Xiaomi Mi5S PLUS

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Test report: Xiaomi Mi5S PLUS

With the Xiaomi Mi5, the Chinese mobile phone manufacturer has presented a new flagship from the middle price category, which is available in two different variants, to the public. These models are the more compact Xiaomi MI5S and the larger version MI5S Plus, which scores in the test not only with a solid processing.  

Xiaomi Mi5S PLUS - metal frame and 5.7 inch display

In the test, it was positive that in contrast to the previous models, the frame was no longer made of glass, but made of metal. The metal body adds value to the phone. At the sides, the metal frame is subtly arched, giving the mobile phone a curved look. The lower chamfer closes perfectly with the rear glass. This makes the smartphone very slim.The case with the rounded corners is optimally in the hand. In practice, the Xiaomi Mi5S PLUS has proven to be a hand-smooch. Unique is the dashing design. Disturbing antenna strips are also not available, so that when you take in the hand immediately a "must-have" feeling. The rest of the design and layout are very similar to other smartphones. A 5.7-inch touch-screen display with full HD resolution impresses with a crisp, crisp display. Since the screen is very well illuminated and has excellent black values, the display is easy to read even in sunlight. The display of Gorilla glass 4 is also very unbreakable and also without protective film little susceptible to scratches. Although a special coating against fingerprints has been dispensed with, this failure is hardly noticeable. Existing fingerprints on the display can be quickly and easily removed by wiping. In the test, the natural yet powerful color reproduction and the unusually wide viewing angle for a mobile phone continue to fall. In everyday life the display is a lot of fun.  

Hardware of the top class

The hardware integrated into the unibody case does not have to hide from the competitors' products either. The innovative chipset Snapdragon 821 from Qualcomm is integrated in the Xiaomi Mi5S PLUS. The four processor cores have a clock rate of 2.35 GHz. The plus version of the Xiaomi Mi5S is also equipped with two cameras. The Xiaomi Mi5S PLUS is equipped with a 6 GB RAM. The internal memory of the smartphone has a size of 128 GB and offers plenty of space for photos, music and videos. The Xiaomi Mi5S PLUS is also equipped with a dual camera. The front camera triggers with four megapixels, which captured selfs possess a passable showcase quality. The fuzzy background is not really disturbing at Selfies, the detail accuracy is satisfactory, but the colors could be a bit stronger.  

User interface - Andoid combined with MIUI

Not everyone who wants to buy a new smartphone can become friends with the Android interface. Therefore, Xiaomi has equipped the Mi5S in its device with the surface Xiaomi Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which is well received in the test. The high-end smartphone is equipped with international ROM. German can be selected as a language, so that a subsequent installation of the language pack from the Google Playstore is not necessary. Also useful in the test is the possibility to create a second user profile with the smartphone. Also, the built-in cloning feature for apps is handy. Using the cloning feature, the app can be used with a single installation on both user interfaces, such as Whatsapp with two different SIM cards. On the Xiaomi Mi5S PLUS MIUI prepares a lot of joy in the test, although there can be no talk of economical consumption with resources. Thanks to MIUI, however, no slight jerks could be observed in the test. Also positive is that manufacturer Xiaomi MIUI has now updated to Andoid 6.0 Marshmallow. However, changes in MIUI were not detected in the test. Anyone wishing to do so will have to wait for the MIUI 8, which has already been announced, to be launched on the market.  

Connectivity and reception

The Xiaomi Mi5S PLUS also leaves a good impression in this test point, so much has already been anticipated at this point. The disadvantage, however, must be the limited WLAN reception. If in a room the distance to the router is only increased by a few meters, the signal breaks immediately. If one moves with the smartphone into another floor, the reception breaks completely within a very short time. Whether this problem is caused by the software or the hardware could not be determined in the test. The usability of the GPS must also be criticized at this point. In the test, there were drastic problems with the integrated power saving mechanisms. Regarding the reception services there is no complaints at the GPS. Another point of criticism is that Google Fit does not allow a location in standby mode. Only through complete deactivation of the energy management could a perfect tracking be achieved. The radio reception of the Xiaomi Mi5S PLUS is faultless. The reception performance was always at the highest level in the test. The abandonment of LTE Volume 2, for example, can prove to be problematic in rural regions. In everyday life, however, the lack of LTE possibility does not interfere. The Xiaomi Mi5S PLUS is, after a long time, the first mobile phone from Xiaomi, which is again equipped with an NFC support which allows the user to pay without contact.  

Audio and voice quality

On an equipment with HIFi the manufacturer registered with the Xiaomi Mi5S. For this reason, both an amplifier for the headphone output and a modified DAC are missing. In the test, however, the absence of these components has not proved to be a major drawback since Snapdragon 820 already incorporates a fabulous audio solution. The audio output via the 3.5 mm jack plug points with a crystal-clear sound and high volume, so that sophisticated music enjoyment is quite guaranteed. Also in the telephone there is in the test nothing to complain about. The language could be clearly understood on both sides. The equipment has proved to be useful with a noise canceling microphone, which is attached directly behind the telephone on the upper edge.  

Technical specifications:

  • Dimensions: 154.6 x 77.7 x 7.95 mm
  • Weight: 168 g
  • Available colors: pink, silver, gold, dark gray
  • Dual sim card
  • Sim card type: Nano-SIM
  • User Interface: Miui V7
  • Operation System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Specified battery capacity: 3,000mAh
  • Measured battery capacity: 2.944mAh
  • Quickcharge 3.0
  • Network standards: W-CDMA (UMTS), GSM900, GSM850, GSM1900, GSM1800
  • LTE frequencies: 2600 MHz, 1800 MHz
  • WLAN: IEEE802.11n (300 Mbit / s), IEEE802.11b (54 Mbit / s), IEEE802.11b (11 Mbit / s), IEEE802.11ac (6.93 Gbit / s)
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Bluetooth: 4.2


Conclusion guyWith the Xiaomi Mi5S PLUS, the renowned manufacturer brings a top high-end model, equipped with the latest best available hardware on the market. Small complaints in the test exist only for the not perfect camera and the plastic-sounding metal housing back. The mobile phone is unsuitable for users who are urgently required to use the LTE 20. If you are able to live with the little weaknesses that have been shown in the test, you can look forward to a total package worth every single cent. With a usable camera, a good display, a stylish design and a lot of performance, the Xiaomi Mi5S PLUS has earned a purchase recommendation. If you are looking for a price-attractive high-end smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi5S PLUS has found the perfect mobile phone.  

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