Xiaomi Mi 5x Unboxing; Quick Review: Easy on the Wallet

by Jamie Inocian  August 25, 2017

The Xiaomi Mi 5x Arrives at Unbox HQ!

If there’s one brand that always comes up, whether it’d be on reviews for the latest phone release or just leaks for devices to come, it has got to be Xiaomi. We can’t really blame you, they made a significant impact when they came to our shores in an official capacity, and a good portion of our readership still clamors for the bang-for-your-buck product from the Chinese brand. Thankfully, online retailers still keep stock of the phones from the popular brand and one of their latest devices just arrived at HQ. Today, we’re going to be taking the Xiaomi Mi 5x for a quick go-around before it goes in for its full review.

Xiaomi Mi 5x Specification

  • 2.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 5.5-inch Full HD LTPS IPS LCD display; 1920×1080 resolution
  • 64GB of expandable storage
  • 4G, LTE
  • Dual SIM
  • Twin 12-megapixel rear cameras (26mm @ f/2.2 + 50mm @ f/2.6) PDAF, 2x Optical Zoom, Dual LED flash
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • USB Type-C
  • 3080mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1
  • MIUI 8.5

What’s in the Box?

As far as we can remember, Xiaomi has always gone with a minimalistic approach in terms of their packaging; that doesn’t seem to have changed. The Xiaomi Mi 5x that arrived at our doorstep, courtesy of Widget City, came in a plain, white cardboard box with the Mi logo front and center with just a few details about the phone and, unless you can read and understand the language, you’re going to have to use Google Translate because it’s in Chinese. Here’s what you get in the box:

  • Xiaomi Mi 5x
  • USB-Type C Cable
  • Wall Charger
  • SIM Ejector Tool
  • Documentation

Initial Impressions: Xiaomi Does It Again

If there’s one thing we’ve come to expect from most brands coming from China, is that their phones look alike and it’s probably going to be heavily influenced by the latest iPhone. That’s definitely the case with the Xiaomi Mi 5x, but there are a few differences. The most noticeable of which is the fact that the Mi 5x doesn’t have a front-mounted fingerprint scanner; opting instead to place the biometric scanner on the back of the device, which allows you to unlock the phone with your index finger.

Other than that, it’s pretty much what we’ve grown accustomed to seeing. A full metal unibody build with its antenna bands now on the top and bottom of the phone. While the corners of the phone have been rounded out, the edges have gentle slopes; giving you a bit more to hold on to, but it definitely feels like an iPhone.

Time for the mandatory tour around the device.

The volume rocker and power button are on the right side.

Access to the SIM tray is on the left and, unfortunately, it’s a hybrid slot so you’ll have to choose between a second SIM or a microSD card.

The 3.5mm audio jack, USB Type-C port, and the speaker grill on the bottom.

You’ve got an IR blaster on top in case you’re anything like me and tend to misplace the remote control a lot.

On the back, you’ve got the dual camera setup tucked on the upper left-hand side of the device. That’s twin 12-megapixels with different focal lengths; one at 26mm @ f/2.2 and the other at 50mm @ f/2.6. We’ll reserve judgment for these shooters until the device’s full review. As mentioned earlier, the fingerprint scanner is on the back as well.

You’ve got the 5.5-inch Full HD LTPS IPS LCD display (Boy, those are those a lot of acronyms, huh?). While color and contrast aren’t quite as good as an AMOLED display, it’s definitely a decent panel. Unless you’re super picky, you’ll still enjoy watching YouTube clips or going through Facebook on this phones. Below the screen are the capacitive navigation keys and up on top are the earpiece, proximity sensor, and the 5-megapixel front camera.

Under the hood of the Xiaomi Mi 5x is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor that clocks in at 2GHz with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage; a processing package that we typically see on the higher spectrum of mid-ranged devices. You should be good for most tasks on this phone, but you’ll probably have to tone settings for some games to make sure that you get steady frame rates. All of that hardware is running on the latest version of Android Nougat with MIUI on top of it and is powered by a 3080mAh battery.

That pretty much does it for this quick review of the Xiaomi Mi 5x. The phone is available in the Philippines via Widget City and is priced at Php 13,500.

You can read more about the Xiaomi Mi 5x and other news regarding the Chinese brand through the links below:

Xiaomi Debuts the Mi 5X Alongside the MIUI 9

Xiaomi’s Mi 5X Now Available in Widget City

Xiaomi Launches a Low-Cost 4K Action Camera

Xiaomi Officially Outs the Redmi Note 5A

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