Xiaomi Mi A1 / Mi 5X Review - 200 € Xiaomi middle class
The Xiaomi Mi A1 and the Xiaomi Mi 5X are two identical, but in detail but completely different Xiaomi midrange smartphones. How the two smartphones differ and whether they go through as a cheap Daily Driver, you'll find out in the following review!
Xiaomi Mi A1 / Xiaomi Mi5X
Processor and memory
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
GPU: Adreno 506
RAM: 4GB (LPDDR3)
Internal memory: 32GB / 64GB (eMMC5.1)
Memory extension: Yes
Display Type: LTPS
Display diagonal: 5.5 inches
Display resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
Screen Protector: Unknown
Multitouch: 10 fingers
Main Camera: 12 Megapixel OmniVison OV12A10 + 13 Megapixel OmniVision OV13880
* 2-fold telephoto zoom
* Dual Tone LED Flash
Front camera: 5 Megapixel Samsung S5K5E8
Dual SIM: Yes
SIM size: Nano SIM
Bands - Xiaomi Mi A1
* 4G: TD-LTE 38 / 40
Ribbons - Xiaomi Mi 5X
* 2G: CDMA BC0
* 3G: CDMA EVDO BC0
* 3G: TDS-CDMA 34 / 39
WiFi: 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac
* Ambient light sensor
* Proximity Sensor
* Hall sensor
* Fingerprint Sensor
Battery: 3.080 mAh
Quick charge function: Quick Charge 3.0
Connection: USB-C, 3.5 mm jack
Operating System: Android 7.1.2 (MIUI 8.5 / 9)
Size: 155.4 75.8 x x 7.3 mm
1x Xiaomi Mi A1 / Mi5X
1x USB-C Charging Cable
1x SIM needle
1x user manual
Xiaomi Mi A1 / Mi 5X: Foreword
Meanwhile, the successor is the Xiaomi Mi A2, appeared. We also took a closer look at this in the test!
Xiaomi is known for launching a new smartphone almost every month. Often existing model series are extended by new devices, which quickly loses track of things. The 5er Mi model series alone, which also includes the Xiaomi Mi 5X, now consists of 5 models, which could not be more different. As an "international" version of the Mi 5X is the Android One Smartphone "Xiaomi Mi A1" appeared. This offers in addition to the pure stick Android experience also in this country usual mobile radio frequency bands.
Design, workmanship and delivery
First of all: The Xiaomi Mi 5X as well as the Xiaomi Mi A1 are identical and only differ in terms of the supported mobile radio frequencies and the operating system. The Xiaomi Mi 5X is intended and supported mainly for the Chinese market no LTE band 20, The user interface is MIUI 8 or 9. The Xiaomi Mi A1 on the other hand supports LTE Band 20 and will ship with Stock Android! As an Android One device receives the Mi A1 Software updates directly from Google!
The smartphone impresses with an appealing Aluminum unibody, in which both the case frame, as well as the back are made in one piece. Compared to other unibody models of the manufacturer, the frame is relatively flat and goes steeply into the back. The frame edges are simply rounded and only the antenna covers emerge discreetly. Regarding the case color are optional Colors Black, Gold and Rose Gold to select. The Dimensions of the 5.5 inch device are 155.4 mm in length, 75.8 mm in width and narrow 7.3 mm in thickness. The Weight is 165g.
front side is the 5.5 inch large display, which is from a 3.5 mm wide bezel is surrounded. By the 2.5 display glass The edges of the glass are clearly rounded, but do not go seamlessly into the unibody case. Below the display are three capacitive control buttonswhich are also lit. Above are the pinna, the front camera, a proximity sensor, and a white-shining Notification LED.
The housing frame has a typical layout with the SIM slot on the left, the power button on the right and the volume rocker, the USB-C jack with speaker and microphone next to it and an 3.5 mm audio port. The top of the housing frame form Infrared transmitter, as well as another, noise-canceling microphone.
The back is, as already mentioned, extremely simple. Top left is the dual main camera with LED flash. In the upper third of the case back, the round fingerprint scanner is also embedded in the housing. In the lower third is the "Mi logo". The back is not removable, so the battery can not be changed.
The build quality is not objectionable overall. The smartphone leaves a particularly high-quality impression with a good feel. The package includes the smartphone, a charger with NEMA-1 plug, a USB-C cable, a SIM needle, and a Chinese user manual.
The display has a Diagonal of 5.5 inches and dissolves in it Full-HD on. The panel is of the type "LTPS" (Low Temperature Poly Silicon) and, in contrast to conventional LCDs, is characterized by lower power consumption, more compact production and higher display brightness. The dot density is 403 DPI, resulting in a crisp presentation. Colors are predominantly subtle, but still rendered natural. If you do not like the rather cool color reproduction, you can correct the color and the contrast within the display settings. An additional one read mode ensures that blue light is filtered, which helps protect one's eyes while reading and reduces the sleep-night rhythm.
At the same time the display of the Xiaomi Mi A1 or Mi 5X convinced by a accurate viewing angle stabilitywhich also withstands maximum viewing angles. The luminance 450 nit, which should make the display easy to read even in strong sunshine, at least in theory. In practice, however, the highly reflective display glass affected the readability in direct light. The automatic brightness adjustment functioned flawlessly in the test.
The Touchscreen supports up to 10 simultaneous input. All inputs were precisely recognized during the test phase. So-called ghost touches did not occur as expected. Which protective glass Xiaomi used in this smartphone is not known, however, even after several weeks of testing, with daily use, no signs of wear and tear.
The core piece forms Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 system-on-chipwhich belongs to the Qualcomm mid-range sector and has already appeared in early 2016. The im 14nm procedure manufactured processor consists of 8 Cortex-A53 coresthat clock up to 2 GHz. The processor graphics forms an Adreno 506 GPU. The storage facilities amounts to a 4GB LPDDR3 memory and, depending on the model 32GB or 64GB large eMMC 5.1 flash memory. A memory expansion by means of micro SD memory card is provided. Note, however, that a so-called Hybrid SIM slot which allows either the use of the dual SIM function or SIM + memory expansion.
Although the Snapdragon 625 can not keep up with the current high-end processors, it allows for the Practice a fluid user experience. Applications start in an appropriate framework and switching between multiple applications is fluent. Even in the multitasking The smartphone gives off a good figure, which is mainly due to the fast RAM. current Mobile Games are no problem for the smartphone. Depending on the game, however, smaller picture losses are to be expected. Here current flagships are clearly superior. The smartphone can score points in the development of heat, which is low even with intensive use.
The Xiaomi Mi 5X is the first Xiaomi smartphone to release the new Xiaomi MIUI 9 had received. At least the first batch will be delivered with MIUI 8.5 Stable, which is based on Android 7.1.2. Anyone who has received an older model with MIUI 8.5, however, can easily update to MIUI 9. Updates are automatically distributed to the smartphone over the air (OTA). Meanwhile, however, the smartphone is delivered directly with MIUI 9.
The Mi 5X pre-installed MIUI user interface is mainly intended for the Asian market and offers a limited choice of languages as well no Google PlayStore, as well as multiple apps that are of no use to us. A multi-lingual Global ROM destined for the Western market does not yet exist. The Google PlayStore can currently only be installed manually. An alternative to the MIUI stable is the Xiaomi EU ROM, a custom ROM that is based on the Chinese counterpart, but has been adapted. To flash this ROM, however, the Bootloader unlocked.
Xiaomi Mi A1 again, not with MIUI, but as "Android One" smartphone with a pure Stock Android delivered. The advantage is that you get a pure Android that has no manufacturer themes and apps preinstalled. In addition, the user interface has already been translated in several languages and German can be selected without problems as the system language. Another advantage of the Xiaomi Mi A1 are the guaranteed updates (2 years) on Android Oreo to Android 9.
Shortly after the release of the smartphone rumor went around that the image sensors of the dual main camera with those of the Xiaomi Mi6 identical. Meanwhile, one is smarter and knows that the dual main camera of the device, although also from a normal image sensor and a telephoto zoom sensor composed, but not by Sony, but by OmniVision come. More precisely, it is one 12 Megapixel OmniVison OV12A10 sensor with f / 2.2 aperture and one 13 Megapixel OmniVision OV13880 sensor with f / 2.6 aperture, The 5 megapixel sensor of the front camera comes from Samsung and is called S5K5E8.
The pictures taken with the main camera can be quite impressive and are more than adequate for the assignment as a mid-range smartphone. With the dual camera setup of a Xiaomi Mi6 or OnePlus 5 still can not keep up with the main camera.
The color coordination The main camera is comparatively cold. On the one hand, this does not produce exaggerated bright colors, at the same time the color cold dominates, making white appear rather bluish. Plus points collects the main camera in the detail view and the definition, In particularly good lighting conditions crisp, sharp images are possible, on which details are particularly pronounced. Of the Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) Do a good job and shine with a fast and accurate focus. The same applies to the trip timethat allows fast, subsequent image captures. With increasingly poor lighting conditions, the image noise also increases significantly and details are visibly lost. There is also a negative impact on the focus, which requires much longer to focus and sometimes focuses incorrectly. By the missing optical image stabilization It will also be more difficult to take shake-free and sharp pictures at the same time.
Videos takes the main camera at maximum 4K resolution on. Overall, the recording quality. Nevertheless, there are also some criticisms here. First, additional image stabilization would have been desirable. In addition, the CAF (Continuous Autofocus) Slightly reacts. To criticize, however, is above all the quality of the recorded sound. The sound sounds a bit dull and sibilants are insufficiently filtered.
The front camera solve with 5 Megapixel on. Both the image and video recording quality are not objectionable, as long as you use the camera in good lighting conditions. With decreasing lighting conditions, the quality of the recording also decreases significantly.
The Camera app, in this case the MIUI camera app, does not differ from the app of other Xiaomi smartphones. The app is clearly structured and allows you to change the recording mode or make camera settings with just a few clicks. interesting shooting especially with the main camera. In addition to the normal picture-taking mode, there is also a panorama mode, a beautify mode, the tilt-shift mode and a night mode. The most interesting picture-taking mode, however, is the portrait mode, which shoots with the so-called "Bokeh" effect provides. At the same time, what is superficial appears in focus, whereas the underlying is blurred. The implementation of the bokeh effect succeeds so far well, even if in contrast to current flagship smartphones with similar function more often calculation errors occur and you have to repeat the image capture.
The smartphone has one Mono speakerwhich was placed at the bottom of the rack. The sound quality is convincing. Above all, the solid bass reproduction, which even some flagship smartphones can not reach, was particularly surprising. Overall, the speaker sounds pleasantly balanced. Even at maximum volume no unpleasant drone comes to the fore. Despite the USB-C socket, one is 3.5 mm audio connection available. The sound quality is not objectionable and convinces with a well-tuned sound. Within the headset settings, MIUI also provides one Equalizer and Audio Enhancer available, which allows the sound to be customized.
Im Mobile supported both the Xiaomi Mi 5X, as well as the Xiaomi Mi A1, Mobile radio standards of current generations, Restrictions exist however with the frequencies. As already indicated, the Xiaomi Mi 5X is mainly intended for the Chinese market and does not typically rely on Xiaomi's LTE band 20, which is widespread in this country. Especially in rural areas and depending on the mobile operator LTE is therefore only limited use. In contrast, the Xiaomi Mi A1 is intended for the global market and offers broader mobile support including LTE Band 20. Here is an overview of the different bands of the two models:
Ribbons - Xiaomi Mi 5X
- 2G:GSM 2/3/5/8
- 2G: CDMA BC0
- 3G: CDMA EVDO BC0
- 3G:WCDMA 1/2/5/8
- 3G: TDS-CDMA 34 / 39
- 4G:TD-LTE 34/38/39/40/41
- 4G:FDD-LTE 1/3/5/7/8
Ribbons - Xiaomi Mi A1
- 2G:GSM 2/3/5/8
- 3G:WCDMA 1/2/5/8
- 4G: TD-LTE 38 / 40
- 4G:FDD-LTE 1/3/4/5/7/8/20
However, the voice quality of both Mi 5X and Mi A1 is disappointing. Although in the test the interlocutor could be clearly and clearly understood both through the auricle and via the loudspeaker, in the opposite direction, however, there were communication problems. In some cases, the microphone consumes speech and noise is not adequately filtered.
WiFi and Bluetooth
The are supported WiFi protocols 802.11a / b / g / n / ac, which avoids any use in both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks. There are no disadvantages with data throughput or signal strength. Bluetooth is supported with version 4.2.
GPS and sensors
Navigation with the smartphone leaves nothing to be desired. On GPS fix takes place within a few seconds and also during navigation, the signal remains constant. Positioning proved to be extremely accurate in the test. In addition to GPS will still AGPS, GLONASS and Beidou supported. On E-Compass is present, so that the smartphone can also be used as a pedestrian navigation. The sensory equipment amounts to a gyroscope, an acceleration sensor, a proximity sensor, an ambient light sensor and a Hall sensor. Xiaomi renounces NFC on this smartphone. By means of the IR transmitter The Mi 5X can be used with a suitable app as a TV remote control. The back Fingerprint scanner Provides a decent recognition rate and unlocks the smartphone in no time.
The Accumulator bring it to one Capacity of 3.080 mAh, With normal use a battery charge was enough for one Running time of about 1 ½ days, With lush use of the smartphone had to be recharged in the evening. The included charging adapter is the smartphone Fully charged after about 110 minutes, Unfortunately, this is not a Quick Charge 3.0 Charger, although Quick Charge 3.0 is supported as a quick charge function.
►Good build quality
►A nice design
►Liquid everyday operation
►Camera quality in good lighting conditions
►Receiving quality GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth
►Fast fingerprint sensor
►Good audio quality
►Good battery life
► older processor
►Camera quality in low light conditions
►No image stabilization
► (no LTE band 20)