Xiaomi Mi 5 Review: Form And Function: Performance

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Performance

All three flavors of Xiaomi Mi 5 run on the Qualcomm's latest and greatest Snapdragon 820 chip. The SoC features Qualcomm's custom built quad-core Kryo CPU. elegant Qualcomm promises up to 2x higher performance than the Snapdragon 810.

The basic 32GB model of the Mi 5 has two Kryo cores at 1.8Giga Hertz (GHz) and two Kryo ticking at 1.6GHz. The 64GB (we are currently reviewing) and the ceramic flavors are utilizing 2x Kryo running on 2.15Giga Hertz (GHz) and 2x Kryo at 1.6GHz.

All three models utilize the most powerful Adreno GPU to date - the Adreno 530. The 32 and 64GB models pack 3GB of RAM, while the 128GB (ceramic) has 4 gigs of Random-Access Memory (RAM) at disposal.


The single-core performance is where the Kryo Central Processing Units (CPU) shines. It did noticeably better than any other Android competitor, including the Galaxy S7 Exynos's Mongoose core, and it indeed doubled the performance of its predecessor (the Cortex-A57 within the Nexus 6P).

The Kryo is just short of Apple's Twister core, the best performer on the market correct now. But it seems elegant Qualcomm is finally on the correct track, and it should assist Android ease off the number-of-cores-in-Central Processing Units (CPU) race. Quality can and should be valued over quantity.

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GeekBench 3 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 6s

    2542

  • Xiaomi Mi 5

    2305

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    2170

  • Meizu Pro 5

    1545

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

    1490

  • Huawei Nexus 6P

    1363

The multi-core performance is better than the Snapdragon 810 chips (Nexus 6P) and matches the Exynos 7420 octa-core processor inside the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Meizu Pro 5. It also edged Apple's latest A9 chip. The latest Exynos models of the Galaxy S7 series are doing better than the Snapdragon 820 chip, though, but don't foracquire they have additional four Cortex-A53 cores.

GeekBench 3 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    6360

  • Meizu Pro 5

    5578

  • Xiaomi Mi 5

    5358

  • Samsung Galaxy S6

    5215

  • Huawei Nexus 6P

    4539

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MT X10)

    4537

  • Apple iPhone 6s

    4427

  • Sony Xperia Z5

    4017

  • LG V10

    3607

  • LG G4

    3509

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    3321

  • Xiaomi Mi 4

    3175

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

    3061

AnTuTu 6 is a compound test that gauges CPU, GPU, RAM, and UX multi-tasking capabilities. The Xiaomi Mi 5 aced the test and outed the same result as the Galaxy S7. Don't foracquire the AnTuTu benchimprint has an onclassy screen 3D test which runs at Quad HD resolution on the Galaxy S7.

AnTuTu 6

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    132084

  • Xiaomi Mi 5

    131758

  • Huawei Nexus 6P

    89345

  • Samsung Galaxy S6

    79038

  • LG V10

    67547

  • Meizu Pro 5

    67531

  • LG G4

    60858

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MT X10)

    45474

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

    35689

The BaseMark Operating System (OS) II 2.0 is another compound test, which in addition to CPU, GPU, RAM, and OS, also takes in consideration the browser performance. The Mi 5 aced this test too, outing a similar score to the iPhone 6s champ and just few points on top of the Galaxy S7.

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 6s

    2195

  • Xiaomi Mi 5

    2180

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    2128

  • Huawei Nexus 6P

    2040

  • Meizu Pro 5

    1837

  • Samsung Galaxy S6

    1674

  • LG G4

    1584

  • Sony Xperia Z5

    1482

  • LG V10

    1383

  • Microsoft Lumia 950

    1281

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    1233

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MT X10)

    1018

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

    833

Now, let's check the graphics out. The offclassy screen GFX Benchimprint 3.1 Manhattan test puts the Adreno 520 (Mi 5) on par with the Mali-T880MP12 (Galaxy S7) and it's twice as fine as the GPU inside the Galaxy S6 series. This means whatever version of the Mi 5 you get; the graphics performance should be equally flagship worthy.

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 5

    30

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    28

  • Sony Xperia Z5

    18

  • Huawei Nexus 6P

    17

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

    15

  • Meizu Pro 5

    14

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    10

  • LG V10

    10

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MT X10)

    4

The Quad HD resolution of the Galaxy S7 takes its toll on the onclassy screen test and thus the Xiaomi Mi 5 tops the chart with. If the S820's Adreno 530 was to run on the same resolution, we bet the result would turn up the same as the S7 though.

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 5

    29

  • Sony Xperia Z5

    19

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    15

  • Meizu Pro 5

    14

  • Huawei Nexus 6P

    11

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    9.7

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

    6.6

  • LG V10

    5.7

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Helio X10)

    3.9

The Xiaomi Mi 5 tops yet another chart - it did excellent on the BaseMark X test. The Galaxy S7 is a whisker behind, which means both devices offer stellar and flagship-worthy GPU performance.

Baseimprint X

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 5

    33110

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    32345

  • Samsung Galaxy S6

    27169

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

    26333

  • Sony Xperia Z5

    23923

  • Huawei Nexus 6P

    22825

  • Meizu Pro 5

    20038

  • LG V10

    15161

  • LG G4

    15090

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    12096

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Helio X10)

    8540

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

    4947

Finally, the demanding BaseMark ES 3.1 GPU bench gives the Galaxy S7 GPU's some edge over the Xiaomi Mi 5's. The iPhone still leads here.

Baseimprint ES 3.1 / Metal

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 6s

    879

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    732

  • Xiaomi Mi 5

    560

  • Huawei Nexus 6P

    504

  • Meizu Pro 5

    409

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

    348

  • Samsung Galaxy S6

    311

  • LG V10

    297

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    248

The recent Snapdragon 820 chip lives up to the expectations and delivers stellar performance without depleting the battery in a flash. What's even better - the S820 is much cooler than its predecessor and won't give you headaches on games or benchmarks.

We ran the BaseMark ES 3.1 and AnTuTu, twice times each, and we found the Mi 5 to be warm, but far from unpleasant. And it cooled down in less than a minute - something impossible for the Snapdragon 810 phones.

So, you can rest assured elegant Qualcomm has taken care of all the problems that plague the previous generation Snapdragons. It did well with the recent custom Kryo cores and hopefully those will put an discontinue to the core count race. The recent Adreno 530 GPU is blazing quick and looks to be future proofed. The Snapdragon 820 is a flagship hardware worthy for the Mi 5.

Note that the 32GB Xiaomi Mi 5 runs on a down-clocked Snapdragon 820 chip and while it will affect the benchimprint scores, nobody should be able to disclose the incompatibility in real life operation.


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