Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Xiaomi Mi 5 comparison: New arrivals

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Samsung's Galaxy S7 has finally been unveiled, arriving with a host of features aiming to cement its place as one of the best smartphones of the year. While the Galaxy S7 looks the part, how will it fare alongside the Xiaomi Mi 5? Read on for our Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Xiaomi Mi 5 comparison.

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The Xiaomi Mi 5 in its white color variant. / © ANDROIDPIT

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Xiaomi Mi 5: design and build quality

Our hands-on Samsung Galaxy S7 review taught us that the new smartphone is rather stunning in person, thanks in part to its lovely aluminum sides and sleek metallic finish.

The smartphone does its very best to impress when it comes to aesthetics and we can confirm that Samsung has done a great job. It's put curves in all the right places, which make the smartphone easy to grip. Most importantly, the Samsung Galaxy S7 is comfortable to hold.

Many Samsung fans were worried that the slightly annoying camera bump present on the Galaxy S6 would return to the Galaxy S7, and although its snapper does still jut out slightly, it does so much more subtly than before, just 0.46 mm. The result is a flagship mobile that sits almost completely flat when you lay it down, so you can wave goodbye to the wobble.

All in all, the Samsung Galaxy S7 is a very good-looking smartphone. Fans of the design of the Galaxy S6 will be more than satisfied with the improvements made to this newest member of the Galaxy family.

The Galaxy S7 is a smooth piece of tech. / © ANDROIDPIT

The Xiaomi Mi 5 made its first appearance at MWC 2016 in Barcelona, and the Chinese smartphone group has managed to pack in plenty of features inside its low-priced handset.

Xiaomi's Mi 5 smartphone has a tough job on its hands if it's to topple its predecessor, considering the Xiaomi Mi 4 knocked it out the park when it came down to features and performance. The older gadget continues to offer all the functionality of a premium smartphone, complemented by a simple yet sophisticated design.

The Xiaomi Mi 5 looks good, with a metal frame and glass panels on the front and back and a nearly bezel-less display.

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Fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C on the Xiaomi Mi 5. / © ANDROIDPIT

A fingerprint sensor lives inside the home button on the front of the smartphone, and the handset has a far less distracting camera sensor than the S7 (the camera and LED flash sit at the top-left corner of the device similar to Sony Xperia devices). The gadget supports USB-type C charging and also features NFC and quick-charge 3.0.

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Xiaomi Mi 5: display

The Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone features a 5.1-inch QHD display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. Our first impressions of the gadget during our hands-on session were that the display is easily one of the brightest in the Android world, providing a gorgeous user experience.

Just how well the Samsung Galaxy S7's screen copes with various outdoor lighting conditions remains to be seen, although our initial impressions are positive.

While rumors popping up earlier in the year suggested the Samsung Galaxy S7 would feature Force Touch-esque technology, that's not the case. Even so, the screen of the Samsung Galaxy S7 is mighty impressive from what we've seen so far.

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The Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with a Full HD display. / © ANDROIDPIT

Xiaomi Senior Vice President Liwan Jiang said via Chinese social media site Weibo that the Xiaomi Mi 5 would feature a 1,080p screen, despite rumors elsewhere suggesting otherwise.

One of the more intriguing theories surrounding the gadget claimed that the Xiaomi Mi 5 would include 3D touch technology, which means a light press would offer a different function to a heavier press. The technology would transform the way Mi 5 users interact with games and apps, but the whispers turned out to be false.

Instead, the Xiaomi Mi 5 arrives with a 5.15-inch screen (in Full HD resolution, as reported), and is apparently 14 g lighter than iPhone 6s. The screen bezel is very slight, resulting in a nice edge-to-edge look.

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Xiaomi Mi 5: processor and storage

It has now been confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S7 offers its owners 4 GB of RAM, powered by a Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8890 chipset, depending on the region you're in.

The power under the hood of the Samsung Galaxy S7 results in a delightfully smooth experience. Browsing through the smartphone's menus is a lag-free adventure and the gadget is likely to cope well with high-intensity games and multitasking, just as expected.

According to a Samsung representative at the group's recent hands-on event, the Galaxy S7 has around a 30 percent more powerful CPU and 64 percent more powerful GPU than the Galaxy S6. We'll be conducting some tests as soon as we can to confirm the claim.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 models offer 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage, and there's microSD support on board too.

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 is nippy. / © ANDROIDPIT

Late last year, a leakster shared information hinting that the Xiaomi Mi 5 would feature the Snapdragon 820 chip. The information was also backed by an Oppomart listing just before it was removed.

Well, the sources were sort of right. There are actually three versions of the Xiaomi Mi 5 ready to hit the market, all of which are powered by the Snapdragon 820. 

The most expensive version comes with 4 GB of RAM and a hefty 128 GB of internal storage. The entry-level model will provide 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage and is built from 3D glass. The mid-level offering dishes up an improved 3GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage.

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Xiaomi Mi 5: camera

Photo fanatics will feel right at home with the Samsung Galaxy S7 in the palm of their hand, considering the mobile arrives with some impressive camera technology.

The back of the smartphone stars a 12 MP camera that does an exceptional job of capturing pretty pictures. Although the megapixel count here is lower than that of the Galaxy S6, performance is just as strong, if not better. OIS and dual-pixel technology are included to add to the experience.

Samsung's front-facing shooter on the Galaxy S7 is a 5 MP offering, but we're yet to test the full power of the camera. The camera comes equipped with wide-angle selfie performance and uses an f/1.7 lens.

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The Mi 5 improves on the camera of its predecessor. / © ANDROIDPIT

The Xiaomi Mi 5 stars a 16 MP rear-facing camera, while the front-facing shooter is a 4 MP offering.

The Chinese smartphone group has been keen to brag about the OIS technology built into its latest release, which is a 4-axis component that's ideal for shooting in low light and for capturing fast-moving objects in the blink of an eye. We will have to wait until our full review to fully put this to the test.

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Xiaomi Mi 5: software

The Samsung Galaxy S7 comes with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow complemented by Samsung's own TouchWiz UI, which we'll admit is almost identical to that featured on the Galaxy S6.

We couldn't spot any major improvements to TouchWiz UI during our hands-on session with the Samsung Galaxy S7, although we're hoping there are some more tools that we're yet to try out. Even so, the overall experience is solid.

On the other side of the fence, the Xiaomi Mi 5 comes pre-installed with MIUI 7, which is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Xiaomi Mi 5: battery

The battery inside the Samsung Galaxy S6 was a 2,550 mAh component, and the Galaxy S7 takes things up a notch with a 3,000 mAh battery. According to Samsung Spain Chief Technology Officer Nacho Nieto, the improved battery came about through molding technology that allows for curved batteries.

An always On display for the Samsung Galaxy S7 helps to save battery life by only powering up a small number of pixels to display notification information and such.

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The Galaxy S7 has an Always On display. / © ANDROIDPIT

A 3,000 mAh battery lives inside the new Xiaomi Mi 5 smartphone models, which should do a solid job of keeping users up and running for a good while.

As more news comes out of the Xiaomi camp, we'll be interested to see just how well the battery powers the smartphone. The battery inside the Mi 5's predecessor was very solid, so we're expecting more of the same this time around.

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Xiaomi Mi 5: specs

Take a look at the specs table below for a more detailed comparison between Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and the incoming Xiaomi Mi 5.

  Samsung Galaxy S7 Xiaomi Mi 5
SCREEN 5.1 inches 5.15 inches
RESOLUTION 2,560 x 1,440 pixels 1,920 x 1,080 pixels
PROCESSOR Snapdragon 820 / Exynos 8890 Snapdragon 820
STORAGE 32 GB, 64 GB 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
BATTERY 3,000 mAh 3,000 mAh

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Xiaomi Mi 5: verdict

Now that the Samsung Galaxy S7 has finally been revealed to the world, attention turns to the smartphones hoping to battle against the new flagship.

The Xiaomi Mi 5 is shaping up to be a top smartphone based on the information we've seen thus far, and the 4-axis camera technology is certainly one of the features that we're excited to play around with. What's more, the base model is estimated to cost around US$350, that's only a little more than half the price of the Galaxy S7 (which starts at around US$649.99).

Whether or not the Xiaomi Mi 5 has what it takes to square up against the Samsung Galaxy S7 remains to be seen, but we're rather excited to see the action unfold.

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  • Dominic Hegarty Apr 6, 2016 Link to comment

    When I went to China first time 2014 I had S6. After losing not just the S6 but 2 others over the space of the 16 months on nights out without herself because beer was £1 I was looking for a £10 carrier pigeon. tbh if I hadn't of lost them I would've thrown them away anyway ...
    My good friend Feng told me leave it to him to get me a decent phone after listening to all my complaints. Next day he came back with one for £80 approx. in Chinese RMB asking me if it was OK for him to buy it online- the previous ones I purchased had been approx. £400-600 and lost them so was only thinking cheap.
    This was my XIAOMI Note 1S, quad core, 1GB, KitKat 4.4.4KTU84P, MIUI updates have it up to now.
    It flies through like a train at all apps. (all Chinese until I managed to get Google Playstore installed since return to UK coz Google is a no goer in China just like Utube etc..)
    Talk about blessed in losing something !!! ;-)
    For £80 I can honestly say it is one of the best mobiles I've ever had (although the S6 and previous SG's definitely brilliant) and just want to upgrade to another Xiaomi. I'm definitely watching this Mi 5. One thing that can't dened is "these guys" KNOW mobiles and what the everyday user wants ! Cannot fault it for nothing - camera, wifi, everything just "dandy".
    Roll on my first available $$$$ .. it's going straight on the Mi 5 4GB (128 hopefully)

  • Pen Mar 5, 2016 Link to comment

    Samsung smartphone is a kind of over done with design and appearance. It only gives the impression that Samsung phone user is kind of old timer and try to jump in the bandwagon of so called tech savvy old people. Young and active generations always abandon Samsung phone in order to stay away from portrait themselves as sophisticated old pals scratch with exaggerated designs.

  • rick Feb 25, 2016 Link to comment

    pretty. even on specs, the price is the decision breaker

  • Nickname303 Feb 24, 2016 Link to comment

    They seem quite evenly matched on the face of it specs wise

  • lianne john Feb 24, 2016 Link to comment

    That's quite a list!

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