Specs Comparison: Xiaomi Mi 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S7

Specs Comparison: Xiaomi Mi 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S7

Xiaomi has just announced their new flagship this year at MWC 2016 and, as expected, it’s the Mi 5. Upon first glance, you’ll definitely see striking similarities in terms of design with the Galaxy S7. But how about its internals? Let’s check them out.


Xiaomi Mi 5Samsung Galaxy S7
5.15-inch full HD display @ 1920 x 1080 pixels5.1-inch Super AMOLED Quad-HD display @ 2560 x 1440 pixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core CPUSamsung Exynos 8890 64-bit octa-core CPU / Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core CPU
Adreno 530 GPUMali-T880 MP12 GPU / Adreno 530 GPU
32GB / 64GB / 128GB UFS 2.0 internal storage
32GB / 64GB internal memory
N/AExpandable up to 200GB via micro SD
16-megapixel Sony IMX298 PDAF rear camera w/ dual-LED flash, f/2.0, 4-axis OIS
12MP Dual Pixel rear camera w/ LED flash, f/1.7, OIS
8-megapixel front camera, f/2.0
5MP front camera, F/1.7 aperture
N/ADual SIM, Dual LTE hybrid (2nd SIM tray is for microSD)
4G+ LTE Cat12, up to 600Mbps
4G LTE Cat9, up to 450Mbps
Wi-Fi 802.11acWiFi 802.11ac
Bluetooth 4.2Bluetooth 4.2
IR BlasterN/A
Fingerprint scannerFingerprint scanner
N/AFast wireless charging, Heart rate sensor
N/AIP68 rating
USB Type-C
3000mAh non-removable battery w/ Quick Charge 3.03,000mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery
Android 6.0 Marshmallow w/ MIUI 7Android 6.0 Marshmallow with TouchWiz
144.54 x 69.20 x 7.24 mm
142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm
129 g152 g

Summary of advantages:


Xiaomi Mi 5:

  • Larger internal memory option
  • Higher front camera megapixel count
  • Faster LTE Cat12
  • IR Blaster
  • USB Type-C
  • Lighter by 23 grams

Samsung Galaxy S7:

  • Sharper AMOLED display
  • Expandable memory
  • Brighter f/1.7 lens
  • Wireless charging
  • Heart rate sensor
  • IP68 rating, water-resistance

In summary, both devices are generally flagship smartphones for 2016. Both have their strengths over the other which should be good for consumers as there will be choices. Perhaps the major difference between them would be pricing. For the highest configuration dubbed as the Mi 5 Pro, you’ll have to shell out around Php19.7k when converted while the Galaxy S7 32GB Exynos variant will start at Php35k.

This article was contributed by Daniel Morial, a film school graduate and technology enthusiast. He's the geeky encyclopedia and salesman among his friends for anything tech.

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3 Responses

  1. SpiderWak says:

    Price comparison doesn’t make sense. Comparing the highest config Mi 5 against Galaxy S7 with base config?

    • Testmage says:

      Makes sense to me. It just shows how expensive the Samsung S7 is. Even the base model S7 is way more expensive than the high end Mi5 pro

  2. ad says:

    Isn’t it that the front cam of mi5 is a 4ultra pixel just like the ones found in the one series

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