Review of an inexpensive smartphone with a good camera for this price. We study Xiaomi Mi 5X (aka A1)

Not so long ago, the company Xiaomi began (yielding to the trend) to put really good dual cameras in their smartphones. At the same time (which is valuable) in comparison with Koreans, it installs the same modules not only in tops, but also in relatively low-cost rulers, including the Xiaomi Mi 5X, which is also available with “pure android” under the brand Xiaomi A1. Its cost in the version with 32 GB is about $ 220 at the time of publication, and about $ 250 in the version with 64 GB (see the actual prices for Xiaomi Mi 5X 32 GB , Xiaomi Mi 5X 64 GB , Xiaomi Mi A1 64 GB silver , and Xiaomi Mi A1 64 GB black .

To begin, I will tell you a little about the phone itself, good, there are a lot of reviews on it. And then I will study the photo part.

Xiaomi Mi 5X


5.5 '', 1080x1920, LTPS IPS LCD, Gorilla Glass 3


Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625


Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53

Graphic accelerator

Adreno 506


4 GB

Internal storage

32/64 GB

MicroSD support

Yes, instead of one of the SIM

Main camera

Dual 12 MPiks (26 mm, f / 2.2; 50 mm, f / 2.6), phase autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, pixel dimensions 1.25 µm / 1.0 µm pixel size. Shooting video in 4K


5 megapixel, shooting video in 1080P

Supported Network Interfaces

Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac,
Bluetooth: v4.2, A2DP, LE



Communication and supported frequencies

Dual slot for nanoSIM

2G: GSM 850/900/1800 / 1900MHz CDMA BC0 / CDMA EVDO BC0
3G: WCDMA 850/900/1900 / 2100MHz TD-SCDMA B34 / B39
4G: FDD-LTE B1 / B3 / B5 / B7 / B8 TDD-LTE B38 / B39 / B40 / B41


Accelerometer, light, electronic compass, gyroscope, hall sensor, approximation


USB Type-C


Non-removable Li-Ion 3080 mAh


155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3 mm


165 g

Actually, one of the interesting things here is a dual 12 megapixel camera, the number of megapixels is optimal, and at the same time a large pixel. The remaining characteristics are already more common - so, there is LTE (in version 5X there is no b20, in version A1 it is), a modern USB Type-C connector, a lot of sensors, a fairly capacious 3080 mAh battery and economical, and, nevertheless, economical , and at the same time quite a fast platform Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 with graphics Adreno 506, 4 GB of RAM and 32/64 GB of internal flash.

There are all sorts of other features - for example, a slot for microSD and SIM combined (however, all new Xiaomi), there is a headphone jack, a lot of sensors. Let's look at the smartphone from all sides.

In front, everything is usually - touch buttons, not very wide frames. The display is good, no complaints to him.

Buttons are highlighted, but weakly.

View of the voice speaker and proximity sensor. And also on the front camera.

Behind the smartphone looks great, though simple. Brushed aluminum in pink color (as I was) is super.

The dual camera protrudes slightly, but the glass is protected by a tiny metal ledge. The fingerprint sensor is on the back (I like this approach, but there are also opponents).

On the left there is only a combo slot for microSD and 2 SIM cards.

Two sims can be put, but then you have to abandon the additional storage. However, the option of 64 GB seems to me optimal, for most of the place is enough.

Bottom USB Type-C port and headphone jack. In my opinion, this arrangement is convenient if you need to simultaneously charge the smartphone from the power bank and listen to music. You can also see the microphone and speakerphone. Both are of sufficient quality, no complaints about them.

Right volume rocker and on-off button. You can also see the plastic inserts that separate the parts of the antenna. By the way, I had no questions about the quality of reception for Xiaomi Mi 5X.

Above - a microphone for noise reduction and an infrared port. Fans to turn off the TV in bars will be pleased.

Package is commonplace, nothing interesting. And thank God.

The box is an ordinary Xiaomi, all fresh smartphones in these now come out. The logo has become brighter, not to be confused.

Behind her written specifications.

In general, the smartphone looks great - thin, beautiful, nothing superfluous. I would, of course, put a transparent silicone case on it, although the device is already well in hand.

Tests and stuff

It uses a mid-level chipset, its performance is expected.

In the daily life of the smartphone is more than enough, even if you download it pretty much. 4 GB of RAM is the right choice.

Even in voracious applications are unlikely to be any slowdowns.

10 multitouch points, satellites catch well, there is GPS, Glonass, Beidou.

Finally, the favorite tests of all Antutu + 3DMark. The smartphone, as you can see, is not a game, but the most modern games, of course, will go. There is simply no performance margin.

Charging is the most common, at 2A 5V, although theoretically the smartphone supports Quick Charge (I checked it on other charges - everything is ok). Charges the device with a regular charger in about 2.5 hours.

The battery life is more than a day, and in a sparing mode it can last 1.5 days. However, this is expected.

Camera work

The most interesting. Let's get started The main wide-angle camera shoots very well, the colors, in my opinion, are unduly twisted.

Further under the spoiler. There are nuances. Caution traffic!

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While the circle is light and good, the pictures are excellent.

Straight exemplary.

Excellent work with HDR, although as always the Chinese are overly aggressive.

In the dark everything is bad. Here you have a large pixel size.

The front camera is normal.

Of course, the main feature here - portrait mode. It blurs the background, reduces the contrast (HDR can not be included).

And he is really great, straight photos for instagram.

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You can shoot the subject well.

But there are nuances. Welcome under the spoiler. Caution traffic!

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First, you can only shoot from a distance of 2 meters. Otherwise, the algorithm often misses.

Well, and so he, too, sometimes smears, not without it.

However, when it turns out to catch - the photos are really like an iPhone, and there is less money. Only the background can not be cut.

Again, by the way about the subject.

And a bit more.

But there are also kosyachki on the item, so carefully look at what happened. If that - retake, and not how I did here.

This is how the Xiaomi Mi 5X has a camera. Let me remind you that absolutely the same for the Xiaomi Mi6, Xiaomi Mi Note 3 and the Xiaomi Mi A1.


This is clearly a smartphone for those who want a fairly quick device, which can make very interesting shots, and, at the same time, for those who do not want to overpay for flagships. Of course, in terms of shooting in the dark, the same Samsung Galaxy S8 beats this Chinese, but the price, you see, is completely different. Well, IPhone in difficult conditions on the horse.

Looks very good, performance on top.

The processor has enough power for most modern games, the interface works smoothly (I checked on MIUI 8, I think, on a pure android in the version of Xiaomi Mi A1, there will be no more problems), it works for a long time. For Xiaomi Mi 5X there is a stable firmware port from A1, so, the only difference is in frequencies.

Let me remind you about the price.

The cost of a smartphone in the 32 GB version is about $ 220 at the time of publication, and about $ 250 in the 64 GB version (see current prices for Xiaomi Mi 5X 32 GB , Xiaomi Mi 5X 64 GB , Xiaomi Mi A1 64 GB silver , and Xiaomi Mi A1 64 GB black .


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