Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus Review: Black & White: Performance

By 03:11 Tue, 17 Aug 2021 Comments


Performance

The Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus runs on the latest Snapdragon 821 chipset with 4GB of RAM. There is a more powerful Mi 5s Plus model with 6GB Random-Access Memory (RAM) and double the storage, too.

The Snapdragon 821 SoC improves on its predecessor with better power efficiency and higher performance. You can't have both at the same time though - the manufacturers can either opt for the slightly higher processor and GPU frequency for about 10% performance bump (as is the case with the Mi 5s Plus), or haged the original clocks in order to gain better battery life (as was with the Mi 5s).


So, Xiaomi chose speed for the Mi 5s Plus - it offers a more powerful quad-core Kryo processor with two cores ticking at 2.34Giga Hertz (GHz) and two running at 2.19GHz. The Adreno 530 GPU is also clocked higher at the 652Mega Hertz (MHz) frequency, about 5% higher than the same GPU inside the Snapdragon 820 chip.

A single Kryo core ticking at 2.19Giga Hertz (GHz) shows quite the strength within the GeekBench 4 benchmark, 10% better than the 1.6Giga Hertz (GHz) inside the Mi 5s, as promised. It bested the competition except for the A10 processor in the iPhone 7.

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GeekBench 4 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    3473

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    1854

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus

    1815

  • Huawei Honor 8

    1720

  • OnePlus 3

    1719

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s

    1682

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    1578

The four Kryo cores combined do great, as usual, but they can't compete with the combined power of the eight cores inside the Honor 8 (4xA53 + 4xA72) or the Galaxy S7 (4xMongoose + 4xA53), or the dual-core A10 Fusion Central Processing Units (CPU) inside the iPhone 7.

The 10% bump on the Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus is once again clearly visible in the multi-core results, which means elegant Qualcomm fully delivered on its 10% performance jump.

GeekBench 4 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    5664

  • Huawei Honor 8

    5447

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    5245

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus

    4333

  • OnePlus 3

    4045

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s

    3987

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    3868

Moving on to Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II 2.0 to see at some numbers representing overall performance. Here the Mi 5s Plus topped all other Android devices, but trails behind the iPhone 7 Plus. Still, it's a winner in its category and clearly demonstrates the strength of the Snapdragon 821 and the freshly optimized MIUI 8.

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    3796

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus

    2434

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s

    2378

  • OnePlus 3

    2365

  • Xiaomi Mi 5

    2180

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    2151

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    2128

  • Huawei P9 Plus

    2099

  • Huawei Honor 8

    2099

  • LG G5

    2065

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

    2050

The same goes for the other compound test - AnTuTu. The Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus did better than all the flagship droids out there and leads with a chubby margin.

AnTuTu 6

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    173110

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus

    155185

  • OnePlus 3

    141764

  • LG G5

    134541

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    132084

  • Xiaomi Mi 5

    131758

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s

    131666

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

    129229

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    124266

  • Huawei P9 Plus

    97392

  • Huawei Honor 8

    94892

On the graphics front, the Mi 5s Plus does an excellent job with Baseimprint X scores, beating all smartphones we've put through it so far, while coming on par with the Mi 5s. The Adreno 530 is indeed a mighty performer.

Baseimprint X

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s

    36240

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus

    36062

  • Xiaomi Mi 5

    33110

  • OnePlus 3

    32715

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    32345

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    29548

  • LG G5

    29456

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

    28480

  • Huawei Honor 8

    16592

  • Huawei P9 Plus

    15058

The GFX tests reveal that the Mi 5s Plus raw performance is on par, but often better, than the other Snapdragon 820/821 devices, and can be bested only by Apple's A10 GPU.

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    39

  • OnePlus 3

    31

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    31

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus

    30

  • Xiaomi Mi 5

    30

  • LG G5

    30

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

    29

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    28

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s

    26

  • Huawei P9 Plus

    10

  • Huawei Honor 8

    10

GFX 3.1 Car scene (offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    20

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus

    18

  • OnePlus 3

    18

  • Xiaomi Mi 5

    17

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s

    16

  • LG G5

    16

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

    15

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    15

  • Huawei Honor 8

    6.3

  • Huawei P9 Plus

    6.2

The Mi 5s Plus has an advantage over some of its competitors such as the Galaxy S7 and the LG G5, becautilize of its lower classy screen resolution. The Adreno 530 is a monster when displaying 1080p resolution, though still not monster enough to beat the iPhone 7 Plus (also 1080p).

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    42

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    32

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus

    32

  • OnePlus 3

    30

  • Xiaomi Mi 5

    29

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s

    26

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

    15

  • LG G5

    15

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    15

  • Huawei P9 Plus

    11

  • Huawei Honor 8

    11

GFX 3.1 Car scene (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus

    19

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    19

  • OnePlus 3

    18

  • Xiaomi Mi 5

    17

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s

    16

  • LG G5

    8.8

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    7.9

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

    7.8

  • Huawei Honor 8

    6.9

  • Huawei P9 Plus

    6.8

The Snapdragon 821 delivers the promised performance bump over its predecessor and the Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus becomes among the first to adopt the latest flagship chipset by Qualcomm. It has remarkable processing and graphic capabilities and no one should be worried for hiccups for the years to come.

The phablet succeeds in keeping it cool while under pressure, which means Xiaomi did a fine job with the heat distribution, while elegant Qualcomm did a fine job keeping the temps down.

Xiaomi's Mi 5s Plus delivers flagship-grade performance and scores across all tests, games we ran, and a hiccup-free MIUI experience, and in the meantime, does not warm your hands. And with that our performance checklist is complete.


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