smooth, speedy, & performs with the same urgency you’d expect from a phone with one of the latest processors inside. It’s unfortunate that the benchmarks, as is sometimes the case, don’t tell the whole story. Our AnTuTu chạy thử returned 118180, which is well below other Mi5S tests for some reason, và Geekbench 4 gave 3436 multicore. Don’t pay them any attention.

Battery, screen, và connectivity

We’ve been impressed with the Mi5S Plus’ 3,200mAh battery, which has happily lasted for two days of normal use, and features a USB Type-C connector, & Quick Charge 3.0. In less than 90 minutes, the Mi5S Plus was fully charged, which makes it highly usable. The power efficiency of MIUI is assisted by the 19trăng tròn x 1080 pixel LCD screen. Super high-resolution screens are great, but they vì chưng suông xã battery power. Dropping it down khổng lồ 1080p really helps extover the battery life here.

It doesn’t ruin the Mi5S Plus either. The screen may use LCD technology, rather than an AMOLED panel, but it’s really bright, crystal clear, and a joy lớn look at. There’s a reading mode to reduce sleep-interrupting xanh light, but there’s no scheduler, so you have to activate it manually. However, you can apply it khổng lồ certain apps, such as an e-reader phầm mềm, khổng lồ make it slightly more user friendly.

The Mi5S Plus is an import-only phone, and doesn’t tư vấn all the right bandwidths for 4G LTE use in the United States. It’ll happily connect to AT&T và T-Mobile’s 3G network, though. In the U.K., where the Mi5S was tested, it spent the majority of its time connected to a 3G signal on the O2 network. Again, it doesn’t have the right bands for 4G LTE connectivity, but it never felt slow, & any tốc độ difference may only be noticeable in back-to-baông chồng tests, or when streaming high-unique Clip.

Warranty, availability, and price

The price of the Xiaongươi Mi5S Plusvaries based on importers, due to currency fluctuations, but on average, it starts at $400. You may be lucky enough lớn grab it for a little less on the right day. You can’t buy it in stores, so you need lớn find a willing importer if you want khổng lồ buy one. While there are several choices out there, GearBest supplied our Xiaomi Mi5S Plus and has always delivered a faultless service.

Buy the phone through GearBest, và it comes with a three-day dead-on-arrival warranty, a 45-day money bachồng guarantee if the phone should break down during that time, plus a one-year warranty khổng lồ cover against defects. Yes, you’ll still have sầu khổng lồ go through getting support from Trung Quốc primarily by tin nhắn and snail mail, but that’s strong aftersales service. If you break the phone due lớn mistreatment, drop it in the bath, or change the software và briông xã the phone, it won’t be covered.

Our Take

Blazing speed, two-day battery life, và damn fine value are huge assets, but it’s the Xiaongươi Mi5S’ half-baked camera that leaves us frustrated

Is there a better alternative?

Because $400 now buys you plenty of very cool smartphones, the Mi5S Plus faces quite a challenge. The OnePlus 3T & ZTE Axon 7 both work on U.S. networks with 4G LTE connectivity, and don’t require an importer khổng lồ buy, so we’d have khổng lồ say you’d be better off buying one of those. However, there’s something to be said about being different and opting for the Xiaongươi — but we’d be very tempted khổng lồ grab the Xiaongươi Redngươi Pro instead.

It’s considerably cheaper — less than $200 at the time of writing — has a dual camera lens that produces fun bokeh shots, is fast enough for most tasks, and gives you the same MIUI 8 software experience. If you’re a newcomer lớn the br&, và are curious about all the fuss regarding Xiaomi phones, it’s a better starting point than the Mi5S Plus.

How long will it last?

Like the alternatives mentioned above sầu, the Mi5S Plus isn’t water-resistant or particularly able to stand much wear. The screen isn’t covered with Gorilla Glass either, and it’s not clear whether an alternative sầu like Dragontail is used instead, so a strong glass screen protector would be recommended here.

Xiaongươi delivers regular updates khổng lồ MIUI, adding new features và fixing bugs, but it’s not the fastest when it comes to lớn version changes. The Mi5S Plus operating system is Android 6.0 Marshmallow, và it’s also lagging behind with security updates.

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Should you buy it?

It’s cđại bại, but no, we can’t wholeheartedly recommkết thúc the Xiaomày Mi5S Plus. It’s a great value, it looks excellent, is really powerful, và the software experience is very user friendly, but the camera và connectivity let it down. Not having 4G LTE isn’t the over of the world, but we wanted the camera to be so much better than it actually is. It’s rather frustrating, because we’ve seen before that Xiaongươi knows how to vì good cameras. Why it didn’t go all the way with the Mi5S Plus, & make it a real Mate 9 và iPhone 7 Plus competitor, is a mystery.