Now we have got some great smartphones released at MWC with Snapdragon 820 CPU. Users may get confused which one they should buy and why? You can keep searching for detail, but we are going to discuss here what is the best option along with reasons.
What do you see in a smartphone before you buy one?
- Brand ? Of course many users do that, and this is because of the warranty stuff. If something happens to the device, you can claim warranty.
- Hardware ? Only smart users do that. The hardware inside matters the most compared the to brand name it carries on its frame/body.
- Price ? The most important thing. Many users switch to mid-range device, because they can’t afford to spend $600, $700 or even more.
Xiaomi Mi 5 vs LG G5 vs Galaxy S7 vs Xperia X Performance
Why LG G5, Galaxy S7 or Xperia X Performance?
- MicroSD card support (LG G5 up to 2TB, Galaxy S 7 and Xperia X Performance up to 200GB)
- Removable battery (Only LG G5)
- 2K Resolution (Only LG G5 and Galaxy S7)
What do you do with 2K resolution?
Why do we need 2K resolution on a Smartphone? A smartphone between 5 to 5.5 inches with 2K resolution is the desire of many users, but they don’t really know what to do with it. Ask yourself how often do you play 2K video from YouTube or store them in your Phone? If you want to look at the menu, play games, use internet, social media apps etc., 1080 pixels is sharp enough. 2K display also drains the battery much faster compared to Full HD. Don’t run behind something that you don’t really need. Give me a valid reason to have 2K display in comment.
Lets have a quick look at Specs comparison LG G5 vs Galaxy S7 vs Xperia X Performance vs Xiaomi Mi 5
Dimension and weight
LG G5 : 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7 mm, 159 grams
Galaxy S7 : 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm, 155 grams
Xperia X Performance : 143.7 x 70.4 x 8.7 mm, 164 grams
Xiaomi Mi 5 : 144.6 x 69.2 x 7.3 mm, 129 grams
So Mi 5 is the lightest in weight with less thickness
LG G5 : 5.3 inches Quad HD Display
Galaxy S7 : 5.1 inches Quad HD Display
Xperia X Performance : 5 inches Full HD Display
Xiaomi Mi 5 : 5 inches Full HD Display
LG G5 : 4GB RAM
Galaxy S7 : 4GB RAM
Xperia X Performance : 3GB RAM
Xiaomi Mi 5 : 4GB RAM with 128GB Storage or 3GB RAM with 32 or 64GB Storage variant
Processor and Graphic (CPU and GPU)
All four models features Adreno 530 GPU, so there is nothing to compare. All of them also features Snapdragon 820 quad-core process but with slightly different clock speed
LG G5 : 2 cores @ 2.1 GHz + 2 Cores @ 1.6 GHz
Galaxy S7 : 2 cores @ 2.15 GHz + 2 Cores @ 1.6 GHz
Xperia X Performance : 2 cores @ 2.2 GHz + 2 Cores @ 1.6 GHz
Xiaomi Mi 5 : 2 cores @ 2.15 GHz + 2 Cores @ 1.6 GHz (128GB or 64GB variant), If 32 GB the first 2 cores will be clocked at 1.8 GHz and rest 2 at 1.6 GHz
LG G5 : 16-megapixel (f/1.8 Aperture) + 8-megapixel (f/2.4 Aperture), LED Flash, OIS, Laser Autofocus, 4K Video Recording
Galaxy S7 : 12-megapixel with dual pixel technology, f/1.7 aperture, OIS, 1/2.6″ sensor size, LED Flash, Phase Detection Autofocus, 4K Video Recording
Xperia X Performance : 23-megapixel, f/2.0 Aperture, 1/2.3″ sensor size, LED Flash, Phase Detection Autofocus
Xiaomi Mi 5 : 16-megapixel with dual LED flash, OIS, f/2.0 Aperture, 1/2.8″ sensor size, Phase Detection Autofocus, 4K Video Recording
LG G5 : 8-megapixel
Galaxy S7 : 5 MP, f/1.7 Aperture
Xperia X Performance : 13 MP, f/2.0 Aperture, 1/3″ Sensor Size
Xiaomi Mi 5 : 4 MP, f/2.0 Aperture, 1/3″ Sensor Size, 2µm pixel size
LG G5 : 2800 mAh
Galaxy S7 : 3000 mAh
Xperia X Performance : 2800 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 5 : 3000 mAh
Look at the pricing of each smartphones(SIM-Free)
Galaxy S7 (32GB) : $780
LG G5 (32GB) : $700
Xperia X Performance (32GB) : Yet to be announced, but Xperia X with Snapdragon 650 has been listed by Amazon Germany for 599 Euros that makes around $658. So Xperia X Performance would certainly cost around or over $800,
Xiaomi Mi 5 : 32GB for $306, 64GB for $352, 128GB for $413
So Xiaomi Mi 5 cost almost half even when you buy a 64GB Variant compared to LG G5, Galaxy S7, and Xperia X Performance. If you want with 4GB RAM, you can get a premium Ceramic edition with 128GB ROM, and that will save your more than $300. After all it’s you hard earned money, spend it for something that values it.
LG G5 : 133054
Galaxy S7 : 127712 (for Exynos 8890, Snapdragon 820 variant has not been tested yet)
Xperia X Performance : Unknown so far
Xiaomi Mi 5 : 142084 (according to Mi Forum report)
What are the challenges if you want to buy Xiaomi Mi 5?
The only problem with Xiaomi devices is they are not available internationally. You may import from international online stores, but claiming warranty could be a paid if something happens to the device. For Software issues, Xiaomi Forums are the best way to resolve. They post the resolution of each known problems, but the hardware issue could be something you can’t resolve yourself. If you find a local store or online seller that provides services and warranty for the device, you are in luck. Usually devices hardly get damages within a year (never happened to me as far as hardware part is concerned). If you are worried about the warranty, you should certainly give it a second thought if you want to buy Xiaomi devices.